WordWeb (http://wordweb.info ) is a handy little tool for editors. A dictionary and thesaurus utility, WordWeb sits in your Windows system tray and is activated from within almost any program. The program looks up words to yield definitions, offer alternative synonyms or antonyms, and to correct spelling. It works with word processing applications, web browsers, email clients and novel-writing software.
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Once installed it is simple to use. You simply highlight a word in a given text (something you are editing in a word processor or something you are reading online), then you either click on the little icon in your system tray or use the default keyboard shortcut CTRL+ALT+W. WordWeb pops up with a dictionary definition of your highlighted word, and a sample sentence demonstrating correct usage of the word.
For each word selected, WordWeb offers a large choice of synonyms and antonyms. By clicking on the "Replace" button, WordWeb will allow you to easily replace the selected word with a synonym; this also works in online forums. Instead of replacing a word you may choose to continue exploring. By clicking on a synonym you are able to view even more synonyms and definitions. It is truly a word-web.
You can confine your search to the parts of speech that interest you by clicking on the "Noun", "Verb", "Adjective", or "Adverb" buttons. By clicking on "Type" or "Type of" WordWeb reveals specific types of the word. For example, the word "edit" brings up "alter", "black out", "copyedit", "cut up", and "subedit".
The WordWeb database boasts more than 150,000 root works and 118,000 synonym sets. It will also link you directly to an online dictionary that has translation capabilities, as well as to a web search of your highlighted word.
WordWeb only works in a Windows environment. A free version is available for personal use and the Pro version (which has extra features, including a tool for solving anagrams) is available for $19.