Google Puts Its Own Dictionary in the Spotlight

Google Decides to Go with Google Dictionary Over Answers.com

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Google Dictionary is in the spotlight because Google is now using it for its "definition" link on search results pages for word searches. Previously Google pointed users to Answers.com.

Mark Milian at the LA Times brought this change to the industry’s attention, saying that Google was "quietly" rolling out its own dictionary. Google Dictionary has actually been around for a while, but "quietly" is still an accurate adverb for Google’s promotion of the service.

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The service is worth bringing to the attention of the masses, because it showcases yet another area where Google is attempting to "organize the world’s information." Definitions are a significant part of that. Of course this isn’t the only way Google users can access word definitions. The search engine has long had a search operator in place, which allows users to simply type "define:" before the word they wish to look up in order to get a set of definitions from various sources.

The search operator is perhaps a more convenient way to access definitions via Google, but Google Dictionary itself has some extra frills. For example, you can "star" words just as you would star a message in Gmail or an article in Google Reader. That way you have it in a list for quick future reference.

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Google Dictionary also gives you quick access to nearly 30 dictionaries for different languages. Google’s integration of its dictionary service into its search results is not the only example of a translation feature going into mainstream Google Search. Google is also in the process of rolling out a "Translated Search Option."

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  • Guest

    I did the first search for “firmament”. The phoenetic spelling shows: f’???m?m?nt

    I am in the USA and have an normal US installation of Windows with no other languages installed. The “3” is obviously and error. The second schwa is incorrect and obviously should be a short e. The definition also was not complete.

    What is the problem that they wouldn’t use Random House, Webster or any other brand name instead of re-inventing the wheel with all of these errors.

  • Roy

    That’s it! Google needs to be broken apart by the government.

  • http://imlonely.net I’m Lonely

    I wonder what else is on the card. It appears that the big G is taking over pretty much everything and anything these days but I like it, though.

  • http://www.fixpcfreeze.com Mats

    To get synonyms and different words meaning I was using MS Words Look up feature. I think the English dictionary will be good. But after your “firmament” search, I think I will stick to MS Word feature, for some more time.

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