Questions about English dictionaries

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When does a word become a 'word'? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Creating a new word The rule of thumb used to be that when a word hit the Oxford Dictionary, it was considered to be an accepted word - this, however, seems to have ...
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What algorithm decideds whether to retain a word or drop it while downsizing a dictionary? [closed]

One approach I can think of is eliminating most of the words that are very commonly used in spoken English(since a prospective reader is likely to know meaning of most frequently used words, or he/she ...
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'(death) throes' - countability?

In my Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary the word 'throe' is not listed, only 'throes'. With other nouns, the dictionary clearly indicates whether nouns are countable or uncountable, however, with ...
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The word “afterclap”

Merriam-Webster defines "afterclap" as "an unexpected damaging or unsettling event following a supposedly closed affair." However, a pastor from Oregon, John Mark Comer, wrote an article about ...
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Prepositional phrases on the internet

Is there any online dictionary or database of prepositional phrases? What I would like is to enter e. g. "justification" and it would give me: "justification to somebody", "justification of ...
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Where can I find words and expressions which are dated and not found in today's dictionaries? [duplicate]

I'm having trouble understanding Charles Dickens book called The Haunted House. Could anyone tell me in which dictionary I can find parts I don't understand? Is there a dictionary for nineteenth ...
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How are words added to the Oxford Dictionary? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there an ‘official’ way to suggest a new word become part of the English language? What are the criteria to adopt new words into English? Creating a new word ...
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How can you submit a new word for inclusion in a dictionary? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there an ‘official’ way to suggest a new word become part of the English language? If I happened to have coined a few words that I find could be of practical value to ...
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Why are dictionary definitions for verbs prefixed with a 'To'?

I look up a dictionary for allow and I get To permit To assign To grant or give, esp periodically To concede or acknowledge Similarly for flow, I see to run to move or change form like a fluid ...
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When could you take the “Urban Dictionary” seriously? [closed]

I have always had a serious problem with Urban Dictionary as I do not know when to take it seriously and when not! Sometimes it seems very useful to me to understand what ordinary people on the ...
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How can dictionaries be tyrants? [closed]

Sometimes you might hear the phrase, tyranny of the dictionary Is there a way to express succinctly just what that means?
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Why is “underhaul” not listed in dictionaries? [closed]

“underhaul” is not listed in dictionaries. Did I spell it wrong? Or is it slang?
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Dictionary which shows plural form?

I am looking for a dictionary (program / app) that tells me about the plural form of a word. I have tried Dictionary.com, Meriam-Webster and OED but they are not. I know if I look for media, it ...
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In Apple's Dictionary app, what is the name of these characters?

I have been using Apple's dictionary app on my Mac, could someone tell me what the formal name of the characters are next to word 'Causation' in the screenshot and what is their purpose? ...
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“come on as” versus “come across as”

Would you say that both sentences sound correct? On the whole, I think you came ON as sincere and credible, and your soft-spoken demeanor, laced with a dash of wry humor, was quite charming. On the ...
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Teaching of smuh? [closed]

I was helping my child with her homework and noticed that she has to learn words starting with with sm..., st.... I found word "smuh" which i had never seen before as English is not my native ...
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Is “Customizable” a valid English word? [closed]

Is the word "Customizable" a valid English word? Every time i write that word, the spell checker underlines it, and it suggests using "Customization" or "Customize", I'm not a native English speaker. ...
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Verb for creating an icon

I am having some difficulty wording a title for a paper of mine. I am going for something like, "Automatic text iconification". Which means an automatic method of giving text a symbolic ...
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How to find a word to fit a meaning?

I need to find a word that would have a reasonably close meaning to: a collection of facts and arguments used to arrive at an explanation [of some (thing|concept|idea|...)] More generally, I ...
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Proper usage of “engendered”

"His actions engendered a revolution in the Capitol." This sounds a bit off to me. But going by the dictionary meaning, this is legal and correct. Is this correct in terms of readability and ...
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What does the semicolon in the dictionary definition of a word mean?

