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

  • frame can be used as a verb in the sense of "Of a constructed object such as a building, to put together the structural elements." or "Of a picture such as a painting or photograph, to add a decorative border." or "To position visually within a fixed boundary." or "To construct in words so as to establish a context for understanding or interpretation." or "Of a presumably innocent person, to cause to appear guilty."
  • frame can be used as a noun in the sense of "The structural elements of a building or other constructed object." or "The structure of a person's body." or "A rigid, generally rectangular mounting for paper, canvas or other flexible material." or "A piece of photographic film containing an image." or "A context for understanding or interpretation." or "A complete game of snooker, from break-off until all the balls (or as many as necessary to win) have been potted." or "An independent chunk of data sent over the wires of a network." or "A set of balls whose results are added together for scoring purposes. Usually two balls, but only one ball in the case of a strike, and three balls in the case of a strike or a spare in the last frame of a game." or "The outer decorated portion of a stamp's image, often repeated on several issues although the inner picture may change." or "A division of time on a multimedia timeline, such as 1/30th of a second." or "An individually scrollable region of a webpage."

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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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