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synonym ring
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information science A list of words with related meanings
used to broaden the scope of a word search. As well as
returning documents which contain a sought-for word a search
using a synonym ring might also return documents which contain
words in the same synonym ring as a sought-for word. Synonym
rings are produced manually and are usually specific to a
certain field, e.g. legal knowhow.