Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Is there a native dictionary on OSX?

I would like to be able to click on a word (in any open window), and get its meaning in a quick popup windows.

share|improve this question
    
If for any reason you can't select the word, bring up Spotlight (⌘-Space, or click the magnifying glass icon in the upper-right corner) and type the word in to the search box. The definition will be shown if it's in the dictionary. –  Andrew Medico Aug 20 at 17:03

1 Answer 1

up vote 10 down vote accepted

Mouse over a word and tap the trackpad with three fingers, or enable the Dictionary service in System Preferences to assign a keyboard shortcut (by default, it's ⌃⌘D).

share|improve this answer
1  
Fantastic! That's the tool I need. –  Adam Matan Aug 20 at 12:44
1  
Side note: by default, Mavericks assigns ⌃+⌘+D (control+cmd+D) to open the Dictionary for whatever word your cursor is currently over. –  aglasser Aug 20 at 14:14

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.