One of the best things about using an iPad is all the great apps that we can run on it. There are excellent apps for just about any purpose you can think of. Better still, there are lots of great free apps for the iPad. Our Best Free iPad App of the Week posts highlight these apps.
This week’s pick is Dictionary.com Dictionary & Thesaurus for iPad – which I’ll just refer to as Dictionary.com from here on. As the name just might give away this is a combined dictionary and thesaurus app with its content pulled from dictionary.com and thesaurus.com.
It’s an award-winning and popular app, packed with over 2 million definitions, synonyms and antonyms – and a very useful resource to have around, especially if you have any students in your household.
The app’s interface is very simple. It uses popover windows effectively and keeps everything on one page, with a left sidebar for navigating its main sections that stays constantly visible. The main sections are:
Daily: A very nicely done section that makes it feel a little more engaging than a standard dictionary. It has features like The Hot Word, Word of the Day, Trending and Popular lists, a map showing Nearby Words, and the answer to a ‘what is the difference between’ question about two similar words. Today’s Word of the Day is a fun one:
Offline access is an important feature of the app – as it means no internet connection is needed for most of its content.
A single tap switches between the dictionary and thesaurus entries for each word.
Some of its other notable features include:
- Audio pronunciation
- Word origin and history
- Shake for Word – shake the iPad to get a new, random word
- Mark words as favorites
- Share words via email, Twitter, and Facebook
- Recent search history
The app allows you 5 free voice searches, after which you can get the feature via a $0.99 In-App purchase.
There are banner ads displayed within the app. They’re not intrusive and the app is a pleasure to use, but if you’re not a fan you can get rid of them with a $4.99 upgrade In-App purchase.
Here’s an App Store link for Dictionary.com Dictionary & Thesaurus for iPad.
If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week. We’ve also recently put together a best of the best of our selections from the last year in a Top 25 Best Free iPad Apps list.
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