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

  • work can be used as a noun in the sense of "Labour, employment, occupation, job." or "The place where one is employed." or "Effort expended on a particular task." or "A measure of energy expended in moving an object; most commonly, force times distance. No work is done if the object does not move." or "A nonthermal First Law energy in transit between one form or repository and another. Also, a means of accomplishing such transit.." or "A literary, artistic, or intellectual production." or "A fortification." or "The staging of events to appear as real."
  • work can be used as a verb in the sense of "To do a specific task by employing physical or mental powers." or "# Followed by in. Said of one's workplace (building), or one's department, or one's trade (sphere of business)." or "#*: I work in a national park." or "#*: She works in the human resources department." or "#*: He mostly works in logging, but sometimes works in carpentry." or "# Followed by as. Said of one's job title" or "#*: I work as a cleaner." or "# Followed by for. Said of a company or individual who employs." or "#*: She works for Microsoft." or "#*: He works for the president." or "# Followed by with. General use, said of either fellow employees or instruments or clients." or "#*: I work closely with my Canadian counterparts." or "#*: I work with computers." or "#*: I work with the homeless people from the suburbs." or "To effect by gradual degrees." or "To embroider with thread." or "To set into action." or "To cause to ferment." or "To exhaust, by working." or "To shape, form, or improve a material." or "To operate in a certain place, area, or speciality." or "To operate in or through; as, to work the phones." or "To provoke or excite; to influence." or "To use or manipulate to one's advantage." or "To cause to happen or to occur as a consequence." or "To cause to work." or "To function correctly; to act as intended; to achieve the goal designed for." or "(figuratively) To influence." or "To effect by gradual degrees; as, to work into the earth." or "To move in an agitated manner." or "To behave in a certain way when handled;"

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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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