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 [serch]
1. to probe or investigate.
2. a probe or investigation.
literature search a search intended to create a customized bibliography that treats aspects of a research, scholarly, or topical literature of interest.
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Rachel now wanting to follow their lead, before we-called the servants together, and began the search for the stained dress.
Pennifeather, came at length to the determination of dispersion over the adjacent country in search of the missing Mr.
In his mind he revolved a plan to enter and search the Arab camp, after darkness had again fallen.
I then decided to retrace our journey, letting Taylor handle the launch, while Delcarte and I, upon opposite sides of the river, searched for some sign of the spot where Victory had landed.
She looked in the pantry under the staircase, and she searched the best spare bedroom that was all covered up with dust sheets.
When the second prince had thus been gone a long time, the youngest son said he would go and search for the Water of Life, and trusted he should soon be able to make his father well again.
Nay,' as the lama made some sort of protest, 'remember this is my Search - the Search for my Red Bull.
I had as I before observed, one private pocket, which escaped their search, wherein there was a pair of spectacles (which I sometimes use for the weakness of mine eyes,) a pocket perspective, and some other little conveniences; which, being of no consequence to the emperor, I did not think myself bound in honour to discover, and I apprehended they might be lost or spoiled if I ventured them out of my possession.
"I know it," I replied, "but they give us a starting-point from which to prosecute our search intelligently.
"Search us if you like; search every scrap and stitch we possess; but you dare to lay a finger on us without a warrant!"
Jones acquainted the gamekeeper with his loss, and he as readily went back with him to the brook, where they searched every tuft of grass in the meadow, as well where Jones had not been as where he had been; but all to no purpose, for they found nothing; for, indeed, though the things were then in the meadow, they omitted to search the only place where they were deposited; to wit, in the pockets of the said George; for he had just before found them, and being luckily apprized of their value, had very carefully put them up for his own use.
had been chartered by a syndicate of wealthy manufacturers, equipped with a laboratory and a staff of scientists, and sent out to search for some natural product which the manufacturers who footed the bills had been importing from South America at an enormous cost.