Lexicontext is an offline English dictionary component for iOS apps. It was built for developers who want to add an in-app dictionary to their iPhone, iPad or iPod apps using the iOS SDK.
As an illustration of the potential value of Lexicontext, consider the value provided by the offline dictionaries of Kindle for iOS and Apple's iBooks. Lexicontext can also be used for building word games, educational apps, etc.
Lexicontext is provided as a static library with a simple Objective-C API that allows you to lookup the definition of a word and get the result in either plain-text or HTML.
You can try Lexicontext by downloading the free trial version.
Lexicontext is already embedded in dozens of apps.
- More than 150,000 words
Lexicontext contains the complete WordNet dictionary which includes more that 150,000 English word definitions.
Get lists of words, grouped together according to similarity of their meaning (synonyms).
Looking up a word definition is instantaneous and takes a small fraction of a second.
- Network not required
The dictionary is bundled with your app, so your users don't need a network connection and can use your app anywhere.
- Customizable & flexible
Definitions can be fetched as plain-text, HTML or as a structured NSDictionary. You can use CSS to format HTML definitions.
- Small memory footprint
Lexicontext consumes about 300K at runtime. The dictionary data can be bundled with your app or downloaded separately after the installation.
- Powerful search
Words can be looked up by their prefix or by a search pattern.
- Drill into new words
With HTML definitions, users can touch a word and drill into its definition.
- Audio pronunciation
The free Lexicontext Pronounce add-on provides audio pronunciation of a given dictionary word.
- Trivial to bundle
To add Lexicontext to your app, link to a single library, import a single header file, add a single data Bundle to your app's resources and you're done.
- Easy to use
Lexicontext's API is lean. How you want to present the word definitions to your user is up to you and Lexicontext doesn't force you into any specific user interface.
You can add your own new definitions to the dictionary at runtime or at build-time.
- Word images
Via the the ImageNet service Lexicontext provides access to the images of a given dictionary word.
- Lexicontext is compatible with iOS 4.3 and higher