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This tool allows you to find the grammatical word type of almost any word.

  • blue can be used as a adjective in the sense of "Having a color shade close to blue." or "Depressed, melancholic, sad." or "Pornographic." or "Supportive of, run by, or dominated by the Democratic Party." or "Of the higher-frequency region of the part of the electromagnetic spectrum which is relevant in the specific observation." or "Extra rare; left very red and cold."
  • blue can be used as a noun in the sense of "The colour of the clear sky or the deep sea, between green and violet in the visible spectrum, and one of the primary additive colours for transmitted light; the colour obtained by subtracting red and green from white light using magenta and cyan filters." or "A blue dye or pigment." or "Bluing." or "Blue clothing" or "A blue uniform. See blues." or "The sky, literally or figuratively." or "The ocean; deep waters." or "Anything blue, especially to distinguish it from similar objects differing only in color." or "One of the colour balls used in snooker with a value of 5 points." or "A bluefish." or "An argument." or "A liquid with an intense blue colour, added to a laundry wash to prevent yellowing of white clothes." or "a type of firecracker in the imagination of the person who wrote this entry."
  • blue can be used as a verb in the sense of "To make or become blue." or "To treat the surface of steel so that it is passivated chemically and becomes more resistant to rust."

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For those interested in a little info about this site: it's a side project that I developed while working on Describing Words and Related Words. Both of those projects are based around words, but have much grander goals. I had an idea for a website that simply explains the word types of the words that you search for - just like a dictionary, but focussed on the part of speech of the words. And since I already had a lot of the infrastructure in place from the other two sites, I figured it wouldn't be too much more work to get this up and running.

The dictionary is based on the amazing Wiktionary project by wikimedia. I initially started with WordNet, but then realised that it was missing many types of words/lemma (determiners, pronouns, abbreviations, and many more). This caused me to investigate the 1913 edition of Websters Dictionary - which is now in the public domain. However, after a day's work wrangling it into a database I realised that there were far too many errors (especially with the part-of-speech tagging) for it to be viable for Word Type.

Finally, I went back to Wiktionary - which I already knew about, but had been avoiding because it's not properly structured for parsing. That's when I stumbled across the UBY project - an amazing project which needs more recognition. The researchers have parsed the whole of Wiktionary and other sources, and compiled everything into a single unified resource. I simply extracted the Wiktionary entries and threw them into this interface! So it took a little more work than expected, but I'm happy I kept at it after the first couple of blunders.

Special thanks to the contributors of the open-source code that was used in this project: the UBY project (mentioned above), @mongodb and express.js.

Currently, this is based on a version of wiktionary which is a few years old. I plan to update it to a newer version soon and that update should bring in a bunch of new word senses for many words (or more accurately, lemma).

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