03-26-2012 04:21 AM CET - Science & Education

RES Presents "Definition", a Dictionary Site for Writers

Press release from: RES Inc

A month ago, RES introduced a definition site designed for readers. Today, RES unveils the second step, a major new definitions site designed for writers, with unique content not found anywhere else. Better yet, it's free and it's not overwhelmed with ads.

The Definition site not only gives definitions, but lets visitors delve into the subtleties of what the word means. It's designed to help visitors find the right word, without all the clutter that writers don't need.

The Definition web site has been completely rethought to make it useful for writing. Designed for browsing and leafing through, just like a paper dictionary, it reveals its sources through what is called a semantic concordance, a list of published examples where a word was used with that precise meaning. This is unique to this site, no other free dictionary site does anything like it.

The rhyme section is another unique feature. For most words it provides a list of words that rhyme, with the best rhymes first, all the way up to half-rhymes or near-rhymes. For those who are tired of pronunciation keys with strange symbols that no one understands, this site provides plain and clear pronunciation symbols and homonyms.

A leader in the area of reference web sites, RES already runs some popular dictionary sites. After analysis of the logs from billions of dictionary site visits, RES lexicographers saw that there are two different types of users of dictionary sites. There are those whose visits are long and frequent, who look up several words, exploring different senses and related terms, and there are others who look for the definition of a single word and leave. The first group was named "writers" and the second "readers." Definition.com.co is intended as a dictionary for writers.

Most dictionary sites are designed around the databases of content that the site owners had access to, not on the needs of the visitors. This second site focuses on the needs of writers, including copious examples and real-world usage, related terms, and other words that rhyme or sound alike or with similar spelling. The writer targeted is not the professional author or linguist, but an intelligent person who needs to compose a text.

Want to know the subtleties of the definition of a word? With hundreds of thousands of words and word senses, much more than the norm for English dictionaries, definition.com.co is the place to look it all up.

RES is a private company based in Ottawa, Canada, with a number of reference web sites, including pharmaceutical and medical research, dictionaries, and translation.

Press Contact:
Tony ODonnell
RES Inc.
3B-15 Antares Dr.
Ottawa, Ontario

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