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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dictionary  \Dic"tion*a*ry\,  n.;  pl  {Dictionaries}.  [Cf.  F. 
  dictionnaire  See  {Diction}.] 
  1.  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  --Johnson. 
 
  2.  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 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dictionary 
  n  :  a  reference  book  containing  an  alphabetical  list  of  words 
  with  information  about  them  [syn:  {lexicon}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  DICTIONARY  n.  A  malevolent  literary  device  for  cramping  the  growth 
  of  a  language  and  making  it  hard  and  inelastic.  This  dictionary 
  however,  is  a  most  useful  work 
 
 




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