5 Top Rated Free Windows Dictionary Tools To Know Meaning of Every Word

Many times we face problems in understanding the meaning of a word while reading a Novel, Newspaper, Watching TV shows or movies if it’s not in our first language. Therefore we have something known as a dictionary to help us in understanding the meaning of the words we find difficult to understand. A Dictionary helps us to understand any word with its thesaurus. A Dictionary also helps us in understanding the translation of the word apart from its meaning. In today’s world where IT has reached its highest peak we have got all the things that are digitally available to us. Nowadays there are many Dictionaries and Translation software’s available to find the meaning of the word as well as to learn their translation. You can find many such software’s in the market but most of them are paid but today I have got a free Dictionary as well as a translation software i.e. Wordweb. 

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This is how the application’s GUI will look when you will run the application for the first time after downloading and  installing on your computer.

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After you will download and install the software in your computer it will show you an Wordweb icon in the system tray. Which means after the software is installed in your computer it will always run in the system background in the system tray of your computer until your computer is running. You will see a Wordweb icon in your system tray all the time and you can access your Wordweb dictionary from this icon. When you will right click on it the above menu will open up with following options Show WordWeb, Look on the Web, Change hot keys, Disable hot keys, Disable direct program links and help and exit. The Show WordWeb option will open the desktop dictionary window for you and Look on the Web will open the Wordweb in your web browser if you are connected to the internet so that you can search the meaning of the word you want.

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The Change hot keys option will open the above window which will help you to set up a hot key to open the dictionary from the keyboard only so that you don’t have to use you mouse every time to open the menu and then open the dictionary. The hot key option will allow you to make a hotkey on the keyboard as well as on the mouse. The Disable hot keys option will disable the hot key that you have made to open the dictionary from the keyboard as well as mouse.

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The above screenshot shows the Wordweb dictionary software in which we have searched for the meaning of word. The software shows us its meaning and also tells us about the Synonyms, Antonyms, Type of, Similar and and many more things about the word that we have searched simultaneously. We can also sort the words in the above mentioned categories on the basis of Nouns, Adverbs, Verbs and Adjectives. If we open the Web References tab in the red circle and you are connected to the internet then it will open three new tabs for you i.e. Wikipedia, Wiktionary and WordWeb Online to tell you everything you need to know about the word that you searched from every perspective.

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The above screenshot shows us the three tabs i.e. Wikipedia, Wiktionary and WordWeb Online that you will get once you will click on the Web References tab. The black arrow points to a button which will allow you to hear the correct pronunciation of the word that you have searched and its hot key is (Ctrl + S). The red arrow directly gives you an option to open the word’s meaning in the web browser.

According to me Wordweb offline dictionary is the best option in terms of features, reliability, compatibility, GUI and its user friendliness if we are looking for applications in this category but I have got some more similar applications, you can also check them out in case you would like to explore more.

Other Similar Tools

Lingoes :- This is a dictionary cum text translation software. It offers translation in over 80 languages like French, German, English, Russian, Greek, Polish etc.

TheSage’s English Dictionary and Thesaurus :- This software package is a combination of complete dictionary and multifaceted thesaurus for professionals.

Voca :- This Dictionary is available for Windows as well as Linux. It is very useful to learn Foreign Languages as well as its vocabulary.

McGill English Dictionary of Rhyme :- This is a must have rhyming dictionary for any musician, writer or lyricist.

StarDict :- This is a Cross-Platform and international dictionary software. It has many wonderful features like Glob-style pattern matching, Scan selection word, Fuzzy query and many more.

Play Music In Windows With Physical Hand Gestures Without Using Keyboard or Mouse

We like to play music in the background when we are working on our system. In between if you have to stop the music, you may not prefer to interrupt your work and open the music player to do the same. Sometimes while watching a movie, there is an urgent call. And you have picked it up immediately and rush to find the pause option is annoying. Also, after enjoying the apps on smartphones you need something like that for your system too. And it will be really very easy to manage music player to control the options by hand gestures. So, I would like to introduce the freeware named as Flutter.

