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curl dict://dict.org/d:something
A bash function might also be useful: dict() { curl dict://dict.org/d:$1; } Or if you want less verbose output: dict() { curl -s dict://dict.org/d:$1 | perl -ne 's/\r//; last if /^\.$/; print if /^151/../^250/'; }
Sample Output
220 miranda.org dictd 1.9.15/rf on Linux 2.6.26-bpo.1-686 <auth.mime> <[email protected]>
250 ok
150 2 definitions retrieved
151 "Something" gcide "The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48"
Something \Some"thing\, n.
   1. Anything unknown, undetermined, or not specifically
      designated; a certain indefinite thing; an indeterminate
      or unknown event; an unspecified task, work, or thing.
      [1913 Webster]

2009-04-10 18:12:37

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or... install the dict package and type: dict [word]
linuxrawkstar · 615 weeks ago

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