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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.
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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.
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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.
[1913 Webster]. dictionary n : a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them [syn: {lexicon}].

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