Instant dictionary?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mjanneh, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. mjanneh macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2014

    Unfortunately English is not my first language, and when I read texts at the web, I quite often want to look specific words up in a dictionary (or thesaurus). It would be wonderful to find possible way of doing this without having to leave the page I am currently reading at.

    This feature is available when I read pdf-files at my ipad or my Kindle. I have of course Apples' Dictionary available at my mac. But is it possible to get access to Dictionary directly from a web-page - for example by highlighting a word and then look it up in Dictionally without having to enter the word once more?
  2. OLDCODGER macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2011
    Lucky Country
    You could try PopClip (not free), which allows for cut/copy/paste/dict.
  3. CrickettGrrrl macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2012
    B'more or Less
    You can do this in OS X already, it's built in. Just drag over the word to highlight it and then right-click it, then select "Look up 'whatever word is highlighted"' like the attached screenshots. There is a thesaurus too.

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  4. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    The highlight and right click Dictionary is only available in Cocoa applications. It is not available in Firefox and other Carbon based or custom UI applications.
  5. DeltaMac, Dec 27, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2014

    DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    That feature is already available (I use it daily).
    Right-click on your desired word (no need to even select the word, unless you need to look up more than just that one word), then choose Look Up (your word) from that right-click menu.
    the window may give you several choices -dictionary, thesarus, wikopedia, maybe a couple of others - depends on the word that you are looking up. Click on the category (such as Dictionary), and the full Dictionary app will come up for that word. No need to re-enter the word, eh?

    Intell is correct, of course. I don't use Firefox (or other non-cocoa apps) often enough to notice that some functions that I expect aren't supported there... :D
  6. mjanneh thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2014
    Brilliant - thanks a lot! That is exactly, what I was looking for. The translation 'look up' into Danish gave quite another meaning, so I didn't expect to find the function there ....
  7. bernuli macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2011
    Also, OS X comes with a Dictionary Application in Utilities folder. You can access it from spotlight (command spacebar). Either type dictionary and load the app, or type the word you want to look for into spotlight. If the word is found in the dictionary, it should appear as a choice from spotlight. Mousing over (or using the down arrow key) the word in spotlight displays the dictionary entry. Hit escape to exit out of that. So you can sort of do it without leaving the page you are on, or leaving the keyboard for the mouse.

    Love the built in dictionary!

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