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Google Dictionary Extension for Chrome

Posted By Kevin On October 5, 2011 @ 11:31 AM In Using The Internet | 1 Comment

Finding word definitions on the web just became easier, thanks to a new extension for Google Chrome [1]. With this feature installed, simply double-clicking a word on a web page activates a pop-up with a definition of that word.

To give it a try, head over to the Chrome Web Store [2] and click the Add to Chrome button (it’s only available for Chrome).

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In the Confirm Installation dialog box, click Install.

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One of two ways to find a definition is to click the Google Dictionary icon on the toolbar, type a word, and click the Define button.

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Although, as mentioned above, the true beauty of this feature is the ability to simply double-click a word on a web page to find the definition (to hear the word spoken, click the speaker icon).

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If the definition provided isn’t the one intended in the text, or if you’re just looking for a different, or more comprehensive definition, click the More link (lower right corner of the pop-up) to open a page with expanded choices.

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You can also double-click a word within the pop-up to find a definition for that word.

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To manage the Chrome dictionary extension, right-click the icon and select Options.

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Shown below, in Options, the Ctrl key was added as a trigger. This way, holding the Ctrl key, while double clicking the word, is necessary to pull up a definition, avoiding an automatic pop-up each time a word is double-clicked.

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Several complaints are posted on the download page, mostly involving language translation. As someone who speaks one language with only relative fluency, this was not a problem for me, but it’s something to consider if you’re looking for foreign language definitions.

~Kevin


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[1] Google Chrome: http://www.google.com/chrome?&brand=CHMB&utm_campaign=en&utm_source=en-ha-na-us-sk&utm_medium=ha

[2] Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/mgijmajocgfcbeboacabfgobmjgjcoja