Google launches dictionary and translated web search
Amid the Google DNS hubbub on Thursday, the search giant also released two other useful tools to help you get a richer search experience and improve your language skills. Google has launched its dictionary project, offering a feature-rich resource that goes beyond simple word definitions; and its new translated web search makes it easy to find web pages written in over 40 languages.
The Google Dictionary puts a full service resource at your fingertips, accessible through the Google Dictionary page or through a regular web sea
rch. To access words through regular search, click on the “definitions” link at the top right of your results page, next to where it says how many results Google returned for your query (click to expand the screenshot).
The Google dictionary is not just for English. The project contains 27 other languages, including the main Western European languages, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Korean, Arabic, Hebrew and many more. Notable languages ââcurrently absent from the project include Japanese and Persian. Google Dictionary also has an English to Foreign Language component, allowing you to translate single words from English to a foreign language or vice versa. This is similar to what you can do in Google Translate.
Rich definitions page
Google’s word definitions page is packed with useful information, including an International Phonetic Alphabet (API) pronunciation guide, synonyms, stan
dard definitions and examples of use. You can also find external links to Princeton University, Wikipedia and elsewhere to see other definitions and uses of the word in question; However, it’s worth noting that this collection of aggregate links on Google’s dictionary page has been around for some time, according to the Los Angeles Times.
If the word you’re looking for is in another language, Google also provides a link to this dictionary, and particularly difficult or unusual words include an audio file so you can hear how the word is pronounced. Try searching for words like schadenfreude or Zoroastrianism in English to see this in action. Certain words can also trigger image results; search for winceyette to see an example. You can also mark particular words for easier access at another time.
From what I can tell, the Google Dictionary project has not been merged with the spell checker on Google Docs.
TRICK: The Google dictionary is very comprehensive, so for all young people: yes, you can find your favorite dirty words and their definitions in the Google dictionary. And no, these words don’t have pronunciation sound files.
Google has added a feature to its search options panel that allows you to search in English on websites in other languages. Google got
a similar feature for some time that allows you to automatically translate foreign language websites that appear in Google’s regular search results. But this new feature only searches for foreign language websites.
To activate the feature, choose a search term like “Beethoven”, then click “Show options” at the top left of the results page. Then click on “Translated Search” at the bottom of the options panel on the left side. (Click on the screenshot for a closer look.)
Once you have your search translated, a box at the top of the results page tells you which language the results are translated into and from which language the results are translated. You have the possibility to add other languages ââto broaden your search; Google supports 42 choices.
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