Visual Thesaurus – Mindware

When I wasn’t looking this Website/Mindware got a lot better. Visual Thesaurus is an on-line subscription tool (~$3/month) that you can also buy as a desktop utility, that allows you to put in a word and see its related words visually. I put in play and got back a blizzard of related words,

Play

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Each node can be clicked on to find out what everything radiating from that node shares in common. For example, travel, locomote, go and move all radiate from a common node. Clicking on that brings up a definition that all four share, and an example sentence,

Node

What relationships are shown in the diagram is dictated by your settings (as is font size, line size and many other aspects of the diagram),

thesaurusSettings

You can see that this goes well beyond just synonyms.

PartsOfSpeech

 

The node colors are keyed to the definition chart (thus, the green that tied together the four words above is listed in the verbs section, and all the verb nodes in the entire diagram are defined there as well.

You can reverse the action and find a definition under verb and that will light up the node and thus show you the words associated with it.

 

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Of course, if you click on a word, that word becomes the focus of a new set of associations, allowing you to progress from Play –> Contend –> Debate –>Argument –>Variable->Symbol to Star…

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This can be either incredibly rewarding for your writing, or a tremendous time-sink. But it is wonderfully responsive and great fun.

About Jesse Liberty

Jesse Liberty has three decades of experience writing and delivering software projects and is the author of 2 dozen books and a couple dozen Pluralsight & LinkedIn Learning courses. He was a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, a Distinguished Software Engineer for AT&T, a VP for Information Services for Citibank and a Software Architect for PBS. He is a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer and a Xamarin MVP and a Microsoft MVP.
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One Response to Visual Thesaurus – Mindware

  1. Jim Bustovsky says:

    Hey, you can also try this thesaurus!
    I’m sure it will be also very helpful for you!

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