Wednesday, November 15, 2006

OneLook Reverse Dictionary

OneLook Reverse Dictionary

How do I use OneLook's reverse dictionary feature?

OneLook's reverse dictionary lets you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept. Your description can be a few words, a sentence, a question, or even just a single word. Just type it into the box above and hit the "Find words" button. (Keep it short to get the best results.) In most cases you'll get back a list of related terms with the best matches shown first.

Why would I want to do this?

Here are some possible applications, with examples:

Example searches
· Find a word if you know its definition barrel maker, museum guide,
search for food, urge to travel,
being tried twice for the same crime,
when cancer spreads through the body,
· Explore related concepts baseball, clouds, twisty, push
· Generate a list of words in some category large birds, green fruit, Canadian authors
· Answer basic identification questions What is the capital of Vietnam?
Who is Big Bird's friend on Sesame Street?
What is the longest river in the world?
· Solve crossword puzzle clues, or find words if you only know some of the letters
(Use pattern:clue syntax)
??lon:synthetic fabric, s?nt?:christmas, l*ch*:fruit, ??????:hit, c*:board game

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