Word Webster

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WORD WEBSTER: meanings and relationships

Word Webster is a tool to help with understanding what words mean, how they are used and their relationships with other words.

It collects and investigates the words used to talk about an idea or an issue. It is organised around a series of questions: Who, What, Where, Why, How? The questions change slightly according to the issue at the centre of each web. For example, What threatens BIODIVERSITY? but What does CLIMATE CHANGE threaten? Whatever the question, the purpose of Word Webster is the same: to explore the central idea from different angles to reveal interconnections between environmental issues and social justice.

Word Webster is based on the definitions in Environment Words: A dictionary in Plain English. It aims to help people for whom English may be a second or third language to understand and take part in discussions about environmental issues that affect us all. Environment Words expects you to know about 1200 basic English words. If a word not in the known word list is used in a definition, it is also defined in the dictionary.

Alphabetical word list

Word Webs

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