Dixio is an electronic dictionary that provides word definitions. The application starts automatically with Windows and runs from the system tray. This way, you can access it from any other application or the desktop just by pressing the Windows key and clicking on the word you want to have translated (you can customize this key combination). The interface is very easy to use; you just need to remember the key combination you have chosen to activate the program and browse for the correct definition, which should not pose any difficulty.
In order to use Dixio, first you need to create an account. In addition, you will also need to have a working Internet connection for the program to download the necessary definition data. Just like most modern electronic dictionaries, Dixio includes text-to-speech synthesis so that you can listen to the pronunciation of a given word, and the speed of the speech can be configured as well.
An English proverb says “a word is known by the company it keeps”. In this regard, the best advantage of Dixio, compared to other dictionaries of the same kind is that it not simply provides word definitions but also takes context into account. For example, if you want to know the meaning of the word “get” in “I don’t get up early”, the word search will automatically extend to “get up” and give you the definition accordingly. Another advantage is that Dixio has an extensive base with access to more than 100 dictionaries and even Wikipedia articles. Finally, Dixio works on most platforms, there are versions for Mac, Linux, tablets and e-readers, all working from a single account.