Free Online Dictionary Review
It will probably be no surprise to many people that there are many free online dictionaries available online today. What might be a surprise is the lack of free online dictionary reviews. I know because I tried to find a site which would give me a quick summary of the key features of some of the more popular sites
So as I had already spent quite a lot of time researching a number of the free online dictionaries available, I decided to write my own review.
I've listed my views on each site below. They are not listed in any order of preference. I've just summarised the main features so that you can make your own decisions.
Merriam Webster Dictionarywww.merriamwebster.com
The Merriam Webster site is quite comprehensive. It contains both an free online dictionary and an online thesaurus. When searching for a word, the definition returned also has an audio button so you can hear how it is pronounced.
The site also has links to Word games so it can be quite entertaining to spend some time there.
They also have a dedicated site for the young surfer. The link called Merriam Webster for KIDS actually takes you to their site called Word Central.
One other excellent feature about this site is their free toolbar. With this you will be able to search for words at anytime while you are surfing.
This is also a comprehensive site with a free online dictionary and an online thesaurus.
This site also features audio pronunciations of words. It also has word games. A single word translation is available for many languages.
The site is quite busy with many adverts that can be distracting.
At first appearance the site looks very basic, but looks are deceiving. The site gets right down to the business of providing you a free online dictionary to search. Whilst there are no audio pronunciations of words this site does search many dictionary databases to give you a list of definitions. This can be useful if you want to compare the definitions of a word.
One feature on this site that is extremely useful is their reverse dictionary. If you are looking for a word, just describe it and their database will return a list of words that fit your description. Great for when that word is on the tip of your tongue. For example, I entered "red fruit" as my description and the database listed the names of red fruits.
Websters Online Dictionarywww.websters-online-dictionary.org
Like onelook, this site is very basic in appearance and again it is a site which gets right down to the business of searching for words.
There are no word games or any audio on the site. They do however have a very clever feature which I found very impressive. Simply double click on any word on their site and you are instantly shown a definition for the word you clicked.
Their definitions also provide a really useful crossword helper.
This is not really a free online dictionary, however it is incredibly useful. How many times have you wanted to know what an acronym meant? This is the site for finding all the answers.
I hope you found this brief review of some of the online dictionaries available today useful and informative.
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