iPad for Dad, #11 – Dictionary.com

If you like this post, read some of the other descriptions of our Father/Daughter iPad for Dad adventures – iPad for Dad, #1iPad for Dad, #2iPad for Dad, #3,  iPad for Dad, #4iPad for Dad, #5iPad for Dad, #6,  iPad for Dad, #7iPad for Dad, #8,  iPad for Dad, #9iPad for Dad, #10iPad for Dad, #11iPad for Dad, #12iPad for Dad, #13,  iPad for Dad, #14,  iPad for Dad, #15iPad for Dad, #16,  iPad for Dad, #17 , iPad for Dad, #18,  iPad for Dad, #19iPad for Dad, #20iPad for Dad, #21 and iPad for Dad, # 22.

Dad uses his iPad almost every day, usually to read at least one newspaper and also to look up information. He likes Wikipedia because it gives him background on a subject, and Dad has read the entries on several religion and philosophy topics — areas he  knows a lot about — and finds them accurate. He wants to do e-mail more often but is so busy…  These days he needs less and less help from me.

A devoted crossword puzzler, Dad often completes one a day. Occasionally, though, he gets irritated when he has completed most of a puzzle but has trouble with a couple of words. So during our time together we concentrated on Dictionary.com. While this application came installed on my iPhone, it was not on his iPad. We clicked on the App Store icon, downloaded the application to his iPad, and began exploring. The program opens on the dictionary page, but there are links to the thesaurus and the crossword puzzle solver.

The simplest way Dad can use the thesaurus (technically this is at thesaurus.com) is by enter a word and getting a list of synonyms. Sometimes that’s all he needs to figure out the right word. The crossword puzzle solvermakes it even easier to search for a word because a user enters the clue as well as the required  number of letters, but Dad thought this made finding answers too easy. Other links on the crossword page lead to various newspaper crossword puzzles — some available for free and others for a subscription.

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