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spell checker

A separate program or function within a word processing or other text entry program that tests for correctly spelled words. Spell checkers can test spelling on the fly as the user types, or they may be able to examine a marked block, entire document or group of documents. Advanced systems correct common typos and misspellings on the fly.

Spell checkers simply compare words to a dictionary of words, and the wrong use of a correctly spelled word such as "bear" and "bare" cannot be detected. See grammar checker.


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A letter to a customer or client may be composed with the help of a spell-checker, but the Post-it note attached as an afterthought won't be.
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The spell-checker includes multi- language and discipline-specific dictionaries for greater accuracy.
Like the spell-checker, though, grammar software has several strengths.
No spell-checker will tell us when we need cord versus chord ...
In healthy yeast cells, a repair protein called MSH2 fixes glitches in the genetic alphabet, Fishel says, a process akin to a computer's spell-checker. When the gene that controls MSH2 is defective, there's nothing to check DNA "spelling," thus creating faulty DNA full of "spelling errors." Fishel points out that his team is ahead of the cancer game because of 20 years of basic research done with yeast.
A spell-checker would not have flagged either of Sellers' correspondent's errors.
The report added: "Somewhere there is a spell-checker that converts slang into slag, which in several cases altered the meaning of what the candidate was trying to say."
The unit comes loaded with AlphaWord Plus word processor software, which includes a spell-checker and thesaurus, user dictionary, find/replace and word count, Spanish-English word lookup, and a built-in help system for quick access to command references.
AT&T said the device offers built-in Wi-Fi, a large, ultrabright colour display, RIM's SureType keyboard with word completion, spell-checker and user-customised dictionary, and premium phone features and simultaneous voice and data access when connected to a Wi-Fi network.
I could go on all day with such examples but my computer's spell-checker's getting really annoyed at all these grammatically-incorrect 'Brummie-isms'.
The free Welsh-language version of Office 2003 and XP was launched yesterday, which means computer users can access all their option menus in Welsh as well as take advantage of a Welsh- language spell-checker.