This tool allows you to find the grammatical word type of almost any word.
- well can be used as a adverb in the sense of "Accurately, competently." or "Completely, fully." or "To a significant degree." or "Very (as a general-purpose intensifier)."
- well can be used as a adjective in the sense of "In good health." or "Prudent; good; well-advised."
- well can be used as a interjection in the sense of "Used to acknowledge a statement or situation (short form for "that is well")." or "An exclamation of surprise, often doubled or tripled." or "Used in speech to fill gaps; filled pause."
- well can be used as a noun in the sense of "A hole sunk into the ground as a source of water, oil, natural gas or other fluids." or "A place where a liquid such as water surfaces naturally, a spring." or "A small depression suitable for holding liquid, or other objects." or "A vertical, cylindrical trunk in a ship, reaching down to the lowest part of the hull, through which the bilge pumps operate." or "The cockpit of a sailboat." or "A well drink."
- well can be used as a verb in the sense of "To seep out of the surface."
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.
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).