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How Do You Define “Market Share”? Ask Google Dictionary.

dictionaryJust in case you needed one, Google offers yet another reason not to pick up a book: Google Dictionary, which is exactly what it sounds like.

Works just fine, too. If Google knows the term–“emotional intelligence”–you’ll get a quick definition, though it’s not clear what Google is using as a source here. If it doesn’t know the term–say, “feature creep”–it immediately kicks out some Web definitions.

Google (GOOG) isn’t crowing about this one, which is wise given its continuing back and forth with the world’s publishers. And for now, the company isn’t really pushing it, either. Anyone who has already been using Google’s search box as a crude dictionary/spell-checker, as I frequently do, won’t see a change, except you may see AdWords ads for the new feature alongside your results, as I did here.

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— Om Malik on Bloomberg TV, talking about Yahoo, the September issue of Vogue Magazine, and our overdependence on Google