Here are some tips to help you get the most out of the advanced search function for the SeaTalk Nautical Dictionary.
Term: Enter a word or part of a word you would like to define.
Part of Speech: Use this search field in addition to the Term search field only if you wish to restrict the results to a particular part of speech. For example, if you search for the term "sail", you will turn up 37 results. If you also enter "verb" in the Part of Speech field, you will turn up only four results.
Definition: Enter any term that interests you here and the results will show every record that contains that word in the definition field. This is useful for turning up a lot of records that apply to your interest. The term "sail" entered here will turn up 420 matches!
See Also: Enter any term here, and you will find many related terms. This is a good way to turn up synonyms. The term "sail" entered here turns up 12 matches. Notice that the terms found in this field do not always have the same meaning as the term field. Often the terms found here are for comparison and contrast to the word in the term field.
Whole Words Only: Enter a word in the term field, then check here if you want to search for a complete term, and not for terms that contain the search word. For example, if you search for the term "sail" you will see 37 results that contain the search word but are not at all what you are looking for. Check the "Find whole word only" box and you will turn up the two records that refer to the word "sail".
Search Term/See Also: This is the broadest search allowing you to find all the records that contain the search word in Term or See Also fields. The word "sail" entered here will turn up 45 results, finding the word in either field.