If you are searching for a meaning of a word or a term, the Definitions feature of Google Search should come in handy.
Till now if I wanted to quickly lookup a meaning for a word say preposterous, I used to search in Google with this keyword
To see a definition for a word or phrase, simply type the word “define,” then a space, and then the word(s) you want defined. If Google has seen a definition for the word or phrase on the Web, it will retrieve that information and display it at the top of your search results.
You can also get a list of definitions by including the special operator “define:” with no space between it and the term you want defined.
However the feature doesn’t take the case of the keyword into consideration. For e.g.
- define SIP returns with “a small drink”. I was looking for the definition of Session Initiation Protocol.
- define LAMP returns with the definition of lamp, not the open source web platform
What I observed is that this feature doesn’t handle abbreviations properly and I jotted this down in Matt’s Smaller Issues Post.
Also note these 2 searches –
- define Google : Google, a popular search engine, is a tool for finding resources on the World Wide Web. Google scans web pages to find instances of the keywords you have entered in the search box.
- define Microsoft : NetMeeting, Windows and Windows NT are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
Is Definitions search partial ? It doesn’t give a good definition of Microsoft 🙂 Wonder why ?
Also the definition search might not always return the right answer.
- define donkey – the symbol of the Democratic Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874
Irrespective of these “glitches”, “Definition” search is a great feature. I have been using this from past 2 weeks and it does save a lot of time !