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Settings Panel: Shortcuts

The Shortcuts panel show all of the keyboard shortcuts that are available in the VT. Remember, most keyboard shortcuts are disabled when the settings panel is open. Close the settings panel to try the shortcuts.

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Words Can Have Multiple Meanings

Many words have multiple meanings (sometimes called senses). The Visual Thesaurus displays meanings as individual circles connected to words. The word pen for example, has six meanings. Five of the meanings for pen are nouns, and one is a verb. For this reason, the circles in the Visual Thesaurus representing meanings are color coded to indicate their different parts of speech. The most common meaning for pen as a noun is "a writing implement with a point from which ink flows." pen can also be used as a verb. When used as a verb, it means "produce a literary work." What is interesting is that the word pen is not in and of itself a noun or a verb. It is the individual meanings of pen that belong to a particular part of speech.


Meanings Can Be Expressed by Multiple Words

Just as a word can have many meanings, a meaning, or sense, can be expressed using multiple words. For instance, "produce a literary work" can be expressed by not only the word pen, but also write, compose, and indite. The words associated with the same meaning are all synonyms, and therefore belong to the same synset. In the Visual Thesaurus, words that belong to a synset are connected to their shared meaning by solid lines.

Settings Panel : Shortcuts

The Shortcuts panel show all of the keyboard shortcuts that are available in the Visual Thesaurus. To perform the action listed, press the combination of keys displayed in the left column of the list. Most keyboard shortcuts are disabled when the settings panel is open. Close the settings panel to try the shortcuts.

Many Relationship Types

The Visual Thesaurus can show more than just synonyms. It also reveals the relationships between meanings. Connections between meanings are displayed as dashed lines. You can roll over these lines to view the nature of relationship between two meanings. For instance, when you roll over the line connecting "a writing implement with a point from which ink flows" to "an implement that is used to write," you learn that a pen is a type of writing implement.

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Email a Friend

Found a word on the Visual Thesaurus that you'd like to share with someone? Email them a word map! It's easy. Just click on the "Email" button at the top right corner and follow the instructions on the screen.

The Word Display

Words are connected to meanings by solid lines. Meanings are represented by circles that are color-coded to indicate their part of speech. There are four parts of speech represented in the Visual Thesaurus: Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. All the words connected to the same meaning are synonyms. Antonyms, pairs or words that express opposite concepts, are connected by dashed red lines.

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