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Ding is a dictionary lookup program for the X Window system on Linux/Unix. It comes with a German-English Dictionary with about 253,000 entries. It is based on Tk version >= 8.3 and uses the agrep or egrep tools for searching. In addition ding can also search in English dictionaries using dict(1) and check spelling using ispell(1). It has many configuration options, such as search preferences, interface language (English or German), and colors. It has history and help functions and comes with useful key and mouse bindings for quick and easy lookups.

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Recent releases

  •  14 Sep 2010 08:14

    Release Notes: This release contains an enhanced English-German dictionary (270,000 entries), and some bugfixes.

    •  17 Apr 2009 08:12

      Release Notes: This release contains an enhanced English-German dictionary (253,000 entries), some bugfixes, and a new feature: When automatic searching is enabled, the search starts whenever the search method is changed.

      •  15 Apr 2007 23:36

        Release Notes: This release allows you to copy search results to the clipboard. It has some additional keyboard shortcuts, bugfixes, and an enhanced English-German dictionary (216,000 entries).

        •  02 May 2005 16:02

          Release Notes: Additional entries may now be folded and compressed. UTF-8 encoding is used now. ger-eng.txt was renamed to de-en.txt. Bugfixes were made. Robustness was increased. The English-German dictionary was enhanced.

          •  16 Feb 2004 17:32

            Release Notes: Ding now supports automatic searching. It may start searching when input stops, but this is user configurable, and is off by default. There are now 3 methods to minimize the window: delayed, when mouse focus leaves, or never (default). This release contains an enhanced and corrected German-English dictionary file (now 163,000 entries), and many bugfixes were made.

            Recent comments

            27 Feb 2004 05:24 zenogantner

            Spanish-German word list for ding
            A Spanish-German word list (in development, atm containing about 4600 entries) for ding may be found here:

            10 Sep 2001 13:27 tarzeau

            more dictionary files for ding (several languages)


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