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adjacency search

adjacency search  

A search using a search engine which looks for documents containing words that are located physically close to each other; for example, a search for a document which has the words ‘judo’ and Japan' ...
agent name delivery

agent name delivery  

The process of developing a Web site in such a way that search engines are not sent to the home page seen by normal visitors, but to a page containing spamdexing material. The page is optimized in ...
Alta Vista

Alta Vista  

This was one of the most powerful search engines in the nineties. It was originally developed by the now defunct Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). The engine emerged from a project which ...
analytical buyer

analytical buyer  

A term used in connection with ecommerce. It describes an online buyer who is experienced in searching the Internet for information such as the prices of products and services. Analytical buyers are ...
Archie

Archie  

This can be regarded as the parent of all search engines. It was developed in 1990 for UNIX systems and enabled users to locate and retrieve files from FTP servers around the embryonic Internet. It ...
ArchitextSpider

ArchitextSpider  

The spider associated with the Excite search engine.
Ask.com

Ask.com  

The new name for the search engine that was formerly known as Ask Jeeves.
Bigfoot

Bigfoot  

A search engine that can be used for finding people on the Web.
bitslag

bitslag  

As the Internet has increased in size the amount of information in it has increased hugely. This means that, for example, the user of a search engine recovers a large amount of useless information in ...
Boolean connective

Boolean connective  

A symbol or word used to construct a complex search query for a search engine. Typical connectives include NOT, AND, and OR. For example, the query ‘Java AND Privacy OR Security’ searches for any ...
clickthrough

clickthrough  

The act of clicking on a banner advertisement on a website that directs the user to a page that provides further information.
cloaking

cloaking  

A term used in both emailing and in search engine processing. In emailing it is used to describe the process of hiding the originator of an email. In search engine technology it describes how a Web ...
clustering

clustering  

A technique used by some search engines which ensures that each site has only one page reference stored in the index. This means that there will not be multiple occurrences of the same site when the ...
concept search

concept search  

A search using a search engine which looks for documents containing words that are conceptually related to a particular word rather than looking for documents containing the word itself.
crawler

crawler  

Synonymous with spider. A program which accesses the Internet, usually the World Wide Web or newsgroups, gathering information for search engines.
dark internet

dark internet  

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Those areas of the internet not accessible to search engines: e.g. obsolete databases or ephemeral content such as chat. In contrast, the dark net or deep web consists of areas of the internet which ...
DejaNews

DejaNews  

One of the best and oldest search engines dedicated to accessing newsgroups. Not only does it provide reading facilities but also facilities for sending postings. One notable feature of DejaNews is ...
delisting

delisting  

The process of removing details of a Web site from the index used by a search engine. There are a number of reasons for this, two of the most popular reasons being that the site could be unreliable ...
Direct Hit

Direct Hit  

A system used in the Hotbot search engine which checks how relevant the results of the searches made by a search engine are. It works by monitoring the clicks made on the results of a search by the ...
directory

directory  

A means of locating data items, usually files. A directory can be regarded as establishing a set of links between named data items and their locations in a direct-access storage device. In many ...

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