This page explains how to use the thesaurus view of the Egyptian Arabic Dictionary. The thesaurus view gives you a list words with similar or related meanings: for example, the Food section contains a category called Fruits, which contains a list of names of fruits, together with words like skin and stone.
You can get to the thesaurus from the other views in two ways:
- Click on the Thesaurus link in the Online Options menu
- Click on the thesaurus category for a word
At the top left of the display is a or button and either a or button .
Arabic words are displayed both in arabic writing and in european letters. There are two options for displaying words in european letters- transliterated and pronounced. You can click on and to switch between the two. For more information about the differences between the two systems and an introduction to arabic writing, see Arabic Writing.
You can hide the arabic writing by clicking the button, and show it using the button.
At the top right is a or flag that can switch the user interface between English and Arabic , and a button which displays the menu .
At the top left of the page is an area to specify what word you are looking for.
First, select the Direction, for example English to Egyptian, then select the thesaurus section. Finally, select the thesaurus category.
The following picture shows the results. The page lists up to twenty words that are similar to the letters that you typed in. Each word is followed by one or more words that have the same meaning in the other language.
The information for each word and its meaning is displayed in a very compact form: the following sections explains how to interpret the information.
Initially, only a summary of the details for a word is displayed. Click on the button to expand the details, showing the main forms for the word, as in the picture below. Click on the button to collapse it again.
The displayed code indicates the language of the word.
Arabic words are shown in both arabic writing and either transliterated or pronounced form: you can use the button at the top to select whichever you prefer. When you select pronounced, the stressed syllable in each word is underlined.
You can click on the word to see full details of it, including a list of words with similar meanings.
The displayed code indicates the type of word, for example noun or verb. Click on the code to see a full list of abbreviations.
The usage is a star indicating how frequently the word is used: the options are
- - daily
- - regularly
- - occasionally
- - understood but rarely used
- - not always understood
- no star - unrated
If the word appears in any examples, the button is displayed. You can click on it to see the example sentences that use this word.
If the word is a verb and there are sufficient details in the database, the button is displayed. You can click on it to see a full list of all the tenses and cases that are valid for this verb.
Some words have more than one meaning, for example sheet could be a piece of paper or something that goes on the bed. The notes explains which meaning this word has.
Click on the button to hear somebody saying the word form.
Some words exist in more than one form, for example singular and plural. For most words, there is a list of the forms necessary to derive all other forms. Next to the word, there is a code that indicates the type of form, for example perfect or imperfect. Click on the code to see a summary of the codes.
The menu follows after the main information of the page. You can go straight to it by touching the button in the top right of the screen.
The menu contains links to the main online functions, to help pages like this one, and to several other useful locations on the site.