“Oooh. I can’t use that word twice in the same paragraph. Can I use XX instead? Blast, I don’t have time to pull up Dictionary.com and look it up.”
If you have ever had this conversation with yourself, I have a quick fix for you. Never mind that we used to have to go to the bookshelf and find the dictionary and hunt through it and thought we were lucky to have a dictionary in the first place!
In Leopard, when you enter a word in the Spotlight search field it automatically defines the word for you. Near the top of the list of results will be “Definition” followed by definition of the word. If you click on that, you will get a pop up window with a more detailed definition.
If you need a complete Thesaurus then you will still have to go to Dictionary.com or some other dictionary source, but if you think you know of a word that will work, then let Spotlight help you out.