Many a time it so happens that we are searching for a particular word with it’s meaning but the word never strikes us even though we know it and have used it previously. This situation may occur to both professional writers as well as amateurish one timers alike and as all would agree, it’s quite nerve-wracking. OneLook’s Reverse Dictionary saves us from such a predicament.
OneLook calls itself the search engine for words and phrases. As per the website, OneLook search engine indexes over 5 million words in more than 900 online dictionaries along with encyclopedias and other reference sites. While, with OneLook, one can Define Words, Find Words and Translate Words, in this post, the emphasis is on OneLook’s Reverse Dictionary.
How do I use OneLook’s Reverse Dictionary to find the words I’m looking for?
This is best explained with the screenshot below that I’ve taken from the OneLook website.
The Reverse Dictionary also enables the usage of Wildcard Patterns which help you shortlist or find the right word easily. Quoting the website:
1) The asterisk (*) matches any number of characters. That means that you can use it as a placeholder for any sequence of letters or symbols. For example, if you enter blueb* you’ll get all the terms that start with “blueb”; if you enter *bird you’ll get all the terms that end with “bird”; if you enter *lueb* you’ll get all the terms that contain the sequence “lueb”, and so forth. An asterisk can match zero characters, too.
2) The question mark (?) matches exactly one character. That means that you can use it as a placeholder for a single letter or symbol. The query l?b?n?n, for example, will find the word “Lebanon”.
3) The number-sign (#) matches any English consonant. For example, the query tra#t finds the word “tract” but not “trait”.
4) The at-sign (@) matches any English vowel. For example, the query abo@t finds the word “about” but not “abort”.
The dictionary definitions in OneLook are arranged according to categories of – General, Art, Business, Computing, Medicine, Miscellaneous, Religion, Science, Slang, Sports, Tech and Phrases making it easier for people to search for words. It is also possible for you to customize the appearance and use the OneLook dictionary straight from the browser with the IE and Firefox search addons.
Check out OneLook’s Reverse Dictionary.