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Looking up words in the dictionary on the Kindle Fire

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Initial post: Nov 25, 2011, 9:47:57 PM PST
I understand how to highlight a word and get the definition almost instantly, even in the dictionary itself. But say I want to look up the definition for 'marble' ? How do I do that? I have tried the search button on the bottom of the screen, but that takes forever.. Or say, to sound a word out.. words that start with mar? and then from there?

Posted on Nov 27, 2011, 5:45:42 PM PST
Mark I have the same problem. I want to be able to search for a word in the dictionary too, but if I type in the word for example, "when", it is as if the Dictionary is a book and shows me each location of the word "when". That's useless. I would like the dictionary on my new Kindle Fire to be as able as the one on my Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2011, 8:29:47 PM PST
C. Scilley says:
I downloaded a dictionary to my Kindle Fire for looking up words when not actually reading a book.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011, 8:55:47 PM PST
The Kindle app for Android doesn't recognize dictionaries as dictionaries, and that is as much of a Kindle as the Fire is. If Amazon is expecting me to replace all the e-dictionaries I have already purchased their nuts.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2011, 5:28:06 AM PST
I believe I shouldn't have to buy another dictionary for any Kindle product. I want the dictionary that comes with it to function as a dictionary should; i.e., if I want to look up a word I should be able to simply type it in 'search' and voila, there's the definition (as is the case with my Kindle #1), & I'm very disappointed that is not the cast with the Kindle Fire. It should be fixed by Amazon ASAP.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011, 8:08:03 AM PST
Philip Kohn says:
Dumb, that's what it is. Should be able to look up a definition.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011, 8:11:22 AM PST
SeaLevel274 says:
I use the app - it's free.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2011, 11:30:24 AM PST
That's not the point. My Kindle #2's (Fire) dictionary should be just as capable as my Kindle #1's is. Why take a step backward?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2011, 11:38:07 AM PST
I thought the point was <<I believe I shouldn't have to buy another dictionary for any Kindle product.>>

The Kindle Fire & the other Kindles are not the same. If they were, I could watch video's on my KK. You were shown that their is a FREE app for the KF, but you are going to be all upset, because you can't use the same dictionary on the KF that you use on your K2? Really? It doesn't cost you any more, it doesn't weigh any more to put on your KF - are you sure you aren't mad just be mad?

Posted on Dec 13, 2011, 11:39:32 AM PST
FranB says:
The Android Kindle app has a lot of shortcomings. Hopefully they will enhance it or create a Fire specific app that is more like a Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2011, 2:48:23 PM PST
Amen to that Frank. <g>

Posted on Dec 15, 2011, 8:07:54 AM PST
Free app - The Free Dictionary by Farlex has many nice features (and multiple languages) besides regular look-up and thesaurus.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011, 6:31:56 PM PST
GJD says:
I want to be able to look up any word (not from an eBook) without having to be online to do it. Searching the Fire's dictionary takes like 10 minutes and finds hundreds of occurrences, none of which are the actual word entry.
I am willing to put another dictionary on there but it seems that any apps I find require you to be online to use them. Any suggestions?

Posted on Dec 20, 2011, 7:15:44 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 20, 2011, 7:17:50 PM PST
Lazy Senior says:
The New Oxford American Dictionary that comes with the Kfire is a Book, not an App.

You need a Dictionary App. I use the Merriam-Webster APP and it works offine just fine and if you have WiFi on, it will pronounce the word thru the speakers. A very nice program and free. Stop complaining and go get it!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2011, 9:41:52 PM PST
GJD says:
Thanks for the info-- downloaded the M-W. One drawback--it says that it tracks what words you look up and bases the ads on that. So when you look up that unknown word that turns out to be related to something unsavory or embarrassing, be prepared to have advertisers target you as being interested in it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2011, 9:57:35 PM PST
Q says:
There are several other dictionary apps that you can also try, if you want.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2012, 3:17:15 PM PST
Patricia May says:
Me too

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2012, 11:27:53 AM PST
Dawn Czerwan says:
Thanks for the advice. I just downloaded it and it works great!!

Posted on Mar 9, 2012, 3:46:51 PM PST
I cannot believe it is a known issue and not fixed yet.
I hoped that I was just doing something wrong.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2012, 3:51:51 PM PST
There's nothing to fix. It's working as designed.

Try this free app. You can even use it off-line. It has several languages and some other neat features. I use it several times a day.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2012, 4:39:35 PM PST
I'm surprised they haven't improved it either. Many people have mentioned the other dictionary apps, they're okay, but what I don't get is why the dictionary that was on the original Kindle that is BETTER isn't on the Kindle Fire? That's the question that no one seems to be answering.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2012, 12:18:30 PM PDT
J. Roden says:
I also put the Merriam-Webster free app on my Kindle Fire, after experiencing extended wait time to look up definitions with the KF (kindle) dictionary. It works just great. I use it all the time.

Posted on Aug 19, 2012, 5:30:38 PM PDT
Carroll says:
I have purchased/downloaded three dictionaries -- one English, one English-Spanish and one Spanish-English. But I cannot look up a word that I type in 'search'. Instead, I get a list of phrases containing the word. For example: when searching for the word "fact", the dictionaries list phrases with words that contain "fact" -- e.g., satisfactory, factor, artifacts, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2013, 8:20:09 AM PDT
You mean "they're" nuts.
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