Ever wondered why you don’t have a dictionary at your disposal when you are reading an article online and just found out a new word but you don’t know its meaning. And you have to open up answers.com or dictionary.com . Well now you can save some hassles for sure. There are a few add-ons for browsers which you can use to display meaning of words as and when you read in the same window.
Here are the best free add-ons that you can use with Internet explorer, Firefox or chrome, that might just save you quite some time.
This is a very popular add-on . All you need to do is to install this add-on from Firefox add-on website : Download Dictionary Tooltip for Firefox. Restart Firefox and Voila you are done. All you need to do is Ctrl+Shift+k or Double-Click or right click and see meaning , after you select the word to be showed the meaning of. Best way to do is double click the word, a small DT icon appears, hover over it and you get the meaning. With this tool you have an option of selecting multiple dictionaries too
Google Chrome :
Although Google chrome isn’t that popular a browser, but this one is a personal favourite. The way it shows meaning of a word is very uncluttered and clean, synonymous of Google’s other products. You can download if from here Google Dictionary extension for Chrome. Install the extension and you are done. All you need to do is just double click the word and it will pop up the meaning in an elegant way. On clicking More link it opens the word in Google dictionary.
You can also search by clicking the red Dictionary icon in the URLbar of chrome.
Very clean and very quick.
Internet Explorer :
Not as good as the other two but can surely do the job. It’s a bit old fashioned in looks. All you need to do is Install Dictionary menuItem for Internet Explorer. It’s a normal Setup, Install it and restart Internet Explorer. Then just select the word and right click and select mean. You’ll get the meaning in a Popup Form. Not that Good but might just do .
The Output comes something like this as a popup.
So the verdict : My Vote goes to Google dictionary but Google hasn’t launched such an extension for Firefox which lets hope it does one day. Tooltip is also a great plug-in but Internet Explorers might just have to wait for something better.