VISUWORDS


Click on the above word "visuword" to link to this site.

WHAT IS VISUWORDS?


Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary — Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Learn how words associate.

HOW DO I USE VISUWORDS?


Enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree. Click and drag the background to pan around and use the mouse wheel to zoom. Hover over nodes to see the definition and click and drag individual nodes to move them around to help clarify connections.

WHAT CAN IT BE USED FOR?

  • As a dictionary! It's a thesaurus!
  • To introduce new words or topics
  • To improve literacy
Visuwords™ uses Princeton University’s //WordNet//, an opensource database built by University students and language researchers. Combined with a visualization tool and user interface built from a combination of modern web technologies, Visuwords™ is available as a free resource to all patrons of the web.

Understanding the links between Synsets

  • "is a kind of" — hyponym/hypernym pair
With regards to "wheat" and "grain", we see a cyan link from "wheat" pointing towards "grain" we can understand this to mean that wheat "is a kind of" grain. Here, "wheat" is a hyponym and "grain" is a hypernym.
In the case of verbs this same cyan link can be understood better by "is one way to". So, for example, to trot "is one way to" walk.
  • "is an instance of" — hyponym/hypernym pair
In these relationships, the hyponym is specific and unique. For example, "Einstein" is an instance of a "physicist".
  • "is a member of", "is a part of", "is a substance of" — meronym/holonym pair
In these cases the meronym in some way belongs to the holonym. Examples: "robin" is a member of the "thrushes", a "wheel" is a part of a "wheeled vehicle", "caffeine" is a substance of "coffee".

SAMPLE OF VISUWORD