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Feb 262011
 
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Dictionary + Thesaurus + Word Finder

A comprehensive one-click English thesaurus and dictionary for Windows.

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Overview

WordWeb is a comprehensive one-click English thesaurus and dictionary for Windows. It can be used to look up words from almost any program, showing definitions, synonyms and related words. It includes pronunciations and usage examples, and has helpful spelling and sounds-like links.

Wordweb is a feature-rich software that does much more than a paper dictionary or thesaurus. WordWeb is truly a Word Web – each set of synonyms is linked to other related sets. Look up “tree”, click on the “Types” tab and you’ll have a list of different types of tree. Click on “Part of” and WordWeb will tell you that a tree can be part of a “forest” or “wood”.

Features

  • Add optional third-party dictionaries in separate tabs
  • 70 000 audio pronunciations
  • Clear text pronunciations with syllables
  • One-click look up from almost any program, including MS Word
  • Tab pages to quickly check web references
  • Bookmark words
  • Highlights commonly used widely-understood words
  • Links between sounds-like and often-confused words
  • Find words matching a pattern
  • Add definitions to the database
  • Solve and find anagrams
  • Copy results to the clipboard
  • Search for words in a large number of optional extra word lists
  • Add your own custom glossaries
  • Import and export custom definitions and glossaries
  • Configure for American, British, Canadian, Australian or Asian English
  • Option to hide (default) or flag vulgar and offensive related words
  • Reverse definition (full text) search

The extensive up-to-date dictionary database features:

  • Definitions and synonyms, including many compounds and proper nouns
  • Word relations: find antonyms, parts or types, less specific words, etc.
  • Over 130 000 synonym sets and 162 000 root words
  • Search over 280 000 words, compounds and derived forms
  • 70 000 pronunciations, with pop-up hint pronunciation key
  • 70 000 usage examples
  • View alphabetically nearest words, suggestions for many misspellings

Word finding

Enter a pattern as the search word and it will find words that match, e.g.

  • T???SH finds thrash, thresh and thrush
  • *GRY finds angry, hungry and unangry
  • ?*Q*P finds acquaintanceship, equip, liquid soap, re-equip, and square up

Use * to stand for any number of letters, and ? for one unknown letter. You can also do powerful advanced searches for vowel/consonant patterns, punctuation specific word forms, and groups of letters, or general advanced regular expressions.

You can also search sets of additional word lists including place names, specialized word lists and other languages.

Anagrams

Enter a word and you can find all straight and multiple word anagrams, e.g.

  • protest finds potters, spotter, to strep, pert sot, etc.
  • begin finds being, binge, in beg, and gin be
  • WordWeb Pro finds powder brow + many others.

You can also find partial anagrams. How many words can you make using the letters in “constitutional”? WordWeb Pro’s answer: 726!

Find definitions and synonyms with one-click search

WordWeb Pro can look up words in virtually any program with just one click: just hold down the Ctrl key and click on the word. If you are online, with one extra click you can also search web references, for example Wikipedia. The hotkey can be customized, or you can use a keyboard shortcut if you prefer.

If you are editing a document you can select a synonym and replace the look-up word. WordWeb has the option to highlight widely used synonyms, great for helping you write clear easy-to-understand English.

If you are looking for a particular part of speech you can click on the Noun, Verb, Adjective or Adverb buttons to show only the relevant synonyms and related words. To look at a particular sense you can click on the sense number.

Browsing around related words is simple: click on the tabs for synonyms, antonyms, parts, part of, types, type of, similar, see also, and anagrams. To see the definition for one of the related words double-click on the word. You can also use the back and forward buttons.

Related words also have “+” and “-” buttons to be more or less specific. For example if you look at the similar words, maybe you’d like to see words that are more loosely similar: you can do this by pressing the “+” button, and go back again by pressing the “-” button.

Web references

In addition to using the comprehensive English dictionary and thesaurus supplied, if you are online you can also search your choice of web references. Each reference is on a separate tabbed page for easy cross-referencing. The list of tabs can be customized to use your favorite references. Wikipedia and some online dictionaries are installed by default.

Use custom glossaries

You can add your own technical glossaries (or list of company acronyms, etc) using the option on the “Glossaries” menu.

Extra dictionaries

You can also get optional third-party dictionaries, including the Oxford and Chambers dictionaries, shown on separate tabs like the web references.

Find words

Using the “Find Word” feature you can quickly find words matching a pattern. You can also search a wide range of optional extra word lists using the Find Word window.

WordWeb Pro is supplied with a 200,000 list of words from the WordWeb database. There are many additional word lists available, including Scrabble, technical, language and proper noun lists. For details please see the ordering page.

Full-text definition search

Use the “full text” button to search for text appearing in any definition. For example search for “female fox” and it will find the definition of “vixen”.

Cross-reference

Click the X-Ref button to cross-reference to other installed dictionaries. Many common dictionaries are detected automatically, but you can customize the list to work with almost any third-party software.

Add definitions

Select “New Definition” from the “Edit” menu to add a new word (or set of words) with definition. You can also import and export to common spreadsheet-format files.

Learn vocabulary

Use the bookmark feature to remember useful words. There’s a feature to randomly look one up as a way of helping you remember vocabulary. WordWeb also builds a list words you’ve looked up, so you can go back and check you remember definitions. You can also export the list to a text editor, delete items, or delete the entire history list.

Proper Nouns

Includes many names of places and people, with a concise definitions and related words.

Replace, copy and paste

If you are looking up a word from a document you are editing, you can select any word and press the “Replace” button to substitute a synonym. You can also copy to the clipboard parts of definitions, all of the definitions, the selected related word, or all of the listed related words (or anagrams/words matching a pattern).

Look up URLs

Annoyed by URLs in e-mails or documents that don’t open when you click on them? Just select the URL, press the WordWeb Hotkey and it’ll open it in your web browser for you.

You do not need to be online to use WordWeb

You just need a computer running Windows 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7.

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