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

  • rear can be used as a adjective in the sense of "Being behind, or in the hindmost part; hindmost; as, the rear rank of a company."
  • rear can be used as a adverb in the sense of "early; soon"
  • rear can be used as a noun in the sense of "The back or hindmost part; that which is behind, or last on order; - opposed to front." or "Specifically, the part of an army or fleet which comes last, or is stationed behind the rest." or "The buttocks, a creature's bottom"
  • rear can be used as a verb in the sense of "To raise physically; to lift up; to cause to rise, to elevate." or "To construct by building; to set up; as, to rear defenses or houses; to rear one government on the ruins of another." or "To raise spiritually; to lift up; to elevate morally." or "To lift and take up." or "To bring up to maturity, as offspring; to educate; to instruct; to foster." or "To breed and raise; as, to rear cattle (cattle-rearing)." or "To rouse; to strip up." or "To rise up on the hind legs, as a bolting horse." or "To sodomize"

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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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