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

  • square can be used as a noun in the sense of "A polygon with four sides of equal length and four angles of 90 degrees; a regular quadrilateral whose angles are all 90 degrees." or "An L- or T-shaped tool used to place objects or draw lines at right angles." or "An open space in a town, not necessarily square in shape, often containing trees, seating and other features pleasing to the eye." or "Anything, such as tiles or cut pieces of material, primarily defined by being square in shape." or "The second power of a number, value, term or expression." or "A socially conventional person; typically associated with the 1950s" or "The symbol # on a telephone; hash." or "The central area of a cricket field, containing several pitches laid out next to one another - only one being used at a time." or "A unit of measurement of area, equal to a 10 foot by 10 foot square, ie. 100 square feet or roughly 9.3 square metres. Used in real estate for the size of a house or its rooms, though progressively being replaced by square metres in metric countries such as Australia." or "A dessert cut into rectangular pieces, or a piece of such a dessert." or "A mortarboard" or "A square meal." or "A unit used in measuring roof area equivalent to 100 square feet (9.29 m2) of roof area."
  • square can be used as a verb in the sense of "To adjust so as to align with or place at a right angle to something else." or "To resolve." or "Of a value, term or expression, to multiply by itself; to raise to the second power." or "To draw, with a pair of compasses and a straightedge only, a square with the same [[area] as."
  • square can be used as a adjective in the sense of "Shaped like a square (the polygon)." or "At right angles to." or "Used in the names of units of area formed by multiplying a unit of length by itself." or "Honest; straightforward." or "Fair." or "Socially conventional; boring." or "in line with the batsman's popping crease." or "Correctly aligned with respect to something else"

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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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