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

  • fine can be used as a adjective in the sense of "Of superior quality." or "Of a particular grade of quality, usually between very good and very fine, and below mint." or "Sunny and not raining." or "(informal) Being acceptable, adequate, passable, or satisfactory." or "(informal) Good-looking, attractive." or "Consisting of especially minute particulate; made up of particularly small pieces." or "Particularly slender; especially thin, narrow, or of small girth." or "Made of slender or thin filaments." or "Subtle, delicately balanced." or "Behind the batsman and at a small angle to the line between the wickets."
  • fine can be used as a verb in the sense of "to make finer, purer, or cleaner" or "to become finer, purer, or cleaner" or "to clarify (wine and beer) by filtration" or "To issue a fine as punishment to (someone)."
  • fine can be used as a adverb in the sense of "expression of agreement"
  • fine can be used as a noun in the sense of "something that is fine; fine particles" or "A payment or fee issued as punishment for breaking the law." or "The end of a musical composition." or "The location in a musical score that indicates the end of the piece, particularly when the piece ends somewhere in the middle of the score due to a section of the music being repeated."

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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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