Google Define Operator Having Problems?

Apr 21, 2011 • 8:09 am | comments (8) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google DefineThere are two different threads reporting issues with Google's define operator.

A Google Blogoscoped Forums thread and a Google Web Search Help thread have complaints about the operator. I should note, it does work fine for me.

But people using the [define:word] command in Google are being taken to a error page that reads:

A search for [define:apple] now return:

No definitions were found for apple.

- Make sure all words are spelled correctly.
- Search the Web for documents that contain "apple"

Like I said, I tried it myself and I get Google Experimental logo and taken directly to Google's definitions page.

It may be that Google is testing and rolling out a new interface for definitions soon. Google Operating System has a screen shot of the new interface, which embeds the definitions interface within the normal Google search results user interface. Here is a picture:

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I do suspect it is a bug in the user interface test, which is why I can't reproduce it.

Forum discussion at Google Blogoscoped Forums and Google Web Search Help.

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