In the search fields above the different columns of the “Words (extra)” tab you can search for any sequence of characters. A character is a letter, digit, symbol, or a single blank space. Here are some examples of the different kinds of search strategies that can be employed:
|If you type into the search field:||you can find, for example, the words or descriptions of this kind:||The characters typed into the search field will match:|
|eat||beat; breath; eat; weather; …||all entries with words containing the character sequence eat|
|^eat||eat; eater; eating; Eaton; …||all entries with the character sequence eat at the beginning of the field|
|^eat||SPACE||eat an apple; eat meat; …||all entries with the word eat at the beginning of the field followed by a space and more material|
|SPACE||eat||SPACE||dog eat dog; all plants which eat insects; …||all entries with the word eat within the entry field|
|ea$||heartbeat; eat; meat; treat; …||all entries with the character sequence eat at the end of the field|
|SPACE||eat$||a bite to eat; fit to eat; …||all entries with the word eat at the end of the field|
|^eat$||eat||all entries containing exactly the character sequence eat in the entry field and nothing else|
For searching the fields 'Part of speech' and 'Semantic domain' you can choose categories from the drop-down lists:
|Part of speech||The drop-down list shows all word classes and in some dictionaries classes of affixes and types of multi-word constructions. The abbreviations are listed in the respective introduction of the dictionary.|
|Semantic domain||The drop-down list shows a selection of semantic domains covered by the dictionary, for example 'plants' in the Daakaka and the Teop dictionary or 'botanical' in the Hdi dictionary.|
For example, if you select 'v.tr' in 'part of speech' and enter 'hand' in 'meaning description' in the Teop dictionary, you find:
atoato 'catch something with one's hands'
kae 'hold something in one hand'
poto 'grab something or catch something with one's hands'
In the Daakaka dictionary the search for 'v.tr' and 'hand' finds:
bwiti 'break an elongated object in two with both hands'
kinkate 'hold something in one hand'
sedisi 'raise a weapon (in one hand) to hit someone
tiwiye 'break (something which can be broken easily with two hands)
For example, if you select 'v.itr' and 'body' you find 7 entries in the Daakaka dictionary, e.g.
banga 'open one's mouth'
In the Teop dictionary the selection of 'v.intr' and 'body' finds 8 entried, e.g.