Definitions via Google

Most schoolkids have access to dictionaries and encyclopedias, both on- and off-line. The problem with them is that they generally present only a single definition of a term, which the student may or may not truly grasp.

To get a more complete understanding, wouldn’t it be great if a student could look a term up in multiple dictionaries simultaneously – preferably dictionaries designed for completely different functions and written in completely different styles.

Well, now they can, through a little-known Google search term; ‘define’. Here are some examples. Try them:

As you’ll see from the examples above, the form is

  • define:word or
  • define:”phrase”

I’d be fascinated to hear if your students take to it.

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