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

  • positive can be used as a noun in the sense of "A thing capable of being affirmed; something real or actual." or "A favourable point or characteristic." or "Something having a positive value in physics, such as an electric charge." or "An adjective or adverb in the positive degree." or "A positive image; one that displays true colors and shades, as opposed to a negative."
  • positive can be used as a adjective in the sense of "Definitively laid down; explicitly stated; clearly expressed, precise, emphatic." or "Fully assured, confident; certain." or "Overconfident, dogmatic." or "Describing the primary sense of an adjective or adverb; not comparative or superlative." or "Derived from an object by itself; not dependent on changing circumstances or relations; absolute." or "Wholly what is expressed; colloquially downright, entire, outright." or "Characterized by the existence or presence of qualities or features, rather than by their absence." or "Characterized by the presence of features which support a hypothesis." or "Characterized by affirmation, constructiveness, or influence for the better; favourable." or "Actual, real, concrete." or "Of a visual image, true to the original in light, shade and colour values." or "Having more protons than electrons." or "Of number, greater than zero." or "HIV positive."

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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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