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

  • walk can be used as a noun in the sense of "A trip made by walking." or "A distance walked." or "An Olympic Games track event requiring that the heel of the leading foot touch the ground before the toe of the trailing foot leaves the ground." or "A manner of walking; a person's style of walking." or "A path, sidewalk/pavement or other maintained place on which to walk. Compare trail." or "An instance of walking a batter."
  • walk can be used as a verb in the sense of "To move on the feet by alternately setting each foot (or pairs of feet, in the case of quadrupeds) forward, with at least one foot on the ground at all times. Compare run." or "To go free, particularly when actually guilty." or "Of an object, to be stolen." or "(of a batsman) To walk off the field, as if given out, after the fielding side appeals and before the umpire has ruled; done as a matter of sportsmanship when the batsman knows he is out." or "To travel (a distance) by walking." or "To take for a walk or accompany on a walk." or "To allow a batter to reach base by pitching four balls." or "To move something by shifting between two positions, as if it were walking." or "To full; to beat cloth to give it the consistency of felt." or "To traverse by walking (or analogous gradual movement)." or "To leave, resign." or "To push (a vehicle) alongside oneself as one walks."

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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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