Google has many hidden talents. For those in the know – that is mostly the geeks, search marketeers and Google aficionados – there are a few things you can do to get Google to return you really specific results.
Google has a level of semantic search integration meaning they return the information you are looking for right in the top of the search results. There’s no messing around, no clicking on links. The most pertinent information is right there at your fingertips. Semantic search appears for a number of different searches, far too many to list here. But one of my favourites is for definitions.
If you don’t know, if you type define: followed by a word into Google you’ll get the definition of that word (according to the Internet). The results are always useful and sometimes amusing (especially when it picks up Urban Dictionary as the source.
This recent search even shows usage for the word over time. Not that I needed to know that.
Anyway, define: a helpful tool if you don’t have a dictionary nearby.