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

  • one can be used as a numeral in the sense of "A numerical value equal to 1; the first number in the set of natural numbers (especially in number theory); the cardinality of the smallest nonempty set." or "The ordinality of an element which has no predecessor, usually called first or number one."
  • one can be used as a pronoun in the sense of "one thing (among a group of others); one member of a group" or "any person (applying to people in general)"
  • one can be used as a noun in the sense of "The neutral element with respect to multiplication in a ring." or "The digit or figure 1." or "A one-dollar bill." or "One run scored by hitting the ball and running between the wickets; a single."
  • one can be used as a adjective in the sense of "Of a period of time, being particular; as, one morning, one year." or "Being a single, unspecified thing; a; any." or "Sole, only." or "Whole, entire." or "In agreement." or "The same." or "Being a preeminent example." or "Being an unknown person with the specified name."

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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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