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WordWeb (Free Version) 6 for Windows
Developer(s) Antony Lewis
Stable release 6 / 2009
Written in Object Pascal (Delphi)
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Type Dictionary
License Free subject to license
Website WordWeb web site

WordWeb is an international English dictionary and thesaurus program for Microsoft Windows and iPhone. Available for download online, the program is partly based on the WordNet database.



The program is activated by holding down CTRL and right-clicking on a word in almost any program. This opens the WordWeb main window, with definitions and other help.

The program usually resides in the tray, and has a low system footprint.[citation needed]

  • Phrase guessing - for example, CTRL + right-clicking on the 'Princeton' in 'Princeton University' will show the meaning of the combined entity rather than only 'Princeton'.
  • Words from pictures - CTRL + right-clicking on a word within an image (for example, the 'Free' in the Wikipedia logo) will ask WordWeb to guess the word. (Note that right-clicking 'Encyclopedia' in the same logo returns 'Emyrlnpewa').


The thesaurus is integrated into the dictionary; synonyms, as well as detailed categorization of the relationship between words, are shown under the definition. The program shows:

Users can also actively improve the dictionary and thesaurus by submitting errors (such as missing words/phrases/senses) and enhancement requests.


The program has two versions: free (which does not have the word list, search, anagram, or customization features), and a paid 'WordWeb Pro'.

WordWeb 5 added the ability to list entries from three web sources: Wikipedia, Wiktionary, and WordWeb Online. These details are presented in three separate tabs, which are built into the client application. Version 6 added audio pronunciations and support for third-party Oxford and Chambers add-on dictionaries.

Linux/ Macintosh

No version of WordWeb is available for Unix, however, it can be used with Wine. A similar program, Artha is available, cross-platform, and ports to Macintosh and windows are promised.[1]


Use of the free version is subject to license terms.[2] However, it might be used by an educational institution (free of cost) for their students, even if they violate said terms.


WordWeb is regionalised, with specific dictionaries for Australian, British, Canadian, American, Irish, New Zealand, South African, and Indian English.


External links


ml:വേഡ്‌വെബ്ബ് pl:WordWeb

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