The define: operator – A Replacement For The Dictionary

Google search is not just a great search engine, but also a great library of utility functions. An example of this is the define: operator.

The define: operator acts as a dictionary: it lets you ask for the definition of a word. For example, searching for the below text gives me the definition of this strange word:


If you have a phrase you need to look up, feel free to throw it in as well. I wonder what this phrase means…

define:trip the light fantastic

I often use this function to look up domain-specific words, such as words used only in the legal or technology fields, and I’ve always found useful, intelligent definitions.