Whatever crazy projects Google is working on, research is the bread and butter of the business. Over the years, he has continued to develop the good old Google search page with small but useful improvements. The latest is a change in the way its built-in dictionary works, separating it from the main search function.

Adding “define” before or after another word or phrase causes Google to pull dictionary results for that query, both from the web and from its own dictionary. If Google has a definition for the word, it will appear on a separate map above the web results. The card now has a separate search box that specifically calls up a dictionary search when something is entered. You can display the map without a specific query by simply searching for “dictionary”. There is also a history of your recent searches, which is very useful.

When you type in the dictionary search box, it will give you some handy autocomplete suggestions. Additionally, anything you search for directly from the dictionary area will open with an expanded map when you press enter, rather than the collapsed view you initially get when using “define something” in the field. Google’s main search.

If a word or phrase is not found in the Google dictionary, you will only see web results without a map, as before. He doesn’t know the word “myrmecophobia”, for example, which is terribly disappointing. A few readers have seen this new behavior and it already works for me on desktop and mobile (both in the Google app and Chrome), so it should roll out to everyone shortly.

This will likely be a staged deployment through a server side switch, so no apps to update or anything like that. Let us know if it works for you and if you have any strong feelings about it.

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  • Narendra and everyone who sent this