DDSA Tamil Lexicon

DDSA Tamil Lexicon

Tamil-English dictionary

2.0for iPhone, iPad and more
5 Ratings
The University of Chicago
136.9 MB
Sep 4, 2019
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About DDSA Tamil Lexicon

The Tamil lexicon app is a product of the Digital South Asia Library program ( at the University of Chicago. The app offers a searchable version of the University of Madras's "Tamil lexicon," [Madras], University of Madras, 1924-1936.

The Tamil lexicon app can be used both online and offline. The online version interacts with a database that runs remotely on a server at the University of Chicago. The offline version uses a database that is created on the device upon first download.

By default, the app operates in the online mode.

The app allows users to conduct both headword and fulltext queries.
The default mode for this app is to search headwords. To search for a headword, touch the search box at the top (magnifying glass icon) to expose the on-screen keyboard and begin searching. Headwords can be entered in Tamil, accented Latin characters, and unaccented Latin characters.

After entering three characters in the search box, a scrollable list of search suggestions will pop up. Touch the word to search for and it will automatically fill in the search field. Or ignore suggestions and enter the search term completely. To execute the search, touch the return button on the keyboard.

By default, headword searches expand off the end of the search term. In other words, searching for "mann" will generate results for headwords that begin with "mann" and have any number of trailing characters, like "maññai", "maṇṇavar", etc. To expand the front of a query, users can enter the "%" character at the beginning of search term. For example, "%mann" will find "appiramaṇṇiyam", "ulaka-maṉṉavaṉ", etc. The wildcard character at the front of a word also expands search suggestions.

For fulltext searching, select the "Fulltext" search scope button and then enter the search term in the search box at the top.

Fulltext searching supports multiword searching. For example, the search "ceremonial bath" returns 30 results where "ceremonial" and "bath" can be found in the same definition. Multiword searches can be executed with the boolean operators "NOT" and "OR" as well. The search "ceremonial OR bath" returns 317 fulltext results; "ceremonial NOT bath" returns 91 fulltext results.

To conduct substring matching, select an option from the "Search Options" sub-menu at the bottom right of the screen enter a string in the search field, and touch return. The default for all searching is "Words beginning with." But for example, selecting "Words ending with," "Search all text," and then entering "tan" as the search string will find 1759 examples of words that end in "tan."

Search results come first in a numbered list that displays the Tamil headword, the accented latin transliteration of the headword, and a chunk of the definition. To see a full definition, touch the headword.

In online mode, the full result page also has a page number link that the user can click to get the full page context of the definition. Link arrows at the top of the full page allow the user to click to previous and next pages in the dictionary.

To select either online or offline mode, simply toggle the selector at the top of the screen.
Note that on start up, the app will test to see whether the device has an internet connection and the remote server is available. Again, the app operates in online mode by default. The user should select the appropriate mode before conducting a search.
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What's New in the Latest Version 2.0

Last updated on Jun 18, 2020
Old Versions
UI improvements and compatibility with iOS 13
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Version History
Jun 18, 2020
UI improvements and compatibility with iOS 13
Sep 17, 2019
UI improvements.
Sep 13, 2019
New icon.
Sep 4, 2019

DDSA Tamil Lexicon FAQ

Click here to learn how to download DDSA Tamil Lexicon in restricted country or region.
Check the following list to see the minimum requirements of DDSA Tamil Lexicon.
Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
Requires iPadOS 13.0 or later.
iPod touch
Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
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