By Tina Gallagher
It wasn’t long ago that a dictionary was a big book of thin pages filled with tiny print. Today, all those words and definitions are just a click of the mouse, a tap of the keyboard, or a mobile app away.
According to Shravan Goli, President of Dictionary.com, “Dictionary.com serves an average of 50 million unique users worldwide every month through its online properties, including Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com and Reference.com.”
“Dictionary.com (www.dictionary.com) offers one of the most popular and authoritative online and mobile dictionaries available today, with helpful features such as audio pronunciations and example sentences. We offer the most comprehensive online thesaurus (www.thesarus.com) with over 90,000 synonyms and antonyms. The reference/encyclopedia (http://www.reference.com) section includes deep and engaging content on a wide variety of subjects targeting education and lifestyle content.”
In addition to the strong presence online, Dictionary.com is a leader in the mobile space with more than 34 million app downloads across iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, and Windows, offering a selection of learning apps giving users the ability to accurately define, pronounce, and apply words in the moment.
And best of all, the Dictionary.com site is free for all users. The mobile app is also available to download for free. For iPhone users who prefer an ad-free experience, there is a paid version available.
A new feature on Dictionary.com is the mobile Flashcard app. Available for both Android and iPhone, the Flashcards offer students the ability to create fun, tailored study programs accessible anywhere, anytime by simply providing terms. Students customize the 70,000 flashcard decks and study by grade level, standardized test, or subject. They also select their method of study – audio pronunciation or definition matching.
Besides the Flashcards, Dictionary.com offers other cool features:
• Dictionary.com Spanish helps users of all levels, from the novice to the advanced student, develop a greater command of Spanish. The Spanish dictionary contains 750,000 Spanish-English entries, along with contextual differences in word meaning by category. Other features include synonyms, full text translations, spelling suggestions, Word of the Day, Phrase of the Day, Grammar Tip of the Day, Situation of the Week, weekly vocabulary list, and a Travel Narrative of an American student living in Spain.
• Quotes can influence and inspire. In a key moment, everyone seeks a flash of wisdom that only a classic quotation can provide. Dictionary.com offers over 60,000 famous quotations, aphorisms, proverbs, and quips from sources that are classic and essential as well as surprising and dynamic.
• Dictionary.com’s brain building games and tools are designed to entertain and educate, and are highly addictive.
• The Hot Word Blog serves as a real-time dictionary and examines trendy words.
Dictionary.com has evolved into a comprehensive online and mobile word learning destination that offers immediate, free help to students and caters to their personal learning goals.
“We offer interactive tools and comprehensive content that give students an academic advantage in fun and engaging ways,” says Gali. “Our goal is to aid students with their research, provide an accessible, interactive learning experience that bridges the classroom with daily life, and help sharpen their skills to excel in an increasingly competitive environment.”
“Our highly portable, adaptive and customizable site provides proven study and test methods across multiple platforms, as well as interactive study tools that support curriculums from elementary through graduate school, offering a free, easy way to enrich the educational experience. We will continue to evolve into a comprehensive learning platform that supports all curriculums offering an increasingly personalized learning experience that grows along with the user to become an extension of their individual learning habits and preferences.”