WordWeb: Quick Dictionary Lookup [Software]
By on September 19th, 2009

A language can only be learnt through experience and practice, and honing a language as weird as English can be a devil of a job. In a language in which you can spend the last evening evening out a pile of dirtor in which a soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert, a language which is official in 53 countries, spoken by more than a billion people and has several families and styles, can no doubt be a hard nut to crack.

For a language which has far too many words, people often use a dictionary. Ok, that’s an underestimation. People always use dictionaries to lookup word definitions. Earlier, we had printed books and hand printed manuscripts, but today, even though we still have hard copy dictionaries, most people just use their computers to quickly look up words or type in queries in their iPhones for quick meanings.

WordWeb is one such desktop application, that you can install on your PCs and fire it up whenever you find a word that even your cat hasn’t heard of. A superstition has it, that cats have seven lives. So even in seven lives, if your cat hasn’t heard of pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, you should accept that your cat is dumb and dig in a dictionary to see what it means.

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.

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Looking up a word in WordWeb is a piece of cake. Either use the keyboard hotkeys to fire it up (CTRL+ALT+<modifier>) or click the right mouse button while the CTRL key is pressed down. WordWeb is available in two editions. A free edition which has 150,000 root words and 120,000 synonym sets and a pro edition which will cost you $19. The pro edition has 6000 more definitions and some extra features such as a editable word database and wildcard word search.

In all, WordWeb makes up for a amazing quick look up dictionary and thesaurus. Although the pro version has some extra features, the free edition will be more than enough for an average user’s unfathomable, arcane and deviant word needs.

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Author: Keshav Khera
Keshav Khera is a young freelance writer from India. Alongside writing for the web, he also attends school and tries not to bunk classes. He keeps interest in music, table tennis, reading and of course, twitter (@keshav)

Keshav Khera has written and can be contacted at keshav@techie-buzz.com.

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