Dictionary.com redefines the term “Useful App”

Aug 30, 2009
Tech

The last time I checked, an unabridged dictionary tips the scale at some hernia-inducing weight. Now behold Dictionary.com, which packs an entire Random House Unabridged Dictionary into your iPhone. And a thesaurus. And a “recent” function to revisit, say, spelling sticklers. And a “word of the day” function. As if that weren’t enough, the Dictionary.com […]

The last time I checked, an unabridged dictionary tips the scale at some hernia-inducing weight. Now behold Dictionary.com, which packs an entire Random House Unabridged Dictionary into your iPhone. And a thesaurus. And a “recent” function to revisit, say, spelling sticklers. And a “word of the day” function.

As if that weren’t enough, the Dictionary.com iPhone app is smarter than you are. I tried stumping it with “myocardial infarction,” and it suggested I look that up before I could type the first five letters. It also suggested seven other options.

Okay, this is a word program, not one for math. But let’s crunch some numerals: Dictionary.com dishes 275,000 definitions and 80,000 synonyms. And it’s free, as of this writing. Compare that with the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary app, which has 225,000 entries and a mind-boggling app price tag of $24.99.

Quick, my trusty Dictionary.com app: What sayest thou in terms of synonyms for “Webster app” and “ripoff”?

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Lou Carlozo

Former Chicago Tribune DVD columnist, current music critic at Christian Century, paid blogger/columnist for AOL's WalletPop and True/Slant ... but most important, a proud owner of an iPhone 3Gs and one of the first in Chicago to own a duo-core MacBook Pro laptop. Flash back 30 years; my first computer ever in 1979: an Apple II.

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