What is dictionary?

  • (noun): A reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them.
    Synonyms: lexicon


A dictionary (also called a wordbook, lexicon or vocabulary) is a collection of words in one or more specific languages, often listed alphabetically (or by radical and stroke for ideographic languages), 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 (2008) a dictionary may be regarded as a lexicographical product that is characterised by three significant features: (1) it has been prepared for one or more functions; (2) it contains data that have been selected for the purpose of fulfilling those functions; and (3) 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.

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Some articles on dictionary:

Polish Biographical Dictionary - History
... The Dictionary is a joint publication of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Polska Akademia Nauk) and the Polish Academy of Learning (Polska Akademia Umiejętności) ... The Dictionary had been founded by Władysław Konopczyński ... In 1964, after the Dictionary had grown by an additional three volumes (through "Jarosiński, Paweł"), Lepszy yielded to Emanuel Rostworowski ...
Polish Biographical Dictionary - Character
... The Dictionary's current 47 volumes (well into "S") range in length from 480 to 830 pages, for a total of over 28,000 ... Some 8,000 individuals have contributed to the Dictionary ... Though not a comprehensive source on all notable Poles, the Dictionary is substantial and well-respected ...
Dictionary Of Greek And Roman Biography And Mythology
... The Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1849, originally published 1844 under a slightly different title) is an encyclopedia/biographical dictionary ...
Polish Biographical Dictionary
... biograficzny (PSB Polish Biographical Dictionary) is a Polish-language biographical dictionary, comprising an alphabetically arranged compilation of authoritative biographies of some 25,000 notable ... The Dictionary, published incrementally since 1935, is a work in progress ...
Dictionary - Online Dictionaries
... of the more notable examples include Double-Tongued Dictionary (user generated content) Free On-line Dictionary of Computing LEO (website) Logos Dictionary Pictual (website ...

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