Note on advanced queries involving variable length between words
 

Syntax

Meaning

Examples (Click to run)

Sample matches

One "slot" : Make sure there is no space, or it will be interpreted as two consecutive words

word

One exact word

mysterious

mysterious

[pos]
[pos*]

Part of speech (exact)
Part of speech (wildcard)
[More information]

[vvg]
[v*]

 

going, using
find, does, keeping, started

 

[lemma]

Lemmas (all forms of a word)

[sing]
[tall]

sing, singing, sang
tall, taller, tallest

[=word]

Synonyms
[More information]
[New: synonym chains]

[=strong]
 

formidible, muscular, fervent

 
[user:list]

Customized lists
[More information]

[mark_davies@byu.edu:clothes]
 
tie, shirt, blouse
 

word|word

Any of these words

stunning|gorgeous|charming

stunning, charming, gorgeous

*xx
x?xx
x?xx
*

Wildcard: * = any # letters
Wildcard: ? = one letter

un*ly
s?ng
s?ng*

unlikely, unusually
sing, sang, song
song, singer, songbirds

-word

NOT (followed by PoS, lemma, word, etc. Most useful for "multiple slot" queries; see below)

-[nn*]

the, in, is

Combinations of preceding (samples)
You can limit to a particular part of speech by adding a period (full stop) and then the part of speech tag in brackets. This is always optional. Make sure there is no space before or after the period (full stop), or it will be interpreted as two consecutive words
word.[pos] Exact word and part of speech strike.[v*] strike (only as a verb)
word*.[pos] Substring and part of speech dis*.[vvd] discovered, disappeared, discussed
[lemma].[pos] Lemma and part of speech [strike].[v*] strike, struck, striking

[word].[pos]

Synonym and part of speech

[=beat].[v*]

hit, strike, defeat
(but not nouns, like rhythm or drumming)
You can add "lemma" to any other type of search, such as synonym or customized list, to see all forms of the matching words. Just use an extra set of brackets.

[[=word]]

Synonym and lemma

[[=publish]]

announced, circulating, publishes, issue
(no part of speech specified, so some noun uses)

[[user:list]]

Customized list and lemma

[[mark_davies@byu.edu:clothes]]

tie, tying, socks, socked, shirt, blouses
(no part of speech specified, hence tying)
 You can also choose lemma and part of speech by combining the preceding symbols

[[=word]].[pos]

Synonym and lemma and part of speech

[[=clean]].[v*]

mop, scrubs, polishing

[[user:list]].[pos]

Customized list and lemma and part of speech

[[mark_davies@byu.edu:clothes]].[n*]

tie, ties, sock, socks (i.e. just nouns)
Multiple "slots" : Create sequences of words, using any of the preceding query types. Note that in each case, there is a space between the word "slots" in the query. These are just a few examples, from an unlimited number of combinations. Note on advanced queries involving variable length between words.

nooks and crannies

nooks and crannies

fast|quick|rapid [nn*]

fast food
rapid transit

pretty -[nn*]

pretty smart
pretty as
(but not pretty girl, pretty picture, etc)

[get] her to [v*]

get her to stay
got her to sleep
.|,|;  nevertheless [p*] [v*]
(Notice that punctuation can be used like any "word";
just make sure that it is separated from words by a space)
. Nevertheless it is
; nevertheless he said

[break] the [nn*]

break the law
broke the story

[[beat]].[v*] * [nn*]

beat the Yankees
beaten to death

[=gorgeous] [nn*]

beautiful woman
attractive wife

[put] on [ap*] [mark_davies@byu.edu:clothes].[n*]

put on her hat
putting on my pants