dictionary


dictionary
noun /ˈdɪkʃən(ə)ɹi,ˈdɪkʃənɛɹi/
a) A reference work with a list of words from one or more languages, normally ordered alphabetically and explaining each words meaning and sometimes containing information on its etymology, usage, translations and other data.
b) An associative array, a data structure where each value is referenced by a particular key, analogous to words and definitions in a physical dictionary. ,

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  • Dictionary — Dic tion*a*ry, n.; pl. {Dictionaries}. [Cf. F. dictionnaire. See {Diction}.] 1. A book containing the words of a language, arranged alphabetically, with explanations of their meanings; a lexicon; a vocabulary; a wordbook. [1913 Webster] I applied …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dictionary — [dik′shə ner΄ē] n. pl. dictionaries [ML dictionarium < LL dictio: see DICTION] 1. a book of alphabetically listed words in a language, with definitions, etymologies, pronunciations, and other information; lexicon 2. a book of alphabetically… …   English World dictionary

  • dictionary — 1520s, from M.L. dictionarium collection of words and phrases, from L. dictionarius of words, from dictio word (see DICTION (Cf. diction)). Probably first English use in title of a book was in Sir Thomas Elyot s Latin Dictionary (1538) though L.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Dictionary — (lat. dictio „das Sprechen“) steht für: ein dem englischen entlehntes Synonym für Wörterbuch ein Assoziatives Array Diese Seite …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • dictionary — [n] book of word meanings concordance, cyclopedia, encyclopedia, glossary, language, lexicon, palaver, promptory, reference, terminology, vocabulary; concept 280 …   New thesaurus

  • dictionary — ► NOUN (pl. dictionaries) ▪ a book that lists the words of a language and gives their meaning, or their equivalent in a different language. ORIGIN from Latin dictionarium manuale or dictionarius liber manual or book of words …   English terms dictionary

  • Dictionary — For other uses, see Dictionary (disambiguation). For Wikimedia s dictionary project visit Wiktionary, or see the Wiktionary article. A multi volume Latin dictionary by Egidio Forcellini. A dic …   Wikipedia

  • dictionary — /dik sheuh ner ee/, n., pl. dictionaries. 1. a book containing a selection of the words of a language, usually arranged alphabetically, giving information about their meanings, pronunciations, etymologies, inflected forms, etc., expressed in… …   Universalium

  • dictionary — Synonyms and related words: biographical dictionary, cant, chemical dictionary, desk dictionary, dialect dictionary, dictionary of quotations, electronics dictionary, etymological dictionary, foreign language dictionary, gazetteer, general… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • dictionary — n. 1) to compile a dictionary 2) to expand; revise; update a dictionary 3) to consult a dictionary 4) an abridged, desk; bilingual; biographical; college, collegiate (AE); combinatorial, combinatory; dialect; etymological; general use, general… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Dictionary.co.uk — Home page of Dictionary.co.uk Dictionary.co.uk was launched in 2001 as an English language dictionary based around definitions from Cambridge University Press. In 2007 it was re launched to include not only a standard English language dictionary… …   Wikipedia


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