Flutter is a small freeware of 3.28 MB. It has been designed to control the play and pause option of the music players with hand gestures. It works very well and very helpful at times. It will be placed in your system tray after installation as shown in the snapshot below.

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Since there are still progress going on to recognize the hand movements, flutter has been designed only for the play and pause option. It works well for few music players i.e. iTunes, Window Media Player, Spotify and Winamp. So, let us see how to use the freeware.

You must have the webcam to recognize the hand movements. Play the music or start the movie in any of the four players mentioned. Turn on your webcam (this can be done by right click on flutter in system tray and select the option). Now whenever required, simply show the hand towards the webcam as shown in the snapshot below. The music player will be paused. Similarly, to play again show the same gesture again. So, this is very simple and like fun games to use.

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The paly or pause gesture is as shown in the snapshot. Your palm must be towards the camera. Though it takes a second to pause. But sometime, it takes time if the gesture is not correct/ webcam is not placed properly/ screen or hand is a bit tilted. You will get the best results if the hand is placed at a distance between 1 to 6 feet. Sometimes while using the laptop we place it too close and it is not able to recognize the gesture.

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The tool provides the option is a very easy manner but still there are few disadvantages as follows:

  • It does not work for other music players like VLC, Real and others.
  • Only two options (play and pause) can be used. So, this tool seems to be a bit heavy.
  • Sometimes problem is faced due to hand angle or any other recognition problem.

There are softwares coming in market which helps to control system with hand gestures. And some of them are free available. We will keep updating you with new coming freewares to control your music players.

The freeware is tested on Windows 7 and has been designed for Mac as well.

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Hygeia: Make Windows Smarter By Automatically Doing Things and Tasks

We all are so busy in our life that that for work like organizing data in our system and stuff like that seems to be too time consuming. And to remember how do I have to manage my data on different systems is a tough task. This is the situation when I feel that all this things should be automated. So, that my time is saved and also it will decrease my burden. And the solution to several problems can be solved by a single freeware Hygeia. And you can use some other freewares also mentioned below as per your convenience.

Hygeia is a small freeware of 3.88 MB. It does several tasks like organizing you music files, deleting the old files based on last time used and to upload the photographs on facebook. It can be easily installed and will be present on your system tray whenever you will open it.

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Organize your music

Select the folder in which music is to be organized. There are four structures to organize by Artist; Artist/ Album; Artist/ Year/ Album; Flat. Then describe the format in which you need the result like title of the song; artist and album name etc. Then select the other folders which needs to be monitored. The tool will automatically cut and paste the music files from the monitoring folder to parent folder. And the task is done.

Upload photos to Facebook

This will simply help you to upload the photos on facebook whenever you want and have logged in.

Trash old files

It will help you to delete the files which are not in use any more. It is based on Last Access Date timestamp. Be careful if your system has some problem regarding updating the dates, it may delete the useful files. You can either recycle or delete the files permanently. Then set the date based on which files are to be maintained. Also, you can permanently keep some files saved in your system based on extension.

You can define various settings in Hygeia which will make your work further easier. Rules and Actions will help you to describe how the tasks are to be actually performed. For eg: while organizing music files which files and folders are to be looked for. Folders watchers show the folders which are monitored and you can add or remove the existing folders. Another option helps you to to select the folder which is to be monitored only once. There are other options also like Quick Watch and Preferences Settings etc.

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You can anytime see the action logs to know the functions performed from the icon on system tray.

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Other tools which can be used to organize files and folders

Remove Old Files: The freeware has been designed to delete the old files based on the time of last accessed. The user can set the time of delete as per the requirement. It can also move, archive or delete the complete folders. The deletion can be based on date of last access, modification or creation.

RoboBasket:The freeware has been designed to delete, move, copy or rename files as per the users’ requirement. The tool have a plus point over others. It does continuously keep on checking for old files. If you don’t want to overburden your system processor, you can set the time interval after which the freeware should monitor.

Some other similar tools reviewed by us earlier are Delete Files By Date and AutoDelete.

