I am learning Spanish and use Dictionary.com to check words and phrases for translation. I use the mobile version of the website rather than the full site or app. I find it easy to type in the phrase and get the translation but sometimes the translation is a bit random so don't just take it for granted it is correct. Once or twice it had not been able to do it. The page refreshes after the translate button has been pressed which can take around 30 seconds and this is when the adverts appear which mean you have to scroll about a bit to find the results which can be a bit annoying. It would be nice to have an audio bit for the translation as some of the other translation apps have.
I also receive an email a day with the word of the day in Spanish which is a good way to expand your vocabulary. In the email there are three or four phrases explaining how to use the word in everyday life which is very useful.
All in all I use this website daily as an aid to improving my Spanish
This is a very good dictionary online, the website is www.dictionary.com and I use it sometimes instead of my book dictionary now as it is faster to do online nowadays than turn the pages of a book, although the book type are very handy if not online.
I do find though the online version does not always use so much detail as in the book version, I could be wrong as I have not looked up a word and compared it to the book, but it just appears a little bit less to me.
This is an exellent online dictionary for students and children as they can just open a new window while doing their studies etc and just look up something they do not understand instead of searching around the home to look for the book version and it saves time for them.
I find it alot easier as all I have to do is key in the word I need to know the meaning of and there is a list of the meanings to choose from, unlike in a book where it is in alphabetical order.
I would imagine alot of parents use this for their children when they are teaching them meanings of words and so the child can see for themselves what the word means and also for a parent to read more instantly if they are trying to explain a word they cannot clearly explain the meaning of as most of us cannot always explain what a word means but we know for sure what it is but just have difficulty in the explaining department.
This is a good site to visit to help in you day to day lives and is good for students and school children for homework.
As the name would suggest, Dictionary.com is an online dictionary with a simple search engine into which can be typed any word in the English language, producing the required information on the word in question. The site breaks the word down phonetically and also offers an audio file elucidating precisely how the word is to be prounounced as well, before reporting the word type (noun, adjective, verb) and listing all the different meanings of the word in a clear and concise manner.
The etymology and date of origin of the word is also given, as are any related words (eg arguing and argumentative in the case of the word 'argument;) and synonyms. The site also links to an excellent thesaurus site, as well as encyclopaedia and foreign translation sites, all of which are straightforward and easy to use.
Dictionary.com is simple, fast and highly reliable, saving you the need to spend time flicking through a hard-copy dictionary, and best of all the site is completely free, making it an internet resource that is well worth bookmarking and proves invaluable when you are composing essays/reports/emails on the go.
The only downside is that the information presented is punctuated by adverts, as this is how the site functions, but these can be easily ignored and are nothign more than a very minor annoyance that the majority of web users will be entirely used to. An excellent and reliable site, highly recommended.
Dictionary.com?! Dictionary.com?! Seriously?! Why, yes, something that seems so simply and basic has it's place on the World Wide Web (yes, I'm aware of the irony!), but fear not...it's not as basic as it seems!
Rather than just typing in a word to discover its definition, dictionary.com does provide a far greater service. Since it's launch way back in 1995 (were websites even around then?!), it's one of the world's most popular services, as naturally many people will just type in 'dictionary.com' into their browser if they need to find the definition of a word...even if they don't know the website exists, it makes sense to have a crack at it!
The website does provide a thesaurus option, translator and encyclopaedia...for anyone even contemplating steering away from Wikipedia, God forbid! But there are other quirks to the website which make it more than just an obvious text-based website.
Firstly, there's a daily crossword, then there's various word games to test your knowledge, and even help you learn. You can follow the dictionary.com team on Twitter (but I'm sure you're already doing that!), and look up random words in the "Staff Favourite's" section. This all sounds terribly thrilling, but on a serious note it's clear that this is a business attempting to expand it's market, and make money. There's plenty of advertising dotted around the place, but in theory with it being such an obvious domain name, and with the millions of people using the site, it's a great place to advertise...at the time of typing there were 14,721,295 words searched today. Proves my point!
Perhaps most importantly though, what kind of feedback do you get when you type in a word? Well, when I type in 'dictionary' it comes up with the kind of definition you'd find in a regular dictionary...have a look...
