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What's the largest open-source dictionary that includes brief definitions of each word? Wiktionary is a great resource but:

  • There are over 200K words in the scowl list that aren't in wiktionary. I'd use scowl directly, but it only list words and has no definitions.

  • Wiktionary intentionally includes misspellings (sometimes not marked as such, and sometimes as redirection), and I'm looking for only correctly-spelled words.

  • Wiktionary's definitions are often lengthy, not brief.

  • It's difficult to automatically extract the portion of a wiktionary page that's the definition.

I'm somewhat surprised this question isn't in the FAQ, and that I couldn't find the answer by searching this site.

closed as off-topic by Jim, NVZ, terdon, Davo, Hellion Jan 25 '18 at 16:21

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  • Could you provide a link for this "scowl list"? I've not heard of it before. – hippietrail May 5 '11 at 0:55
  • wordlist.sourceforge.net – barrycarter May 5 '11 at 0:59
  • I just compared the last wordlist (all "words" files) to enwiktionary-20151102-all-titles and there are 240k words "missing" from Wiktionary, of which 80k are just duplicates of actual words + "'s" ending and so on. Only 176 words are missing from the "medium" list, 3k from the large, 38k from the huge. en.wiktionary.org/wiki/… – Nemo Nov 13 '15 at 23:17
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    What is a "scowl list"? – Charlie Parker Jun 28 '17 at 22:55
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a request for resources. – Jim Jan 24 '18 at 22:05
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You may be looking for WordNet, a lexical database for English developed by Princeton's Computer Science department. It has a permissive license allowing free use even in commercial applications. However, WordNet does not have “closed-class” words, including pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, determiners, and particles.

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The moreofit web site can be a good start to find sites similar to, here, wiktionary:

www.moreofit.com/similar-to/en.wiktionary.org/Top_10_Sites_Like_Wiktionary_En

The result includes dict.org, which can be of interest considering what you are after.

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I agree that WordNet is a pretty good source for definitions. I have started to build a multilingual dictionary (Deect) on top of WordNet's English words and definitions (actually included a few more things), and the users usually like the definitions from WordNet.

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    I wonder why such awesome site is closed. – PHPst Jan 27 '14 at 4:43
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    I would be great if you would release the project as open source, would you consider creating an organization on github? I would be willing to contribute, clean data, help maintain it etc. – opensourcechris Jul 25 '15 at 12:28
  • seriously, give this to the community....you can store it on open data stack exchange's repository at datahub.io – albert Nov 14 '15 at 1:52

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