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Search Engine Glossary and Terms

How well do you know search engines? Do you know all the search engine lingo yet? Check out this glossary of search engine terms and get down with your cybergeek-self.

Basic Search Engine Terms

Search Engine: A program or collection of servers that searches a database of internet Web pages and returns pages with keywords that match your inquiry. The term "search engine" is often misused to describe directories. Directories, such as Yahoo, are not actually search engines.

Keyword: This is any word you punch into the search engine. If you're looking for info on the band Good Charlotte, then you'd punch their name into the search engine, right? Good Charlotte then becomes keywords. You will mostly likely end up with results from Web pages that have the name Good Charlotte in their content, meta tags or keywords.

Keyword Search: This is the specific word you type into a search engine to search. An example of a keyword would be dog or Boston Terrier, instead of common words like; the, have, and, or, etc.

Phrase Search: When you type two or more words into a search engine. For example, when you search for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, you've created a phrase search. You want all the words searched together as a phrase, you do not want just the word "Lord" or the word "Rings" searched separately.

Fuzzy Search: This is a search that will give you a list of sites, even though they contain only part of the word or misspelled words that you were looking for.

Stemming: This is when a search engine brings back Web sites that include the "stem" of a keyword. For example, if you search for skating, stemming is when you get back results for the word skate.

Stop Word: A word or words that are ignored by search engine searches because they are so commonly used that they aren't relevant. Examples of these types of words are: for, the, I.

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LUCYQWERTY123
LUCYQWERTY123 posted in Random:
"Nisya-" wrote:It would be a... super-fast-wings so I could fly anywhere and anytime :D SAME!!!! :punk 8) :D [s:p/zxl]
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irisboulevard
irisboulevard posted in Random:
Teleportation. 
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Fairkss
Explanation: Hoshi was best friends with the moon girl, Sina who secretly loved him but they drifted apart when Hoshi met Dimitre, a Russian boy. He hung out with Dimitre more and they both fell in love with each other. However, Sina was jealous and so she got Cira, the sun girl, who was in love with Dimitre to distract him and hang out with him. Dimitre was too kind to reject her so he just hung out with her. In the shadows, Sina was bullying and threatening Hoshi not to meet with Dimitre because if he did she would hurt Dimitre. One day Hoshi couldn't handle it and so he ran to find Dimitre after school. He saw Dimitre and went towards him only to get hit by a car. Dimitre saw Hoshi lying on the floor and rushed towards him and hugged him while Hoshi slowly died in his arms. Dimitre never got over his death after that point.
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Fairkss
There once was a boy named Hoshi. Just like his name his smile was as bright as the stars in the sky. One day he met another boy who's eyes were a mixture of the aqua ocean and green land, Earth. His name was Dimitre and he came from a far away land. They fell hard for each other. Their love stronger than anything in the galaxy. The star left the moon's side to join hands with the earth in their journey of love. But a girl carrying a name that meant the moon felt jealous. Jealous of the stars love for the Earth. She wanted to make it so that Hoshi could never meet Dimitre again, and with the help of another girl with her sun-kissed hair, the star could never see the Earth. The sun would blind the Earth so much that he couldn't see Hoshi who would shine brightly with teary eyes, and then when the sun would go to sleep so did the Earth, and only the stars would feel pain. Months went by and Hoshi's heart only broke harder and harder until a plan popped in his brain. The star, lost and all alone, cut off the wings that allowed him to shine and he fell out of the sky with hot fiery pain. Dimitre saw Hoshi in his hurt and painful state and embraced him. They could finally be together. Only for a brief moment, until Hoshi could feel himself slip into a deep sleep wrapped in Dimitre's arms. The star had gone out, and had left a gaping hole in the Earth's heart that could never be filled.
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nqme
nqme posted in Debating:
I appreciate it, but that doesn't help my conscience.  To me, you're practically saying "if one of us dies, that's okay because there are still plenty of other humans all around the world".  I don't put other animals above us, of course, but they still exist.  Anyway, good day.  Enjoy this egg's before  [s:p/1n9v] and after  [s:p/1n7e] because I'm not sure how to say "good day" without sounding sarcastic.
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