Q: I'm an iPad owner that is overwhelmed by the number of applications available. Where should I start if I'm looking for a good dictionary and thesaurus?
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Are you a word gawker? Do trips to the dictionary lead past your original target? Skip today's Starbucks and spend it on an app that's perfect for English language explorers. On the surface, it looks and acts like a dictionary -- one that's powered by Princeton's WordNet project, which specializes in identifying meaningful relations between words. It's the extra treats that'll woo word hounds: bookmarkable favorites, a pad for adding notes to words, links to more- and less-specific neighbors (plus plain ol' synonyms), emailable definitions, and an in-app web browser with built-in links for each term to other online dictionaries. It's a wonderful way to explore your mother (or other) tongue.
WORD WANDER: Cool: most terms come with not only synonyms, but also less- and more-specific lists. Water down azure, for example, and you get blue and blueness. A cozenge is a specific type of swindle, whereas fraud is the more general category of intentional deception. Climbing the definitional tree in this manner from root to lead is a thoroughly fun way for word geeks to boost their word count. Tip: don't like the "Words of the Day" lineup? Tap the refresh icon in the lower-left corner for a new batch.