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Dictionary vs. Glossary

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Dictionarynoun

A reference work with a list of words from one or more languages, normally ordered alphabetically, explaining each word's meaning, and sometimes containing information on its etymology, pronunciation, usage, translations, and other data.

Glossarynoun

A list of terms in a particular domain of knowledge with their definitions.

Dictionarynoun

(by extension) Any work that has a list of material organized alphabetically; e.g., biographical dictionary, encyclopedic dictionary.

Glossarynoun

A collection of glosses or explanations of words and passages of a work or author; a partial dictionary of a work, an author, a dialect, art, or science, explaining archaic, technical, or other uncommon words.

Dictionarynoun

(computing) An associative array, a data structure where each value is referenced by a particular key, analogous to words and definitions in a physical dictionary.

Glossarynoun

an alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge; usually published as an appendix to a text on that field

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Dictionaryverb

(transitive) To look up in a dictionary.

Glossarynoun

an alphabetical list of words relating to a specific subject, text, or dialect, with explanations; a brief dictionary

‘a glossary of Inuktitut words’;

Dictionaryverb

(transitive) To add to a dictionary.

Glossary

A glossary (from Ancient Greek: γλῶσσα / language, speech, wording) also known as a vocabulary or clavis, is an alphabetical list of terms in a particular domain of knowledge with the definitions for those terms. Traditionally, a glossary appears at the end of a book and includes terms within that book that are either newly introduced, uncommon, or specialized.

Dictionaryverb

To compile a dictionary.

Dictionaryverb

(intransitive) To appear in a dictionary.

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Dictionarynoun

A book containing the words of a language, arranged alphabetically, with explanations of their meanings; a lexicon; a vocabulary; a wordbook.

‘I applied myself to the perusal of our writers; and noting whatever might be of use to ascertain or illustrate any word or phrase, accumulated in time the materials of a dictionary.’;

Dictionarynoun

Hence, a book containing the words belonging to any system or province of knowledge, arranged alphabetically; as, a dictionary of medicine or of botany; a biographical dictionary.

Dictionarynoun

a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them

Dictionarynoun

a book or electronic resource that lists the words of a language (typically in alphabetical order) and gives their meaning, or gives the equivalent words in a different language, often also providing information about pronunciation, origin, and usage

‘I'll look up 'love' in the dictionary’; ‘the dictionary definition of ‘smile’’; ‘the website gives access to an online dictionary’;

Dictionarynoun

a reference book on a particular subject, the items of which are typically arranged in alphabetical order

‘a dictionary of quotations’;

Dictionarynoun

a set of words or other text strings made for use in applications such as spellcheckers

‘the worm attempts to crack account passwords using a built-in dictionary’;

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Dictionary

A dictionary is a listing of lexemes from the lexicon of one or more specific languages, often arranged alphabetically (or by radical and stroke for ideographic languages), which may include information on definitions, usage, etymologies, pronunciations, translation, etc.. It is a lexicographical reference that shows inter-relationships among the data.A broad distinction is made between general and specialized dictionaries.

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