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

  • point can be used as a verb in the sense of "To extend the index finger in the direction of something in order to show where it is or to draw attention to it." or "To draw attention to something or indicate a direction." or "To repair mortar." or "To direct or encourage (someone) in a particular direction" or "To repair by removing and replacing loose mortar." or "To direct the central processing unit to seek information at a certain location in memory." or "To direct requests sent to a domain name to the IP address corresponding to that domain name."
  • point can be used as a noun in the sense of "A discrete divison of something." or "# An individual element in a larger whole; a particular detail, thought, or quality." or "#: The Congress debated the finer points of the bill." or "# A particular moment in an event or occurrence; a juncture." or "#: There comes a point in a marathon when some people give up." or "#: At this point in the meeting, I'd like to propose a new item for the agenda." or "# Condition, state." or "#:She was not feeling in good point." or "# A topic of discussion or debate; a proposition, a focus of conversation or consideration." or "#:I made the point that we all had an interest to protect." or "# The smallest quantity of something; a jot, a whit." or "#*1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.ii:" or "#*:full large of limbe and euery ioint / He was, and cared not for God or man a point." or "# A tiny amount of time; a moment." or "# A specific location or place, seen as a spatial position." or "#: We should meet at a pre-arranged point." or "# A zero-dimensional mathematical object representing a location in one or more dimensions; something considered to have position but no magnitude or direction." or "# A purpose or objective." or "#: Since the decision has already been made, I see little point in further discussion." or "# A full stop or other terminal punctuation mark." or "# A distinguishing quality or characteristic." or "#:Logic isn't my strong point." or "# Something tiny, as a pinprick; a very small mark." or "#:The stars showed as tiny points of yellow light." or "# A tenth; formerly also a twelfth." or "#:Possession is nine points of the law." or "# Each of the marks or strokes written above letters, especially in Semitic languages, to indicate vowels, stress etc." or "# A unit of scoring in a game or competition." or "#: The one with the most points will win the game" or "# A decimal point (now especially when reading decimal fractions aloud)." or "#: 10.5 ("ten point five"; = ten and a half)" or "# A unit used to express differences in prices of stocks and shares." or "# a unit of measure equal to 1/12 of a pica, or approximately 1/72 of an inch (exactly 1/72 of an inch in the digital era)." or "# An electric power socket." or "A sharp extremity." or "# The sharp tip of an object." or "#: Cut the skin with the point of the knife." or "# Any projecting extremity of an object." or "# An object which has a sharp or tapering tip." or "#:His cowboy belt was studded with points." or "# Each of the twelve triangular positions in either table of a backgammon board, on which the stones are played." or "# A peninsula or promontory." or "# The position at the front or vanguard of an advancing force." or "#* 2005, Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home: America in the Great Stoned Age, 1945–2000, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-0-7432-3011-6, [http://books.google.com/books?id=j16Lsej_q-YC&pg=PA189&dq=point page 189]:" or "#*: Willie Jones decided to become Kimani Jones, Black Panther, on the day his best friend, Otis Nicholson, stepped on a mine while walking point during a sweep in the central highlands." or "# Each of the main directions on a compass, usually considered to be 32 in number; a direction." or "# A railroad switch." or "# An area of contrasting colour on an animal, especially a dog; a marking." or "#: The point color of that cat was a deep, rich sable." or "# A fielding position square of the wicket on the off side, between gully and cover."

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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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