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  The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. 2000
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition.
I am not so lost in lexicography as to forget that words are the daughters of earth, and that things are the sons of heaven.
Over 90,000 entries feature 10,000 new words and senses, 70,000 audio word pronunciations, 900 full-page color illustrations, language notes and word-root appendixes.
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 Johnson, Preface to the Dictionary
Language is only the instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas: I wish, however, that the instrument might be less apt to decay, and that signs might be permanent, like the things which they denote.
It is of great importance in examining the general fabrick of a language, to trace one word from another, by noting the usual modes of derivation and inflection; and uniformity must be preserved in systematical works, though sometimes at the expence of particular propriety.
The French language has visibly changed under the inspection of the academy; the stile of Amelot's translation of father Paul is observed by Le Courayer to be un peu passè; and no Italian will maintain, that the diction of any modern writer is not perceptibly different from that of Boccace, Machiavel, or Caro.
andromeda.rutgers.edu /~jlynch/Texts/preface.html   (4501 words)

 Amazon.ca: Encarta Webster's Dictionary of the English Language: Books: Anne H. Soukhanov,Nicky Thompson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The dictionary offers more than 400,000 words, phrases, and meanings; 2,000 key quotations through the ages; 4,000 illustrated items, including maps, tables and charts; 10,000 biographical and geographical entries; and authoritative advice on usage, including 1,000 common misspellings and 900 usage notes.
They also include words entering common parlance from other languages, and in hundreds of fascinating word origin entries they note the derivation of English words and phrases.
Written in a clear, accessible tone, up-to-date and expansive in its vision of English as an evolving and global tongue, the Encarta Webster's is an invaluable resource for English speakers everywhere.
amazon.ca /Encarta-Websters-Dictionary-English-Language/dp/1582345104   (425 words)

 Noah Webster American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828
In education, the dictionary has an important role in the intellectual growth of the family.
Modern Dictionary (1980) --- The mutual relation of husband and wife; the institution whereby men and women are joined in a special kind of social and legal dependence for the purpose of founding and maintaining a family.
Webster Dictionary (1828) --- The act of uniting a man and a woman for life; wedlock; the legal union of a man and a woman for life.
www.homefirespub.com /noah_webster_american_dictionary_of_the_english_language_1828.html   (308 words)

 Variation and Change in Our Living Language. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
New to this edition of The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language is a series of 50 Notes, titled Our Living Language, at entries like as far as, be, geek, and za.
The Our Living Language Notes discuss exemplary linguistic variations resulting from these factors and provide a broader “snapshot” of our language than is allowed by traditional dictionary practice.
Latin, for instance, is now a dead language because people no longer learn and use it as a native tongue.
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 ECTACO Australia - Electronic Dictionary for English language. Handheld Dictionaries > English
CyberDict VII is a reliable aid in foreign language learning and a superb multilingual reference tool, suitable for a variety of educational and professional purposes.
You will have wonderful language tools at your disposal: extensive dictionaries with powerful search options; a collection of writing and grammar exercises and tests with animation and voice; standard dialogues to practice for when you are abroad; an organizer; and more.
Featuring an exhaustive main dictionary as well as a thesaurus with extensive grammar this is a stylish and powerful language handheld which allows you to customize and expand its functionality by downloading additional professional dictionaries.
www.atn.com.au /exacto/dictionaries/electronic-dictionaries-english.html   (3180 words)

 Amazon.fr : The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: Livres en anglais: American Heritage ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Because the American Heritage is a long-standing favorite family dictionary (never underestimate the value of pictures) and one of the prime dictionary references for magazines, newspapers, and dot.com content providers.
On the other hand, there are valuable entries throughout the dictionary supplying additional information on synonyms, usage, or word history, and these extras, such as the history of diatribe and the usage notes on discomfit, are interesting.
Ever since the furor in the U.S. that greeted Webster's Third New International Dictionary (1961) faded, it has become a given that dictionaries should be descriptive rather than prescriptive, a principle sanctified in Britain in the 1850s in Herbert Coleridge's original plan for the monumental project that eventually produced the Oxford English Dictionary.
amazon.fr /American-Heritage-Dictionary-English-Language/dp/0395825172   (1262 words)

 English Language Dictionaries
Searchable dictionaries from Cambridge University Press: Cambridge International Dictionary of English; Cambridge Learners Dictionary; Cambridge Dictionary of American English; Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms; Cambridge International Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs.
Chambers' 21st Century Dictionary is the essential guide to English as it is written and spoken now.
It contains hundreds of words that have come into the language over the past two to three years, to ensure that it is the most up-to-date dictionary available.
library.albany.edu /reference/englishdictionaries.html   (361 words)

