A visual thesaurus creates a graphic representation of the word you are looking for in relation to other synonyms, which is precisely what the free online service does: enter your desired word and it will be displayed in the middle of the screen surrounded by various synonyms.
Mouse over the round ‘nodes’ that separate your word from others, and a tooltip will appear to explain the general meaning relative to that particular branch of synonyms.
More info on this tool:
- Graph Words is powered by WordNet, a “lexical database for English” out of Princeton University.
- You can save results as images in PNG format for later reference.
- I wish there was more information as to what the different colored nodes meant (e.g. blue or green vs. the default orange).
That’s it. A nice little tool if you need it.
Visit Graph Words.