I am not sure if this is even possible, but if it does I would gratefully appreciate the methods to implement this please.
We accept applications which require action to be taken (I won't go into the boring details) but part of it involves us looking up a provided word to see if it's bad or not. To do this, we use http://urbandictionary.com/ and google's "define:word" to see what it is
This method works fine, but purely as a time saving measure, I wondered if I could get PHP to contact both sites, and give the first definition it presents which I can display on the page?
If there is no definition, then it to state that, or if it's unavailable to say that too, simply so it's not blank.
I'm affraid I don't understand enough about what your trying to do to write any code.
Start by having your script retrieve one of the remote pages. If you have trouble, open a new post to try and resolve whatever issue your having with this.
Once you have the page, read up on the php string handling functions. Look over the content of the page downloaded by the script and find the data you want to pull from it. Once you see what you want you can decide how to use the string functions to isolate the data you want.
Basically, the simplest way of putting what I want to try and achieve is for the $row['word'] (whatever that may be) to be defined on both UrbanDictionary.com and Google's "define:word" (where you type that in the search field and it comes up their definitions)
Then for PHP to display those like:
Google Defintion: definition
And as mentioed on my first post, if there's no definition to state that, or if the site isn't contactable, a message about that
The reason I said the 'first' definition from both is because I know there'll likely be lots of each, and we just need the first (which seems to be the most accurate)