How do I collect dictionary definitions for ~350 words to put into a database?
February 11, 2011 11:12 AM Subscribe
I have a list of about 350 words that I'm putting into a database that I'm building from scratch. For each word in the list, I'd like to include its American English dictionary definition (preferably American Heritage Dictionary), UrbanDictionary entry, and Wikipedia page link (I realize that entries may not exist for some columns for many of these words). Is there some way to streamline or data-mine this process, so I don't have to look up each word individually in 3 separate sources x350+, not to mention all the copying and pasting?
posted by iamkimiam to computers & internet (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
This is for academic research purposes and I have no funds. Filling the database with the definitions/part-of-speech/pronunciation is one very small part of the bigger project (not shirking research responsibilities, but rather getting hung up on this tangential but integral step).
Bonus points if anybody has tips as to how to enter International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) characters into the database...they will inevitably be part of the dictionary definition (the pronunciation guide(s)) and I can't seem to find out any information about what the convention/standards/mappings are for SQL database entry and IPA symbols.