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Using the “define” search command with Google November 16, 2008

Posted by ryanleary in Search Commands.
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As you get deep into search and sourcing for candidates, you may find yourself in a bit of a pickle not understanding terms. Forget Websters or un-targeted google searches. Try this technique below. It will save you some time and effort in keepig up with your converstion.

When you include “define,” “what is,” or “what are” in your query in front of a word, phrase, or acronym, Google displays one Glossary definition above your search results. Google Glossary provides definitions for words, phrases, and acronyms that Google finds on web pages. The Glossary is good for finding definitions for terms that aren’t in some dictionaries, e.g., slang words, technical terms, ethnic words and other specialized terms.

In February of 2003, Google acquired Pyra Labs, a company that makes it easy for you to create your own blog. What’s a blog? Let’s ask Google to define the term.

Google search box with [ define blog ].  

Screen shot of a definition returned by the Google Glossary

So in review if you are looking to find a quick definition use this command below:

define KEYWORD

It’s that simple.

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