WordWeb – The Desktop Dictionary

After getting tired of pulling up dictionary.com every time I came across a word I didn’t know, I explored the inter-webs in search of an intuitive desktop application for all of my linguistic needs. Enter WordWeb! The only desktop dictionary you will ever need. “The days of consulting a worn dog-eared print dictionary seem to be behind us now,” writes Mark O’Neill in this review. “Nice desktop alternatives such as WordWeb make us miss them a little less.” All you have to do is hold “Ctrl” and right-click on a word. WordWeb pops up and gives you the definition. Sometimes it doesn’t read the word correctly, especially if it’s an unusual or stylized font. But if that happens there’s a search box at the top, letting you enter it in manually. Plus, because it’s a desktop app, you don’t even need to be connected to the internet to use it! Perfect for when you’re on the go without a hot-spot.

It’s not incredibly sexy looking, but it makes up for that in cost; it’s free! Providing you follow the unusual license agreement. I’ve been using the free version of WordWeb for a few months now. The Pro version is $19 dollars, but all the pro version has is cute bonus features; almost everything you could ever need or want in a dictionary app is available with the free version. I’ve become so accustomed to using WordWeb, I sometimes Ctrl + right-click words on computers that don’t even have WordWeb installed! A big thumbs up from me.

I wonder how they enforce this agreement…

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