What does dictionary mean?

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ˈdɪk ʃəˌnɛr idic·tio·nary

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dictionary, lexicon(noun)

    a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them

Wiktionary

  1. dictionary(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: dictionarium, from dictionarius, from dictio, from dictus, perfect past participle of dico + -arium.

  2. dictionary(Noun)

    An associative array, a data structure where each value is referenced by a particular key, analogous to words and definitions in a physical dictionary.

    Etymology: dictionarium, from dictionarius, from dictio, from dictus, perfect past participle of dico + -arium.

  3. dictionary(Verb)

    To look up in a dictionary

    Etymology: dictionarium, from dictionarius, from dictio, from dictus, perfect past participle of dico + -arium.

  4. dictionary(Verb)

    To add to a dictionary

    Etymology: dictionarium, from dictionarius, from dictio, from dictus, perfect past participle of dico + -arium.

  5. dictionary(Verb)

    To appear in a dictionary

    Etymology: dictionarium, from dictionarius, from dictio, from dictus, perfect past participle of dico + -arium.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dictionary(noun)

    a book containing the words of a language, arranged alphabetically, with explanations of their meanings; a lexicon; a vocabulary; a wordbook

    Etymology: [Cf. F. dictionnaire. See Diction.]

  2. Dictionary(noun)

    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.]

Freebase

  1. Dictionary

    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

  1. 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

  1. Dictionary

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. dictionary

    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  

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dictionary' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2515

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dictionary' in Nouns Frequency: #1697

How to pronounce dictionary?

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    The numerical value of dictionary in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dictionary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of dictionary in a Sentence

  1. Emeasoba George:

    Do you know? No matter how bad things appear to you currently. God can still make it up to become good enough. Do you also know? No matter how miserable your condition seems to you. God can still make it enviable. That is to say alternatively, no condition or matter is too difficult for God to interfere and intervene too. I mean, nothing is impossible with God SCRIPTURE REFERENCE ( Luke 1 : 37). Oh! yes, impossibility doesn't exist in God's dictionary i.e. the scripture. Besides, he (God) doesn't change and cannot change come what may. But guess what? He (God) can effortlessly and unquestionably change anything and anybody at any time. However, living faith and patience are expected of you, in order for him (God) to turn around your condition or life for the better or for the best. - Emeasoba George

  2. Martin H. Fischer:

    Facts are not science - as dictionary is not literature.

  3. Steven Wright:

    If a word in the dictionary were mispelled, how would we know

  4. Vidal Sassoon:

    The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.

  5. John Henry Cardinal Newman:

    A great memory is never made synonymous with wisdom, any more than a dictionary would be called a treatise.

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