1. To look over or through, for the purpose of finding something; to examine; to explore; as, to search the
city. "Search the Scriptures." John v. 39.
They are come to search the house.Shak.
Search me, O God, and know my heart.Ps. cxxxix. 23.
2. To inquire after; to look for; to seek.
I will both search my sheep, and seek them out.Ezek. xxxiv. 11.
Enough is left besides to search and know.Milton.
3. To examine or explore by feeling with an instrument; to probe; as, to search a wound.
4. To examine; to try; to put to the test.
To search out, to seek till found; to find by seeking; as, to search out truth.
Syn. To explore; examine; scrutinize; seek; investigate; pry into; inquire.
(Search), v. i. To seek; to look for something; to make inquiry, exploration, or examination; to
Once more search with me.Shak.
It sufficeth that they have once with care sifted the matter, and searched into all the particulars.Locke.
(Search), n. [Cf. OF. cerche. See Search, v. t.] The act of seeking or looking for something; quest; inquiry; pursuit
for finding something; examination.
Thus the orb he roamedMilton.
With narrow search, and with inspection deep
Considered every creature.
Nor did my search of liberty beginDryden. Right of search (Mar. Law), the right of the lawfully commissioned cruisers of belligerent nations to
examine and search private merchant vessels on the high seas, for the enemy's property or for articles
contraband of war. Search warrant (Law), a warrant legally issued, authorizing an examination or
search of a house, or other place, for goods stolen, secreted, or concealed.
Till my black hairs were changed upon my chin.
Syn. Scrutiny; examination; exploration; investigation; research; inquiry; quest; pursuit.