ABBYY Lingvo can perform full-text searches for your query word
or phrase in the whole text of all active dictionaries of the
current pair of languages.
How does full-text search work?
Suppose you need to translate the phrase «мастер на все руки»
from Russian into English. There is no such phrase in the Lingvo
WordList but you can perform a full-text search.
This phrase may be present in the examples or comments sections of
several dictionary entries. Once you have seen this phrase and its
translations in different cards, you will be able to choose the
translation that best suits your context. Note also that you can
enter your query words in any grammatical form.
To search for a word or a phrase in all Lingvo
Type the necessary word or phrase in the Edit Line and
click . You can also select the Searchitem
on the Tools menu or press CTRL+F.
A Search window
appears where you can see a list of cards organized into several
Cards in which the query words appear as headings. Cards
with one-word headings and cards with multi-word headings are shown
Cards in which the query words appear in the translations
Cards in which the query words appear in the examples
Cards in which the query words appear in the comments
In the Search window,
next to each search result you can see the name of the dictionary
in which the query word has been found.
If the number of cards is
too large, you can browse the list by pressing CTRL+Page
Down or CTRL+Page Up. You can also use “Add
results” or“Reduce results”buttons.
To change search criteria:
Click in the Search window or select the
Search tab in the Tools>Options.
In the Search dialog specify the type of search:
Find cards containing all the search words ("AND"-search);
Find cards containing at least one of the search words.
If your query contains more than one word, by default the
dictionary performs an “AND” search and ignores the word
When you perform an “AND” search, you can specify a maximum
distance between the words in the query and ask Lingvo to match the
When you perform an “OR”, the cards that contain the most words
from your query are shown first. Generally, the most relevant
results are displayed in the first group of cards.
When you perform an "OR" search, Lingvo will ignore function
words (prepositions, conjunctions, interjections, personal
pronouns, etc.) unless they are found in the same card as at least
one non-function word from the query. Cards containing only
function words will not be displayed.
ABBYY Lingvo Popular Dictionary can perform full-text
searches using either the current language pair or the languages of
all the active dictionaries.
To perform a full-text search using all the languages of all
the active dictionaries:
Type your query word or phrase in the EditLine
and press CTRL+SHIFT+F or choose the Search in All
Languages on the Tools menu.