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Google™pedia: The Ultimate Google Resource, Second Edition by Michael Miller

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Chapter 9. Searching for Words and Definitions

Want to look up the definition of a particular word, but don’t want to bother pulling out the old hardcover dictionary? Not sure of a specific spelling? Then use Google as an online dictionary to look up any word you can think of. It’s easy—and there are two ways to do it.

Using a “What Is” Search

The first approach to looking up definitions is to use a little-known Google feature, known as a “what is” search. All you have to do is enter the keywords what is in your query, followed by the word in question. (No question mark is necessary.) For example, to look up the definition of the word “defenestrate,” enter what is defenestrate, as shown in Figure 9.1.

Figure 9.1. Looking up definitions with a “what ...

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