1. “a reference book that contains words listed in alphabetical order and that gives information about the words' meanings, forms, pronunciations, etc.
2. a reference book that lists in alphabetical order the words of one language and shows their meanings or translations in a different language
3. a reference book that lists in alphabetical order words that relate to a particular subject along with their definitions and uses”
While many print dictionaries are available for you to have, to love and to hold, this is all about the online dictionaries. After all, this column is from the National INTERNET & technology Examiner. It is also about those apps for the mobile market, including iOS and Android.
Go to your favorite search engine, mine being Google, and simply use the search string “Online Dictionaries”. You will notice, that Merriam Webster is the first hit. Bing, has the same result. Yahoo on the other hand has ads related to dictionaries first but then, does list Merriam Webster as the first hit. As an alternative, when the question “Where is there a list of online dictionaries?” is posed to Ask.com, you get many more hits, including an actual list, which looks strangely like Wikipedia, which lists several “Major” English language dictionaries including;
· The American College Dictionary by Clarence L. Barnhart
· Oxford English Dictionary (descriptive)
· Noah Webster's An American Dictionary of the English Language (prescriptive)
· Webster's Dictionary (descriptive)
Wkipedia also lists its Wikitionary as a viable alternative.
So there you have it. Impress your friends with a word of the day in English or another language. All you need to do is search. Don't forget to check out the iTunes App store and the Google Play store for mobile apps.