Links for technical writers and others who create technical documentation and software documentation: dictionaries and grammars
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Comprehensive dictionary for translating between most European languages. Editorially verified content.
Provided by the European Union. Gives translations between almost all European languages.
Multilingual terminology search that uses various public resources. Tip: Click “Linguistic Search”, and then specify the source language and the target language explicitly.
Multilingual terminology portal that provides access to scientific and technical terms derived from patent documents.
Shows the translations embedded into a large number of example sentences.
Microsoft Language Portal
Windows terminology for many languages.
Large electrotechnical vocabulary in most European Languages plus Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. Provided by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
SAP and general computer terminology in a large number of languages.
Queries several online dictionaries simultaneously to find a word definition or the translation of a word into English. This web site is especially helpful if you’re looking for the English meaning of a word but don’t know what the original language of this word is. If you’re looking for a translation, make sure to activate the option “find translations” below the text box.
Directory of more than 4000 bilingual and multilingual online dictionaries and glossaries. You can choose the language to translate from, the language to translate into, and the subject.
Comprehensive English thesaurus and dictionary.
Dictionary and thesaurus with results collected from several individual dictionaries.
Comprehensive monolingual thesaurus.
Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus
English thesaurus in the form of an interactive map of word clusters.
Collects word definitions and usage examples from various sources.
Google Books Ngram Viewer
Shows how often a particular word or phrase is used within the books indexed by Google Books. This information is helpful when deciding which term to use in a document (typically, used the more common one).
Google, Bing, Yahoo
When in doubt about how to write or use a word, a simple approach is to compare the frequency of use. Enter the terms within quotes into the search field of a general search engine and compare the number of results. The version that has the most results is probably the most common one and should therefore be preferred.
Guide to Grammar and Writing
Clearly structured and easy to navigate.
Easy to navigate if you want to look up something particular.
Provides many exercises and downloadable materials.
The Internet Grammar of English
Only available for free for a limited trial period.
Both English and German grammar with thousands of examples.
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This page was last updated 11/2021