 Amazon.com: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: Books: American Heritage   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Also, the English usage notes in the dictionary are more reflective of the way English is used in the United States than the MW dictionary.
I recommend this dictionary to anyone who is interested in obtaining a great dictionary that could be rated with that of a Cadillac of dictionaries.
Another note: please do not confuse "The American Dictionary of the English Language" with the "College" version of the same dictionary, which is not as good.
amazon.com /American-Heritage-Dictionary-English-Language/dp/0395448956   (1689 words)

 Houghton Mifflin Electronic Publishing - The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition by ...
Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition is Houghton Mifflin's premiere dictionary.
You can license the dictionary with audio pronunciations and over 900 of the carefully chosen pieces of color art that accompany the text of the actual dictionary.
It continues to be frequently updated to reflect the constant change of the English language.
www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com /epub/ahd4.shtml   (219 words)

 A Dictionary of the English Language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Johnson's dictionary was prepared at 17 Gough Square, London, an eclectic household, between the years of 1746 and 1755.
By 1747 Johnson had written his Plan of a Dictionary of the English Language, which spelled out his intentions and proposed methodology for preparing his document.
Johnson and the dictionary are the central theme of the third series Blackadder episode "Ink and Incapability", which centres around Johnson's (performed by Robbie Coltrane) attempts to get George IV's patronage.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/A_Dictionary_of_the_English_Language   (814 words)

 Noah Webster's Original American Dictionary of the English Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Noah Webster owns the unique distinction of having single-handedly rescued the English Language from the corrupting political and social influences of the European Nations of his day.
He preserved the language with a pure connection to the original roots in other languages, and provided a necessary tool for our new nation (and all later generations) to understand the writings of the Founders and Framers of the Constitution.
The majority of the general public is unaware that Dictionaries today follow the practice of "description" as opposed to "prescription," -- the idea that the popular (mis)use of language should be allowed to alter the established meanings of words, to suit the wants and habits of each successive generation.
www.lexrex.com /catalog/webster1828.htm   (312 words)

 American Dictionary of the English Language -- July 1997 Education Reporter
Consider the contrast between the modern dictionary definition of "education" and the 1828 Webster definition.
The modern dictionary definition of "education" is the action or process of educating or of being educated; a stage of such a process; the field of study that deals mainly with methods of teaching and learning in schools.
The dictionary plays an important role in the intellectual growth of a family.
www.eagleforum.org /educate/1997/july97/book.html   (334 words)

 ECTACO - Electronic Dictionary, Handheld Electronic Dictionaries, Electronic Translator, Translation Software.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
An electronic translator or electronic dictionary is a smart way to avoid unnecessary difficulties when traveling, studying languages, communicating with foreigners, and in many other situations.
Covering language instruction, study materials, full-text translation, speaking and non-speaking dictionaries, and localization software they are available for most major platforms and OS including Windows, Pocket PC, Palm OS, Smartphones and others.
Seamlessly combining phrasebook, dictionary, and flashcards components, they are a top choice because of their high effectiveness and cost-efficiency.
www.ectaco.com   (1791 words)

 English electronic dictionary and language translators. Merriam-Webster Dictionary.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
One of the most impressive language management handhelds available anywhere, it is the clear leader in the field of portable translation devices.
The latest English dictionary from ECTACO is a powerhouse of a resource tool packed with everything you need to make studying a breeze.
Allows a device to be used in many different languages, restoring the ease of use that is often lost when navigating in a foreign language.
english.dictionaries.ectaco.com   (2387 words)

 Random House Dictionary of the English Language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Random House Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged was the original name of a large American dictionary, first published in 1966, and recently renamed the Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary.
Their first dictionary was Clarence Barnhart's American College Dictionary, published in 1947, and based primarily on The New Century Dictionary, an abridgement of the Century.
Under editors Jess Stein and Laurence Urdang, they augmented the American College Dictionary with large numbers of entries in all fields and published it in 1966 as the first edition of the Random House Dictionary of the English Language.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Random_House_Dictionary_of_the_English_Language   (346 words)

 Dictionary of the English language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Lexicographer: a writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.
While the Dictionary was going forward, Johnson lived part of the time in Holborn, part in Gough-square, Fleet-street; and he had an upper room fitted up like a counting-house for the purpose, in which he gave to the copyists their several tasks.
The words, partly taken from other dictionaries, and partly supplied by himself, having been first written down with spaces left between them, he delivered in writing their etymologies, definitions, and various significations.
lookwayup.com /free/English_dictionary.htm   (353 words)

