I believe we all have ever used Wikipedia and perhaps we often use it. And usually, we will use our web browser to search the entry of Wikipedia, won't we?
But using our Mac, it is not necessary for us to open web browser just to look for the entry in Wikipedia. It's because we can use our Dictionary.app to browse through Wikipedia entries.
But initially, you will need to enable Wikipedia as one of your Dictionary sources. Here are the steps to do it:
Of course with similar steps as above, you can also enable Thesaurus or other dictionaries as the source.
Having English as my second language, there are many words that I don't know. As a result, I will need to open Dictionary most of the time.
If everytime I need to launch Dictionary.app to see the word definition, I will waste my precious time and decrease my productivity.
However, thanks to my Mac, with a simple keystrokes Ctrl-Cmd-D a quick dictionary pane will appear right in front of your eyes. If you failed to call the quick dictionary, it's possible that you've previously changed the shortcut. To change the shortcut back, follow these steps:
You can click on the thumbnail for larger view.
Unfortunately, this feature is not supported by some applications, like Firefox.
No much things to show for now, just a bit of fun that you can get with your Mac Dictionary.
First of all, open up your Mac Dictionary, choose to display Thesaurus and type in one of these secret words:
"Varieties of apples: Ambrosia, Baldwin, Braebum, Cameo, etc."
I don't know there are so many varieties of apple. Surprisingly, there is also a variety of apple called McIntosh, which I think, from where the name Macintosh comes into use.
"A democracy in Irag is quite unlikely for now or any time soon."
"Metals and Alloys: Aluminum, Antimony, Brass, Bronze, etc."
But now Google has use Chrome for its web-browser name. Maybe next time we can expect other company to have their browsed code-named Pewter?
Maybe you got other interesting Hidden Dictionary Words to show us? The comment box is always there for you :)
By default, your dictionary's reference libraries shown are
Apple. Obviously, you can add more references to it.
First, go to your
Dictionary Preferences Pane by either using keystrokes Command-Comma or using menu bar
Dictionary ▸ Preferences. Then you will see there are more than four default references which is available for your
Actually, you don't need to open dictionary application each time you want to check the definition of a word. With Leopard, you can trigger your word definition checking (Dictionary) on-the-fly. Like this :
Leopard Dictionary got a new look.
Unlike old Tiger OS where Thesaurus and Dictionary are separated into two different Applications, Mac OS X Leopard integrates Dictionary, Thesaurus, Apple Dictionary and Wikipedia into one single Application called Dictionary.