WordDiscoveryTM is technology unique to WordDiscoveryTM that probes our mammoth word database to present word selections to meet your writing needs. It is far more than a word lookup tool like a dictionary or thesaurus, although it incorporates these tools in novel ways.

What is the Difference Between Looking Up a Word and WordDiscovery®?

When you look up a word in a dictionary or on the Internet, your focus is on finding that one specific word. This may be to check the spelling or to ascertain the word's definition(s). In some cases you may be interested in example usage or information about the word's history (etymology).

WordDiscovery performs this simple single-word search, as you might expect. However, it offers much greater flexibility. In the event you can't remember the whole word, you can find it by typing letters you think the word starts with, ends with, or any sequence of letters contained within the word.

WordDiscovery® Goes Beyond Word Search

Here are some of the ways:

  • Topic search
  • Definitive search
  • Subjective search such as finding words by Perception and Implication
  • Category search
  • Search by class
  • Rhyming
  • Related words
  • Complements
  • Combined Criteria
  • Graphs of Word Relationships

Topic Search

If you are interested in a topic (art, religion, construction, furniture, philosophy... anything), WordDiscovery
TM will find every word in our dictionary on that topic.

Definitive Search

Searching by definition/topic results in displaying words that have your search term in their definition. Let's say you are trying to remember the name of a particular horse-drawn carriage. Asking WordDiscovery to find any word with 'carriage' in its definition will bring up words such as barouche, brougham, buckboard, and cabriolet.

WordDiscovery also finds words by length and lemma. Length is important in crosswords, advertisements, blogs, briefs, memos, Twitter. Lemma is the basic form of a word and is useful in finding its alternate forms and expressions in which it appears. For example, there are 82 entries for the lemma 'settle', from 'settler' to 'settlement house'.

These and other objective search criteria are called Definitive Criteria in WordDiscovery.

Subjective Search

Searching under qualitative criteria is what is called Subjective Search. Qualitative Criteria are based upon common opinion (conventional wisdom, if you will). Some examples would be finding words which connote perception such as favored. Or, select from Implications such as Accord or Rejection. Find words by tone such as harsh or comical.

Category Search

Searching by Category in WordDiscovery is one of its most powerful features. Word Categories associate adjectives, verbs, and adverbs with Context. There are about 500 Categories, like 'Feeling and Emotion', 'Ends and Means', 'Expressions and Writing', 'Circumstances and 'Conditions', 'Crime and Prosecution'. 

Search by Class

Classes are broad families of words like 'animals', 'plants', 'anatomy', 'foods and drink', etc. There are 15 verb classes, 26 noun classes, and 85 noun subclasses.

You can choose from several methods of sound match and use all or part of a word for rhyming. Even better, you can find words that both rhyme and are semantically matched. For example, you can find adjectives that go with a noun and also rhyme with it. You can also find rhyming adjectives that have a meaning you are looking for.  We call this IntelligentRhymingTM. Simply enter characters you want to use in your rhyming and view matching words, synonyms, and complements.

Related Words

Related Words in WordDiscovery include synonyms, antonyms, and other semantic relationships. These exist for most words in WordDiscovery and help you find words with similar or contrary meaning or connotation. WordDiscovery discovers related words which a) rhyme as you wish, b) have a length you need, and c) meet the subjective criteria you specify, going far beyond the simple synonyms provided by synonym sources on the Internet.


WordDiscovery is highly focused on finding matching words in context. Let's say you need the perfect word to describe an evening setting, a person, an event in history. We call such words Complements, as they complement (enhance and supplement) a word. If the night was 'foreboding', for example, 'foreboding' is a complement, one of hundreds of complements that WordDiscovery provides for the word 'night' . Once you find a complement you think is close to what you want, you can click to display Related Words (synonyms and other semantically related words). There are approximately a billion word/complement combinations in WordDiscovery, spanning 30 languages.

Combined Criteria

WordDiscovery lets you combine search criteria. In each of the cases discussed above, you can search multiple criteria simultaneously.

Graphic Relationships

Word relationships can also be displayed in graphic form. Graphs are interactive, so you can navigate their many features and options with graphs. They show semantically linked words, definitions, parts of speech, and whether the linked word is a hypernym, hyponym, or other relation. Because some words have many relationships, WordDiscovery segments graphs into multiple pages. In the graphic below of the word 'mechanism', you will see both of these features. Note that there are 4 Hypernyms for 'mechanism' and 6 pages of related words. The definition of the hypernym (and related words in its branch) is displayed when you hover your mouse over its @ sign.


To summarize, WordDiscovery helps you discover the word you need in nearly every conceivable way. Then it finds Complements and Related Words, and all in context.