dictionary

Definitions

  • English Dictionary Illustrated
    English Dictionary Illustrated
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dictionary a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "walkman" was included in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1986
    • Dictionary A book containing the words of a language, arranged alphabetically, with explanations of their meanings; a lexicon; a vocabulary; a wordbook. "I applied myself to the perusal of our writers; and noting whatever might be of use to ascertain or illustrate any word or phrase, accumulated in time the materials of a dictionary ."
    • Dictionary Hence, a book containing the words belonging to any system or province of knowledge, arranged alphabetically; as, a dictionary of medicine or of botany; a biographical dictionary.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Source: In an old dictionary (70 years old) in my basement
    • n dictionary A book containing either all or the principal words of a language, or words of one or more specified classes, arranged in a stated order, usually alphabetical, with definitions or explanations of their meanings and other information concerning them, expressed either in the same or in another language; a word-book; a lexicon; a vocabulary: as, an English dictionary; a Greek and Latin dictionary; a French-English or an English-French dictionary. In the original and most usual sense a dictionary is chiefly linguistic and literary, containing all the common words of the language with information as to their meanings and uses. In addition to definitions, the larger dictionaries include etymologies, pronunciation, and variations of spelling, together with illustrative citations, more or less explanatory information, etc. Special or technical dictionaries supply information on a single subject or branch of a subject: as, a dictionary of medicine or of mechanics; a biographical dictionary. A dictionary of geography is usually called a gazetteer.
    • n dictionary Synonyms Glossary, Lexicon, etc. See vocabulary.
    • dictionary Pertaining to or contained in a dictionary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest word in the dictionary with only one vowel is "strengths"
    • n Dictionary dik′shun-a-ri a book containing the words of a language alphabetically arranged, with their meanings, etymology, &c.: a lexicon: a work containing information on any department of knowledge, alphabetically arranged.
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Quotations

  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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    “At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.”
  • Samuel Johnson
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    “Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to be quite true.”
  • Samuel Johnson
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    “Lexicographer: a writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.”
  • Edward Conklin
    Edward Conklin
    “The probability of life originating from accident is comparable to the probability of the unabridged dictionary resulting from an explosion in a printing shop.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
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    “Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.”
  • Jean Cocteau
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    “The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. dictionnaire,. See Diction
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. dictionarium. See Diction.

Usage

In literature:

Solomon John found the Italian dictionary, and seated himself by his Italian; Agamemnon, with the German dictionary, by the German.
"The Peterkin Papers" by Lucretia P Hale
It's a Miller's Dictionary, and it is in four huge volumes, 'with plates.
"Last Words" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
And when they go to the dictionary they are lost for sure.
"Radio Boys Loyalty" by Wayne Whipple
JOHN DICKS published, in 1769, The New Gardener's Dictionary; in sixty numbers, small folio, 30s.
"On the Portraits of English Authors on Gardening," by Samuel Felton
I run to a dictionary on a disputed word, and I point my inquiring nose upon the page like a careful schoolman.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
Possibility is the biggest word in the dictionary.
"Letters of a Dakota Divorcee" by Jane Burr
Rosalee took the Dictionary Book besides.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
The production of a great dictionary of either of the kinds is far from an easy task.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)" by Augustus de Morgan
A CONCISE DICTIONARY OF EGYPTIAN ARCHAEOLOGY.
"Werwolves" by Elliott O'Donnell
Not in the dictionaries.
"Notes and Queries, Number 208, October 22, 1853" by Various
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In poetry:

I no longer want to consult dictionaries in vain.
I only want the word
that will never be there
and that can't be invented.
"The Word" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
"— Malacca, e-t-c." That's all!
I let the dictionary fall.
I am replete. All is explained.
Knowledge (it's power) is what I've gained!
"Djolan" by Ellis Parker Butler
Soft was the night, the eve how airy,
I read no more the dictionary,
But Oh! and Oh! my heart was stirred
To learn the djolan was a bird!
"Djolan" by Ellis Parker Butler
Soft was the night, the eve how airy,
When through the big, fat dictionary
I wandered on in careless ease,
And read the a's, b's, c's and d's!
"Djolan" by Ellis Parker Butler
"— base of the beak, inhabiting —"
Oh! dictionary, wond'rous thing!
"— the Sunda Islands ——" Where would we
Without our dictionary be?
"Djolan" by Ellis Parker Butler
I swear I think all merges toward the presentation of the unspoken
meanings of the earth!
Toward him who sings the songs of the Body, and of the truths of the
earth;
Toward him who makes the dictionaries of words that print cannot
touch.
"Carol Of Words" by Walt Whitman

In news:

My old American Heritage Dictionary defines the word "theater," inter alia, as "a large geographic area in which military operations are coordinated.
My old American Heritage Dictionary defines the word "theater," inter alia, as "a large geographic area in which military operations are coordinated".
Three Dictionary And Thesaurus Alternatives.
The conventions of a dictionary are as formal as those of a sestina, a minuet, or the architectural orders.
The New Biographical Dictionary of Film.
It's like having every language dictionary you can imagine in your pocket.
My annual "Award of the Year" goes to Merriam-Webster, the dictionary guys, for giving their "Word of the Year Award" to the word " truthiness .
The literary lugheads at New Oxford American Dictionary made the decision to choose unfriend for 2009.
(According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary) Spelunking: The act of exploring a cave.
According to the dictionary, a vamp is "a seductive woman who uses her sensuality to exploit men".
With this fifth release, the dictionary couldn't be more accurate.
According to the Dictionary, the word virtual means, "being such in force or effect, though not actually or expressly such".
The GIF finally gets named word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary, and.
From the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary: weasel - noun.
Oxford English Dictionary adds 'sexting' and ' woot '.
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In science:

It is interesting to work out the complete 1 + 1 NCOS ↔ DLCQ IIA dictionary, which follows from the usual rules of T-duality.
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
To complete the dictionary, we should also understand how the non-commutativity manifests itself in the T-dual picture.
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
We would like to single out a few of the theories in this duality web, and write down the explicit dictionary between their parameters and those of the Wound theory.
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
Oxford Consice Dictionary of Science (Oxford Press, New York, 1996).
Acoustic radiation in randomly-layered structures
We now have a dictionary for transforming between continuum and matrix-regularized quantities.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
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