Free Online Terminology Tools

This page provides a list of terminology tools that help you to reduce the time you spend searching for terminology. 

Look-up tools


2lingual: a super useful dual-language search tool that makes it easy to Google Search in 2 separate languages


Dante: Database of Analysed Texts of English


Dicts.info: free dictionaries project


Glosbe:  the multilingual online dictionary: provides free dictionaries for almost every existing language and translation memory with 1 013 284 995 sentences included.


Kamusi: The Global Online Living Dictionary. Every Word, Everywhere. New!

Memidex: is a free online dictionary and thesaurus with a simple interface, complete inflections, auto-suggest, adult-filtering, frequent updates, a browsable index, support for mobile devices, and millions of external reference links for definitions, audio, and etymology.

ProfessorWord: this look-up tool  provides the definition of almost any word that you don't comprehend, and you don't even have to leave the page! It's your on-demand dictionary.


OneLookdictionary search.

ProZ.com term searchs: search translation glossaries and dictionaries.


QwickUp: provides access to your favorite online lookup services (dictionary, etc.) in one place by one or two clicks of mouse.

TermWiki.com is an online terminology portal that allows users to search, upload, translate and share terms and definitions with other users around the globe. Peer edits and worldwide collaboration help foster a database of continuously growing and updated terminology, as well as term translations in over 100 languages.

Vocabulary.com: The world’s fastest, smartest dictionary: start typing a word and you’ll see the definition.

Wordnikdefinitions from multiple sources, so you can see as many different takes on a word's meaning as possible.


Wikipedia: Wikipedia's sidebar with links to the same article in other languages can be used as a multilingual terminology database. I know we cannot qualify this as a proper terminology database but it is concept-oriented! New!

YourDictionary: YourDictionary is an easy to use on-line dictionary and thesaurus. It offers quick-click access to more in-depth information including specialty definitions and related articles. It provides straightforward definitions that actually make sense along with example use cases for the most popular words.



Visual online dictionaries



Visuwords -  online graphical dictionary: Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate. New Layout!

Visual Thesaurus: an interactive dictionary and thesaurus that allows you to discover the connections between words in a visually captivating display. With a subscription you will also get access to the Spelling Bee, VocabGrabber, and Online Magazine.

Glossary search


Global Glossarymultilingual dictionary built by combining a multitude of sources from all over the Web.


Glossary Linksdatabase contains 1400 different glossaries with a category, language, and keyword search (the keyword search looks only for words in the title of the glossary).


Glossarissimo: Monolingual, multilingual resources and terminology.

Lexicool.com: offers primarily a directory of "all" the online bilingual and multilingual dictionaries and glossaries freely available on the Internet. 

TermCoord Glossary Links: European Parliament Terminology Coordination.


MetaSearch Engines



Mamma: The mother of all Search Engines.


Metacrawler: search results from Google, Yahoo, Yandex.

Soovle: A customizable engine that provides the suggestion services from all the major providers in one place.



Terminology toolbars and add-ons



Term Wiki Toolbar: The TermWiki Toolbar is a free, powerful tool for quick term reference and translation. Installed in minutes, it is an invaluable tool for all of your terminology management and glossary development needs.

Intelliwebsearchis a free software utility.  It allows you to query multiple online and local resources by selecting text and then hitting a combination of keys; the results are shown in your browser or local application.

DictionaryBoss ToolbarThe DictionaryBoss toolbar offers convenient web search, homepage, and default search.


Term-minator: The toolbar features an innovative search function that allows to search at the same time Google and many other websites. Type a term in the search box, press Enter and in the next screen the general Google search is enhanced by a number of links to search the same term.

Proz ToolbarTool bar access to KudoZ. Type a term into the KudoZ toolbar to instantly search KudoZ and other ProZ.com resources.

EuroTermBank Add-In for Microsoft Word: accesses over 2 million terminology entries in 27 European languages.


Terminotix Toolbar: a free toolbar which allows users to launch queries directly from MS Word.It provides access to 13 databases available at the click of a mouse, directly from MS Word.


