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Tiger Dictionary

20 Jul 2005

Just discovered a new shortcut for the Dictionary in Mac OS X Tiger - Press Cmd-Ctrl-D and voila, it shows the meanings of the selected word in my browser!

Shortcut to see dictionary meanings

P.S. In case you are wondering, I'm reading the RSS feed for Sepia Mutiny.

Update: The shortcut works everywhere, not just the browser.

Update: Premshree has written a Greasemonkey script that does the same for you on Firefox, although I don't know if it's okay by OneLook's TOS since it does site-scraping.

Comments

Pramod Biligiri says:

Where does it get the meaning from? From the snapshot, it looks like you can fetch from the Net...some kind of web service?

Swaroop says:

Every copy of Tiger comes with the Oxford Dictionary and Oxford Writer's Thesaurus built-in. It's usually not mentioned in the reviews, but I think it's a great value-add.

Noorul says:

Well, true. Premshree might have looked into the TOS before doing that.

Well thats a nice hack :-)

Swaroop says:

@Noorul: See his post on that.

jj says:

It only works with cocoa applications.

Allagappan Muthuraman says:

Hey,where do I add the script by Premshree @ http://premshree.seacrow.com/code/gm/dict.user.js

PS:I use Firefox in Fedora Core 3

Swaroop says:

@Allagappan: [How to use Greasemonkey](http://greasemonkey.mozdev.org/using.html).

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