In keeping with my new year’s resolution to laud as many good Ajax apps as I trash bad ones, please allow me to celebrate the simplicity, beauty and utility of Ninjawords. An online dictionary developed by Phil Crosby, Ninjawords offers a fast, minimal Ajax interface built on the Ruby on Rails and Mootools frameworks.
When you visit the Ninjawords homepage for the first time, you see nothing but a Google-esque single-field search form and two buttons. When you type a word into the text field and click the "look up" button, a single definition for that word appears almost instantly. Most definitions come from the open-source Wiktionary; these definitions are linked to their respective Wiktionary pages and may also include a list of synonyms. For words not covered by Wiktionary, Ninjawords defaults to the Princeton Wordnet dictionary, which doesn’t offer synonyms or linkable pages.Read more »