Google is experimenting with Google
Dictionary as an integrated part of search
. The dictionary
would be available on the side bar as a search option and would allow users to find definitions of words without using “define” within their search. The definition provided would come from the Google Dictionary, but would also include a section for web definitions below.
Google has offered a tool that categorizes search results based on reading level for some time now, but until now it has been an option tucked away in advanced search. It is currently displayed on the side bar among the other search options.
If you use this option, your results will be displayed using an indicator for how difficult the material is to read. Pages can be basic, intermediate or advanced. A query for quantum physics produces mostly advanced results.
Google has also just moved a “Reading Level” filter from the Advanced Search options into its main, left-side Search Options sidebar. Now when you’re digging around for understanding, you can use Google’s reading of the complexity of the text to shift between plain language “Beginner,” a deeper “Intermediate” read, and the mostly academic “Advanced” results.