thesaurus for Android review

As the mobile version of one of the best online dictionary resources, for Android comes with a revamped interface specially designed for smartphones and tablets. The core features of definitions and spelling are supplemented by synonyms, tips on use for learners, and etymological information.


Excellent for quick learning: We found Dictionary 3.0 for Android an excellent quick reference tool. Although not reliable in noisy environments, voice recognition is a welcome feature as an alternative to cramped mobile device keyboards. All information is delivered in a clear and easy-to-scan format.

Good user flow: Once you type or … Read more

How to look up words while typing in OS X

If you are word processing and need to look up a definition or two, or if you cannot think of a specific word but know the first few letters of it, there are several services built into OS X that can help you with this.

The first option is the built-in dictionary application, available in the Applications folder, which gives you quick access to a several dictionaries, thesauruses, and Wikipedia.

While the dictionary is convenient as a standalone application that you can launch, OS X makes it available as a service in a number of programs so you can quickly … Read more

Review: Quickly retrieve similar words for writing with Nisus Thesaurus

As a basic application for finding similar words, Nisus Thesaurus for Mac adds some functions that most users would find helpful, especially those who are writers. Its features add to those for spelling correction, already present in most Mac writing applications.

Nisus Thesaurus for Mac downloads as a ZIP archive with no installation needed. The program's main menu lacks graphics or creative design. Fortunately, its main search bar is at the top of the window, which is where most similar programs have them located. After entering a word and clicking the "Search" button, the program brings up … Read more

Look it up

Free, straightforward, and attractive, for Android does exactly what you expect. It quickly serves up definitions and synonyms in its ad-supported dictionary-thesaurus combo. There's a history screen for referencing words you've previously requested, and another to bring you the daily definition in English or Spanish. As for other tricks, you can text or SMS definitions to a friend and press to hear the word's pronunciation.

It's a solid effort that has brand name appeal for Internet vocabulary geeks, but the Android version lacks some of the power behind on the Web--most notably, … Read more

Excellent electronic dictionary

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus provides a definitive reference of words in the English language in an easy-to-use electronic format. With a simple layout and excellent results, this is the king of electronic dictionaries.

The program is delightfully simple to navigate, with an intuitive layout and highly readable results. We never considered looking for the Help file because everything is so crystal clear, which is a good thing in a reference work. You can scroll through an alphabetical list of the entire dictionary or simply type in a word to call up a definition. If you misspell a word, the … Read more


Once upon a time, desktops were the tops of actual desks, and nearly all of them had a paper dictionary on or near them. The best dictionaries were so huge they needed their own stands. You can still see them in libraries. But nearly everyone who has a computer uses a Web-based dictionary, such as the cleverly named, or some kind of software-based reference. TheSage's English Dictionary and Thesaurus is the latter sort. It's a free utility that maintains a huge dictionary and thesaurus locally, not online, so it's completely portable, though it can access … Read more

Word processing tool

Write Source provides users with a word processor for .txt documents that successfully imitates Word. In addition, the program offers an added feature that will help users search for words.

We felt instantly comfortable with this program's interface since it smoothly mimics Microsoft Word all the way down to its layout. The Help file's instructions were necessary to master some of the more complicated features, but basic writing was a snap. Our previous experience with word processors that save as .txt files had been disappointing since they always seemed to fall short of Word with their clumsy layouts … Read more

Feature-filled novel organizer

Liquid Story Binder XE is a comprehensive program that allows users to organize every aspect of the novel-writing process. The program's many features are almost its downfall, however, as the number of capabilities is somewhat overwhelming.

The program's interface manages to be both sleek and awkward. Each of its various tools opens in a new window, and the program allows users to save their preferred combination of windows as a workspace. We can see how this would be beneficial, but we prefer tabs over multiple windows. We were also bothered by the program's default color scheme, which … Read more on iPhone, slightly abridged

You use it online, and beginning on Wednesday, you'll be able to use the popular reference service on your iPhones and iPod Touches.

The free for iPhone is straightforward, but attractive, and has one or two highlights that give it some interest. It isn't the only dictionary application for iPhone by a long shot, but it is a solid effort that has brand name appeal for Internet vocabulary geeks--plus, it's got those helpful tidbits we mentioned. For instance, after typing a search term, you can switch between the dictionary definition and thesaurus without … Read more

Find the right word with WordWeb

Are you ever at a loss for words? Whether you're writing an essay, a letter, a business proposal, or even a novel, there are inevitably times when the right word is just out of your mind's reach. In the old days, you might pick up a dictionary or thesaurus to find a specific word, but now most people know that resources on the Internet are only a couple of clicks away. There's one program I like to use, however, that's even easier than opening your Web browser.

WordWeb is a free program that lets you highlight … Read more