Terminology 1.5 has been submitted to Apple and should, hopefully, be appearing in the App Store soon. In this version, I’ve extended the types of word relationships available.

Terminology is based on the rich dataset of the WordNet project. WordNet goes deep in the available semantic relationships between words.  I originally limited the relationships available in Terminology to synonyms (same as), antonyms (opposite of), hypernyms (less specific) and hyponyms (more specific) because I didn’t want to clutter to the interface with too many relations that might not be terribly useful day to day.  Based on feedback I received from users, however, it became clear that there was value in several more of the relationship types, so I’ve added a number in the new update. These relations are not available for every word you lookup, but where they are, the following new sections will appear along with definitions:

  • Members, member of (Member meronyms and holonyms) : “A professor is a member of the faculty.”

  • Parts, part of (Part meronyms and holonyms) : “A camshaft is part of an engine.”

  • Contains, used in (Substance meronyms and holonyms) : “Water contains oxygen.”

  • Is a, examples (Instance meronyms and holonyms) : “Albert Einstein is a physicist.”

Enjoy! We’ve got a lot of other interesting features coming, too.