There are lot of dictionary application for Ubuntu / Linux Mint but most of them works only online. A lot of people prefer to have offline dictionary – because they can use it without any internet connectivity or may be because they have a slow Internet connection (which may results in slower look-up).
Goldendict : Advanced Dictionary software for Ubuntu!
Although, Goldendict has lots of features and many of them depends on Internet connectivity but you can easily install wordnet dictionary database to make it work offline.
Install Godendict on Ubuntu 12.04/12.10/ Linux Mint!
sudo apt-get install goldendict goldendict-wordnet
Goldendict has lot of cool features, you can easily customize the sources – add more local dictionary database, add websites (Urban Dictionary, Google Oxford and more!) for look-up, pronunciation support, and more!
Enable Pronunciation with Forvo
Go to Edit -> Dictionaries -> Forvo and enable it. You may have to register and get an API key (free plan is there, up to 500 requests/day) on Forvo.
Mozilla Firefox comes with a spell checker for ensuring that you have written all the words correctly in boxes and forms(In feedback or commenting or in post) on any website.Whenever you will write some incorrect word in the form then it will be underlined in red.
By default,the Firefox Language is set to United States English which may annoy other users who use other English like United Kingdom English,Australia English or Canada English as their primary language.To solve this problem you can install other Language-pack(includes dictionaries of different languages) and later change the Language settings of your browser to work the spell checker as expected.
Installing Firefox Spell checker add-on/plugins on Linux,Windows or MacOSX
Use these simple steps to install extra dictionaries for your language(If it is not installed)
1.Open Firefox Browser.
2.Type the Following address in the address bar OR Click Here
3.Now choose your language and click on Install Dictionary to install the selected language pack.
4.Installation will finish within minutes.Then Restart the Firefox.
Change Settings of Spell checker in Mozilla Firefox
1.Right Click on the word and then click on languages.
2.Now select your language from the list.
Today we are going to choose a better dictionary in ubuntu 10.04.You know there is an online dictionary installed by default in ubuntu 10.04(Lucid Lynx) but it may not satisfy the users conditions.The features of the Dictionary(Applications->Office->Dictionary) is very limited with a simple interface.Hence it is not a bad idea to installed a new one from the software center or synaptic manager.But here is the problem because there are lot dictionary available but it is difficult to find out which are better for their need.
So you should have to try each dictionary once that seems frustrating.Don’t worry I have a simple solution because I have tried out some of that.I found a dictionary named “Fantasdic” that I installed from the software center is the most powerful,easy to use and of course a stable one.Fantasdic is a dictionary application developed under the GNOME project.
Fantasdic Features at a glance
*Dictionary server : It looks up for a word in many online dectionary servers like dict.org or others.
*Google translate : It translate words with the help of google translate directly from fandastic.
*edict file : it can use any dictionary servers that available in the format like edict or cedict.
*Scan clipboard feature : with this feature enabled you can look up in the dictionary without copying or writing word in it.Just enable the scan clipboard mode and go the web page or e-book and copy it,the fandastic will look up those words.Hence it is very usefull when you have to search the meaning for many words continuously from a e-book or website.
For more details about the details or if you want to take part in this-project-development; you may visit :http://projects.gnome.org/fantasdic/