"1. A book containing a selection of the words of a language, usually arranged alphabetically, giving information about their meanings, pronunciations, etymologies, inflected forms, etc., expressed in either the same or another language; lexicon; glossary: a dictionary of English; a Japanese-English dictionary.
2. A book giving information on particular subjects or on a particular class of words, names, or facts, usually arranged alphabetically: a biographical dictionary; a dictionary of mathematics.
3. Computers; A) A list of codes, terms, keys, etc., and their meanings, used by a computer program or system.
B) A list of words used by a word-processing program as the standard against which to check the spelling of text entered."
It does provide you with word origins and related words too...in this case, 'dictionaries'!!
Be warned you may want your pop-up blocker on when visiting the site, as there's one around every corner. But that aside, it's a handy, free website that you'd be foolish not to use next time you're caught short!
Dictionary.com is a reference based website. First launched in 1995, it has since grown to become the 168th most accessed website in the world according to Alexa traffic research and claims to serve over 10 million requests per day. The website is currently owned and maintained by Ask.com.
As the name may imply, Dictionary.com is an Internet based dictionary of the English language. It offers users the opportunity to look up words for their definitions and correct spellings. Its primary resource is the "Dictionary.com Unabridged Dictionary" which is based on the Random House dictionary. The website also offers definitions from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Online Etymology Dictionary, Merriam-Webster and other sources. Each definition is compiled on to one easily readable page which offers a excellent ease of use and presentation.
The website itself makes use of a somewhat bland blue against white colour scheme. While the branding remains consistent throughout each section of the website, I don't find it to be particularly eye catching or appealing to me. The text itself is black against a white background which is often the standard of most web pages. The visual accessibility of Dictionary.com is acceptable. Each definition is presented in font size 12 which is the default setting for most word processing software packages, and I experience little difficulty in reading from the pages.
The load times of Dictionary.com are a bit high. Independent testing suggests that the average load time for a definition is seven seconds when using a broadband connection. It's likely that these times could be pinned on the banner ads which require loading as these images are often large and animated. When these are stripped from loading, however, load times drop significantly and this allows for speedy surfing throughout the site. As the site offers little "stickiness", that is the site is not one which retains visitors for a significant period of time beyond definition seeking, it's possible that the higher load times may not affect usage.
Dictionary.com has been a staple in my web browser's bookmarks for many years now. It is my first resource when seeking the correct spelling or definition of a word, and I would happily recommend it to those seeking a functional website to fulfill those requirements.
This is just going to be a short review as I don`t have much time and there is not really much to say about this website other than it simply works!
If you ever find an unfamiliar word online or even offline you can just go to this website and find out all about it. The website also acts as a thesaurus and is just a really useful website to use. It also tells you how to pronounce words, their origins and can also apparently be used as a language dictionary too! This site is the largest online dictionary and thesaurus which means it is the best dictionary out there!
The website has a really wide range of words and is often updated so it is better than a paper dictionary anyway and is also free to use! The site is really really easy to use and has a very simple layout. To find out the word you want to find the definition of it just type the word in and click search.
Dictionary.com is a really useful tool and I prefer it to normal paper ones! It has lots of extra features like how to pronounce words and a thesaurus included as well so you can find out lots about a word and it`s exact meaning.
Overall I think this is a brilliant website which can really help you when trying to find out what a word really means!
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5/5 This website simply works!
Dictionary.com is one of my favourite tools because it just works. You go to their website and you write the word that you're looking for and it gives you the answer. I like this.
If you spell the word wrong or with British spelling (the wesbite is in American English), it will give you suggestions or automatically link to the entry. Often it gives many meanings and cross references with quotes using the word among other things.
The website also has many other side features which make it fun. For example, you can do a crossword or a spelling bee on the website and test yourself.
My most favourite feature however is the word of the day. Did you know what "leitmotif" means? According to the dictionary it is "1. In music drama, a marked melodic phrase or short passage which always accompanies the reappearance of a certain person, situation, abstract idea, or allusion in the course of the play; a sort of musical label.
2. A dominant and recurring theme."
The word of the day feature just pulls up random words that aren't used very often and you can learn something new. If you are interested in words and the English language, you will probably like it.
You can also get some functions on the website in Spanish, but that won't likely interest us here.
