I am preparing a technical document for a new version of a web application I have created, and towards the beginning of the document I am going to list a few of the terms I will be using in the document, along with a short definition or explanation of how I am using the term. This is just to make sure that the words are understood the way I intend.

There is a word for just such a list. I know there is. I just can't come up with it. Aarrgghh!

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    glossary... – ermanen Mar 28 '14 at 18:20
  • @ermanen: Yes, you're right. How could I have forgotten? So, you don't want to put this in as an answer? – Cyberherbalist Mar 28 '14 at 18:43


a list of terms in a special subject, field, or area of usage, with accompanying definitions.

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It depends a bit on what you think sounds better in your particular case, but glossary and list of terminology are best, and dictionary might also do...

I've also seen plain old definitions used, particularly when the author explains how to understand common terms in a given context (eg. the documentation for a flight search engine might define how they understand "flight", "route", etc.)

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