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Select the (up to) three Dictionaries you commonly use (from the 14 most popular Dictionaries on OneLook)

Encarta® World English Dictionary, North American Edition
V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Compact Oxford English Dictionary
Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary, 10th Edition
Cambridge International Dictionary of English
# InfoVisual Visual Dictionary
Wiktionary
The Wordsmyth English Dictionary-Thesaurus
# The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language
Infoplease Dictionary
Dictionary.com
Online Etymology Dictionary
UltraLingua English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionary of American English
OneLook.com
Other (add in post)

Last post Author Topic: On-Line Dictionaries  (Read 23204 times)

Perry Mowbray

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On-Line Dictionaries
« on: March 27, 2008, 06:35:44 AM »
After being soundly and justifiably corrected for posting off topic (thanks tinjaw ;) ), I thought that exposing the OnLine Dictionaries in a Poll would be both interesting and useful.

To vote I've given you the top 14 Dictionaries by Popularity from OneLook.com to choose from, plus OneLook (of course  ;) ), and an "Other" for your own favourite if it's unlisted. I'm assuming that the popularity on OneLook is gained by counting the clicks on the Dictionary links? The options list is in order: It'll be interesting to see if the results here match OneLook's.

My all-time favourite OnLine Dictionary is OneLook.com, which offers a range of Dictionary survices:

These guys are brilliant and are definitely in my favourites!  :Thmbsup:

But they do not do all this Dictionary stuff themselves, they actually use other dictionaries! The 109 General Dictionaries (sorted by popularity) are listed here; all in all though, they've indexed 12,833,697 words in 1061 dictionaries (a huge number in anyone's language):

Of course you get all the above (plus many more) Dictionaries with OneLook, for me it's a simple choice...
« Last Edit: March 27, 2008, 06:40:11 AM by Perry Mowbray »

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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2008, 06:57:33 AM »
wow, thats a list

great job Perry :up:
but you havent voted yourself ? (I seem to have been the first..)

I use Dictionary.com when I look up a word (=not often - cause I a lazy beggar as opposed to haveing a huge vocabulary :-[)
It uses/quotes a bunch of other online dictionaries.
I've been so happy with it I've never bothered trying anything else

I voted "other" also because I mainly use German-English-German dictionaries.

These days I use dict.cc
Housetier recommended it here somewhere (I've wanted to make a post about it because they have a wonderful vocabulary "box"  - as you look up words you can add them to the box and learn them. This might prompt me..)
I used to use Leo which is also very good
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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2008, 07:05:43 AM »

odd that's listed twice (at onelook.com too) with same url but different amounts of words
must try it out - onelook I mean
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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2008, 07:11:04 AM »
Even though it's not a dictionary per se, we should take this opportunity to post about the very cool FreeThesaurus.net by DC member Wordzilla (Anderson Hu): http://www.donationc...dex.php?topic=8416.0

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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2008, 07:11:28 AM »

Yes, I saw that when I was marking it up: they point to the same URI too. Wasn't sure what it meant, but didn't know which one to delete  :D

odd that's listed twice (at onelook.com too) with same url but different amounts of words
must try it out - onelook I mean

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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2008, 07:14:26 AM »
Even though it's not a dictionary per se, we should take this opportunity to post about the very cool FreeThesaurus.net by DC member Wordzilla (Anderson Hu): http://www.donationc...dex.php?topic=8416.0

Good point!! Maybe we should get FreThesaurus added to OneLook (which is why I forgot about it  :-[ )?

Edit: I've just suggested that FreeThesaurus be added.
« Last Edit: March 27, 2008, 08:57:57 AM by Perry Mowbray »

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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2008, 07:16:42 AM »
Occasionally dictionary.com
Mostly The Sage
Also Online Etymology Dictionary

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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2008, 09:11:11 AM »
I voted for dictionary.com.

But I also have this little combo deal with online options.

http://www.free-soft...everest/everest.html

Dropped WordWeb, too annoying.

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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2008, 09:37:07 AM »
And I do have WordZilla's thesaurus on my desktop for quick reference.
That comes in very handy.
Plus it can be made into a button for google's toolbar

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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2008, 09:52:16 AM »
I only use online dictionaries (when I'm on the computer, that is), but a pile of them, mostly the Farlex Free Dictionary, FreeThesaurus and the Wikipedia, but also Dictionary.com, Urban Dictionary and, of course, the "Diccionario de la lengua española" edited by the "Real Academia Española"

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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2008, 10:58:58 AM »
I see dict.cc has been mentioned already, as well as Leo...

When I want to look up German words, I use canoo.net.

As far as I know it's the only free German online dictionary; if there are others (duden.de, pons.de do not offer similar services) please TELL ME! :)

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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2008, 11:50:00 AM »
Everest does German.

http://www.free-soft...everest/everest.html

It takes some tweaking to let it do it's online deal.
But it's not that hard.

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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2008, 12:22:32 PM »
I can't really be the only one who Googles for words?

See this little thing:
GoogleQuickSearch.png

It brings this up:

GoogleResults.png


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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2008, 12:49:29 PM »
@Deozaan

The address for Google Define is http://www.google.co...search?q=define%3A%s (you could bookmark the link or create a search. saves typing in "define: ..." in the search box.

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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2008, 01:29:27 PM »
@Deozaan

The address for Google Define is http://www.google.co...search?q=define%3A%s (you could bookmark the link or create a search. saves typing in "define: ..." in the search box.

True, but that would take longer to change my default search from a dropdown list than to type in "define:". And I'm kind of strange because I don't use bookmarks. At all.


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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2008, 02:01:19 PM »
Definr.com lives up to its claim of being an incredibly fast dictionary.

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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2008, 02:27:25 PM »
isnt there a FARR Definr.com plugin
http://czb.dcmembers.com/Definr.html

I think Nod5 is working on one for ninjawords.com
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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2008, 04:22:29 PM »
i use ninjawords, nice and fast
www.ninjawords.com
(have it as a search in opera)

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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2008, 07:12:25 PM »
Everest does German.

But not online in a webbrowser.

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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #19 on: March 27, 2008, 09:35:42 PM »
i use ninjawords, nice and fast
www.ninjawords.com
(have it as a search in opera)

NinjaWords has a nice clean interface  :up: , I see it uses Wiktionary as its main dictionary (is a vote for Ninja a vote for Wiktionary? Not function wise, but accuracy wise it will be??).

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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2008, 12:18:08 PM »
I'm more interested in any good online thesaurus - thesaurus.com is not really helpful  :(

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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2008, 03:16:31 PM »
There is already a ninjawords plugin for FARR: http://czb.dcmembers.com/ninjawords.html

More details on it here http://www.donationc...ex.php?topic=12421.0 , more details on the definr plugin here http://www.donationc...ex.php?topic=12350.0

I still prefer ninjawords slightly over definr but they are both really quick.

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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2008, 05:16:45 PM »
I voted m-w and other -- I use m-w's non-free unabridged dictionary as I am a bit of an etymology fanatic. I also use Google when looking more for popular usage rather than precise/detailed definition.

Also worth noting, my loyalty lies forever with m-w.com as an extension of my offline usage of their print volume fr as long as I've been lifting a pen with intentions of putting words to paper. (I hate to type anything not computers in nature. I love ink.)
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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #23 on: April 24, 2008, 09:12:01 PM »

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Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« Reply #24 on: April 24, 2008, 09:49:38 PM »
I voted for Google "define". The fact is I use Google "define" more often than Dictionary.com. Why? I think Google is faster.