In the case of alternate terms, we want terms to receive exactly the same in scoring.
A historian sees a castle as a defensive structure, synonomous with a fortress.
To the historian, this is quite different from a palace, which is a fancy home for nobility.
figure out, work out, reason out, think out, find out, make out, puzzle out, decipher, unravel, elucidate, interpret, explain, resolve, answer, decode, get to the bottom of, fathom, get right, hit upon a solution, work, do, settle up, clear up, untangle, unlock, determine, divine, dope out*, hit the nail on the head*, hit it*, make a dent in a problem*, put two and two together*, have it*.
WEBSTER’S NEW WORLD® ROGET’S A-Z THESAURUS by Charlton Laird and the editors of Webster’s New World dictionaries.
A synonym is defined by Websters as a word with an identical or nearly the same meaning. In practice though, if you look at a thesaurus, the closeness can be messy and highly contextual.
Look at the synonyms for ‘castle’ you see this problem: To most, ‘palace’ has a different connotation than ‘castle’.The fingerspelling provided here is most commonly used for proper names of people and places; it is also used in some languages for concepts for which no sign is available at that moment.There are obviously specific signs for many words available in sign language that are more appropriate for daily usage.But Frank was determined to solve the mystery, and he kept doggedly on.But, he reflected, it was important to him to solve the secret which bothered him so greatly.As you might guess, alternate terms is the easiest use case.The default Elasticsearch/Solr synonym functionality (Synonym Query ) works pretty well for this use case.Though we humans see them as ‘nearly the same meaning’.‘Near’ depends on the search corpus, domain, user, and use cases.A way of generating additional terms when another term is encountered.Such a tool can be leveraged to solve a variety of problems, and shouldn’t be used blindly.