search (

     n 1: the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find
          something or someone [syn: hunt, hunting]
     2: an investigation seeking answers; "a thorough search of the
        ledgers revealed nothing" or "the outcome justified the
     3: an operation that determines whether one or more of a set of
        items has a specified property; "they wrote a program to
        do a table lookup" [syn: lookup]
     4: the examination of alternative hypotheses; "his search for a
        move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful"
     5: boarding and inspecting a ship on the high seas; "right of
     v 1: try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence
          of; "The police are searching for clues"; "They are
          searching for the missing man in the entire county"
          [syn: seek, look for]
     2: search or seek; "We looked all day and finally found the
        child in the forest"; "Look elsewhere for the perfect
        gift!" [syn: look]
     3: inquire into [syn: research, explore]
     4: subject to a search; "The police searched the suspect"; "We
        searched the whole house for the missing keys"