A few weeks ago we showed you how to get fast dictionary definitions on both Macs and PC’s, but if you only need to grab dictionary definitions in your browser there’s a much better solution. Lingro is offering a free dictionary and translation service that works in Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Internet Explorer using a simple bookmarklet.
Once you activate the bookmarklet on a website you won’t notice any immediate changes… assuming you choose to use the “quick lookup” bookmarklet. What you can do, however, is click on any word on the page to instantly see a definition appear similar to the one above. The definition is displayed in a condense popup box that does a nice job not interrupting your browsing.
Want to do a translation while you’re at it? No problem… just click on the flags to select the appropriate languages. It currently supports most European languages including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Polish, and Swedish. Here are some stats that will give you an idea as to how extensive each of the databases are for the various languages.
There’s only one thing that I don’t like about how this works, and it would be that it only supports one-word definitions. Trying to define “memory card” wouldn’t work so well since both “memory” and “card” would each be treated as separate words. It’s probably not too often that you’ll need a multi-word definition though since it’s not a very common occurrence.