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10.5: Use a URL shortcut to search in Dictionary Apps
As others have discovered, the dict:// URL syntax allows you to search for a word or phrase in the Dictionary program. Now that OS X includes Wikipedia search in the Dictionary program, a search using this method will show you any and all results from all four of Dictionary's sources (Dictionary, Thesaurus, Apple, and Wikipedia).

You can type a search into the URL bar directly, such as dict://Mac OS X Leopard, or you can take advantage of this ability in other ways (e.g. QuickSilver).

[robg adds: This hint updates this older hint, which talked about using the dict:/// (three slashes) construct to look up words in Dictionary. However, in 10.4, you had to have the Dictionary app running first. In 10.5, you can use two slashes, and it doesn't matter if Dictionary is active or not; I tested using Camino in 10.5, to make sure I wasn't getting special treatment from Safari.

I was also able to type the URL in TextEdit, control-click it, and choose Open URL from the contextual menu to open Dictionary. I'm not sure what other apps this may work in.]
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10.5: Use a URL shortcut to search in Dictionary
Authored by: osxpounder on Oct 30, '07 12:58:28PM
As a quick test, I tried the following in the Location field of Safari 3.0.2:
It called up Dictionary. Note that I only used 2 slashes. In fact, while editing this comment, I tried it with one slash, and with no slashes. Same result. I'm using OSX 10.4.9, and I haven't called up Dictionary in any way that I'm aware of since logging in this morning.

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Works in Terminal with the "Open" command
Authored by: nicholfd on Oct 31, '07 03:57:55AM

For those of us that live in the Terminal, this is useful there, too.

'open dict://word_to_lookup'

Also, 'open vnc://IP_ADDRESS_OR_HOSTNAME' will open up the new remote desktop viewer.

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