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

  • stick can be used as a verb in the sense of "To strike someone with a stick" or "To cut a piece of wood to be the stick member of a cope-and-stick joint." or "To glue; to adhere." or "To become attached; to adhere." or "To jam; to stop moving." or "See to stick with." or "To persist." or "Of snow, to remain frozen on landing." or "To remain loyal; to remain firm." or "To place, set down (quickly or carelessly)." or "To press into with a sharp point." or "To perform (a landing) perfectly." or "To propagate plants by cuttings."
  • stick can be used as a noun in the sense of "A small branch from a tree or bush." or "A relatively long, thin piece of wood, of any size." or "A two by four, the standard board used in constructing a frame house." or "Any roughly cylindrical piece of a substance." or "A bunch of something wrapped around or attached to a stick." or "A small rectangular block of shortening (butter, margarine, lard, etc.) in weighing one quarter pound and containing by volume one half cup." or "A standard rectangular piece of chewing gum." or "A cane or walking stick to aid in walking." or "A cudgel or truncheon, especially one carried by police or guards." or "A negative stimulus or a punishment." or "A piece of furniture." or "A manual transmission or vehicle equipped with a manual transmission." or "Vehicles, collectively, equipped with manual transmissions." or "Criticism or ridicule." or "A line of soldiers." or "A memory stick." or "A long thin implement used to control a ball or puck in sports like hockey, polo, and lacrosse." or "The short whip carried by a jockey." or "A board as used in board sports, such as a surfboard, snowboard, or skateboard." or "The pole bearing a small flag that marks the hole." or "" or "An assistant planted in the audience." or "A composing stick, the tool used by compositors to assemble lines of type." or "The control column of an aircraft. By convention a wheel-like control mechanism with a handgrip on opposite sides, similar to that used in automobiles, is also called the "stick"." or "Use of the stick to control the aircraft." or "A fighter pilot." or "The vertical member of a cope-and-stick joint." or "A cluster of bombs dropped in quick succession from an aircraft in order to spread them over a target area." or "A group of paratroopers who jump together." or "A scroll that is rolled around (mounted on, attached to) a stick." or "A quantity of eels, usually 25." or "An English Imperial unit of length equal to 2 inches." or "Corporal punishment; beatings." or "Vigorous driving of a car; gas." or "Vigor; spirit." or "A thin person; particularly a flat-chested woman." or "An unsocial person, particularly one who is either withdrawn or stuck-up." or "A person having the stated quality." or "A cigarette of tobacco or marijuana." or "Approximately one gram of marijuana wrapped in a small cylinder of aluminium foil." or "The clarinet." or "The cue used in billiards, pool, snooker, etc." or "The game of pool, or an individual pool game." or "The traction of tires on the road surface." or "The amount of fishing line resting on the water surface before a cast; line stick."

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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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