Search by Class

Finding Words by Word Class

Nouns and Verbs are the primary Classes in WordDiscovery. There are 26 main Classes of Nouns, 85 lesser Classes of Nouns, and 15 Classes of Verbs.

Below are some of the Noun Classes from which to explore words and concepts. There are 26 Classes to choose from here. Note that we are displaying in English. To select a different language for the Grid, click the down arrow at top left.  To search in another language, click the down arrow right of Advanced Search. To see the words in a Class you simply click the Class. (Note that the class is displayed in a blue hyperlink.)

You use Advanced Search to find words by Class. 

If you want to view Verbs, you can change your search criteria to select the desired Verb class. Let's take a look at the broader Class of Nouns by clicking the Nouns Class.

We have many things we can do here.

  • Change the number of records displayed from 10 to 20 or 50
  • Graph the Class by clicking on it
  • View Related Words (e.g., synonyms)
  • View Complements (matching adjectives and verbs)
  • View Linked Words (semantically related words)
  • View the Wiktionary entry
  • View Rhyming words

Let's first see a Graph of word relationships by clicking the word 'abstraction'

The Graph is useful because it shows words in the Class and then allows a deeper view by clicking on any of the words in the graph to see their relationships. This way a vocabulary is being established with words related to the Class and all in the same context. Hovering over the @ signs will display a definition common to the words in a branch. The Selection Bar lets you display or remove parts of speech. The checkbox below that says 'Hypernym' is allowing you to display or remove words with a Hypernym relationship to the class. In this case, all the words are nouns and all are Hypernyms. If there were Hyponyms, then they would be displayed and you would have two types of relationships to choose from. (Note: A hyponym is a word that is linked in meaning, but more specific, than another word. The other word is the parent or hypernym. The word 'flower' is a hypernym (parent) and its hyponyms (children) are rose, carnation, etc.)

Now lets click the Related Words icon for 'abstraction'.

This is a great list of vocabulary words related to 'abstraction'. You can refine the list by using Advanced Search.

There are many options for diving into words Related to 'abstraction' such as viewing its Wiktionary entry, Rhymes, Complements, and Graphs. But instead, we'll exit back to explore Complements for Class 'abstraction'.

Let's explore Complements of Abstraction

To see Complements for 'abstraction', click the View Complements icon in its row. (Complements modify words, give them clarity, or accent). Here are our results.

As with Related Words, there are additional options for vocabulary discovery. A good one is to use Advanced Search to find Complements with just Favorable implications. So we click Advanced Search and enter 1 as shown. A value of 1 equals Good.

Here are the results showing only Favored values.

If you look at the column headings you'll see several more options for deeper discovery such as finding words Related to the Complements, Graphs, etc.

We hope you've enjoyed this little introduction to Searching By Class and that you will have a rewarding experience using WordDiscovery.