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Lexical Look-up Services

Strange Eons does not have support for a thesaurus or dictionary built in. However, it provides a feature called Lexical Look-up Services that allows plug-ins to add support for such features. An English-language thesaurus plug-in based on this feature can be installed from the Plug-in Catalogue. Note that look-up services are selected based on the game language: this must be English for the English thesaurus feature to be active.

Using a Look-up Service

When a look-up service is installed, you can look up words in any field that supports spelling checking. Right click on a correctly spelled word to look it up. At the top of the pop-up menu you will see a menu item that shows a book icon and the word under the pointer. Selecting this will display the look-up service results for the word. If the menu item is disabled (greyed out), then the look-up service does not have an entry for that word.

The Thesaurus

When using the English-language thesaurus, the look-up window looks like the following:

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Clicking on a link in the pop-up window will look up that word. (The arrow buttons in the top left corner allow you to move back and forth through the history of words you have looked up.) If you hold Ctrl and click a link, the selected word will replace the looked-up word in the text you are editing. You can also enter words to look up directly in the search box. Press Enter to look up the current word or Ctrl + Enter to replace the edited text with the current word.

Thesaurus Preferences

The thesaurus is based on a powerful lexical database called WordNet. It can provide much more than just synonyms and antonyms. The kinds of information that are displayed can be selected using the preferences dialog for the thesaurus. To open the thesaurus preferences:
  1. Open the Preferences Dialog dialog.
  2. Choose the Language category.
  3. Locate the section called Lexical Look-up Services.
  4. Find the thesaurus in the list of services ("Default English Thesaurus Service") and choose it.
  5. Click Service Preferences.
This will open the thesaurus preferences window. Change the settings as desired and choose Save.

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The thesaurus always displays a definition, synonyms ("Similar") and antonyms ("Opposite") for each meaning of a word (if these are available). In addition, using the preference settings you can control the display of:
Examples
Many meanings have example sentences to aid understanding.
Hyponyms and hypernyms
Words that have a similar meaning but are more general or more specific. For example, "intellectual" is a more general term than "genius", while "prodigy" is more specific.
Holonyms and meronyms
words that the chosen word are a part of, or that are parts of the chosen word. For example, the foot is part of the human body, while the instep of part of the foot.
Associations
various semantic relationships related to the chosen word. For example, cell is associated with the subject of biology while sushi is associated with the region of Japan.



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Contributors to this page: Chris Jennings and system .
Page last modified on Thursday 12 of July, 2012 19:59:20 EDT by Chris Jennings.