Google Expands Their Web Definitions

google-define Google announced on Google+ that they have overhauled the Web definitions interface and results, adding a lot more meat and details to your definitions queries. The new options include an expandable box that contains additional synonyms, ways to use the word in sentences, the origins of the word, translation, the use of the word over time and much more. Also, when translate the word within, future definition searches will consistently provide a translation to that same language Here is a screen shot of it in action: Google said on Google+: You may be familiar with using Google to [...]

Google Fixes Definition URLs, Makes Them Clickable Links

define speed of light When Google introduced a new format last month for the definitions it sometimes shows at the top of its search results, something was missing. The source URL wasn't a clickable link. That's now been fixed. Here's an example, the definition box that Google shows for a "define speed of light" search: The URL shown under the definition previously wasn't clickable. Instead, the only way to click through to the source of the definition was to use the smaller "Source" link at the very bottom of the box. Reader Martin Panayotov pointed this out to us at the end of December. We checked [...]

Google Dictionary Switched To Oxford Pocket Dictionary

Google Operating System posted that the Google Dictionary has switched content providers. Google used Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary in the past but today they are now using Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. What is the difference? Well, here are two words with different explanations: Collins: "If you call someone a swot, you disapprove of the fact that they study extremely hard and are not interested in other things." Oxford: "A person who studies hard, esp. one regarded as spending too much time studying." Compare other words yourself between C [...]

Google Revamps Dictionary Results

Google announced they have redesigned and enhanced their dictionary results. Google said you no longer have to type define or what is prior to your search to trigger a dictionary. Google added "implicit triggering" of the dictionary result, so for example, a search on [stupendous] shows a dictionary result at the top of the page: The dictionary result also includes speech and pronunciation information and additional dictionary links to third-party sites. Plus, Google pushed this out to all global English users. There are more changed coming, including improvements to the mobile [...]

Google Adds Related Phrases To Definitions

Threadwatch spotted that Google has added "related phrases" to the Google definitions feature. For example, a search on define:car shows at the top: Related phrases: car rental cable car trailer on flat car stock car tank car pace car car kit champ car box car racer Here is a screen capture: [...]

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