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Google introduced a new advanced search command that enables users to find the most current definitions to word(s) and phrases. Starting today, users can type the word "define," then a space, and the word or phrase they want defined into the Google.com search field. If Google has seen a definition for the word or phrase on the Web, it will retrieve that information and display it at the top of the search results page.
EVEN works for acronyms such as DESI:
(: funny unbiased #1:
Currently the most important spidering search engine by far, Google is dominating the search engine market.
Know what's this?:
A popular search engine with the largest database on the web, indexing more than 140 million pages.
... [google.com...] - lol
heh, so Google got define from Yahoo! the calculator from All the Web, ad placements via searches from Overture. Apparently they're also getting their R&D ideas from Microsoft. ;)
And Google Glossary does much the same thing as my own site, which has been around since early 1996. I can't post the URL here because of forum rules against self-linking, but needless to say I like my site more. :) Still, Google Glossary will probably become more popular since it is integrated with Google, thereby erasing my reason for being.
I have always felt it's unfair to rip content from sites that haven't given permission. For public domain resources like WordNet it's surely fine, but many dictionary/glossary providers rely on the advertising revenue they get from page views. I know this because I work directly with them.