Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

On Vox: Online Dictionaries

I visit dictionary.com several times a day when I'm writing -- I'm kind of addicted to looking up the exact definitions of words.  (Did you know that "ravel" and "unravel" have the same definition?  This thrills me.) 

But lately I've been getting really annoying pop-under ads when I click anywhere on a dictionary.com page.  Um, no thanks!  I need a different solution.

What online dictionary do you use?

Originally posted on krissy.vox.com


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 18th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
I use google... "define:word" but it's probably less detailed and from loser generated content maybe but i don't care.
Oct. 18th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
"loser generated content" made me laugh
Oct. 18th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
Did you know that "ravel" and "unravel" have the same definition?

you mean like flammable and inflammable? :)
Oct. 18th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
I never knew that! I guess that's why people use the fun phrase "flame-retardant".
Oct. 18th, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
lj@whitaker:~/cvs/ljcomint$ dict ravel
4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Ravel \Rav"el\, v. i.
     1. To become untwisted or unwoven; to be disentangled; to be
        relieved of intricacy.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. To fall into perplexity and confusion. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]
              Till, by their own perplexities involved,
              They ravel more, still less resolved. --Milton.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. To make investigation or search, as by picking out the
        threads of a woven pattern. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]
              The humor of raveling into all these mystical or
              entangled matters.                    --Sir W.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Ravel \Rav"el\ (r[a^]v"'l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Raveled} (-'ld)
     or {Ravelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Raveling} or {Ravelling}.]
     [OD. ravelen, D. rafelen, akin to LG. rebeln, rebbeln,
     1. To separate or undo the texture of; to unravel; to take
        apart; to untwist; to unweave or unknit; -- often followed
        by out; as, to ravel a twist; to ravel out a stocking.
        [1913 Webster]
              Sleep, that knits up the raveled sleave of care.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. To undo the intricacies of; to disentangle.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. To pull apart, as the threads of a texture, and let them
        fall into a tangled mass; hence, to entangle; to make
        intricate; to involve.
        [1913 Webster]
              What glory's due to him that could divide
              Such raveled interests? has the knot untied?
        [1913 Webster]
              The faith of very many men seems a duty so weak and
              indifferent, is so often untwisted by violence, or
              raveled and entangled in weak discourses! --Jer.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       n 1: French composer and exponent of Impressionsim (1875-1937)
            [syn: {Maurice Ravel}]
       2: a row of unravelled stitches; "she got a run in her
          stocking" [syn: {run}, {ladder}]
       v 1: disentangle; "can you unravel the mystery?"; "unravel the
            ball or yarn" [syn: {unravel}, {ravel out}]
       2: tangle or complicate; "a ravelled story" [syn: {tangle}, {knot}]
          [ant: {unravel}, {unravel}]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:

  98 Moby Thesaurus words for "ravel":
     Chinese puzzle, Gordian knot, Rube Goldberg contraption, answer,
     ball up, bottom, can of worms, clarify, clear up, complex,
     complicate, confound, confuse, crack, debug, decipher, decode,
     disembroil, disentangle, disintricate, disinvolve, divine, do,
     dope, dope out, embrangle, entangle, explain, fathom, figure out,
     find out, find the answer, find the solution, foul up, get,
     get right, guess, guess right, have it, hit it, implicate,
     interpret, involve, jungle, knot, labyrinth, louse up, make out,
     maze, meander, mesh, mess, mess up, mix up, muck, muck up, muddle,
     open the lock, perplex, plumb, psych, psych out, puzzle out,
     ramify, ravel out, resolve, riddle, screw up, snafu, snake pit,
     snarl, snarl up, solve, sort out, tangle, tangled skein, unbraid,
     unclutter, uncoil, undo, unknot, unlock, unmix, unravel, unriddle,
     unscramble, unsnarl, untangle, unthread, untwine, untwist, unweave,
     unwind, webwork, wheels within wheels, wilderness, work,
     work out
Oct. 18th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
Just tried clicking on the button to set my "no pop-under ad" ccokie, and it works!

I <3 dictionary.com
Oct. 18th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Help
Oct. 18th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
Google, which plugs into http://www.answers.com/ (which pulls together information from a multitude of places, which often contains something else cool).
Oct. 19th, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
I like Merriam Webster: http://m-w.com
Oct. 20th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
Apr. 11th, 2008 08:46 am (UTC)
There's also the fact that 'cleave' means both to cut something apart and to cling together. 'Raise' and 'raze' are opposites.

Anyway, I use AskOxford.com so I can look words up in the OED.
Apr. 29th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
Hi. I also look most of the time at online dictionaries. I use word web. It's accessible for online and off line use.
( 12 comments — Leave a comment )