So many times will I be searching online, maybe even reviewing something, and come across a word I'm not that familiar with.
Sometimes I may be writing a lyric or a story and I just cant think of the word to fit in which I need, but I dont even own a thesaurus.
Finally many times have I been trying to learn a language and not quite understand what one word is or remember how its spelt. Its not that easy searching through a language dictionary.
All of this is possible however through this one internet site.
Dictionary.com is the biggest online dictionary and thesaurus. With once again a very basic website layout, you simply use the big search bar right at the top of the page and type in a word. Click on search and it'll come with a list of every related word like it would in a dictionary. The one different however is rather than searching page by page through a book, its just one click away. In a matter of seconds you have every definition you need. It will even tell you whether its noun, verb, and also have example sentences for it to be used. A lot of words will also have their origin for anyone interested. It is a great bit of knowledge to learn.
The translator is also a great tool. It is able to translate from English to many different langauge and vice versa. This is perfect for word by word translations, however it is not reccommended for full sentence or paragraph translations, as ofcourse there are some words that mean more than one thing and can get confused.
Overrall, this is an outstanding resource for any translations or definitions needed. Best of all, who needs to bookmark it with such an easy website address!
'Dictionary.com' is a fantastic site for anyone looking for the meaning or even the spelling of a word. It's one of the largest online dictionaries, taking into account:
- Webster's New Millennium Dictionary of English
- The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language
- The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms
- The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
- Wall Street Words: An A to Z Guide to Investment Terms for Today's Investor
- Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law
- Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary
So you can be sure that what you need is going to be somewhere on the site, all you need to do is search for it.
It's too often that we think of a word that we are unsure of the meaning of but don't know how to spell it. What good is a dictionary then? The dictionary sitting in your book case cannot help you out, which is where 'Dictionary.com' comes in. As long as you can have a good go at guessing the spelling - even if you guess how you would say the word - this site will search for related words that are all spelled similarly so you can pick out the one you think most fits the word you were looking for. Get it wrong and just go back to the search; it's that easy!
Then once you have found your word you can look through the various definitions that are presented. For example, I searched for 'dictionary' and there are six results, some shorter than others, some more descriptive, but there's enough there to ensure that you can work out the meaning of the word you were looking for. Sometimes there might even be a word that is within the description that you are unsure of the meaning, this isn't a good day for you, and you'd be ready to conduct another search. However, all it takes is to double click the word and click the small question mark and you'll be navigated to the word's dictionary entry. This site is made purposely and as user friendly as possible. I can see how it could get frustrating if you are struggling to find a word, so they have tried to make everything a little less painful.
What's also fantastic about this site is the fact it's integrated with a thesaurus, and displayed on the word's page is a list of synonyms which help to ensure that the word you were looking for is the right one because you may be familiar with a word of similar meaning.
At the top of each dictionary entry is the pronunciation so you can be sure that when you use the word in the future you aren't saying it incorrectly. It's written down and in vocal form so everyone can access it.
I'm pleased to find a site that does exactly what you want and more. You can browse with ease and never find yourself lost or stuck. Everything is right where you want it. Though I don't use this site so frequently it's still very useful for those odd occasions when I'm just completely lost about the meaning of a word.
Dictionary.com is part of Reference.com which was first started in 1997, and is actually part of the ask.com service.
I first began to use dictionary.com a few years ago, when I needed some quick help with writing documents for my studies. The best thing about the site is probably the fact that it is very easy to navigate around the website. It has a simple search box at the top where you put in the word that you are looking for, and then press return. Also, if you don't spell the word correctly, it will suggest the word that matches most closely, which 99% of the time is the word you were meant to enter into the search box!
Another beauty about this site, is that by clicking on the tab at the top of the page, you can switch to thesaurus.com which is a sister site. This works in exactly the same way, but instead of telling you the meaning of a word, it instead suggests alternative words. This is a great feature as when I am busily writing away and get a bit of writers block (and end up using the same word around 10 times in 20 lines!!!) I can get onto thesaurus.com and let it suggest other words for me to use!
Although Microsoft Word does have the option to look up words in the thesaurus, I think you will find that thesaurus.com has around twice as many suggestions, and therefore this feature really does provide a very useful tool.
