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DING(1) Debian GNU/Linux DING(1)


ding - dictionary lookup program for Unix


ding [options] [phrase]


ding is a dictionary lookup program for X Windows/Unix. It comes with a German-English dictionary with about 345,000 entries.

It is based on Tk version >= 8.3 and uses the agrep(1) or egrep(1) tools for searching.

In addition to this ding can also search using ispell(1) and dict(1).

It has many configuration options, such as search preferences, interface language (English or German), colors. It has history and help functions and comes with useful key and mouse bindings for quick and easy lookups.

If you enter some word or phrase as command line argument, ding will start up with a translation of this word/phrase.


-x, --selection
Start searching for selected word (X selection).
-m, --mini
Start with minimal size (search form only).
-r, --remote
Start search in an already running program.
-R, --remote-new
Start search in an already running program or start a new program.
Do not save preferences
-D #, --debug #
Start with debug output, # = number (1..15).


It's very simple: Start ding (via KDE menu "Tools" or via command line), type in search word, press ENTER, read results. Search further by double-clicking a word, or select a word in another window and drop it by clicking with mouse button 2 over the "ding window". For further information consult the program help by pressing F1.


agrep(1), egrep(1), ispell(1), ding(1).


ding was written by Frank Richter <>.

This manual page was written by Roland Rosenfeld <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).

October 2005 Debian Project