SynMap is a visual dictionary that helps to discover word meanings
and their relations with other words in intuitive and interactive way.
Search for a word and SynMap will create a map of word meanings
connected to other meanings and words through links that represent
semantic relations such as synonyms, hypernyms and antonyms.
Meanings are represented as circles of four different colors
corresponding to four parts of speech.
If you move a cursor above a circle SynMap shows the meaning accompanied by a few examples.
SynMap is powered by WordNet 3.0 © 2006 Princeton University.
Word maps are visualized using force-directed algorithm.

Interactive maps of 145,000 words and 120,00 meanings
Voice pronunciations (requires Internet connection)
Filtering maps by parts of speech and/or relations
Recent searches history

What’s New

Version 1.2.4

- customize fonts and circle size in Preferences dialog
- word in the search bar always corresponds to a word in the center
- bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

The Epicurean ,

Graphical Interface is a Good Paradigm

I’ve been using this app for a while and thought it a good idea to post why I’ve found it useful.

First of all, I like seeing the word relationships in the spider graph. The ability to *feel* your way to the right word, by clicking along is an interesting interface. The process may lead you to unexpectedly pleasant outcomes that you might never find in the traditional way.

Of course SynMap does not replace a thesaurus or a dictionary. Also, of course, any writer worth his/her salt should not write with the thesaurus beside them - there is no surer way to clutter your inner voice - but when you have a tantalizing word that you cannot recall, there is no shame in reaching for help. In this case, SynMap can provided a good way to the solution.

Riptide360 ,

A must for all writers!

Synmap is fast! Type a word and it shows a visual thesaurus of your word and all other related words in a nice visual interface. The left column shows the word definitions broken down by the part of speech you are looking for (nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs as applicable).

I love that this app is updated and compatible with the latest Mac OS versions. I usually keep this app open when I’m writing and have found that it is an indespensible tool for finding and upgrading the word you are looking for.

I’m hoping the developer can be talked into integrating SynMap with a PopClip extension so that I can simply highlight a word in any other app and then see it displayed in SynMap, but copy, launching SynMap and pasting isn’t killing me, but it would save me time!

Rick-G. ,


Nice way to brainstorm finding the right (accurate, veracious) word. Ideas spin out as you look at the word cluster. Very fair price for what it offers. Thanks


Sergejs Melderis
27.4 MB

OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor



Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
© 2012 Sergejs Melderis


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