Dictionary.com is completely free to use and there is no sign-up required. All in all, a great website and I always keep it open in an internet window whilst I am writing anything in Word.
I use this website from time to time when I need to look up words in Spanish and French.
Dictionary.com is a very useful website and it is both a dictionary and a vocabulary, it is realtively easy to navigate and is not cluttered with ads or banners, despite being free.
If you are looking at translating words in foreign languages, you need to select the option "Other langauges" because the one below with "other dictionaries" is actually a link to a premium website, plus they normally laod an advert before you can access it.
The multilingual dictionary works quite well. When you enter a word in the search filed, they automatically give you the meaning of it in 30 languages, plus the definition in English. For those who are learning English, the dictionary also has an option to listen to the word being spoken, whihc I found a very useful tool when teaching English to foreigners (I am foreigner myself, and my pronounciation is not at native level)
This is a good website and it is free too!
Dictionary.com can be used both by those who wish to find the meaning of English words and those who look for the translation of these words into a foreign language.
I will break down this review into the strong and weak points of this website.
It is fast, it is easy to use and it is free to a large extent. You can find the accurate translation fo English words in 30 foregin languages and the meaning of most English words.
For the words on the dictionary, there is a very good explanation with plenty of useful links and references and you can click in these links to further know about this subject.
For very exotic words, there is no result, the dictionary does not seem to be up to date with the most recent words, or neologism.
Although you can find the meaning of a word in a foreign language, you cannot translate a full sentence.
There are also too many ad links which come up each time you do a search and it occurred to me that I was taken out of the site by clicking on these links by mistake.
I use this site when I need to find a meaning for a word. Dictionary.com is internets version of dictionary. I type in a word and it gives full definition of the word. If I enter wrong spelling a suggestion box appears with number of words.
I use the free version of the site.
For a small subscription advance features of the site are opened up. Words are pronounced by real person. Also access is granted to do crosswords and puzzles.
Dictionary.com has Encyclopedias and Thesaurus. I never use these so can't explain the functions.
Dictionary function is access free and for subscribers.
I recommend Dictionary.com for free use of the dictionary.
When I load the page it comes up instantly. I put a word in the search box and explanation of that word appears on the page.
It is a lazy way to use the dictionary. It takes a lot less time to use the electronic version of dictionary.
In our ever-more involving online lives it's becoming easier to live life at and through computers, communicating with the world from the comfort of our favourite room with no need to step away from the screen. Some things suffer as a result and one of those things, in my opinion, is language. The evolution of text speak, web friendly language and accessibility has, more or less, removed much of the linguistic colour from our lives. I'm not saying that modern methods of communication are necessarily bad, they're just a part of linguistic evolution, but sometimes the need crops up to express oneself in a different way or one might come across a piece of text that needs explaining without stepping away from the computer. Enter dictionary.com.
As the site name suggests, dictionary.com is an online dictionary and, for many reasons it's my site of choice if I find myself in need of a dictionary or thesaurus.
It's simplicity itself to use. In much the same way as you would search using a search engine such as google, you type the word you want a definition for into a text box and hit return (or click on the search button) and results will be returned. These are grouped according to the type of dictionary the result emanate from and so you might need to scroll down the page slightly to find the variant you are looking for, but, in general, you can expect the most common uses to appear within the first couple of returns.
Medical dictionaries, legal dictionaries, acronym and colloquial dictionaries are all searched making this one of the most comprehensive resources around. There's also a link to an encyclopaedic set of resources and, if you really don't know what kind of result you want you can search all resources at once. There's also a link out to search the web which could mean that this would be an excellent home page but from experience you're better off using google to search in that manner.
Ah, I hear you cry, surely I might need to use a dictionary if I can't spell a word? Not a problem. Aside from the fact that, if you're word processing I'd suggest it's probably quicker just to use your spell check function (F7 in Word!) dictionary.com is quite adept at working out what you mean. Rather like a predictive text function on a phone the site will return suggested words for those misspelled. A quick click on a few will soon tell you which one is correct.
Do bear in mind though that this site is American. Looking for something that is peculiarly English will often result in failure, particularly in the case of acronyms or words that could be mistaken for the same. Similarly, you'll get the US spellings complete with all the "ize" variants. Remember this if you're writing for a purely English audience!