 Language Dictionaries Online
The premier historical dictionary of the English language.
It embraces not only the standard language of literature and conversation, whether current at the moment, or obsolete, or archaic, but also the main technical vocabulary, and a large measure of dialectical usage and slang.
The Dictionary of Old English electronic corpus is a complete record of surviving Old English except for some variant manuscripts of individual texts....
www.library.cornell.edu /olinuris/ref/langdicts.html   (1379 words)

 A Dictionary of the English Language on CD-ROM
This first electronic presentation of the greatest dictionary before the OED provides an extraordinary resource for anyone wanting ready access to a major foundation of the English language.
Samuel Johnson produced his famous Dictionary in 1755 and issued a significantly revised Fourth Edition in 1773.
The Dictionary is not only the first great work of English lexicography but also a literary and historical resource of immense value, and this electronic edition has been prepared to the highest standards by a team of scholars at the University of Birmingham.
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 Amazon.fr : The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language: Livres en anglais: American Heritage Dictionaries   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Discover the richness of the English language in ways you never have before, with The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, available in a book and CD-ROM package.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language will meet all your dictionary needs-whether at work, at school, or at home.
An informative and comprehensive dictionary, with full color photos, illustrations, and maps, an appendix of Indo-European roots, an appendix on semantic roots, and biographical and geographic entries.
amazon.fr /American-Heritage-Dictionary-English-Language/dp/0618082301   (455 words)

 Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus (via CobWeb/3.1 planet03.csc.ncsu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Cassell's Dictionary of Slang and the world's foremost authority on this rather rich subject.
English has some peculiar ways of spelling words, but happily there is often a method to its madness.
Check out a word sleuth in action: See how this lexicographer, who writes the Language Hat blog, answers the question, "why is that there is an 'oldfangled' and a 'newfangled' but no 'fangled'?" Click here for the response.
www.visualthesaurus.com.cob-web.org:8888   (2411 words)

 Amazon.ca: Encarta Webster's Dictionary of the English Language: Books: Anne H. Soukhanov,Nicky Thompson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Subjects > Nonfiction > Education > Reference > Dictionaries & Thesauri > English (All)
Subjects > Reference > Dictionaries & Thesauruses > English (All)
Subjects > Reference > Dictionaries & Thesauruses > General
www.amazon.ca /Encarta-Websters-Dictionary-English-Language/dp/1582345104   (433 words)

 yourDictionary.com.Comprehensive and Authoritative Language Portal
There are 6,800 known languages spoken in the 200 countries of the world.
New languages and dictionaries are constantly being added to yourDictionary.com; as a result, we have the widest and deepest set of dictionaries, grammars, and other language resources on the web.
If you cannot find the language resources you want on line, yourDictionary now offers 25,000 language resources on tape, video, CD ROM, and in traditional book form for children and adults in cooperation with WorldLanguage.
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The prior edition of this dictionary was called the Encarta World English Dictionary, published by Saint Martins Press - ISBN: 031222222x.
This new edition is published in England as the Bloomsbury English Dictionary with an ISBN of 0747562431.This edition is the edition for the United States and is published by Bloomsbury USA with the ISBN of 1582345104.
Although the prior edition had some omissions of main entries and definitions that would have been expected in a large dictionary many of our customers liked it very much for having understandable definitions.
www.elearnaid.com /blendi2ndedo.html   (601 words)

 A Dictionary of the English Language on CD-ROM Manual - Cambridge University Press   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This is the first electronic edition of one of the most important works ever compiled in English.
Dr Johnson's Dictionary remains a major resource for and cornerstone of the English language.
The only publication ever to reproduce the key First and Fourth Editions of Johnson's Dictionary together, this CD-ROM will be of value to dictionary lovers and Johnsonians as well as to scholars, teachers, and students of language, literature, lexicography, history, and eighteenth-century studies.
www.cambridge.org /catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521565944   (211 words)

 Guide to Johnson — The Dictionary
The English Dictionary from Cawdrey to Johnson, 1604-1755
But it was the standard English dictionary for over a hundred fifty years: it was superseded only by the OED at the beginning of the twentieth century.
And though much of it was derivative, it was the first English dictionary to use quotations to illustrate usage, a tradition continued by the OED.
andromeda.rutgers.edu /~jlynch/Johnson/Guide/dict.html   (624 words)

 Nelson Canadian Dictionary of the English Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Welcome to the Nelson Canadian Dictionary of the English Language - the most comprehensive and up-to-date Canadian dictionary available.
The Nelson Canadian Dictionary is the most authoritative and reliable tool for checking all the spellings, pronunciations, and definitions you may ever need to check.
Not only is each term clearly and boldly entered, but pronunciation is clearly indicated, as well as common uses of each term indicated first for quick, easy, efficient, and accurate access.
www.nelson.com /nelson/cdndictionary   (276 words)

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