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

  • run can be used as a adjective in the sense of "In a liquid state; melted; molten." or "Exhausted; depleted (especially with "down" or "out".)"
  • run can be used as a noun in the sense of "The act of running." or "The route taken while running." or "A flow of liquid; a leak." or "A small creek or part thereof." or "The amount of something made." or "The top of a step on a staircase, also called a tread, as opposed to the rise." or "A production quantity in a factory." or "A pace faster than a walk." or "A fast gallop." or "An interval of distance or time, a period marked by a continuing trend." or "A series of tries in a game that were successful." or "A regular trip or route." or "A standard or unexceptional group or category." or "An enclosure for an animal; a track or path along which something can travel." or "An errand or the journey associated with an errand." or "A pleasure trip." or "A single trip down a hill, as in skiing and bobsledding." or "A point scored in baseball and cricket." or "A rapid passage in music, especially along a scale." or "A sequence of cards in a suit in a card game." or "A sudden series of demands on a bank or other financial institution, especially characterised by great withdrawals." or "Any sudden large demand for something." or "Unrestricted use of an area." or "Stockings with a run in them (sense 24) A line of knit stitches that has unravelled, particularly in a nylon stocking." or "The stern of the underwater body of a ship from where it begins to curve upward and inward." or "horizontal dimension of a slope."
  • run can be used as a verb in the sense of "To move forward quickly upon two feet by alternately making a short jump off of either foot, compare: walk." or "To go at a fast pace, to move quickly." or "To move or spread quickly." or "To cause to move quickly; to make move lightly." or "To control or manage, be in charge of." or "Of a liquid, to flow." or "Of an object, to have a liquid flowing from it." or "To make a liquid flow; to make liquid flow from an object." or "To extend in space or through a range of possibilities (often with a measure phrase)." or "To extend in time, to last, to continue (usually with a measure phrase)." or "To make something extend in space." or "Of a machine, including computer programs, to be operating or working normally." or "To make a machine operate." or "To execute or carry out a plan, procedure or program." or "To compete in a race." or "To be a candidate in an election." or "To make run in a race or an election." or "To be offered in one of the media." or "To print or broadcast in the media." or "To leak or spread in an undesirable fashion , to bleed (especially used of dye or paint)." or "To become different in a way mentioned (usually to become worse)." or "To go through without stopping, usually illegally." or "To transport someone or something." or "To smuggle illegal goods." or "To cost a large amount of money." or "Of fish, to migrate for spawning." or "To carry a football down the field." or "Of stitches, to unravel." or "To flee away from a danger or towards help." or "To sort through a large volume of produce in quality control." or "To control or have precedence in a card game." or ""

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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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