Many dictionaries use a semicolon in a meaning for a word. For instance for the word impertinent I have seen: "outside the bounds of proper speech or behaviour; impudent; insolent; saucy" Then ...
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Are there any online dictionaries that allow you to link to a single specific definition of a word? [closed]

For example, on my blog I want to link to the definition of 'nut' as'a perforated block usually of metal that has an internal screw thread and is used on a bolt or screw' which is the third definition ...
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Best resources for word popularity [closed]

I am looking for a good resource that can give me some idea of how popular or commonly used a word is. Some of these may be: WordCount.org -- Indexes the words based on the popularity count. For ...
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Which English to use in Portugal: British or American? [closed]

I'm not sure this is the right place to ask this, but any help is appreciated. I'm Portuguese, but I also use English for my work. For that, I use dictionaries in my computer. My question is: which ...
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Categorized dictionary of the English language [closed]

What dictionaries are there available which offer some kind of classification of words into different categories? I am looking for a free alternative to WordStat. I would like to use the ...
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When are operational definitions appropriate and when can one conclude that a poor word choice was made?

In the book Making is Creating the author, David Gauntlett, seems to use the word "creativity" to refer to the act of creating anything. The example is given that it is creative to make one's own ...
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What is this letter/symbol called?

I found it in an old dictionary and I'm not sure what it means. It looks like the number "3", but the top of the three has been flattened(and slightly curved). I've only seen this in three or four ...
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Where can I find a dictionary for homonyms?

I want to know where I can find a dictionary that I can look up homonyms of a word. For instance if I type in alien it will show me the word salient. That dictionary should base on the sound itself, ...
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Capitalization of bpm/BPM meaning beats per minute

The Oxford English Dictionary defines "bpm" as an abbreviation of "beats per minute" and gives the example: a pulse rate of 40 bpm Is there an explanation for the curious feature that this ...
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Is “analeptical” correct? Form of “analepses”

My teacher was editing my essay and change analepses (plural of analepsis) to analeptical. I'm trying to use the definition of a flashback. Here is the context: Original sentence: Analepses in ...
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Free word list of English words of interest to children?

I'm developing a software application for children and it would be useful to have an English dictionary with terms/words sorted by their "interestingness" to children aged 4-8. Terms like "unicorn", ...
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Is “subject to a theft” a thing?

Is it acceptable to say something has been "subject to a theft"? The only use case I can find is in this policy document from Lloyds Bank. Has it been adopted elsewhere?
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English word list with pronunciation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I obtain an English dictionary with structured data? Where can I find a digital English-language dictionary or word list containing pronunciation? I would ...
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Which dictionaries have modern USA english pronunciation? [on hold]

I need a dictionary with the latest USA English pronunciation. Anything else (word definition and etc.) does not matter, I only need modern USA english pronunciation of the words. Which dictionaries ...
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Where can I get a collection of “word spectrums”?

I understand that the The Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus includes "word spectrums" (see illustration below) for a number of words. Is there another source for such type of data? That is, I want ...
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Dictionary grouped by English levels and word's popularity

I am looking for dictionary where words would be grouped by English levels (Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate...) and popularity of them, or event just list of words grouped by levels. Thanks in ...
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Are there any dictionaries that be able to look up words in word families? [duplicate]

I was wondering there are any dictionaries/a dictionary that if I search for a word, for example: news, the dictionary will provide its word family or any types of usages related to this word, for ...
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Where can I find an English dictionary that can be used as reference? [duplicate]

I usually use Google Translate to translate from my language into English and vice versa. But sometimes the translation is not right as words have different meanings depending on context, or maybe the ...
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Most famous/authentic dictionaries? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Regulatory bodies and authoritative dictionaries for English What are the most famous or authentic dictionaries? I mean- One can use a dictionary to learn about the ...
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Are there any dictionaries that meet the criteria below? [closed]

Suppose I wanted to write a computer program that replaces a word with its definition. Some dictionaries, such as the Google dictionary, would not work for this task; for example, if one tries to ...
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Is there dictionary of roots of words? [closed]

E.g. zeal -> zealot -> zealotry I'm interesting in short dictionary, in this case it will contain only zeal. Of cource, every english roots.
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'Marked by' vs 'having' in dictionary definitions

I've read definitions that differ from each other only by the words marked by and having. E.g. 'Marked by a calm demeanor' and 'having a calm demeanor'. I see this often enough that I suspect ...
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What makes an English word, an English word? [duplicate]

There are many new words being added to the dictionary at all times. These include "twerking" or "Google" but who decides if it should be in the dictionary and be an English word? Here is my theory. ...
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What's another way of saying “supposed to graduate in 2013”? [closed]

I am filling out a job application and I know there's an official word for it, but I just can't think of it. It can normally be found on transcripts.
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online free dictionary of choice? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are your favorite English language tools? This may seem like a meta question but I feel it is really about English Language and Usage. What is the preferred online ...