For Vocabulary.com, we've developed a state-of-the-art online dictionary, and we're happy to announce a major improvement that will make it even more useful for language learners. The Vocabulary.com Dictionary is already the world's fastest, using predictive technology to display the appropriate definition before you've even finished typing the word. And we've enriched the dictionary with extra features like millions of example sentences and lighthearted explanations for vocabulary words. Now we've made the definitions themselves better organized and easier to navigate.
We undertook a complete overhaul of our dictionary definitions in order to ensure that whenever a word has more than one meaning, similar senses are grouped together and the order of senses is most useful for vocabulary learners. We've also improved the display, so you can now more easily navigate from meaning to meaning on the page, using different color-coded labels for parts of speech.
Let's say you want to look up a word with many different senses, spanning different parts of speech, like plumb. Before, you would have found a definition page that looked like this:
Though this gives you the whole picture of what plumb can mean, all the senses are lumped together in one long entry. Now check out our new treatment of the word:
You can see how the definition has been broken out into separate groups, the first of which consists of meanings related to the "exactly vertical" position of a plumb line. Then the second one provides meanings for measuring depth, both literally and figuratively. Finally, the third group encompasses special uses of plumb as an adverb. Vocabulary learners thus get the most useful meanings first but can still appreciate the full range of possible senses extending from significant to peripheral.
Another value of the new look for the dictionary pages is offering a better understanding of how the different meanings of a word relate to each other. Take a look at the new and improved entry for rack, for instance. You can see how a verb sense, like "work on a rack," relates to the relevant noun sense, "framework for holding objects." A different verb sense, "torture on the rack," connects to the noun meaning an instrument of torture, as it should. Now you won't have rack your brains figuring out which verb corresponds with which noun!
We hope you like the changes we've made to the Vocabulary.com Dictionary, and we'll continue to look for ways to make our vocabulary offerings more engaging, entertaining, and enlightening.