June 13, 2008

A Free Online Graphical Dictionary Tool for Writing Tutors

by the Journal Editor

Encouraging writers to enjoy the exploration of language requires a variety of approaches and resources. The Visuwords online graphical dictionary is a visual playground of word definitions, associations, and derivations. The following is from their website. I invite you to visit.

"Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.

Enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree. Click and drag the background to pan around and use the mouse wheel to zoom. Hover over nodes to see the definition and click and drag individual nodes to move them around to help clarify connections.

Visuwords™ uses Princeton University’s WordNet, an opensource database built by University students and language researchers. Combined with a visualization tool and user interface built from a combination of modern web technologies, Visuwords™ is available as a free resource to all patrons of the web."

For more information to start exploring immediately, visit Visuwords.com


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