Android Tip: Quickly check meanings of words with Instadict

So you were reading a book or article, and came across a word. Oh!! I’d like to know its meaning, you say to yourself. You minimize the app, go look for your dictionary app, check the meaning, and come back to continue the reading. On occasions, you have to reload the webpage, or even restart the app – just to continue. See all the stress 🙂

Instadict

On Android there’s a saying that goes, “There’s an app for everything”. Well, there’s an app that can save you that stress, the name is Instadict. This app lets you view the meaning of words anywhere on your phone.

How does Instadict work?

Simply copy the word whose meaning you want to know and then shake your device horizontally
to get it’s meaning. Now you don’t have to interrupt what you’re doing or minimize the app any longer. Best of all, Instadict also works offline. Only make sure to download any of the language packs dictionaries below relevant to you.

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Download Instadict for Android HERE.

English Language PackFrench Language PackItalian Language PackSpanish Language Pack.

Editors Note: I know some people will suggest alternative ways/apps to solve this problem. I admit there are many ways to kill a rat. So if you have any other means or app that can do similar stuff, please don’t hesitate to share. 😀

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5 comments

  1. “Define” is another app that can equally do the job perfectly well. It even has option to find meaning of words in more than one version of English dictionary.

  2. @Jikong, you meant Text Aide

    Simply copy the word whose meaning you want to know and then shake your device horizontally
    to get it’s meaning

    An automation app like AutomaGic or Tasker would do this and much much much more .

    I use AutomaGic to accomplish this on my phone, but without the “shakes” ( which would consume battery as it uses the accelerometer sensor, per shake) .

    Whenever an item is copied to the clipboard from anywhere, the copied item is analyzed .

    If it is a single word, it asks you if you want to lookup the meaning. You don’t need to answer as it times out and defaults to NO if you do nothing .

    An affirmative answer launches any dictionary you define (and is installed) that supports clipboard reading on startup.

    I use Wordweb.

    If what you copied to your clipboard is a URL, a list of your installed browsers, and a URL shortener app link pops-up and you can click a particular one to launch that URL.

    If you select the URL Shortener, the URL copied gets shortened automatically, and you can use it anywhere you wish. A life saver for any blogger and others who need to shorten long URLs.

    If you copied something to the clipboard while you have a browser running , your list of installed browsers also pop-ups and the copied item is fed into the new browser you have selected as a search item.

    Generally, with an automation app like AutomaGic, all these standalone apps that do discrete things are mostly a waste of time and resources, as a single automation app can do the work of a hundred standalone apps, and a bit more.

    The sky is your playground.

  3. Generally, with an automation app like AutomaGic, all these standalone apps that do discrete things are mostly a waste of time and resources, as a single automation app can do the work of a hundred standalone apps, and a bit more.

    Next time remember to warn people about the quirks with Automagic. Automagic is good but well thought out standalone apps that are equally well executed are mostly always better. I won’t argue that Automagic may conserve storage space better than standalone apps though.

    With Elixir 2, you can permanently stick your frequently used apps like the WordWeb dictionary mentioned by Eye.Bee.Kay to the Android notification bar and you don’t need to close the main app you are using at any time but only need to swipe from the notification area, tap on the WordWeb dictionary icon after copying the word you want to look up its meaning and WordWeb dictionary will launch directly with the word definition.

    Tapping on the back button takes you back to the original app you were using in its current state before launching WordWeb or if you also have the app as one of your frequently used apps in Elixir 2, you can also swipe down from the notification area and select the app icon to yield the same result as above.

    1. Obviously the whole essence of automation is to be able to do things automatically So all these your swipe and select and switch and going through hoops and loops is not as efficient as a single copy to clipboard that precipitates tire same effect.

      Finally AutomaGic has no quirks. It is one of the few apps rated close to the entire 5.0 possible on the Google Play Store. If you are on Android, do yourself a favor.. use AutomaGic. It makes your Android Automation life a breeze ! What’s the essence of a Robot that’s not fully automated?

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