TermWiki Widget: allows global websites to easily embed TermWiki’s vast database of subject-specific terminology content on their own pages for free.

WordWeb: can look up words in virtually any program with just one click: by holding down the Ctrl key and click on the word. When online, with one extra click it is also possible to search web references.


Concordancers



AntConc: is a freeware concordancer program for Windows, Mac and Linux. It was developed by Professor Laurence Anthony from the Center for English Language Education in Science and Engineering at Wasada University in Japan.


Le Migou: an online unilingual (French) concordancer that allows a user to consult general and specialized language copora which, for the most part, have been compiled by members of the OLST. Users must register, but access to Le Migou is free.


TextSTAT:a multilingual concordancer for text analysis. It produces word-frequency lists and concordances while producing a corpus with the submitted texts. TextSTAT can be downloaded online for free.


TradooIT:  a bilingual concordancer offered by Logosoft that allows users to search for character strings in their context in a translation memory system or find terms in a termbank. The results are displayed in tables, highlighting occurences in the source language and their equivalents in the target language. To narrow down the search results, TradooIT also presents the statistics of different forms and allows you to filter through the results by function, form, source, etc.


TransSearch is a bilingual concordancer in which users can search in French, English or Spanish. It also displays the source term and its translation in context. Users receive a free five-day trial when they first register but must pay to access the tool afterwards.


WeBiText is a bilingual concordancer available in a number of languages. Users choose the source and target language and can access a number of corpora, one of which includes only Government of Canada websites. This research prototype is provided to the public free of charge and for a limited time only.


WordSmtih Tools is a unilingual concordancer with a corpus analysis tool. It analyzes texts and corpora to extract statstical information on words found in the texts and can process several file types. This program is available online free of charge.



Corpora based



Corpus BYU Corporacreated by Mark Davies, BYU


Corpus of Web-Based Global English: GloWbE (pronounced like "globe") is related to other large corpora that we have created, including the 450 million word Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) and the 400 million word Corpus of Historical American English (COHA).

OPUS: is a growing collection of translated texts from the web. OPUS is based on open source products and the corpus is also delivered as an open content package.


Sketch Engine: is a Corpus Query System incorporating word sketches, one-page, automatic, corpus-derived summaries of a word's grammatical and collocational behaviour.

WebCorpWebCorp is a suite of tools which allows access to the World Wide Web as a corpus - a large collection of texts from which facts about the language can be extracted.



Cloud based


Taas - Cloud Services for Terminology Work: provides multilingual and collaborative terminology services to:
  • Identify term candidates in your documents and extract them automatically
  • Retrieve translation candidates from various sources
  • Refine terms and their translations
  • Share your terminology with other users
  • Use your terminology in other working environment



Ontology based



BabelNet: a Wide-Coverage Multilingual Ontology.



Terminology databases



FAOTERM is the Food and Agricutlure Organization of the United Nations' terminology portal. It contains more than 80,000 entries in the six official languages of the United Nations (English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Mandarin).

FranceTerme is the terminology database of the Comission générale de terminologie et de néologie (France). It covers a large number of fields related to the science and technology industries.


IATE InterActive Terminology for Europe is the European Union's terminology database. It includes more than 8.7 million terms in the 23 official EU languages. The terms are submited by translators from European institutions and then verified by the linguistic department's terminologists. It is available online free of charge.

Le grand dictionnaire terminologique is a terminological dictionary created by the Office québécois de la langue française. It includes French, English and Latin terms from a variety of fields and is availble online free of charge. It takes regionalisms and new spelling norms into account.

ONTERM is a bilingual terminology database that provides information and terminology for the Government of Ontario. It has also has glossaries, style guides, and a database of official geographic names.

Terminonaute is a terminology metasearch engine that allows users to search for terms in 32 source and 31 target languages on several terminology sites.


TERMIUM Plus is the Government of Canada's terminology and linguistic data bank provided to the public free of charge. On top of term records made by the Translation Bureau's language professionals in French, English and Spanish, it also includes 14 electronic resources for writing and translating.


