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

  • cut can be used as a adjective in the sense of "Having been cut." or "Reduced." or "Carved into a shape; not raw." or "Played with a horizontal bat to hit the ball backward of point." or "Having muscular definition in which individual groups of muscle fibers stand out among larger muscles." or "Circumcised."
  • cut can be used as a noun in the sense of "An opening resulting from cutting." or "The act of cutting." or "The result of cutting." or "A share or portion." or "A batsman's shot played with a swinging motion of the bat, to hit the ball backward of point." or "Sideways movement of the ball through the air caused by a fast bowler imparting spin to the ball." or "The act or right of dividing a deck of playing cards." or "The manner or style a garment is fashioned in." or "A slab, especially of meat." or "An attack made with a chopping motion of the blade, landing with its edge or point." or "A deliberate snub, typically a refusal to return a bow or other acknowledgement of acquaintance." or "A definable part, such as an individual song, of a recording, particularly of commercial records, audio tapes, CDs, etc." or "A truncation, a context that represents a moment in time when other archaeological deposits were removed for the creation of some feature such as a ditch or pit."
  • cut can be used as a verb in the sense of "To perform an incision, for example with a knife." or "To divide with a knife, scissors, or another sharp instrument." or "To separate from prior association; to remove a portion of a recording during editing." or "To enter a queue in the wrong place." or "To cease recording activities." or "To reduce, especially intentionally." or "To form or shape by cutting." or "To intersect or cross in such a way as to divide in half or nearly so." or "To make the ball spin sideways by running one's fingers down the side of the ball while bowling it." or "To not attend a class, especially when not permitted." or "To change direction suddenly." or "To divide a pack of playing cards into two" or "To dilute a liquid, usually alcohol."

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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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