SEAlang Library -- Approximate Search Help

Dictionary Approximate Searches

Approximate-search options automatically allow for 'intelligent' wildcards. Only values that are plausible in orthographic or phonemic terms are allowed - rot might match lot (sometimes indistinguishable in Thai pronunciation), but would never match sot or rok. Every language has a unique set of plausible approximations.

Search meaning V allow approximation in vowel length and reasonably close sounds: including short/long vowels C allow approximation of easily-confused consonant sounds CV allows both vowel and consonant approximation W IPA or Thai search: ignores the difference between syllables (separated by '-') and words (separated by spaces): pra jam and pra-jam become equivalent.
Text search: expands an English target to include derivative and root forms: house (or any derivative form) becomes house, houses, housed, housing
CVW allows both vowel and consonant approximation, and ignores syllable/word distinction. All searches for a match by gradually allowing more and more substitutions. Applies only to complete-word matches.

Words, subentries, and syllables
As a rule, headwords are 'whole' words, while compound subentries are combinations of headwords.

Type meaning syllable or longer match any complete syllable, even if it's only part of a word or subentry. Returns the most matches whole word / word in subentry matches any whole head (or compound) word, as well as a subentry that includes the head. For example, a search for boat (in Thai, Burmese, etc.) would return matches for sailboat, rowboat, and so on. . complete or compound word only return a match the a full headword or subentry. This will have the fewest matches.