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Thread: hmm.. question

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    Senior Member boolean's Avatar
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    I'm trying to write a program that reads off of a txt file.
    The text file is just a list of words. I want the program to put the definitions in another file.
    I could do this in c++, but I need a premade program that i can input a word and it returns the defintion.
    Like, the msdos command i would use would be filename.exe theWord

    And then it prints out the definition on screen, which i can store in a file.
    But, I have been unable to find a program like that.
    If anyone knows of one, please tell me!

    I know its possible to do the same thing in php. I know quite a bit in php, but the only thing I dont know is how to store what i site returns.

    Like, lets say i tell it to go to

    How can I harness whatever the definiton is?
    I could do it if I knew how I could retrieve the source code of a site...., and i just tell it to search for whatever is after the header part and store that... but i dono

    any ideas, suggestions, etc would help!


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    umm.... where would it get the definitions from, if the text file only has the words?

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    I think he's talking about a spidering engine.. something that he would type a word in on his site, then it would search mw for the word, rip the html and give him the definition.

    Personally it sounds like stealing someone else's work, but I dont' know it's full uses yet. Also, I don't know how to make a spidering engine
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    Senior Member boolean's Avatar
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    Seems that you have misinterpreted what i'm saying.
    No way am i stealing someone elses work.
    M-W provides free definitions for words on their site.

    I got accepted into this scholars program, and we have to define like 50 words a day. Instead of having to put each word into m-w and copy and paste defnitions, I wanted to make a script that will do it for me, to where all I have to do is put all the words into one text file.

    All the script will do is add the word to the query, and then print the results. But what the problem I'm having is harvesting the section I need and getting rid of the html.

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