A search term is any string of words, phrases, dates, symbols, operators and modifiers used to define the search. By using the additional search terms "and", "or", "near" and "not", the number of documents to be searched can be expanded or reduced.
A sequence of one or more adjacent letters or numbers, and including specific punctuation characters. The simplest case of a search term is a single word. When searching specific words or phrases, you enter the search terms in the search engine's I Want To Search For box.
Words that identify the topic about which you are searching for information. The search term sports injuries-baseball will look for files that have the words sports and injuries and not the word baseball. Also known as query.
Also known as keyword phrase, a search term is what end users enter/type into the "query" or "search box" (found on the homepage of all search engines / directories) when conducting their researching any topic of their choice. For updates on more technical information about search engines, click here for subscription links to search engine industry newsletters.
The very heart of search engine interaction with a user. The user types in words or topics to search for, and the search engine returns results that are matches from its database. The action of searching is called Querying the database. A single search is of any database is called a Query.