Lorraine has provided some information on a software tool that she uses. Have a read below.
I have been using a FREE software tool called WordWeb and I thought some of our members might like to know about it. I find it a great help. It can be downloaded from http://wordweb.info/
Once installed on your computer, it integrates with almost any writing/text editing/wordprocessing program and when you select any word and press the hot key, it displays a very advanced dictionary/thesaurus showing the word definition and synonyms etc. You don't have to be online to use it, which is a plus, but if you are there are tabs to get further information via instant lookup from Wikipedia and other online references.
You can set the hot key combination, which by default is CTRL-ALT-W, to activate it. It seems to run smoothly and not interfere with anything (I've been using it for over a year now).
I find it brilliant. The Pro version, which costs $22, also has a 'find words like/containing' feature that would be great for writing poetry. I am tempted to try it. It apparently also features a 'reverse search' which lets you type in a definition and it finds the word (something I need lately, as my memory seems to be failing me!)
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- Fairfield, Queensland, Australia
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