How to Use the Dictionary

The character dictionary gives four different ways to search for characters:
  1. English Look-up: Type in an English word and click on "Search by English". If you type in more more than one word, then both must be in the definition in the same order to be found.
  2. Pinyin Look-up: Type in one pinyin string, (i.e. jiang3 or jiang) and click on "Search by Pinyin". Tone number at the end of the pinyin is optional.
  3. Cantonese Look-up: Type in a Cantonese string using the Yale romanization system. Tone number is required.
  4. Radical/Stroke Look-up: The look-up method common in many older character dictionaries. First, select a radical from the radical table. Then determine the number of strokes in the character, excluding the radical. Enter this number into the "Lower Bound" field. Or, if you are not sure exactly what the remaining number of strokes is, you can enter a range into "Lower Bound" and "Upper Bound". However, the upper bound cannot be more than three strokes above the lower bound. When radical and stroke count are set, click on "Search by Radical/Stroke".

    This character dictionary gives several display options to the user. These are:

    How to See (CJK) UTF-8 in a Browser

    What If My Browser Doesn't Support UTF-8?

    I also have a version of the dictionary that represents all the radicals as GIF pictures. However, downloading all 214+ pictures can be a slow process. Fortunately, you don't have to wait for them to finish downloading to use the English, pinyin, and Cantonese searches.

    Is there a Version of the Dictionary that Loads Faster?

    I've also created a version of the radical table that uses the UTF-8 form of Unicode to encode the radicals and takes much less time to download. However, not all browsers are yet capable of displaying UTF-8. I've put together some information about how to view UTF-8 on various browsers.