google’s define

Google recently added a new feature that allows you to search for the definition of a word using “define:”. It also works for acronyms. For instance, a search for define:afaik would give you the meaning of the acronym AFAIK.

It’s a handy feature to have.


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  1. Hey that’s pretty slick. I’m constantly impressed with how Google implements features. From Groups to News and now Define, I have to say they really think before they act. In contrast, have you been to Yahoo lately?

    Comment by jason on December 15, 2003 @ 5:26 pm
  2. Hi, I just read your supposed humorous story entitled “Wrong Number” about a woman who gets revenge on a motel with a similar phone number by ruining plans for weddings, banguets, and romantic evening for hundreds of strangers in order to leverage the motel to change it’s phone number. The woman gets some yuks and gets to keep her phone number while everyone else who had nothing to do with her difficulty suffers. Okay, so they misdialed their phone once. Every done that? For this she destroys their weddings? Pardon me if I find this barely civilized behavior. Would it be just as funny if the bride whose wedding she ruined called her in the middle of the night for a few weeks? This fiercely agrssive, unfunny woman, should have shrugged and changed her number and notified her friends. Big deal. The message is, if you are wronged, spread the paiin around to as many strangers as possible and maybe you”re adversary will give in. If you guys think your users will, overall, laught along with you at this, you disrespect us.

    Comment by Jonathan on March 15, 2004 @ 11:15 am
  3. Jonathan, I have a bit of advice for you: Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.

    The story was written as an April Fool’s joke by Art Buchwald of The Washington Post. It’s pure fiction.

    Comment by dan on March 15, 2004 @ 12:45 pm
  4. Hi Dan,

    Never meant to suggest I believed it, which, not being an idiot, I didn’t. My gripe is with Google for posting it as a humor piece. Whether believed or recognized as bogus, it displays socioipathic behavior as humorous in deliberately blurring the lines between fiction and reportage.

    There are lots of funny stories available for postint without resorting to this kind of thing.

    Comment by Jonathan on March 16, 2004 @ 10:04 am
  5. Okay, I understand where you’re coming from, but I’m the one who put it in my humor section, not Google. There’s a lot of humor that doesn’t teach proper principles of society, it’s just meant to be funny. In addition, April Fool’s jokes are intended to blur the line between reality and fiction. If no one fell for a joke, it wouldn’t be nearly as funny.

    Comment by dan on March 16, 2004 @ 11:36 am
  6. I need a word for someone who never finishes anything they start.

    Comment by Rebecca on November 6, 2007 @ 8:23 pm
  7. I started looking for a word, but I never finished.

    Hah! I kid.

    How about sluggard, procrastinator or dawdler?

    Comment by dan on November 7, 2007 @ 12:55 pm

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