The joy of this site is the speed with which the results are returned. It's quick and comprehensive making it the perfect one-stop-shop for word needs. A simple site which should be on everyone's favourites list (or should that be favorites).
But there's so much more.
If you want more wordiness you'll find all sorts of resources, some useful, some interesting and some just plain geeky!
For those ever in need of learning there's a "word of the day" function, and, if you really do like your words, these can be emailed to you each day. Sometimes they're interesting, most of the time you'll find a word that you really don't have much use for.
There is also a fun and games section featuring crosswords (and a solver) and other word puzzles. Again, this is not a section I really have much use for but if you like that kind of thing....
For the writers amongst you, there is an excellent language resource section which included items on grammar (no, she's not sitting in the front room drinking tea), style guides (useful if you want to know how to list qualifications on your CV or how to address dignitaries or even if you need to know what the collective name for a group of bats is (cloud)) and a backwards dictionary (where you know the meaning but just can't think of the word). This latter function is very useful and allows you to get a variety of results but care needs to be taken with what you search for - be too specific and the results might not be thrown up, particularly given the US tilt to the site. It is, however, a great function and although rather akin to a thesaurus, allows you to search when you don't have a single word to search against.
To make this a truly complete resource multilingual dictionaries and an online translator are also included. I've found the result from these vary greatly. The dictionaries are not too bad although sometimes the words returned whilst not incorrect are not the best translations (particularly where more than one word exists as a possible meaning). Similarly the online translator is rather rough and ready. You'll convey the meaning of the text but it's no substitute for a proper translation. This is no worse than other online translators though and as such is a valuable resource to house within the website.
Finally, for the ultimate geeky tools you can install dictionary.com to work from many common windows based programmes (such as a link from Word) or install a dictionary.com toolbar (very much like the useful google tool bar). Personally, the website is so easy to remember and with fast broadband links I'm happy just to go to the website when I need something as I don't really use the site often enough to warrant adding software to my computer to allow it to link directly.
I find this an invaluable online resource and find myself clicking though when writing, playing scrabble or just when in need of a bit of word-therapy. The ease of use makes it one of my "must have" sites. There's not too much advertising (although it's there) but, if you want to get rid of it you can sign up to (and pay for) their premium service. Personally I don't see the need although the premium service does give exclusive access to Webster's Millennium dictionary where you'll find "new" words not available elsewhere. It'll cost you just shy of $20 a year (as of 17 Jan 2008) which is not that expensive but, for a few more words and a few games I might just be tempted to get up of my backside and take that screen break!
As someone who unfortunately ends up spending a large amount of his life on the internet, it is important for me to present myself as someone who knows what he?s talking about. Whether it?s listing an item on eBay, posting on a forum, writing an e-mail or typing yet another review on music no one is interested in reading about on Dooyoo, I always want to show a grasp of spelling and language. Dictionary.com is the most popular online dictionary due to its easy access; the search engine Google uses this website (explained later) while other people will come across it the same way I did, by guessing and investigating whether www,dictionary,com exists. DICTIONARY.com?s home page appears instantly and is fairly drab and uninteresting, possibly just as it should be. Anticipating the actions of virtually everyone who visits, the site?s main ?Search? bar is instantly selected ready for the visitor to type their search. However, the page is also filled with quite useful links to similar websites: FEATURED LINKS FUN & GAMES ? Not PacMan and Snake, but rather the kind of games that people who like words presumably like. A daily crossword for those who have missed ?Countdown?, wordsearches, and some interesting (if a little silly) options. These include ?Phrase Invaders,? based on a badly designed and boring version of Space Invaders but with letters as opposed to aliens, and ?Maze.? Personally I would have preferred PacMan, but everyone gets bored and wants a word game at some time. OTHER DICTIONARIES ? A useful set of links to other websites, presumably owned and maintained by separate entities who pay Dictionary.
