Dictionary API or Library


Dictionary API or Library



Does anyone know of a good dictionary API or ruby library to lookup the definitions of words?

I'm thinking it should work something like:

  1. I call get_definition(word)
  2. It returns the definition for that word (ideally in some way to easily format the definition for display.

Thanks




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Wordnik.com has several word-info APIs, including a definitions API.

More info is here: http://developer.wordnik.com/. [I work for Wordnik.

We will have more APIs soon, let us know what you want!].


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I discovered a webservice for this yesterday.. Go to the British Council homepage and double click on any word (that isn't already a hyperlink).. This should open a popup window with a Cambridge Dictionary definition in it.

The API is relatively simple (and it is a public API, I checked it yesterday):.
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/learnenglish/results.asp?searchword=SEARCH_PHRASE&dict=L 
For reference, here's the code they use to launch this on double-click:.
/* BC double-click pop-up dictionary */ var NS = (navigator.appName == "Netscape" || navigator.product == 'Gecko') ? 1 : 0; if (NS) document.captureEvents(Event.DBLCLICK); document.ondblclick = dict; var dictvar;  function dict() {     if (NS) {         t = document.getSelection();         pass_to_dictionary(t);     } else {         t = document.selection.createRange();         if(document.selection.type == 'Text' && t.text != '') {             document.selection.empty();             pass_to_dictionary(t.text);         }     } }  function pass_to_dictionary(text) {     //alert(text);     if (text > '') {         window.open('http://dictionary.cambridge.org/learnenglish/results.asp?searchword='+text+ '&dict=L', 'dict_win', 'width=650,height=400,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes');     } } 


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