GNU Dictionary Server
B.2.1 The DEFINE Command
DEFINE command searches for definitions of a word.
- Command: DEFINE db word
Look up the word word in database db. If db is ‘!’, then all the databases will be searched until the word is found, and all matches in that database will be returned. Similarly, if db is ‘*’, then all the databases will be searched and all matches in all databases will be returned. In these two cases, the databases are searched in the same order as that returned by
SHOW DBcommand (see SHOW DB).
If the word was not found, response code 552 is returned.
If the word is found, a response code 150 is sent, followed by the number of definitions found. Then, for each definition a response code 151 is returned, followed by the textual body of the definition. In a 151 response, the first three space-delimited parameters give the word looked for, the name and a short description of the database. The latter two are the same as shown in the output from
The textual body of each definition is terminated with a dot (‘.’) on a line alone. If any line in the definition begins with a dot, it is duplicated to avoid confusion with body terminator.
After all of the definitions have been sent, a status code 250 is sent. If
timingis set to ‘true’ in the configuration file, this latter response also carries timing information. See Tuning, for more information about timing output.
Possible responses from
- 550 Invalid database, use SHOW DB for a list
- 552 No match
- 150 n definitions found: list follows
- 151 word database name
- 250 ok (optional timing information here)
C: DEFINE eng-swa man S: 150 1 definitions found: list follows S: 151 "man" eng-swa "English-Swahili xFried/FreeDict Dictionary" S: man <n.> S: S: mwanamume S: S: . S: 250 Command complete [d/m/c = 1/0/12 0.000r 0.000u 0.000s]
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