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Recommend a high quality high quantity visual dictionary ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visual_dictionary ). You browse via categories of images or enter keywords (bike) and get matching pairs of more detailed images and names for the depicted things (images and names for all the different parts of a bike and for the tools needed to work on them).

I'm mostly interested in resources with much detail when it comes to mechanical tools and products. But ideally the vis dict should cover all domains of life.

Here is the best one I've found so far. But still not enough details in most cases. http://visual.merriam-webster.com/transport-machinery/road-transport/bicycle/parts-bicycle.php

asked Feb 26 '12 at 04:24

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This is not an answer, but it sort of sounds like you would want to see a dictionary version of the visual thesaurus. I worked as an ontologist for a time, and my team built a similar tool. Now, if anyone has something like this site, but for images, they'll be on to something. Really.

http://www.visualthesaurus.com/

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answered Apr 04 '12 at 21:15

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Dorling Kidersley publishes a number of visual guides to a wide range of topics - fossils, guns, science, etc.

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answered Mar 21 '12 at 19:08

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I have a low-quality, high-quantity answer: Google Images search at images.google.com.

I use a command-line search method called YubNub, so I can just type in "gim" to search for an image. For example, to search for images of part of a bicycle, I type "gim parts of a bicycle" or "gim bicycle parts". This means in one step, I get a bunch of images that purport to illustrate "parts of a bicycle". However, you can do this in two steps if you don't want to use YubNub. Just go to images.google.com and then enter "parts of a bicycle" in the search box.

By the way, I can get YubNub to work for me in this way in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, but not in Internet Explorer.

It may be that you will not get enough detail to suit you, but you can always dig deeper by searching again, e.g., image search on "derailleur". I also can try Wikipedia too. With YubNub, I can type "wp derailleur" to get a fairly thorough description of a derailleur.

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answered Mar 21 '12 at 18:28

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I have a low-quality, high-quantity answer: Google Images search at images.google.com.

I use a command-line search method called YubNub, so I can just type in "gim" to search for an image. For example, to search for images of part of a bicycle, I type "gim parts of a bicycle" or "gim bicycle parts". This means in one step, I get a bunch of images that purport to illustrate "parts of a bicycle". However, you can do this in two steps if you don't want to use YubNub. Just go to images.google.com and then enter "parts of a bicycle" in the search box.

By the way, I can get YubNub to work for me in this way in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, but not in Internet Explorer.

It may be that you will not get enough detail to suit you, but you can always dig deeper by searching again, e.g., image search on "derailleur". I also can try Wikipedia too. With YubNub, I can type "wp derailleur" to get a fairly thorough description of a derailleur.

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answered Mar 21 '12 at 18:28

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