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Originally posted by hpnadig which is the best dictionary application? (local - which doesn't need net access)
Install dict and dictd the daemon that will run on the system and some dictionaries for it and at the command line dict word and you will get the output for the word or if you do not spell it too bad some possible suggestions for the correct spelling for the word to lookup.
Originally posted by hpnadig doesn't kdic require internet conn.?
Indeed, cambridge, M-W online are nice ones... But I need one when I'm offline. So, I think dict and dictd are better choice for me..
are there any other such packages as of now?
well, now, I use Firefox with wordnet engine to check the words... It still does require net connection, though
But atleast, I don't have to open a new application for just checking the meaning of the word.
I think kdict is merely a frontend for the dict client. I use dict/dictd offline....the daemon doesn't use too much ram, and if you tend to have a free terminal open most of the time (as I do) then you don't need to open a new application.
Ding is a lot more than that hypnadig. It can access anything that dictd can use and also aspell as well as its own German/English dictionary, and I think various other inter-language dictionaries. The website is very poor on description of it - download it and try it - I find it excellent.