iPad Defining words on iPad - "No Definition Found"?

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  1. myrtlebee macrumors 68000

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    Today, on my iPad mini, when I select a word by highlighting it and press "define" I am greeted with this message where the definition of a word is supposed to be: "no definition found".

    I have already pressed the "manage" button and selected the "Apple Dictionary" to download. However after it says it has downloaded, I get the same problem.

    Curiously, when I select another dictionary -- say, the English New Oxford American Dictionary, it fixes the problem and I can see a word's definition.

    I have two questions:

    Is anyone else experiencing this "no definition found" with only the "Apple Dictionary" selected?

    When going to the manage menu and selecting a dictionary to download, is that taking up space on my device (iPad)?
    Usually the define feature has worked for me without ever having to select a dictionary to download, so this is strange.
     
  2. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    Yes!!!!!!!!! This happens on all my iOS devices. I'm going to I download that one keyboard you just said. It sucks that you can't get the apple keyboard. Probably just an iOS 7 bug.
     
  3. Salvor Hardin macrumors regular

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    The Apple Dictionary only has definitions for Apple products.
     
  4. myrtlebee thread starter macrumors 68000

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    What? You mean dictionary?


    Oh - that would explain it. Thanks.

    I guess the regular dictionary just wasn't selected because my iPad mini is new. But, I never had to download a dictionary for an iOS device before. It would usually just work when I selected "define". Maybe it's an iOS 7 thing.
     
  5. iAmirul macrumors regular

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    Its not a bug. It just give you an option on whether you want to download a dictionary or not.
     
  6. myrtlebee, Feb 16, 2014
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    myrtlebee thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Then how come it just now became an option whereas before all you had to do is press define and it worked? Now you have to download a dictionary? Again, I am curious - when it "downloads" is it then taking up space on the device?

    Edit: Nevermind the last question- I just figured it out by downloading, checking my storage, deleting it, then checking again and, indeed, downloading a dictionary does take up 0.1 GB of space since it allows you to define words offline. Pretty lame -- I wish it would simply look up the definitions via wifi since wifi is always on on my iPad.
     
  7. rtomyj macrumors 6502a

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    On the screen where you get the definition you have the option of searching the web... Just don't download a dictionary and use that option, no?
     
  8. myrtlebee thread starter macrumors 68000

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    No, that doesn't cut it. Opening a new window (or, if you are not in Safari, a new app) takes the whole point away from the define feature because it is intended to be a quick-look without taking you away from what you're reading or doing.
     
  9. rtomyj macrumors 6502a

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    Hold down for Siri and ask her?
     
  10. myrtlebee thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That could be an option in some situations, yes. I don't really use Siri, though, because it would, like your first suggestion, take me away from what I am doing and open a new window or app, and I cannot talk out loud to Siri in most situations I do my work (in offices and formal library settings, etc). Besides, half of the words I want to define I have no idea how to pronounce in the first place.

    Just wish the define feature would utilize wifi, or at least have the option to do so. For the moment, I will download a dictionary that takes up .1 GB of space.
     

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