Vocabulary and Word Exploration

WordDiscovery is a multilingual vocabulary builder and word exploration system. WordDiscovery creates vocabulary lists automatically. Lists can be topic specific on any topic you can think of. If you can't think of topics, WordDiscovery will provide you a guided path to creating them. WordDiscovery lets you discover and explore words, concepts, and word relationships.

Anything you or your school class is interested in may be used by WordDiscovery to automatically generate a vocabulary list. Furthermore, WordDiscovery provides Related Words (e.g., synonyms) and Complements such as adjectives, verbs and adverbs to complement words in your list. This way your lists not only include words, but also word associations that enhance meaning, and expand the context of your learning. Interactive graphs of word relationships provide a visual experience.

We will show just a few of the ways you can generate a word list in WordDiscovery. By the way, it isn't necessary to print lists, every member/student can view the list either by video sharing or conferencing or simply provide the list search criteria to their students or associates to use with WordDiscovery.

We'll look at five ways to generate a list automatically. All of these methods are multilingual and each allows deep word and concept exploration.

  1. Find Words by Class.
  2. Find Words by Category
  3. Find Words by Definition
  4. Find Words by Hierarchy
  5. Find Words by Thesaurus

Finding Vocabulary Words by Word Class

Below are some of the Noun Classes from which to derive a vocabulary list or explore words and concepts for writing and communication. There are 25 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.

You view Noun Classes by selecting the desired class from the drop down menu in Advanced Search as shown below.  You can view a broader Class of 85 Nouns by clicking the General Nouns Class. If you want to view Verbs, you can change your search criteria to Verb Classes just below noun class. Let's take a look at the broader Class of Nouns by clicking the General 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)
  • Drill into the Class Hierarchy
  • 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 let's you display or remove parts of speech. The checkbox below that says 'Hypernym' is allowing you to display or remove words with that relationship to the class. In this case, all the words are nouns and all are Hypernyms. There can be several word relationships shown for other words. For example, some words like 'flower' have hyponyms. A hyponym is a word that is linked in meaning to another word. It is more specific and can be considered a child of a hypernym (parent). Rose, carnation, and tulip are types of flowers and are hyponyms of flower.

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

Here's 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 an Extended Definition, 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. Here's 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 'Favored' implications. So we click Advanced Search and select Favored from the Perception drop down.

Here are our results. (Note: use the scroll bar as needed to view the whole grid).

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 could go on with the discovery of Classes, but let's transition to discovering Categories.

Discovering Words in Categories

Categories facilitate finding adjectives, verbs, and adverbs in the context you need. We'll take a short trip to view Categories. You use Advanced Search to find words by Category. When in Advanced Search, the View Categories button will display all Categories the current (selected) word is in. Below we have used Advanced Search to find the word 'socialize'. Note the View Categories column and info buttons.

If we click the View Categories button for the first one, we get the following list of Categories.

Let's select the Category for Intellectual, Social, Emotional, and Cultural by clicking View Category. Here are the results.

You have several choices for a deeper exploration such as viewing Related Words. Let's move on to another way of exploring words, finding words by Hierarchy.

Exploring Word Hierarchy

WordDiscovery has two word drilling programs, one has search in English and displays in any language, and the other is fully multilingual including search. Below we begin with the Multilingual Drill application.

Drilling is like data mining. It dives into word hierarchy to find children of words. For example, automobile is a child of vehicle. You have a couple primary ways of beginning your drilling session. One is to look up a word or concept which is of interest using Advanced Search. The other is to begin your search at the Top of Hierarchy. Let's first use Advanced Search and simply find a word to begin with.

We'll search for words Containing 'mechanism'. Note that we have other search options such as Definition, Sounds, and Length.  We can use these fields together or independently. Using the Definition field is equivalent to finding words 'about' something or within a concepts.

Here are the results of our search with 'mechanism'.

Let's click on the word 'mechanism' to drill into it. Below are our results.

We have several options including view words Related to any of these results, viewing their Complements, etc.  But let's drill to another level for 'action mechanism'. We first scroll the grid to Page 2 and find the word 'controller'.

Now we click on 'controller' to view its children.

Again, we have options, but let's drill to one more level by clicking on 'switch'. Here are the results.

Let's stop our drilling here as you get the idea. Notice that there are 'breadcrumbs' at the top left of the grid that show our drilling progress. We can back up by clicking any of the breadcrumbs. And, of course, we can view Related Words, Complements, Graphs, etc. for any of the children and use Advanced Search to find a specific word(s).

Drilling Using Top of Hierarchy

Top of Hierarchy takes us to the nouns and verbs that are the top-level parents of all of them - Great Grand Parents! Let's see them by clicking the Top of Hierarchy button.

We drill the Top of Hierarchy in the same way as with other words, so let's move on to using the Thesaurus.

Using the WordDiscovery Thesaurus

There are two ways to use the WordDiscovery Thesaurus: Thesaurus by Class and Thesaurus by Word. We'll look at Thesaurus by Class first.

To view Categories of a Class, click on the Class. Let's dive into Matter.

Now we click to view Subcategory 'Matter' and here are results.

Now let's choose to view Primary Words in Materiality by clicking its info icon. Here are the results.

There are several options here including fine-tuning a search with Advanced Search, viewing Related Words, Complements, Extended Definition, Graphs, etc. We could also go back and select to see Linked Words. But let's take a look at the other view of the Thesaurus which begins with a word search rather than Class hierarchy.

Thesaurus by Word

Below is the start of the Thesaurus by Word. You can scroll the grid or use Advanced Search to view a word you are interested in and its Thesaurus associations.

Now you use Advanced Search to find the word whose Thesaurus associations you want to explore. Here's the Advanced Search form.

We've chosen to start with the word 'psychology'. We click Advanced Search to launch the search for related Thesaurus Classes.

Now we'll see what Concept/Concepts are applicable to 'psychology'.

We see one related Concept for psychology, 'intellect'. Let's now see Related Words.

Now we have a number of options of which you'll recognize some like Advanced Search, Definition, Wiktionary, etc. But let's click the See More icon for 'understanding'.

About 400 words related to 'understanding' are displayed. Again, you have many choices:

  • Fine tuning your Search with Advanced search such as finding related words with 'Good' implications.
  • Viewing Complements such as adjectives and verbs that go with a selected word
  • Viewing an Extended Definition
  • Viewing the Wiktionary entry
  • Viewing Graphs of a selected word and its relationships


This concludes our introduction to Vocabulary and Word Exploration. Once you join WordDiscovery, there is an extensive Help System and tutorials that will go into more features, options, and details.

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