If you are like me you may do a lot of writing in a week and it is always important to have the right tools for the job. Gnome dictionary lets you search for words directly from online dictionary sources that you can specify.
About Gnome Dictionary
Your Gnome dictionary can usually be found inside the accessories category inside your start menu, sometimes in the office category. The Gnome dictionary uses a simple user interface that is very easy to learn.
Install Gnome Dictionary
If you are missing the Gnome dictionary you can install it from the command line using the following commands in your terminal.
$ sudo apt-get install gnome-dictionary
To search for dictionary terms or words just type your word into the search area that is located above the main display area, then press enter. If anything is found it will appear in the display area, or you will get an error. You can also save your search results, or you can print out the information you have found.
More Search Details
After you search for a dictionary word you can also find separate words inside the search results. Look in the edit menu for the find option to enable this extra tab. Or click on preferences from the edit menu to add or remove additional online dictionary sources. Be sure to take advantage of this useful tool, and don’t forget to try the dictionary panel applet for even more features.
The commands below will help users launch the Gnome dictionary from the command line.
This is how you can use Gnome dictionary from the command line.
$ gnome-dictionary --option -o
Search For Term
Use this to search for the specified word.
$ gnome-dictionary --look-up word
Change dictionary sources with the command below.
$ gnome-dictionary --source source
You can use this option to see all available sources.
$ gnome-dictionary --list-sources
Command Line Display
You can use this with the look up word option to print the definition without launching the GUI.
$ gnome-dictionary --lookup --no-window word
You can also use Gnome dictionary in offline mode which is potentially much faster. You can start by installing a database of definitions onto your system, and a few other tools, with the following commands. Then change the Gnome Dictionary server preferences to localhost.
$ sudo apt-get install dictd dict-wn dict-gcide
There is also a thesaurus available though I did not have much time for testing.
$ sudo apt-get install dict-moby-thesaurus