Webster's 1913 Unabridged Dictionary

Webster's 1913 Unabridged Dictionary

Webster's 1913 unabridged is a lovely dictionary full of prose and inspiration for writers and creatives. It was featured in You're Probably Using The Wrong Dictionary by James Somers.

Online Access

The website https://www.websters1913.com/provides a clean interface for looking up words. This browser doesn't do automatic http->https forwarding, so if your browser is complaining about things being insecure and that upsets you, take a look at that.

Local Browsing From the Command LIne

How to locally browse Webster's 1913 dictionary from the command line:

https://luxagraf.net/src/how-use-websters-1913-dictionary-linux-edition

TL;DR:

install sdcv (may be available as package. I compiled from source): https://github.com/Dushistov/sdcv

download dictionary.zip from here:

http://jsomers.net/blog/dictionary

unzip dictionary.zip, then untar stardict*.tar.gz. move these to a location like $HOME/dict/, and then set STARDICTDIR environment variable to point to that path.

Ta-da! Now you can look up what a computer was in 1913: "sdcv computer".


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