Is there a dictonary available that contains physics slang like spinor, vacua, gauge etc.??

How would one integrate such a file (or a simple text file containing the words) into the front-end without too much of a hassle?

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    $\begingroup$ How is this Mathematica-related? (the -1 is not mine, FWIW) $\endgroup$ – Mr.Wizard Oct 16 '12 at 13:35
  • $\begingroup$ Have a look at DictionaryLookup. $\endgroup$ – b.gates.you.know.what Oct 16 '12 at 13:42
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    $\begingroup$ @b.gatessucks, surprisingly, even OP's third example is not known to DictionaryLookup[]... I had thought it wasn't a very specialized word that it had to be there, but it isn't. $\endgroup$ – J. M. is in limbo Oct 16 '12 at 13:49
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    $\begingroup$ @NoEscape -- no snark from me, but I still don't see how this is Mathematica-specific. There are many word lists on the web, e.g. YAWL or ENABLE2K. Perhaps you would do better to ask how a new dictionary can be integrated into Mathematica? $\endgroup$ – Mr.Wizard Oct 16 '12 at 13:55
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    $\begingroup$ @NoEscape I'd edit the question to highlight that you're using MMA for word-processing, and need a custom dictionary. $\endgroup$ – Eli Lansey Oct 16 '12 at 14:22

One way you could do this is to add the words to your init.m file.

 {"gauge", "spinor", "muon", "tauon"}},


which has the same effect as adding them using the 'Learn' button on the Spelling panel, I suspect.


The closest i can think of is some combination of

In[44]:= WordData["spinor"] // InputForm
WordData["gauge"] // InputForm

{{"gauge", "Noun", "MeasuringInstrument"}, {"gauge", "Noun", "Diameter"}, 
 {"gauge", "Noun", "Thickness"}, {"gauge", "Noun", "Distance"}, 
 {"gauge", "Noun", "Standard"}, {"gauge", "Verb", "Flux"}, 
 {"gauge", "Verb", "Standardize"}, {"gauge", "Verb", "Measure"}, 
 {"gauge", "Verb", "Figure"}, {"gauge", "Verb", "Determine"}, {"gauge", "Verb", "Rub"}}

In[46]:= DictionaryLookup["spinor"]

Out[46]= {}

Out[47]= {"spin"}

In[50]:= WolframAlpha["spinor", {{"Input", 1}, "Plaintext"}] // InputForm


If all of these don't return {}, then your word is hopefully confirmed correct spelling.


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