start with: car, patrol car, cartoon
contain: car, patrol car, scarlet, cartoon, sidecar
end with: car, patrol car, sidecar
are: car, patrol car
are exactly: car
The difference between 'are' and 'are exactly' is that in case of 'are', JEDict searches for text 'car' surrounded by any two delimiters. When 'are exactly' option is chosen, the same rule is applied, but delimiter set is narrowed (space, hyphen, slash etc. are excluded). E.g. with option 'are' 39 entries are found in EDICT, whereas 'are exactly' option gives only one entry "kuruma - car, vehicle, wheel".
This option is useful for finding the shortest English word definition inside Japanese-English dictionary.
Show popup menu in Word page is to refine text output. It contains the following options:
Speech parts and common-used words options are applicable only to EDICT dictionary, which contains speech part marks almost for all entries. Also approximately 20,000 entries of EDICT are marked as "the most commonly-used words in Japanese". JEDict marks these words with period at the end of line.
Fig. 7. Word search page.
All found entries are displayed in Text output view. You may specify text style and color to highlight the searched pattern inside final output, select text font and size, choose text or color markers to mark parts of speech. All these options are selected inside Settings page.
Text output view is not editable, if you want to compose new text using fragments of found entries, copy these fragments and paste them elsewhere. You also may use Document page to compose simple text files. Select the text, then drag and drop it onto Document page title. It will be inserted at the current insertion point marked by blinking cursor. Also you may export any text from this view into Kanji page using the page title button as a gate. Double click on any word inside this view sends this word into input field and activates next search.
Any found entry may be sent to user dictionary. You may drop the text line onto UserDict button, or click on line holding Option or Command key.
Search time crucially depends on number of active dictionaries. Two dictionaries ENAMDIC and J_PLACES are necessary only for name searching.
You may keep ENAMDIC and J_PLACES disabled and activate them only to find a name using option Find shortcut. When you hold Option key when pressing Find button, JEDict will search the name inside ENAMDIC and J_PLACES only.
Splitting dictionary database into two separate areas may considerably improve the searching performance.