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An online Educational Dictionary-Thesaurus, this web site features a search function for looking up the definition of words and phrases. Help is easily available including Anatomy of an Entry which explains how to read a search result. It also includes word practice and games, words of the week, a newsletter, and more.
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Material Type: Reference Material
Date Added to MERLOT: April 03, 2000
Date Modified in MERLOT: April 27, 2014


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Primary Audience: College General Ed
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Language: English
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Avatar for Barb Dougherty
3 years ago

Barb Dougherty (Faculty)

I explored the website and did not like the ads included. However I did the exercise and found it a great learning experience.  When I went to the website listed to return my work the webpage address was not listed. Also the directions for this should be more methodical.  The exercise can be done with any dictionary and this should at least be noted.

Technical Remarks:

The website for return of work does not function.

The instructions are not easy to follow, they are not specific enough.

Time spent reviewing site: 1.5 hours including doing the exercise

8 years ago


I found it to be a great resource!
Used in course

Avatar for Joe Antinarella
14 years ago

Joe Antinarella (Faculty)

WordSmyth is a useful site for a quick word search and analysis. I spent more
than an hour browsing all the links but found the word search capability the
most useful for students.

The definitions and list of synonyms provided for words typed into the search
box are accessible for students.

I use this site with online students to encourage them to look up the meanings
of words they encounter in literature that they read while engaged in a
composition and literature course.

I expect them to gain some facility and familiarity with this online
dictionary/thesaurus and to use the site often to define words they encounter in
literature to enhance their understanding of what they read.

First timer users will have no problem navigating this site.

Technical Remarks:

No special requiements.