Does iPad's ebook include a dictionary

Discussion in 'iPad' started by iKerry, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. iKerry macrumors newbie

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    I want to know if the book reader feature in iPad has a dictionary. In other words, can I underline a word in a book and have it bring up its definition. If yes, can you provide a link to an official description that describes this feature? Also, if yes, is it included or an app?

    I've been doing a lot of browsing and have only found one iffy claim that it has a dict. The absence of touting this feature makes me wonder.

    Ideally I'd like to hear from someone that has used both a Kindle and the iPad's reader dictionary feature.

    Thanks,

    Kerry
     
  2. gibbz macrumors 68030

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  3. Maaz macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, you can select a word and you can prong up a pop-up window that tells you the definition. It is built in the app. It is also available in Pages app. Verry useful.
     
  4. HiRez macrumors 603

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  5. iKerry thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks to both. Dictionary link? Does that mean it's a two-step feature rather than an immediate popup of the defined word? I had been thinking of getting a Kindle solely for that feature.

    gibbz, your image looks like I'd have to select the word to be defined and then click the dict tab to get to the definition. I had read the page of the URL you provided. It left me confused enough to post here.

    Thanks for the quick replies,

    Kerry
     
  6. firstapple macrumors 6502a

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    yes, two steps, but simple enough I think. Once you click on "Dictionary" a popup comes up with the definition(s)
     
  7. diabolic macrumors 68000

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    It's easily the best implementation of a dictionary in an ereader that I have used. I've had a Kindle, Kindle 2, and a Nook. The touchscreen makes it easy. Two touches and the definition is up.
     
  8. Goldfrapp macrumors 601

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    How about a standalone Dictionary app with Thesaurus, the one found on Mac OS??? Very often I have to look up a word, no, not within a text.

    How hard is it to include a Mac OS dictionary app?!!!! :mad::mad::mad:
     
  9. Maaz macrumors 6502a

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    There is a very good dictionary.com app.
     
  10. Goldfrapp macrumors 601

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    Dictionary.com app is totally rubbish compared to the Mac OS one.

    Look what Apple Dictionary app has to offer:
    - Dictionary
    - Thesaurus
    - Japanese-English
    - Japanese Synonyms
    - Apple Dictionary
    - German-English
    - German Thesaurus
    - Wikipedia
     
  11. iKerry thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks all,

    Yes I see now that it does pop up instantaneously after pressing Dictionary tab—without having to reenter the word.

    Much appreciation,

    Kerry
     

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