Remember when you used to have to pay for a dictionary? Those days are long gone. I can’t remember the last time I went to a physical book to look up a word. Instead I just type a word into a web site. Sometimes I don’t even get that far, instead just typing into my browser’s search bar and letting Google do the heavy lifting for me.
But if you’re a fan of actual dictionaries, you don’t need to buy one from the book store. Merriam-Webster has launched a free, ad-supported dictionary app for the iPad. Not only can you look up any word by typing in the search box, but the app also supports voice search and provides audio pronunciations.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary HD app also allows you to view your recent history, shows a Word of the Day. The app is available as a free download from the App Store. There’s also a free app for the iPhone and iPod touch.