A snapshot of WordNet's definition of itself.
Developer(s)Princeton University
Initial releasemid 1980s
Stable release
3.1 / June 2011 (2011-06)[1]
Written inProlog
Operating systemUnix, Linux, Solaris, Windows
Size16MB (including 155,327 words organized in 175,979 synsets for a total of 207,016 word-sense pairs)
Available inMore than 200 languages
TypeLexical database

WordNet is a lexical database of semantic relations between words in more than 200 languages.[2] WordNet links words into semantic relations including synonyms, hyponyms, and meronyms. The synonyms are grouped into synsets with short definitions and usage examples. WordNet can thus be seen as a combination and extension of a dictionary and thesaurus. While it is accessible to human users via a web browser,[3] its primary use is in automatic text analysis and artificial intelligence applications. WordNet was first created in the English language[4] and the English WordNet database and software tools have been released under a BSD style license and are freely available for download from that WordNet website.

  1. ^ "WordNet News".
  2. ^ "WordNets in the World". Global WordNet Association. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  3. ^ "WordNet Search - 3.1".
  4. ^ G. A. Miller, R. Beckwith, C. D. Fellbaum, D. Gross, K. Miller. 1990. WordNet: An online lexical database. Int. J. Lexicograph. 3, 4, pp. 235–244.

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