Here is another online service which, in my humble opinion, is well worth bookmarking. It’s called ‘OneLook Dictionary Search‘ and, as the name suggests, the service utilizes results from multiple online dictionaries… 1062 to be exact.
There is no shortage of online dictionaries available and many of us would already have selected a favorite. I actually have the free WordWeb installed locally and have utilized a selection of online alternatives in the past. However, to the best of knowledge, OneLook is the only such service which pulls its results from multiple resources. Here is the result of a OneLook definitions search for a 8220;fair dinkum” Aussie saying:
OneLook Reverse Dictionary Search
Now for the pièce de résistance… reverse dictionary search!
One of the worst aspects of growing older, apart from the obvious, is the diminishing capacity for quick recall. The information is still there, but now it often takes ages to dig it up from deep within the crevices of the overloaded gray matter…. enter OneLook Reverse Dictionary Search. Just pop in a short phrase describing a concept and OneLook will give you the answer. For example; can’t remember what a barrel maker is called? Just type 8220;barrel maker” into OneLook’s reverse dictionary search and… voila!
As you can see from the screenshot above, OneLook’s reverse dictionary search includes several very useful functions for young and old alike: To help school aged children with their projects and assignments perhaps. For writers of all ages. And for “cruciverbalists” … that’s a crossword puzzle enthusiast by the way … I looked it up on OneLook. 🙂
- Here’s the link again, just in case you missed it earlier: http://onelook.com/