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Online Thesaurus APIs

The problem?

I need an online API for finding synonyms in emacs for a project I'm planning on playing around with. Basically allowing me to find synonyms for words within emacs.

Dictionary.com

Limits:

  • Only I can use the key, others have to get there own.
  • Up to two days to get a key.

After I found this out, I decided dictionary.com was not a good match for my project.

Words.bighugelabs.com/api.php

Limits:

  • Only I can use the key, others have to get there own.
  • "Only" 10,000 requests a day for free. Not relevant for my purposes.

10,000 requests a day should be more than sufficient for my purposes and for anyone it is, there is the option to pay more to get more requests. As such, this should be good API.

Find a list

Finding a list would be ideal, I've yet to find a good one. I'm going to keep looking for one, but to proceed I'm going to with an API.

Conclusion

My plan is to use an API, I'll cache the results locally. I'll look over the terms of service and build up the default cache that will be distributed with it.

Let me know if you know of any good lists of synonyms

Posted on 23 October 2010 in api code internet

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