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Dictionary

For word nerds everywhere, the Dictionary (and Thesaurus) is one of Tiger’s most welcome enhancements. For the first time, the Mac system software comes with a handy way to look up word definitions, pronunciations, and synonyms. To be precise, Mac OS X comes with an electronic version of the entire New Oxford American Dictionary and Oxford American Writers Thesaurus.

When you open the Dictionary, it generally assumes that you want a word’s definition. If you prefer to see the Thesaurus at startup time instead (to look up a word’s synonyms), choose Dictionary→Preferences—and drag Oxford American Writers Thesaurus upward so that it precedes New Oxford American Dictionary. That’s all there is to it!

Figure 10-3. When you open the Dictionary, it generally assumes that you want a word’s definition. If you prefer to see the Thesaurus at startup time instead (to look up a word’s synonyms), choose Dictionary→Preferences—and drag Oxford American Writers Thesaurus upward so that it precedes New Oxford American Dictionary. That’s all there is to it!

Mac OS X also comes with about a million ways to look up a word:


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