What is TheSage?
It is best to think of TheSage as two different systems: a knowledge database and a multi-tool interface.
The knowledge database consists of a tightly integrated English dictionary and thesaurus. TheSage’s index contains roughly 250,000 words and its dictionary approximately 315,000 senses, 60,000 etymologies, 55,000 examples of use, and 75,000 phonetic transcriptions. TheSage’s thesaurus contains approximately 1,850,000 relationships between words and definitions, from synonyms and antonyms to hypernyms, hyponyms, meronyms, holonyms, etc.
TheSage has been designed to be used by language researchers and pedagogues seeking to carry out certain kinds of linguistic analyses. Please read this documentation carefully and contact us if you have any problems.
Despite the complexity of TheSage, using the dictionary is extremely simple. Casual users only need to type a word and press theEnter key. If the word exists, TheSage will display its senses, thesaurus, pronunciation, and other information. If the word does not exist, TheSage will provide suggestions and alternative spellings.
Journalists, translators, etc., might want to know that our approach is that of descriptive linguistics. Therefore, TheSage is not to be used to determine what the "correct" or "incorrect" use of the English language is. We are satisfied by describing how English speakers use the language.