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Subject area type: Hierarchical Thesaurus of English Words

Can you think of 4 types of construction bricks? May be you know what is it made of? Well, builders will easily name adobes, clinkers, firebricks, headers or may be some others and tell in a second that bricks are made of clay. But what about non-builder people? Or, let's say, for example, that you need to evaluate different kinds of poems. That's an easy task for a linguist - ballad, blank verse, elegy, lament, epics, free verse, haiku, sonnet, versicle, etc. What if you are not a linguist?

That's where special dictionaries may help. They are called 'hierarchical thesauruses' (ideographic or ontological dictionaries). The terms in such thesauri are categorized by specific generic features. In this regard, each word, for example 'brick', refers to 3 categorization levels: parent (building material), child (adobes, clinkers, etc) and sibling level (stones, cement, boards, etc). Thus, a tree of generic levels is built.

Let's watch, for example, what a hierarchy chain can be tracked down to the word 'paper slip':

Entity >>> physical object >>> artefact >>> goods >>> product >>> paper >>> sheet of paper >>> paper slip

Such tracking can be very useful for effective mind mapping where it is hard to build a multibranch tree without special references or advices.

Use of thesaurus in MindDecider v.9.10.28

MindDecider's hierarchical thesaurus contains more than 200 tsd. words in its database. The most popular word associations include:
  • hypernyms - superordinate generic words or phrases which includes subordinate terms (i.e. 'animal' is a hypernim for 'dog').
  • hyponyms - more specific terms, subordinate words or phrases ('dog' is a hyponym for 'animal').
  • synonyms - words with same meanings ('dog' = 'canine').
  • antonyms - words with opposite meanings ('black' and 'white', 'up' and 'down').
  • meronyms - terms denoting parts of the whole that is denoted by other terms ('arm' is a meronym of the word 'body').
  • holonyms - words or phrases denoting the whole whose part is denoted by the other term ('body' is a holonym of 'arm', 'leg' and 'heart').

By default MindDecider's thesaurus is integrated into the installation package. If you use the earlier versions you may download the file 'Word Associations.mda' and then copy it to 'Areas' folder.

  1. Open MindDecider and start a new project.
  2. Open the main context menu and click on 'Select area'.
  3. Select the area 'Word Associations'.
  4. Create new variant, let's say 'horse'.
  5. Click right mouse button on it to open a context menu.
  6. In a right column you'll find a brief list of associations for the given word. Click on any of them to replace the current word with shrewder choice.
  7. To expand thesaurus click on '...' below the list. Here you'll see all words related to the given variant (hyperonyms, hyponyms, meronyms, holonyms, antonyms and synonyms).
  8. For each of the proposed words you may open its own list of associations by clicking on a '>' symbol to the right of it.

Use our thesaurus to quickly find right associations, enhance your creative abilities, learn new words and generate ramified mind maps:
Mind map of games using MindDecider thesaurus

References:

  • Roget P.M., Thesaurus of English Words and phrases.
  • WordNet lexical database for the English language
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