If you’re a creative writer–a poet, say, or perhaps an
essayist–you may find yourself struggling to find just the right
word. Perhaps you need a good rhyme, or you’re trying to write in a
particular meter. Rhymesaurus might be able to help.
Rhymesaurus includes a standard dictionary, albeit an
out-of-date one; a thesaurus; a rhyming dictionary; a “sounds like”
tool that helps you find words that, well, sound like the one
you’ve got in mind; a nifty WordSurf feature that lets you hop
among terms related to your word; a pattern search that helps you
find words of particular syllables, lexical stress patterns, and
beginning and ending sounds; and even a basic text editor.
The interface is Spartan, but fairly self-explanatory. Tabs at
the top of the main window give you access to the various features
(like Dictionary and Rhyme). You enter your search term in the Word
to Find field and click a tab to begin a search; sometimes you need
to click the Search button. Arrow buttons near the top let you
navigate through your search results. A File menu at the top is
applicable only to the ScratchPad text editor.
The Dictionary feature is fairly limited, since it is based on
the public domain portion of Project Gutenberg, which is itself
based on a 1913 edition of Webster’s Unabridged. In my tests it
couldn’t return results on many words that the merriam-webster.com
site defines. Nonetheless, the rest of the Rhymesaurus features are
robust and could be very useful to a writer.