UNTerm is the United Nation's terminology database. It contains technical and specialized terminology in each of the six official UN languages (English, French, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin and Arabic) as well as phrases frequently used by the Organization.


WTOTERM is the terminology database created by the World Trade Organization (WTO). Searches can be carried out in and equivalences can be found in French, English, and Spanish. The terms included pertain to the field of international trade.


TERMDAT: is an extensive multilingual specialist dictionary, providing a versatile aid for communication, text composition and translation.


Translation memories based



Linguee is a translation tool that combines an online dictionary and a search engine that regroups several hundred million bilingual texts.

TAUS Dataa cloud platform based on shared translation memories. It has 2130 language pairs in repository and 52,923,096,600 total number of words in repository.


WordNet is an English database that combines a dictionary and thesaurus and groups lexical units according to their semantic and lexical relations. Users can download it for free from the website or choose to use the online version.


MyMemorythe world's largest Translation Memory, 100% free. It has been created collecting TMs from the European Union, United Nations and aligning the best domain specific multilingual websites.



Translation environment



LogiTerm is a translation environment that includes a search engine for terminology, bitexts and archives. It also includes translation, terminology, data conversion and alignment tools.
LinguisTech (tool box) virtual desktop users can request a user account for this tool online (students from a School of Translation)

Wordbee: The leading collaborative translation management system that combines functionality with automated workflow technology.


Wordfast gives the choice between a localization tool (Wordfast Professional), a CAT tool designed as Microsoft Word add-on (Wordfast Classic), a free online version that combines both Wordfast Professional and Wordfast Classic.


Terminology Resources



In My Own Terms: Terminology for Beginners and Beyond.

Terminology Forum: is a global non-profit information forum for for freely available terminological information online. 



Thematic multilingual terminology databases




(IT) Microsoft Language Portal: a bi-lingual search portal for finding translations of key Microsoft terms and general IT terminology. It contains approx. 25,000 defined terms, including English definitions, translated in up to 100 languages. 

(Chemistry) Multilingual REACH and CLP terminology database ECHA-termterminology of the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection – (JRC-IHCP), European Commission.

(Internet) Webopediais a free online dictionary for words, phrases and abbreviations that are related to computer and Internet technology. Webopedia provides easy-to-understand definitions in plain language, avoiding the use of heavy jargon when possible so that the site is accessible to users with a wide range of computer knowledge.  

Other tools



Diatopix is a free tool that allows users to visualize the geographical use of words, terms or expressions graphically. It uses a series of Yahoo! Web searches and seperates the results according to the main countries where the search language is spoken.


Inspiration is a terminology software tool that allows you to create subject-field breakdowns. Users can benefit from a free 30-day trial.


KwicKwic is a fast and easy-to-use tool for investigating text data. It was designed as a simple yet powerful search tool for Linguists, but can be used in many other fields as well. The standard search allows wildcards, multiple words, proximities, an option to combine queries, and if needed, full access to Regular Expressions. The results are presented in a sortable Key-Word-In-Context (KWIC) display for fast scanning of the data.


Language Portal of Canada has several free resources available. It distributes and promotes Canadian Language products and promotes Canadian competence in the language field. It also aims to ensure effective communication in both official languages.


PerfectIT helps to locate typos and errors in Microsoft Word documents. It finds mistakes that no spelling or grammar check will discover, which makes proofreading faster. It checks for consistent hyphenation and capitalization, abbreviation definitions, capitalization of headings, list/bullet capitalization and punctuation and international spelling variations. It can also find comments left accidentally in documents.

TerminoWeb is a semi-automatic corpus building and analysis tool. It is currently under development and therefore available online free of charge.


TermoStat Web is a term extractor that uses linguistic and statistical methods while taking the potential terms' structures and relative frequencies into account in the analysis corpus. TermoStat is free, but users must register.



YouAlign allows users to create bitexts from archived documents. YouAlign bitexts contain a document and its translation, aligned at the sentence level. YouAlign can generate TMX files for use with a translation memory and HTML files for web publication or use with a full-text search engine.



 - Last updated: 12/09/2014 -