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Dictionaries & Thesauri

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Individual Dictionaries

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Contains more than 160,000 word entries plus a thesaurus and spelling help.

Oxford English Dictionary
Can be searched for both current and historical definitions of a word, as well as provide quotations and the ability to search for the occurrence of a word in any definition. Updated periodically.

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online
This resource offers fully searchable comprehensive bilingual dictionaries and unique study materials that provide extra help with learning languages. Currently includes Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish bilingual dictionaries.

Collections of Dictionaries

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Includes over 4.8 million words indexed in more than 750 online dictionaries.

Oxford Reference Online
Contains entries from over 100 major discipline-related dictionaries and other publications from Oxford University Press. Coverage includes the sciences, foreign languages, art and architecture, politics, business, literature and more.

Includes more than 1500 dictionaries representing more than 230 languages.

Specialized Dictionaries

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This dictionary provides definitions of financial terms along with comprehensive coverage of financial accounting, financial reporting, management accounting, direct and indirect taxation, corporate finance, and auditing.

Developed at Michigan State University, this American Sign Language (ASL) browser site enables you to look thousands of ASL signs and see them illustrated with Quicktime video clips.

Offers etymology and history of first names.

The law written in plain language.

This list of latin phrases from the Wikipedia includes many that are commonly used in English. A translation is provided for each phrase plus other comments and explanations.

Site provides free access to medical abbreviations dictionary, Stedman's Medical Dictionary, dictionary of medical equipment and surgical instruments.

A concise guide to the essential language of medicine, including brand names and generic equivalents of common drugs. Provides more than 35,000 entries, each with a pronunciation guide.

Comprehensive occupational descriptions and data. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

This dictionary is a fully searchable, electronic version of a 900+ item dictionary authored by Gary Parkinson, Ph.D. and Robert Drislane, Ph.D.

A slang dictionary with user-created definitions.

Thesauri

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Contains more than 160,000 word entries plus a thesaurus and spelling help.

Mawson’s modernization of Roget’s classic structure with over 85,000 hyperlinked cross-references and 2,900 quotations.