Conclusion

Hygeia performs three entirely different but daily performing tasks. It has one disadvantage as compared to other similar freewares mentioned that it will only delete and that too based on last date of access only. The other options are not available. Rest the three other freewares works almost similarly.

Modify Windows 7 Taskbar UI

Every time when a new OS is released then there are certain features that a user might not like, for example in Windows 7 the taskbar gets populated very quickly even if you open few applications, because now we can pin few applications on taskbar and thus they may eat up all the space. But as usual, we have certain tweak tools with the help of which you will be able to change the appearance and functionalities of taskbar as per your needs. You can call this tool as ‘7 taskbar tweaker’ and you can see the screenshot mentioned below.

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Now you may notice that this application does not have any button named as ‘OK’ or cancel in its window. This is because as soon as you change any of the functionalities by selecting any of the checkboxes or radio button, the functionality will change automatically. For example, I am pretty fed up with the space on the taskbar which gets consumed so easily makes it over-populated. So I selected the highlighted option and this provided me very small extra space. Similarly you must have observed that Windows group the application windows by their application IDs, so if you want to put 2 Google Chrome separately on the taskbar then it is not possible, but by selecting the option as highlighted in the screenshot below you will be able to do that.

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Similarly you can disable the thumbnail view which is created when we hoven our mouse over the taskbar icons. It can also provide the same right click context menu for the taskbar icons which was available in Windows XP. It can also combine all the similar taskbar icons and then de-combine them when you will hover your mouse over it.

Apart from these taskbar tweaks if you want to apply tweaks on your Windows 7 settings and thus make it faster and smarter, then you can use ‘WinEmPower’ or ‘SetteMaxer’ or ‘TweakNow’ (this tool can be used when you want your computer to be extra clean), you can also use ‘7 Quick Fix’, if you want to apply fixes for all the vulnerabilities observed in Windows 7 and use tweaks simultaneoulsy.

All the tweaks are clearly mentioned in the application and it will not be able a problem to use it. The size of this application is around 300 KB and it is not portable. This tool has been tested on Windows 7 32-bit Ultimate edition and as it can be observed from the name of the application that this tool is only applicable for Windows 7 laptops and computers.

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Optimize Laptop Battery To Increase Backup Time With Battery Optimizer

When we start using our laptop on battery backup then most of the times we don’t know that what all unnecessary processes are running in the background and thus they keep on wasting your battery backup and I don’t expect the users to search all those processes manually and then end them, for this you will have to spend good amount of time and secondly you will have to be a geek to know all about those processes, as an amateur can harm his or her computer while doing so. So, we have an application which can do all this for you and you can call this as ‘Battery Optimizer’.

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You can see the screenshot of the tool mentioned above, it will show you the potential backup which can be provided from the battery and also the extra backup which can produced by this tool but then these values will be present once you execute diagnosis section of this tool. Click on the ‘Diagnosis’ tab and you will see the screenshot mentioned below, you will have follow the mandatory conditions to start this diagnosis, it will check the difference in power consumption on disabling and enabling all the peripheral associated with your laptop, it will also increase and decrease the brightness and after 20 to 30 minutes this diagnosis will be over.

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Under the monitoring tab you can see the performance of your battery, with the MAmps consumed by your laptop and Battery Charge available at every point of time. Under profiles you will be able to see 3 already created profile, the first one includes the current settings which you have on your laptop, second one will turn off everything to save your battery back and the third will turn on everything, this can be used when you want to discharge your battery quickly.

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If you just want to know the maximum battery backup which can be provided by your laptop battery then you can take a look at this tool ‘Battery Eater’ which will eat up your full battery back initially to know for how long your laptop can provide the backup and then it will show you the full details once your laptop gets on backup every time. If you still want to dive deeper into the details of the batter then I will suggest you to use this application named ‘Battery Info View’.

The size of Battery optimizer is around 3 MB and it has been tested on Windows 7 32-bit ultimate edition, please let us know if you face any problem while using this application.

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