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When you click on Download in the menu, you will be able to download a PDF format version of the dictionary. This format allows you to read the dictionary on your computer as if you were reading a copy of the print edition. It is an exact duplicate of the print edition, but in electronic form. Once you have downloaded it you can read the dictionary without being connected to the internet.
You can also print out parts of the dictionary if you have a printer.
When you click on Browse in the menu, you will see the dictionary in an alphabetical format.
This shows the dictionary ordered by the vernacular alphabet letters and allows you to see a whole letter section of the dictionary at a time.
This shows lists of glossing language words that have definitions in the dictionary. These lists are ordered by the glossing language alphabet letters. You can click on words in the glossing language lists to see the corresponding vernacular words in the dictionary.
This shows the dictionary ordered by Semantic Domains (Categories of meaning) and allows you to see all the vernacular words that fall within a particular category.
The domains are sorted in a hierarchy or by name on the left of the screen. You can easily expand the hierarchy by clicking on the + signs to find words in an area of meaning.
Some parts of the dictionary displayed are links. If you hover your mouse over a word and it turns into a pointed finger, then you can click on that word and the dictionary will jump to the word you have clicked on.
When you click on Search in the menu, you will be able to access the main search function for the dictionary. Here you can enter search terms into the Search box. Clicking the Search button will then search the dictionary for the words that you enter.
The search results are weighted so that entries which a person is more likely to be interested in will rise to the top of the search results. For example, if “salt” is found in a headword, that entry will rise to the top. But if “salt” is found in the definition of an entry, it will sink lower in search results.
The weighting is as follows:
If you get too many search results, you can limit your search by using the drop-down boxes for Language, or Part of Speech.
You can search on parts of words. If your search consists of three characters or less the search will not proceed (due to the possibility of getting too many results) and you will receive the message:
Because of the brevity of your search term, partial search was omitted.
Click here to include searching through partial words.
If you actually do want to search on such a brief item, click on the message and your search will proceed.
When search results are displayed your search term will be highlighted in light blue. This enables you to see at a glance the results that contain your search term.
When search results are displayed, you will notice that most items are links. If you hover your mouse over a link it will be highlighted with an underline and your mouse pointer will change to a pointed-finger. You can then click on the link. If the link is a:
Sometimes it is useful to find words that are similar in meaning. This is hard to do in a normal printed dictionary. But it is really easy with Webonary. This is because all the words in the Dictionary are categorized into areas of meaning. Linguists call these areas of meaning Semantic Domains. To find words that belong to the same semantic domain do the following:
When a pdf version of the dictionary is provided, the link will be shown here.
To search for a word, type it into the box on the right.
You can search for a word or part of a word in Ninam or Portuguese.
To enter characters unavailable on the keyboard, click on one of the buttons above the search box.
[Tip: you can ignore the Languages and Parts of Speech drop-down boxes - they are for advanced searches]