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Concept clusters in the subject Communication (Back)
Abbreviating something Able to articulate words Above Academic concepts Actor Address Affixal After Alignment Allegory Alphabetical list of characters Anagrams as a word game Analogical Anecdotal evidence Anime fandom Annotation Arguments Art Artistic Artistic beauty Aspect ratio Atmosphere Audition Autobiography Automatic machine Automatic or self-operating Auxiliary language Awards ceremonies Bad movies Behaviorism Beta testing Between two things Blending or combining Board Book Book (2) Book (3) Book genre Book size Bookish Books Bookshelf Calendar Card with information Cartoon character Cassette tapes Center Change over time Changing the form of a word Chart Checking something off Cinematography Cinematography (2) Citation Cloning Clustering Collage Combinatorial Comic books Committee Communicating with ghosts Communicating with the dead Composition Concluding remarks Conversation Copying documents Copying someone else's work Counting Creating new words Crossing or crossing over Culture Culture (2) Cyclicality Cyrillicization DJ Death Deductive reasoning Defining words or phrases Definition Depicting Desk as a physical object Diacritical mark Dialogue as communication Divination Divination (2) Divination (3) Divining for water Document Drawing a picture Drawing letters Dubbing a track Editing or revising a text Editing text for publication Electronic publishing Empirical evidence Encyclopedic Epigrammatic Extrasensory perception Fable Fan fiction Feet in poetry Figure of speech Figures of speech File Film as an art form Film editing Film or video's credits Framing in video Gallery space Genre Gesture Glossing Going to the movies Half Half as a noun Half as it applies to quantity Hand of God Handwriting Having or being a soul Height Hieroglyphic writing Hit Hollywood Homonyms Horror movies Humanities Iconography Ideographic writing systems Imagining Informal language Inserting lines Interdisciplinary Interpenetration Issuing a statement Japanese animation Joint Journalism Laboratory Language Language (2) Leaflet Legendary figure or event Letter of the Greek alphabet Letter shape Letter-writing Letters Letters of an alphabet Lexicon Lexicon (2) Library Library catalog Linguistics Linking List of items List of items (2) Literary Living embodiment Logical fallacy Love of learning Machine-readable Marking something Marking something as one's own Measurement Measuring quantity Measuring time Medical care Merging Meta or beyond Meter in poetry Middle Mimicry Mode of expression Modernity Mouthing words Movie age ratings Museums as art galleries Musical notation Mythology New and innovative News anchor Non-standard language Not being real Not existing Novel writing One One (2) Oneiromancy Onomatopoeia Opinion column Oral tradition Painting Palmistry Paper products Parallelism in computing Paranormal activity Peer-reviewed journal articles Personality Personality types Phantoms Phenomenalism Philosophical method Phonemes Phonetic writing Phonetic writing systems Phonograph record Phonology Physical book Physical book as an object Physical mark Physicality Piling Pitch Poet Pointillism Population Portraits Postal mail Posting advertisements Postmodernism Preventing failure Printing Printing shop Proverbial phrases Psychic ability Psychoanalysis Psychology Public speaking Publishing a book Pun Punctuation Punctuation mark Punctuation marks Quality control Quotation Recording something Rehearsal Reverb Rhetorical devices Rhyme Rhyme (2) Rubric as a set of guidelines Saying words out loud Schedule Scheme Scientific research Scrawling Scrolling text Semi Sending a document via fax Shaping or forming something Skill with words Slang Small piece of paper Smart because of schooling Soap opera Sociology Song or album's tracklist Sonic Sonnet Sound Sound (2) Sound equipment Speaking to oneself Spirit Splitting something evenly Stamp collecting Stand-up comedy Striking out Study of Study of history Sub- or under Subdivision Subtitles Summarizing Summarizing concisely Super Supernatural Symbolic Synthetic System of classification Taking a test or exam Tape Technical Technology geek Telecommuting Television episode Television programming Telling a story Text as a physical object Textual criticism Theater Theatre Therapy Time as a resource Tone in language Topicality Touchscreen Tragedy Translation Transmitting a message Twins Two of something Two of something (2) Two of something (3) Two things being connected Typefaces Typefaces (2) Types of words Typesetting Typewriter Unconscious Underlining Unit of time Using few words Vantage point Vernacular language Video camera Video production Video recording devices Vocalization Voice technology Vowels Words Words (2) Writing a chronicle Writing in a journal or diary Writing on a surface Writing quickly Writing something down

This subjext index is an experimental OneLook feature. We've grouped words and phrases into thousands of clusters based on a statistical analysis of how they are used in writing. Some of the words and concepts may be vulgar or offensive. The names of the subjects were written automatically and may not precisely describe every word within the cluster.

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Example searches
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before the flood
museum guide
search for food
urge to travel
what a milliner makes
tried twice for the same crime
when cancer spreads through the body
🔆 Explore synonyms and related concepts fancy
industrial revolution
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type of soft cheese
type of light bulb
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ice cream,pie,cookies
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longest river in the world
original host of Jeopardy
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(Use pattern:description syntax)
??lon:synthetic fabric
c*:board game

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What are letter patterns?

If you know some letters in the word you're looking for, you can enter a pattern instead of, or in addition to, a description. Here are how patterns work:
  • The asterisk (*) matches any number of letters. That means that you can use it as a placeholder for any part of a word or phrase. For example, if you enter blueb* you'll get all the terms that start with "blueb"; if you enter *bird you'll get all the terms that end with "bird"; if you enter *lueb* you'll get all the terms that contain the sequence "lueb", and so forth. An asterisk can match zero letters, too.
  • The question mark (?) matches exactly one letter. That means that you can use it as a placeholder for a single letter or symbol. The query l?b?n?n,  for example, will find the word "Lebanon".

  • The number-sign (#) matches any English consonant. For example, the query tra#t finds the word "tract" but not "trait".

  • The at-sign (@) matches any English vowel (including "y"). For example, the query abo@t finds the word "about" but not "abort".

  • NEW! The comma (,) lets you combine multiple patterns into one. For example, the query ?????,*y* finds 5-letter words that contain a "y" somewhere, such as "happy" and "rhyme".

  • NEW! Use double-slashes (//) before a group of letters to unscramble them (that is, find anagrams.) For example, the query //soulbeat will find "absolute" and "bales out", and re//teeprsn will find "represent" and "repenters". You can use another double-slash to end the group and put letters you're sure of to the right of it. For example, the query //blabrcs//e will find "scrabble". Question marks can signify unknown letters as usual; for example, //we??? returns 5-letter words that contain a W and an E, such as "water" and "awake".

  • NEW! A minus sign (-) followed by some letters at the end of a pattern means "exclude these letters". For example, the query sp???-ei finds 5-letter words that start with "sp" but do not contain an "e"or an "i", such as "spoon" and "spray".

  • NEW! A plus sign (+) followed by some letters at the end of a pattern means "restrict to these letters". For example, the query *+ban finds "banana".

  • On OneLook's main search or directly on OneLook Thesaurus, you can combine patterns and thesaurus lookups by putting a colon (:) after a pattern and then typing a description of the word, as in ??lon:synthetic fabric and the other examples above.

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The same interface is now available in Spanish at OneLook Tesauro as a beta version. More languages are coming!

How does it work?

We use a souped-up version of our own Datamuse API, which in turn uses several lingustic resources described in the "Data sources" section on that page. The definitions come from Wiktionary, Wikipedia, and WordNet. Here are some known problems with the current system.
Much gratitude to Gultchin et al for the algorithm behind the "Most funny-sounding" sort order.

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