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Defining Words Quickly and Easily using Google and SlickRun
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May 31, 2010
12:28 PM
Casey
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For my first tutorial on DotTech, I will show you how I define words without using a dictionary and without seeing a load of ads. You don’t need SlickRun to do this, but it is a lot faster than typing “define:” into google. I’m sure there are many other ways to do to this, but this one is easy and quick. First, download SlickRun at http://www.fiddler2.com/SlickRun/) Now that you’re familiar with how SlickRun works, right click on the box and choose “New Magic Word…”

 

 

Context Menu

 

 

Up pops the New Magic Word Screen:

 

 

Magic Word Screen

 

 

In the box that is boxed in in red, type word (or whatever you want to type to make it easy for you). In the next box, type:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=define%3A$W$

This is Google’s way of making a search with the text “define:” in front. If you don’t know what “define:” does, why don’t you try it out. Just go to google and type “define:awesome”. It’ll list a bunch of definitions from a lot of different websites WITH NO ADS! In the last part of the url is $W$. That is SlickRun’s way of popping up a text box for you to type in.

 

 

second box

 

 

Now that you’re done editing the fields, click the green check mark in the top right. Now close the little dialog box and click on the rectangle again. Remember how you typed in help? Instead of help type in word (or whatever you chose in the top box). Hit enter and it pops up a little dialog box. Type in the word you want to define and press enter.

 

 

 

 

If you did it right, up comes the various definitions of the word you searched for.  Example of a resulting webpage:

http://www.google.com/search?h…..%3Aawesome

May 31, 2010
6:14 PM
Wheezer
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Wow, way too much work for me. Surprised

I simply highlight the word I want to know the definition for, on a webpage or document, and click the WordWeb icon in my taskbar. That’s it.

The definition, correct spelling, words that are spelled the nearest to how the highlighted word is spelled, synonyms, “type of,” and type, all pop up in an easy to understand small window.

You can also choose between tabs that offer the definition from Wordweb, Wikipedia, Wikitionary, and WordWeb Online.

It can be used online or offline and has no ads. It’s also free.

 

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May 31, 2010
11:19 PM
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WordWeb uses too much resources. I couldn’t play any game with it loaded in the background.

May 31, 2010
11:57 PM
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If you leave Firefox open during the entire time, just go to your favorite definition site (I’ll use Wiktionary) and right click the search box. Click “add a keyword for this search”. Name it something like “Definitions” or “Wiktionary” and give it the keyword “d”. Now just type into the address bar “d word” and it’ll give you the definition of “word”. There, no extra programs needed!

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June 1, 2010
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Locutus said:

If you leave Firefox open during the entire time, just go to your favorite definition site (I’ll use Wiktionary) and right click the search box. Click “add a keyword for this search”. Name it something like “Definitions” or “Wiktionary” and give it the keyword “d”. Now just type into the address bar “d word” and it’ll give you the definition of “word”. There, no extra programs needed!


 

Now THAT’s advice you can use. Man, I’ve been a Firefox user for ages and didn’t even KNOW you could do that!

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The Living Spirit said:

Now THAT’s advice you can use. Man, I’ve been a Firefox user for ages and didn’t even KNOW you could do that!


 

It’s amazingly useful. I mean, you can change it to whatever you want (define waffle, d waffle, djfsakl;djfk waffle) and for whatever you want (y waffle for waffle videos, g waffle for a google search, i waffle for pictures of waffles). Laugh

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