A string refers to a sequence of characters, words, or other elements that are connected to each other in some way. A search string usually refers to a string of words or a phrase that is used to search and locate or retrieve a specific piece of information contained in a database or a set of documents.
the terms that you use to do a search. For example, if you are searching for information on recycling plastics, you might enter the string, "recycling, plastics". Search engines such as Excite! would also understand what you wanted if you entered simply "recycling plastics" or "How do I recycle plastics?".
A string of words or a phrase that is used to search and locate or retrieve a specific piece of information or file from a database or a set of documents. With some searchable databases, or with advanced searches, the search statement may include words, Boolean operators and other characters such as +, = or *. Sometimes called "search statement". See also Boolean searching.