What is the source of Terminology’s dictionary?
Terminology is based on Princeton University’s WordNet lexical database. WordNet is a semantic reference focused on the relationships between words in the English language. The offline dictionary in Terminology is built with the latest 3.1 release of Wordnet. Wordnet is unique in that is focused on the relationships between words. It provides concise definitions and sample sentences, but also a variety other information about synonyms, antonyms, more and less specific terms - as well as relationships like “member of”, “parts”. (see below for more information on relationships available).
We do not make any modifications, either as additions or ommissions, from the original WordNet source data.
Why isn’t a certain word in Terminology?
Terminology’s data is not designed to be an exhaustive dictionary. It lists only nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in their root (lemma) form – along with an assortment of important phrases and proper names of people and locations. Terminology’s concise definitions and extensive word relationships make it a great cross between a dictionary and thesaurus and particularly well suited to assisting in word selection.
What “word relationships” are available in Terminology?
Not all of these relationships are applicable to all terms in Terminology’s dictionary, but all the following types of relationships from Wordnet’s data are exposed where available:
- Less specific
- More specific
- Part of
- Member of
- Used in
- Pertains to
- Is a
- Similar to
- See also
- Topic Members
- Member of topics
- Region members
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