American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A reference book containing an alphabetical list of words, with information given for each word, usually including meaning, pronunciation, and etymology.
- n. A book listing the words of a language with translations into another language.
- n. A book listing words or other linguistic items in a particular category or subject with specialized information about them: a medical dictionary.
- n. Computer Science A list of words stored in machine-readable form for reference, as by spelling-checking software.
- n. Computer Science An electronic spelling checker.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. Synonyms Glossary, Lexicon, etc. See vocabulary.
- Pertaining to or contained in a dictionary.
- n. A reference work with a list of words from one or more languages, normally ordered alphabetically and explaining each word's meaning and sometimes containing information on its etymology, usage, translations, and other data.
- n. computing An associative array, a data structure where each value is referenced by a particular key, analogous to words and definitions in a physical dictionary.
- v. transitive To look up in a dictionary
- v. transitive To add to a dictionary
- v. intransitive To appear in a dictionary
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A book containing the words of a language, arranged alphabetically, with explanations of their meanings; a lexicon; a vocabulary; a wordbook.
- n. Hence, a book containing the words belonging to any system or province of knowledge, arranged alphabetically
- n. a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them
- Medieval Latin dictionarium, from Latin dictionarius, from dictio ("speaking"), from dictus, perfect past participle of dīcō ("speak") + -arium ("room, place"). (Wiktionary)
- Medieval Latin dictiōnārium, from Latin dictiō, dictiōn-, diction; see diction. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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