- A reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them
Now that we have the definition of the word “dictionary”; how often do you actually use one? Most of us use the built in spellchecker, in our word processing software to correct spelling errors; but, many times we do not take the time to look up a word to ensure it fits in with the context of the sentence. Pulling a dictionary off the shelf, leafing through the pages, is a time consuming task, which the majority of us will not do. Using a dictionary on a regular basis is definitely a way to broaden your vocabulary and enhance your writing skills.
So what are our options??? I currently use 2 different versions of dictionary software that I feel are very, very good and most importantly are FREE!!! You may ask, why do I have 2 different software version? One I have installed (WordWeb Dictionary) on my computer and the other (TheSage’s Dictionary) is portable and is installed on my flash drive. Below is a description of both.
WordWeb is a one-click English thesaurus and dictionary for Windows that can look up words in almost any program. It works off-line, but can also look up words in web references such as the Wikipedia encyclopedia. Features of the free version include:
Definitions and synonyms
150 000 root words
120 000 synonym sets
Look up words in almost any program
TheSage’s English Dictionary and Thesaurus is a professional software package that integrates a complete dictionary and multifaceted thesaurus of the English language into a single and powerful language reference system.
TheSage can look up words directly from almost any program (IE, Word, Firefox, Outlook, Thunderbird,… ) and is 100% portable.