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October 28, 2003

Google's Nifty New Feature

If you're looking for the definition of a word, you have a new, quick option - Google it. The popular search engine can easily be turned into a dictionary by preceding any word or phrase with "define:" The search operator works something like a corpus, delivering definitions and related results from Google's vast banks of data. The new feature follows on from the "what is" or "definition" operators, which return a definition as well as the usual search results. Looking up a proper noun like "define:ELT News" won't turn up anything, but when asked to define "ELT," the expected result (for us anyway) turns up fourth, preceded by three definitions of an Emergency Locator Transmitter!

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