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StarDict is a cross-platform and international dictionary software.

stardict-logo1 StarDict, developed by Hu Zheng , is a free GUI released under the GPL for accessing StarDict dictionary files (a dictionary shell). It is the successor of the program StarDic, developed by Ma Su'an. The version number of StarDict follows that of StarDic.

According to StarDict's original homepage on Sourceforge, the project has been removed from SourceForge due to copyright infringement reports.StarDict runs under Linux, Microsoft Windows, FreeBSD, Maemo and Solaris. Dictionaries of the user's choice are installed separately. Dictionary files can be created by converting DICT files.

Several StarDict-compatible programs are available for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad in the App Store, including GuruDic, TouchDict, weDict, Dictionary Universal..., also the free iStarDict, which is available for the Cydia Store. As far as mobile devices are concerned, there is also mDictionary, an application for the Maemo and MeeGo platform, which among other dictionary formats, supports StarDict. Android based devices may try ColorDict, Wordmate or AntTek Dict. There is also gTongue Dictionary for Windows Phone. The NewDictS homebrew Nintendo DS program is also available for StarDict.
Dictionaries available.

One can find here the partial list of FreeDict dictionaries which can be converted to the StarDict format. These include, in particular, some older versions of Websters dictionary and many dictionaries for various languages.

Other Features.

While StarDict is in scan mode, results are displayed in a tooltip, allowing easy dictionary lookup. When combined with Freedict, StarDict will quickly provide rough translations of foreign language websites.

On September 25, 2006, an online version of Stardict began operation. This online version includes access to all the major dictionaries of StarDict, as well as Wikipedia in Chinese.
Previous versions of StarDict were very similar to the PowerWord[3] dictionary program, which is developed by a Chinese company, KingSoft. Since version 2.4.2, however, StarDict has diverged from the design of PowerWord by increasing its search capabilities and adding lexicons in a variety of languages. This was assisted by the collaboration of many developers with the author. A developer named Evgeniy A. Dushistov produced the command line version of StarDict called sdcv.



StarDict is included in the official repositories. So all you need to do is simply installing the following package (and its associated packages) with apt or synaptic:

 sudo apt-get install stardict

After the installation is finished, StarDict is found in: “Applications menu -> Accessories -> StarDict”

Install Dictionaries in Linux:

To install these tarball dictionaries, do this:

tar -xjvf a.tar.bz2

mv a /usr/share/stardict/dic

Or just: tar -xjvf a.tar.bz2 -C /usr/share/stardict/dic

We can use more that one dictionary database, for example: Merrian Webster Dictionary, Longman Dictionary, etc. You can download the dictionary files from http://stardict.sourceforge.net/Dictionaries_dictd-www.dict.org.php

The dictionary files should go here: /usr/share/stardict/dic


# cd /usr/share/stardict/dic

# tar -xjvf /data/packages/source/dict/stardict-longman-2.4.2.tar.bz2

# tar -xjvf /data/packages/source/dict/stardict-merrianwebster-2.4.2.tar.bz2

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I have rearranged the order for dictionary to be used like this:

Other feature that you may interested is to let you learn the pronunciation.

You can enable scanning words

This is the result when I blocked a word when scanning is activated.

give me spelling suggestion like this

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Ubuntu is a Linux distribution that offers an operating system predominantly focused on desktop computers but also provides support for servers. Based on Debian GNU / Linux, Ubuntu focuses on ease of use, freedom in usage restriction, regular releases (every 6 months) and ease of installation.
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