Noah Webster’s birthday (Oct 16, 1758) is celebrated each year as Dictionary Day, thus the inspiration to update my recommendations for Online Dictionaries.
Trick or treating maybe taboo in your neck of the woods this year, but there are still safe ways to celebrate Halloween at home with family. Here is a roundup of Halloween resources you might find helpful.
Stay safe, be healthy.
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
“Surfing the Net with Kids”
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Each fall, as a chill returns to the evening air, and homework returns to the kitchen table, parents repeat the dictionary mantra: “Look it up!” And for many generations, students have replied, “How can I look it up if I don’t know how to spell it?” That excuse is finally quashed. These online dictionaries are handy for several reasons. First, if you are already online, you can either cut-and-paste, or use a dictionary toolbar in your browser. And finally, if you misspell your entry, many of these dictionaries will suggest correctly spelled alternatives.
Dictionary.com includes emojis, slang, acronyms, computer terms, international statistics, and zip codes as well as the correct spelling and definition of English words – all in one search function. But wait, there’s more! Daily crossword puzzles and word searches, Word of the Day, Ask Doctor Dictionary, and a link to sister site Thesaurus.com combine to make Dictionary.com a site worth bookmarking.
The Free Dictionary
The Free Dictionary is designed to be a customized home page, with optional word-related content that can be dragged, dropped or removed. Content modules include Word of the Day, customized Word List, Spelling Bee game, synonym match-up game, Quotation of the Day, Hangman, and, of course, a dictionary. To begin, simply move the modules around, and then click “Save this page.” Your settings are saved on a cookie on your computer, and will be there the next time you return to the site. If you clear your cookies, or want to access your custom page from another computer, you will also be given a custom link to bookmark.
Wordsmyth offers three online dictionaries. This link takes you to the children’s version. If you hover your mouse over the menu item Dictionaries, you find links to their Comprehensive Dictionary, as well as their picture dictionary called WILD (Wordsmyth Illustrated Learner’s Dictionary). In addition to these free online dictionaries, they also have inexpensive apps for both Android and Apple phones.
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“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” ~~ Victor Hugo, Les Miserables ~~ (February 26, 1802 – May 22, 1885) French poet, playwright, novelist, statesman, human rights activist. Find more Victor Hugo quotes here.
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