that searches for data based on some criteria. Although search engines
have been around for decades, they have been brought to the forefront
since the World Wide Web exploded onto the scene. Every Web search
site uses a search engine that it has either developed itself or
has purchased from a third party. Search engines can differ dramatically
in the way they find and index the material on the Web, and the
way they search the indexes from the user's query.
terms "search engine" and "Web search site"
are used synonymously, although the former technically describes
the software and methodolgy used, while the latter refers to the
site itself. See Web search sites.
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