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Segmenting and extracting data from a string

Posted 11 years ago
I have a long dictionary-like string that I want to segment and store. It is in the format:
WORDA (n.)
Definition.
WORDB (n.)
Definition.
I want to store the data in a list of the form:
{{"WORDA","n.","Definition."},{"WORDB","n.","Definition."}}
Is there any (simple) way to do this WITHOUT using regular expressions?

-Jesse
POSTED BY: Jesse Friedman
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s="
WORDA (n.)
Definition.
WORDB (n.)
Definition.
";
Partition[#,3]&@Flatten[Import[StringToStream@s,"Lines"]/.w_String:>StringSplit[w]]
POSTED BY: Rolf Mertig
I think showing a working reasonably sized actual string (just a few word defenitions) would help to figure this out. I guess your "Definition" is quite a few words and the whole string is quotation marks or stored in a file originally?
POSTED BY: Vitaliy Kaurov
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