Definitions for dictionary
ˈdɪk ʃəˌnɛr idic·tio·na·ry
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word dictionary.
a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them
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.
An associative array, a data structure where each value is referenced by a particular key, analogous to words and definitions in a physical dictionary.
To look up in a dictionary
To add to a dictionary
To appear in a dictionary
Etymology: dictionarium, from dictionarius, from dictio, from dictus, perfect past participle of dico + -arium.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A book containing the words of any language in alphabetical order, with explanations of their meaning; a lexicon; a vocabulary; a word-book.
Etymology: dictionarium, Latin.
Some have delivered the polity of spirits, and left an account that they stand in awe of charms, spells, and conjurations; that they are afraid of letters and characters, notes and dashes, which, set together, do signify nothing; and not only in the dictionary of man, but in the subtler vocabulary of satan. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. i. c. 10.
Is it such a horrible fault to translate simulacra images? I see what a good thing it is to have a good catholick dictionary. Edward Stillingfleet.
An army, or a parliament, is a collection of men; a dictionary, or nomenclature, is a collection of words. Isaac Watts.
A dictionary is a reference book or online resource containing an alphabetical list of words, along with their meanings, translations, spelling, pronunciation, and other related information. It can also refer to a data structure in computer science that allows for data to be stored and retrieved through unique keys, instead of numeric indices.
a book containing the words of a language, arranged alphabetically, with explanations of their meanings; a lexicon; a vocabulary; a wordbook
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
Etymology: [Cf. F. dictionnaire. See Diction.]
A dictionary is a collection of words in one or more specific languages, often listed alphabetically, with usage information, definitions, etymologies, phonetics, pronunciations, and other information; or a book of words in one language with their equivalents in another, also known as a lexicon. According to Nielsen a dictionary may be regarded as a lexicographical product that is characterised by three significant features: it has been prepared for one or more functions; it contains data that have been selected for the purpose of fulfilling those functions; and its lexicographic structures link and establish relationships between the data so that they can meet the needs of users and fulfill the functions of the dictionary. A broad distinction is made between general and specialized dictionaries. Specialized dictionaries do not contain information about words that are used in language for general purposes—words used by ordinary people in everyday situations. Lexical items that describe concepts in specific fields are usually called terms instead of words, although there is no consensus whether lexicology and terminology are two different fields of study. In theory, general dictionaries are supposed to be semasiological, mapping word to definition, while specialized dictionaries are supposed to be onomasiological, first identifying concepts and then establishing the terms used to designate them. In practice, the two approaches are used for both types. There are other types of dictionaries that don't fit neatly in the above distinction, for instance bilingual dictionaries, dictionaries of synonyms, or rhyming dictionaries. The word dictionary is usually understood to refer to a monolingual general-purpose dictionary.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dik′shun-a-ri, n. 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. [Low L. dictionarium. See Diction.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A reference book containing a list of words - usually in alphabetical order - giving information about form, pronunciation, etymology, grammar, and meaning. A foreign-language dictionary is an alphabetical list of words of one language with their meaning and equivalents in another language.
An online reference of defined living language, terms, words and definitions.
The dictionary definition is accurate, easy and simple.
Submitted by MaryC on March 3, 2020
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Rank popularity for the word 'dictionary' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2515
Rank popularity for the word 'dictionary' in Nouns Frequency: #1697
The numerical value of dictionary in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of dictionary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
For Scrabble, there is a dictionary of words without their meanings, it's most likely that he's wired differently; he doesn't even study the pages word by word. He can look at a page full of words and absorb them all.
They were yelling. I think the only words they know in the dictionary are profanity.
The girl quoting the definitions before (pronouncer Jacques) Bailly said them stated the usage note from our unabridged dictionary verbatim. ... Its a very specific kind of writing that we do. I thought, Oh my goodness, this 13-year-old girl is quoting our dictionary back to us, these spellers as a group simply were unusually gifted. They may indicate that we have entered a new era of competition.
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
Now a Jew, in the dictionary, is one who is descended from the ancient tribes of Judea, or one who is regarded as descended from that tribe. That's what it says in the dictionary; but you and I know what a Jew is -- One Who Killed Our Lord. And although there should be a statute of limitations for that crime, it seems that those who neither have the actions nor the gait of Christians, pagan or not, will bust us out, unrelenting dues, for another deuce.
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