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

  • green can be used as a verb in the sense of "To make (something) green, to turn (something) green." or "To add green spaces to (a town)." or "To become environmentally aware." or "To make (something) environmentally friendly."
  • green can be used as a adjective in the sense of "The color the perception of which is evoked by light having a spectrum dominated by energy with a wavelength of roughly 520–570-nm." or "The color produced by mixing yellow and blue pigments." or "Having green as its color." or "Sickly, unwell." or "Inexperienced." or "Environmentally friendly." or "Overcome with envy." or "Describing a pitch which, even if there is no visible grass, still contains a significant amount of moisture" or "Of bacon or similar smallgoods, unprocessed, raw, unsmoked; not smoked or spiced." or "Unripe, said of certain fruits that change color when they ripen." or "Of wine, high or too high in acidity." or "Of freshly cut wood or lumber that has not been dried, containing moisture and therefore relatively more flexible or springy." or "naïve or unaware of obvious facts."
  • green can be used as a noun in the sense of "The colour of growing foliage, as well as other plant cells containing chlorophyll; the colour between yellow and blue in the visible spectrum; one of the primary additive colour for transmitted light; the colour obtained by subtracting red and blue from white light using cyan and yellow filters." or "A member of a green party; an environmentalist." or "A putting green, the part of a golf course near the hole." or "The surface upon which bowls is played." or "One of the colour balls used in snooker with a value of 3 points." or "a public patch of land in the middle of a settlement." or "marijuana."

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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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