Site of the Week: Metaglossary

If you know of any useful websites or perhaps run one yourself, feel free to recommend it. If I find your site suitable for my weekly feature then I will do my utmost to accommodate it. In return I might merely ask that you link to my blog. But please (and I mean this in the politest possible terms) do not ask me to advertise your commercial service.

More of a general research tool than a writer’s tool, metaglossary is a search engine that gives you a definition and common usage of any word, term, acronyms, phrases and technical jargon. It provides links to websites from which those terms were obtained too.

I used to use the google define: function for this sort of search but recently it has fallen by the wayside. Metaglossary may be the answer and it already seems far more comprehensive than the define function ever was.

I entered several search terms. For instance, entering “chocolate” gives a list of words related to the confectionary, a section of shades of the colour brown, the use of the word in the context of wine-tasting and finally the Snow Patrol single of the same name.

Users are also able to submit their own definitions too if one is lacking and to recommend definitions as helpful or unhelpful.


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