Mobysaurus


Guide to Mobysaurus

Posted in Mobysaurus by Anderson on December 5, 2005

There are three basic search modes in Mobysaurus:

1. Look up in root words  (most commonly used)
For example, if you look up ‘all’ in root words, search results will return all the root words that contain “all”, like “above all, after all, all around, all at once, etc.”

2. Look up in any occurrence

In this mode, the program will search the whole database for any occurrence of your queryed word or words and list them, therefore it’ll be a bit slower than only in root words.

3. Look up in any occurrence + synonymous with (commonly used)
In this mode, the program will search the whole database for any occurrence of your queryed word or words together with your designated synonym, and list the entries which simultaneously contain your query and the synonym. This function may sound tricky but indeed VERY powerful.

For example, if you wish to search synonyms for “stuff”, as in “bags stuffed with papers” but not in “don’t say such stuff”, it’s advised that you try “stuff” + synonymous with “crowd” or “cram”. Otherwise since “stuff” has multiple meanings, you eyes might be “stuffed” with some irrelevant “stuff”. 😛

And what about finding all the words start with “marv” and associated with “great”, try this: “mar*” + synonymous with “great”

Match whole word or phrase

Equivalent of “Find whole words only or not”

If you have “match whole” toggled on (default), and search for “age”, results will return  “come of age”, “golden age” and so on, but won’t include like “forage”, “agency”, etc.

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