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Clever as we may be, a word or concept occasionally drifts by that confounds us. Lion is there to help with the dictionary, a resource not only for looking up words, but finding synonyms and antonyms researching at online encyclopedia, and explaining Apple related technical terms. Let's look it up now by going to Spotlight and launching Dictionary. It's a fairly simple interface. All have you do is enter the term or phrase you are looking for. Let's enter something like, well, Lion.
If you have the All button selected, it will look not only in the dictionary, but also the Thesaurus, Apple's website, and Wikipedia. Also below the word you've searched for are related words. So let's check out each one. So here's Dictionary. A nice illustration of a lion, we click on that link, you can see an expanded version of the illustration. Click Thesaurus and you see related words. Lionhearted. It's an adjective, it will give you the definition, plus it has the antonym there.
So it has cowardly as the antonym or the opposite. If I click on cowardly, then I moved to yet another word and I can navigate back by clicking on the left arrow. Apple's resource, it tells us what Lion is in Apple's world which is, of course, the name for Mac OS X version 10.7. And then click on Wikipedia and you see this very long Wikipedia entry about it. All these blue lines indicate that these are links, so you can further your search simply by clicking on links, and again you can work your way back by clicking on the back arrows.
If you like you can select text. You can copy it and paste it. One other thing to note, however, the Dictionary is built into the OS, so it works in other places. So for example, it's what's helping to autocorrect your text in TextEdit and helping you in that same regard in Mail, for example. And Dictionary is also tied to other applications.
So if you need to look up the definition, just use the Dictionary shortcut and I'll show you how that works again. We go into Safari. I want to look up debuted. So I'll double tap with three fingers on that word and up pops Dictionary. Again, this is all just built into the Mac OS and so Dictionary is being used to define this word for me, using that double tap with three fingers gesture. So Dictionary is great not only as a standalone application, but also as a future that's built into Mac OS X.
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