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Dictionaries, References and Quotations


Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

Searchable online version.


Biographical Dictionary

Searchable database of over 18,000 people. Biographical details include birth and death dates, professions, literary, and artistic works.

Cliche Finder

Searchable index of over 3300 clichés. Engine returns phrases corresponding to entries. Definitions and cliché randomizer.

Provides links to varied online dictionaries and directories, including Roget's Thesaurus, English slang, technical, and language translators.

Dictionary of Computing

Dictionary of Military Terms

Complete listing of US military and related terms and acronyms with their definitions. Searchable by keyword.
Dictionary of Philosophy of Mind

Searchable short descriptions of terms and phrases with links to discussion and reference. Includes bookstore and biographies.

A Dictionary of Slang

Large collection of current everyday slang used in Britain, with etymologies, an introduction, bibliography, and search facility.

Easy-to-use dictionaries (using version of Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary) and links to essential reference materials.

Hypertext Webster Gateway

Fast point-and-click interface for accessing dictionary services on the Internet. Lets you hyperlink to related words.
Information Please

Search or browse a series of almanacs organized by subject areas plus the Columbia Encyclopedia and Random House College Dictionary.

Internet Dictionary Project

Assist in the translation of English words into other languages. Searchable dictionaries in a variety of languages.

Collection of reference and research materials. Provides links to dictionaries, thesaurus, phrase-finders, and related resources.

Logos Dictionary

Constantly updated and corrected online by professional translators. Available in many languages.
NASA Thesaurus

Electronic version of the paper edition. Select the required word from the alphabetical list, and retrieve related terms.

OneLook Dictionaries

Search over 37 dictionaries and 122,750 words at once or specific category dictionaries. Allows wildcard searches.
Phrase Finder

Does for phrases what a thesaurus does for words. Give it a word and retrieve a list of related phrases.
Plumb Design Visual Thesaurus

Explore a sense of relationships within the English language by following a spatial map of linguistic meaning. Over 90,000 words and phrases. Search over 37 dictionaries and 122,750 words at once or specific category dictionaries. Allows wildcard searches.


Rhyming Dictionary

Test the agility of this simple utility. Enter a word and retrieve a number of rhyming responses.

Roget's Internet Thesaurus

Online version of the famous reference work. Browse the six main classes of words, or search the main index.

Roget's Thesaurus Search Form

Electronic version of print publication searchable by headword or full text. With hypertext cross references.

Skeptic's Dictionary, The

Over 325 skeptical definitions and essays on occult, paranormal, and pseudoscientific ideas and practices. From abracadabra to zombies.

Webster's Dictionary

Web of Online Dictionaries

Index of dictionaries, thesauri and other word resources. Includes foreign language and technical dictionaries, guides,

and resources.
Words of Art

Glossary of theory and criticism for the visual arts. Pithy definitions from absence to zoom with links to related concepts.
Wordsmyth English Dictionary

Integrated dictionary and thesaurus that connects you to related concepts. Search for exact matches or approx. matches.

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