Macs come equipped with a dictionary and thesaurus application directly on the dashboard, making it easy to find definitions, synonyms or antonyms as you read or write using your computer. However, Apple seems to have forgotten to include such a convenience when designing their more portable devices. Sure, we can monitor the stock market, or find our position using the compass, but we continue to lack the ability to quickly define words using an iPhone or iPod Touch.
Luckily, Terminology by Agile Tortoise provides users with an alternative to that reference tool they’ve always wanted. Terminology, originally designed for the iPad, now comes to the iPhone and iPod Touch with the same clean, easy-to-use interface that makes browsing the English language a piece of cake. (Yes, you can even define “piece of cake” by simply searching the entire phrase.) Featuring both a dictionary and thesaurus, Terminology encompasses all the necessary tools for exploring words and phrases offline and via the Internet.
When you start up Terminology, you will find the main buttons in the bottom navigation bar. The first button, all the way to the left, looks like a magnifying glass, which brings you to the search page and allows you to type in any word or phrase you wish. Whether you desire a definition, a synonym, or the meaning of a phrase you just can’t make sense of, you are bound to find it within Terminology’s extensive collection of terms. Those words you like or use frequently can then be starred and found using the star button to the right of the search tab.
Next to the star button, users will find an icon that resembles a clock. This tab tracks your previously searched terms in a chronological list of most recently searched to the earliest. All the way to the right of the navigation bar, users will find two more icons. The icon resembling a gear allows you to filter bad words from your search, while the question mark icon tells you a bit about Terminology itself.
Each word or phrase entry appears clear and readable, presenting users with the terms part of speech, definition, synonyms and less specific terms that may be associated with the term in question. Users may also link directly to online sites such as Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wolfram Alpha and Google to learn more. And, with all data based on the Princeton University WordNet project, users can be sure they are receiving top-notch information they would otherwise have to inconveniently use the Safari browser to look up when desperate.
*Price shown is available for a limited time only. The iPad version is also currently on sale, available for $1.99.
Terminology [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.