What's new in Version 2
How do I use OneLook's thesaurus / reverse dictionary feature?
This tool lets you describe a concept and get
back a list of words and phrases related to that concept.
Your description can be anything at all: a single word, a few words,
or even a whole sentence. Type in your description and hit
Enter (or select a word that shows up in the autocomplete preview)
to see the related words.
Why would I want to do this?
Here are some examples of how you might use this tool:
|· Find a word if you only know its definition
before the flood,
search for food,
urge to travel,
being tried twice for the same crime,
when cancer spreads through the body,
|· Explore synonyms and related concepts
|· Generate a list of words in some category
|· Answer basic identification questions
What is the capital of Vietnam
Who is Big Bird's friend on Sesame Street
What is the longest river in the world?
|· Solve crossword puzzle clues, or find words if you only know some of the letters|
(Use pattern:clue syntax)
Has this changed recently?
Yes! Here's a description of what's changed for version 2.0
still access version 1.0 here
or click on the link that says "Try your query on the old system" that appears at the very
bottom of the results page.
How does it work?
The reverse dictionary uses the Datamuse API
which in turn uses several lingustic resources described in the "Data sources" section
on that page.
Yikes. Why are so many of my search results complete nonsense?
For some types of searches only the
first result or the first few results are likely to be useful.
We urge you to click on
a word to check its definition before using it in your Oscars
acceptance speech or honors thesis.
If you get back nothing but junk, try restating your
query so that it's just two or three simple words.
Some queries are very difficult for our system. That's because
not every dictionary
indexed by OneLook is used by the reverse dictionary, and our search
algorithm still needs a lot of work. We're continually
adding more references and improving the precision of the system.
Can I use this service from anywhere on OneLook?
Just type a colon (:
) into any OneLook search box, followed by your concept. If you put
a wildcard pattern
before the colon, your results will be filtered by that pattern. (This is particularly useful for crossword puzzle help, as shown in the examples above.)
Can I add this to my browser's search bar?
Certainly! Just follow these instructions
Is there an API for retrieving these results programmatically?
Yes! Check out the Datamuse API
You can send feedback here