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metasearch engine
Last modified: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 

A search engine that queries other search engines and then combines the results that are received from all. In effect, the user is not using just one search engine but a combination of many search engines at once to optimize Web searching. For example, Dogpile is a metasearch engine.

Also see How Web Search Engines Work in the Did You Know . . . ? section of Webopedia.

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