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|
|eat$||heartbeat; eat; meat; treat; …||all entries with the character sequence eat at the end of the field|
|SPACE||eat$||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|
|eat%eat||breathe heavily; be out of breath||all entries containing the sequences entered in the exact order|
fish and other creatures that swim
|all entries containing the sequence eat, but not at the beginning of the entry|
|all entries containing the sequence eat, but not at the end of the entry|
|_eat_||attach a feather to something||all entries containing the sequence eat, but not at the beginning or end of the entry (only in the middle)|
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.|
|Examples||Typing in a number will filter for entries with the same exact number of examples. Using the more than/less then/equal sign will give a range. For example: “>1” will give entries that have more than one examples. “=>1” will give entries with one example or more.|
For example, if you select 'vt' in 'part of speech' and enter 'hand' in 'meaning description' in the Teop dictionary, you will find:
poto: 'grab something or catch something with one's hands'
In the Daakaka dictionary the search for 'v.tr' and 'hand' finds:
For example, if you select 'v.itr' and 'body' you find 7 entries in the Daakaka dictionary, e.g.
In the Teop dictionary the selection of 'vi' and 'body' finds 8 entried, e.g.