Tag Archive: Dictionary


Improve the iOS Define Function by Adding a New Dictionary

iOS Define function summons a dictionary anywhere

The tap-to-define a word trick in iOS can dramatically help reading comprehension and with learning new words when an unfamiliar word comes up in an article or book. This quick Define feature isn’t just useful for students with an iPad or iPod touch, it’s helpful for the rest of us too, long out of school and just reading the daily news on our iPhones.

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Improve the iOS Define Function by Adding a New Dictionary

iOS Define function summons a dictionary anywhere

The tap-to-define a word trick in iOS can dramatically help reading comprehension and with learning new words when an unfamiliar word comes up in an article or book. This quick Define feature isn’t just useful for students with an iPad or iPod touch, it’s helpful for the rest of us too, long out of school and just reading the daily news on our iPhones.

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Summon A Dictionary Definition With A Three-Fingered Tap [OS X Tips]

Dictionary Three Finger TapHaving access to a dictionary is one way to really improve your vocabulary. When my teacher in eighth grade English class told me that, I ignored it, because who has time to stop reading, grab the dictionary from the shelf (or under my seat, in middle school), and look up that word. By the time […]

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Meanings: Dictionary Lookup For Paper Books Using The iPhone’s Camera

Did you ever find yourself pinching to zoom a paper map, or tapping and holding on an unfamiliar word in a newspaper trying to pop up a dictionary definition? It always ends in frustration, no? Not anymore. Not the second one anyway: Meanings is an app that lets you use the iPhone’s camera to lookup […]

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Kindle For iOS Gets New ‘Sample Search’ And ‘Bring Your Own Dictionary’ Features

kindleiOSAmazon updated  Kindle for iOS today with a new feature that will make purchasing Amazon e-books through your iPhone a bit feature. The new ‘Free Sample’ feature in Kindle for iOS 3.9 lets users search through Amazon’s catalog of Kindle books, download free samples, and if you like it you can email yourself a link […]

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Letterpress 1.2 Now Available In App Store With Share Replays, Updated Dictionary

Loren Brichter’s Game Center success story, Letterpress, has been updated today in the App Store with a couple of new features and improvements. Version 1.2 of the popular, Scrabble-like word game introduces a new HTML5-based feature called “Share Replays.” You can now share a link from the iOS game that shows a word-by-word progression of how a match progressed.

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Access the Dictionary in iOS 5 to Quickly Look Up Words

Dictionary built into iOS 5 iOS 5 brings a built-in dictionary that is easily accesible from Safari and many other apps. The next time you see a word on an iPhone or iPad that you want to define, instead of downloading or launching a separate dictionary app, you can quickly access definitions directly from iOS: Double-tap on the word to define Select Define to open that word in the dictionary Tap  [Read More…]

Look Up Words In The Mac OS X Dictionary And Wikipedia With Two Taps [OS X Tips]

If youve followed my tips youll notice that I like gestures and all the new, revised, or previously existing gestures have a whole new life for me after the release of Mac OS X Lion. Now I use gestures more often on my Mac than ever before. Ive talked about some of my favorites and today Ill share another one of those with you. Ill show you how you can  [Read More…]

How to Get a Dictionary Definition Anywhere in OS X Lion

Did you know that in OS X Lionyou can get a quick dictionarydefinitionof any word with a simple trackpad gesture? In the past, you would have to look up adefinitionin Spotlight or through a right click menu. In Lion, a quickdefinitionis as easy as a three-finger double tap on your trackpad. Just mouse over any word and perform the gesture; a nice little, translucent window should pop up with adefinition. No  [Read More…]