Adding and Editing Senses

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The Add and Edit Sense screens allow you to customize your search, as well as have an impact on the search community at large.

Basic and Advanced mode

By selecting the advanced radio button, you will have more options for adding and editing senses. Several of the options listed below are only available in advanced mode, and will be labeled accordingly.


(Add Sense Only)

If needed, you'll be able to alter a headword to suit the nature of your entry. Editing the headword will mainly be needed for adding compound words. Let's say you search for 'arena rock' but don't find a gloss for it. You can add a new sense to rock, and adjust the headword by typing in 'arena rock'. Then, just complete the rest of your entry as appropriate.

Part of Speech

(Add Sense Only)

When adding a new word, you'll want to label it with the correct part of speech. Is your entry a noun, verb, adjective, or adverb? You'll even have the option to enter a proper noun (like TextDigger). Please note, if you choose to enter a proper noun the interface will change slightly. Instead of synonyms and subtypes, you'll be asked to enter aliases. An alias for a proper noun would be any other name it goes by.

Vocabulary type

(Add Sense Only)

You also get to categorize your entry by vocabulary type. Is it an everyday word, technical jargon, slang, or even something vulgar? It's up to you to decide.

Search for existing sense

(Add Sense/Advanced Mode Only)

By clicking the search for existing sense link, you will have the opportunity to see if there is already a relevant gloss for the sense you're adding. After clicking the link, you will be prompted to enter other words that might already have this sense. After you enter alternate words and hit search , possible synonyms will be presented. If you see one you like, click Add to this sense . This action will complete all the fields in the add sense screen appropriately. Then, just hit OK , and you're done.

Change the definition (or gloss)

You can change the definition of a sense. Let's say you find that a sense of 'wolf' is described as 'eat hastily', but you aren't satisfied with that gloss. You can change the gloss to read 'eat hastily and noisily', if you feel that better describes the sense.

Add synonyms or equivalents

You can add synonyms for senses if they don't already exist in the lexicon. If you look up 'stool pigeon' and don't see a certain synonym there (such as 'grass'), you can enter it in this field. Afterward, a new sense for 'grass' will appear in the search. This new sense of 'grass' will have the same gloss as the 'stool pigeon' to which it was added.

Add subtypes or examples

You can enter subtypes of a sense. Thus, you can add 'collage novel' as a subtype of 'novel'. A generic sense for 'collage novel' will then be created, until further refined by a lexicographer or user.


(Advanced Mode Only)

You can add inflections to your entry as well. Let's say you're editing 'slinky' and see that no inflections are listed. You can add 'slinkier' and 'slinkiest' in this field. Inflections that are already a part of the lexicon will be listed right above the field.

Add context words

You can add context words to help improve search results. For example, if you are editing the sense for 'ninja', you could add words that you think would occur alongside 'ninja' in a text, such as 'spy', 'samurai', or 'sword'.

Notify a Lexicographer about the sense

If there is an error or questionable content, you can alert a lexicographer to the situation. There is also a space to include comments if you want to describe what you've found.

Score synonyms, subtypes and context words

At the bottom of the screen are columns containing the words in the above categories of synonym, sub-type, and context word. By clicking on the stars next to the words you can rate their importance to the sense. One star would be a weak relationship while five stars would be the strongest. At first, you'll see the community rating in red stars. After you score the word, the color of the stars will change from red to orange to reflect your rating. You can re-score your choices at any time.

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