3 ways to use Google as a dictionary

Use these quick hacks to use Google as a dictionary.

1. If you only want a quick word definition, prepend your Google search with define:

For instance, https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=define:animal will give you a quick dictionary definition, followed by normal search results.

Use define:search-term to get a quick dictionary definitionDefine animal  Google Search

2. If you want a more complete definition (encyclopedic, almost), you need to enable Google’s dictionary mode using one of these methods:

a. Use the following URL to access Google:

http://www.google.com/search?tbs=dfn:1

and enter the word you’re looking for into the search box.

You can also add your search term directly to the URL, thus:

http://www.google.com/search?tbs=dfn:1&q=animal

adding &q=search-term to your URL.

b. Add the following search engine to Google Chrome (there are similar ways to add it to Firefox):

Open the Chrome Preferences | Manage Search Engines page at: chrome://settings/searchEngines

(or right click inside the Google search box and select Add as Search Engine…)

and use the following values:

Name: Google Dictionary

Keyword: d

URL: http://www.google.com/search?tbs=dfn:1&q=%s

Add a custom search engine to your browser to quickly get dictionary definitionsAdd Dictionary Search Engine

Now, whenever you want to search for a word, simply type d in your address bar, press tab and enter the word you’re looking for.

Google is chuck full of information, if you know how to ask.Animal  Google Search

3. If you’re using Chrome, you may also install the Google Dictionary extension, available from the Chrome Web Store. Once installed, you can simply double-click any word on a web page and you’ll get a pop-up with the definition.

Double-click any word to get its definition.NewImage
Or click the toolbar for any other word.NewImage

So there you go, three cool ways to expand your vocabulary. What about you? Do you have any tips on using Google? Leave your comment below and share this article with your friends.

 

  • Colin Stead

    Very effective article for using Google as a dictionary. Thanks for sharing.

    teeth
    whitening

  • Robert Jonson

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading
    along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say
    except that I have enjoyed reading what you all have to say…

    free government cell phone

  • Michelle Kilander

    The post is absolutely fantastic! Lots of great information
    and inspiration both of which we all need! Also like to admire the time and
    effort you put into your blog and detailed information you offer! I will
    bookmark your blog!

    free government cell phone

  • Jason Morgan

     

    Excellent read I just passed this onto a colleague who was
    doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I
    found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

    Water Damage Contractor

  • Jason Morgan

    I realise this is off topic but while your blog looks nice it would be far better if you’ll be able to use lighter colors too in the design. This will encourage a lot more readers come to check it out more often!
    Roofing Colleyville

  • muktaa67

    Type yourNice…Really a nice keyword selection is the most vital factor for target base websites to attract customer or visitor. Your article is truly tremendous. Thank you for sharing with us. comment here.

  • Yes! Its true that SEO is the biggest source of income as well as it is the another way to enlarge a Web site’s traffic counts, and eventually conversions, by position very high in the results of searches for the keywords in the search query. It is the mission of SEO to make the site’s content worthy of higher search engine ranking by being more relevant and competent than the competition’s.
    Thank you for sharing with us. Keep it up