But there are many that helped capture what the national conversations revolved in the hours that followed.
Here’s what else Americans were looking for after President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden took the stage:
The term jumped to the top of website searches after MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow used it after the debate, the dictionary says.
In another attempt to stop Trump’s interruptions, Biden asked, “Shut up just for a minute?”
“To exhort to be silent, to be silent”, according to the dictionary.
Xenophobia “is the fear and hatred of strangers or strangers or anything that is strange or strange,” says the dictionary. Searches for the word increased during the debate, according to the dictionary.
It is unclear Biden knew of the restrictions in late January when he said Trump has a record of “hysterical xenophobia” and “alarmism”.
Another term that saw high searches was “moderator”. Searches for the term increased 3,500 percent overnight, according to the dictionary, “for reasons that must remain between these researchers and their dictionary.”
This term has several definitions: “can be ‘the one who chairs an assembly, meeting or discussion’ (as in the chairman of a discussion group or the chairman of a town meeting), or ‘the one who arbitrates; a mediator” (this is the sense that is relevant to tonight’s debate … we think, as it could also be “a substance (like graphite) used to slow down neutrons in a nuclear reactor”), “the dictionary says.