com for the links. If you thought dictionary options only extended to English, French, German and Spanish then you are herein proved wrong; this section is filled with links to anatomical dictionaries, rhyming dictionaries for budding poets, medical, sign language, symbol, geographical and humanitarian dictionaries, as well as solicited links to other English dictionary websites. TRANSLATOR ? Useful for translating words from English to a variety of lanaguages, and vice-versa, but as its description states it is a ?simple translator.? Unlike AltaVista?s quite good but largely inaccurate Babel Fish translator, this website admits that you still have to ask the school?s German assistant (who smells). LANGUAGE RESOURCES ? An FAQ on the site and the use of grammar in English, as well as a Dictionary.com forum. It must be party time over there. WORD OF THE DAY ? One of the more interesting bits as you can access it simply by looking at it and reading, rather than clicking your way around the net. Today?s word is peremptory, and I have no idea what that means. Just because I?ve spent time navigating my way around the site for this review, I don?t have to look up every word I come across. THE DICTIONARY (.COM) The backbone of the website is the dictionary itself, accessed by typing a word into the search bar and selecting ?dictionary.? To better explain the procedure involved, I will use the example of the word ?wallpaper.? Typing wallpaper immediately brings up all the options necessary, without any long pauses. Results are given in terms of the type of word
, whether it is a noun, verb, adverb, adjective, pronoun or whatever else exists. Wallpaper brings up two nouns: 1. Paper often colored and printed with designs and pasted to a wall as a decorative covering. 2. Computer Science. A picture or design covering the background of a display screen. So if you had ever been asked by a work colleague where you got your groovy wallpaper, be sure to inform them that there are two possible responses you could give and that they need to be more specific, lest you send them on a wild goose chase to B&Q when they had merely been admiring the bare lady behind your icons. Of course, the word wallpaper is also a verb and so this is mentioned underneath: v. To cover with or as if with wallpaper. With most popular words, there is also an extra source below from another website, WordNet, which is along similar lines. The blurb underneath the official definitions state that Dictionary.com?s definitions have been taken from the American Heritage Book of the English Language, Fourth Edition, published in 2000: it is therefore very much up-to-date. THESAURUS (.COM) Something that is often overlooked is the site?s Thesaurus option, allowing the visitor to search for alternate words to draw on. In the past I have increased my vocabulary greatly by using thesauruses such as this, and in this instance it is how I came to use the phrase ?draw on? rather than use, a couple of lines ago. In some ways, this is even more useful than the dictionary, especially when writing something designed to impress such as a coursework piece for school or college, and the search brings up alternatives for the word as well as pointing out where the word is included in other thesaurus lists. The thesaurus itself can be ac
cessed by typing Thesaurus.com, although this takes you to thesaurus.reference.com, but it is still an offshoot of the Dictionary.com website, and they interlink. ACCESSIBILITY (.COM) Dictionary.com is a very useful website and can be accessed easily. When using Google to search for a word or a group of words, the results which are ?proper? words, and not just names like PacMan and Brian, will be underlined under the Google search bar; clicking these takes you to their definitions on Dictionary.com. As I said, don?t search for Brian as the site only responds with ?did you mean ?brain??? The only major downside to Dictionary.com visitors is that some of the less popular, and therefore less useful, words are only available to Dictionary.com premium members who have paid for membership. As far as I can tell, membership to this elite allows the member to hear audio clips of word pronunciations and probably a colourful avatar on the bustling Dictionary.com forum, I expect. This does make it feel a little cheaper as a site, as do the several popups which fling themselves at the monitor as soon as you visit the homepage. It?s not as if people interested in word definitions would be interested in SmileyCentral, but they just don?t get the picture. VERDICT.COM Incredibly useful and recommended to anyone as an easily accessible dictionary, even if you know you?ve got one behind the tapes of the A-Team in your Dad?s cupboard. The popups are annoying, but the service is great even to non-members, both for the dictionary and thesaurus, as well as the links to games. Let?s face it, we?ll all get bored enough to play online Hangman one day, although we would seldom [(s l d m). adv. Not often; infrequently or rarely. Middle English origin] a
dmit it. If you are ever in need of a dictionary or thesaurus, Dictionary.com is a great website to visit and stick in your Favourites, if you ever use these. Don?t just take this advice from Frankingsteins, whose name suggests he has misinterpreted the pronounciation and spelling of a well-known name and is therefore unsuitable to offer advice, take it from the comedian Dave Gorman. He had a worldwide adventure based on the internet game of Googlewhacking, the principles of which indicate that two words must bring up one single result on Google and both must be listed in Dictionary.com. Perhaps he would have had an easier time if he?s just got into Phrase Invaders.