SpotDict: Search iOS’ built in dictionary from Spotlight

By , May 5, 2012

Spotlight search is very useful when you actually need to use it, but how many times do you find yourself needing to do so?

If you’re anything like me, you can probably count on one hand how many times you’ve used Spotlight over the past few months.

Perhaps this recently released jailbreak tweak will coerce you into using Spotlight a bit more often? It’s called SpotDict, and it allows you to look up words in iOS’ built in dictionary directly from the Spotlight search page…

SpotDict is a simple tweak with no options to configure. Once you install it, a small dictionary button is placed to the right of your Spotlight search bar.

Typing a term in the search bar and tapping the dictionary button will invoke iOS’ built in dictionary tool. There you can learn the definitions of various terms, and still use the Spotlight search as it was originally intended to be used.

It’s not the most exciting tweak on Cydia, but it can be a helpful tool when you need to quickly find the meaning of a particular word.

Do you think you’d derive benefit from SpotDict?

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  • Ishan Mahendru

    I’ve been searching for this kind of tweak for a long time and it’s pretty useful too!
    P.S. I use spotlight all the time, can’t survive without it.

  • http://twitter.com/christodouluke Luke Christodoulou

    I like the idea of the tweak but the execution is a little off.
    It should either be a tweak that enables the dictionary for any selected word (I can’t believe that isn’t already default) or it should appear in the spotlight menu beneath “Search Wikipedia”.

  • Robert Goldberg

    Love it!

  • http://twitter.com/Mrarkon Lady Mrarkon

    ..Only if I didn’t delete the Spotlight daemon file to make my phone faster. e_e

    • http://twitter.com/Mrarkon Lady Mrarkon

      I think I might just get the file back just so that I can use this tweak. My phone hasn’t been showing too much a speed increase, anyway.

  • Anonymous

    Hmm.. I guess it could be useful, but its not that hard to highlight a word typed anywhere throughout iOS and click “define”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amith-Surana/1248756621 Amith Surana

    Good to use a good tweak like this… Very use full…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2IW3BSODLTVUBOFL5OAG6XHPJ4 Gxoxo

    Works great on my iPhone. The only issue I have with it is when I used it on my iPad with landscape view: the tweak made my status bar to go portrait view and I have to open an app that supports landscape view to get my status bar back to the correct place — top of my screen.