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Plumb Design Visual Thesaurus
Highly interactive site offers a new look (literally) at the English language!
Grade Level: 9-12, Advanced

http://visualthesaurus.com/index.jsp

CONTENT:
The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus. Type in a word, and a spatial map of linguistic associations is displayed. Although a full subscription costs a small fee, you can try the Thesaurus for free on the site.
AESTHETICS:
This site is high-tech all the way. Its visual appeal complements the ingenuity of its features.
ORGANIZATION:
The Thesaurus can be searched by typing a word into the box on the main page. There is a plethora of links within the other features of the main page, and a top navigation bar takes users to other areas of the site.
REVIEW:
The Visual Thesaurus explores the relationships between words and their meanings and displays them as spatial maps. The original word appears in the middle of the map, with the meanings displayed as circles connected to the word. Each of the circles is color-coded according to the part of speech. Additionally, there is a search history list that keeps track of all the words you have searched. To enjoy unlimited use of the Visual Thesaurus, an inexpensive subscription is required.
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