Collins Latin Dictionary
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The Collins Latin Dictionary offers the learner of Latin an extensive coverage of Latin and English in a compact, portable format. Developed as part of the "Collins Education" stream, this dictionary is designed for all levels of language learners, whether at home, at school, or at work.
From Europe’s Leading Bilingual Dictionary Publisher:
* Comprehensive and authoritative, with all the words and phrases you need
* Extra help with difficult words
* Easy-to-use colour layout helps you find what you are looking for quickly and easily
A SEARCH TOOL
Featuring autocomplete search to help you find words quickly by seeing search predictions that might be similar to the search terms you're typing. The search also allows various search options as:
* A ‘fuzzy filter’ when you are not sure of the correct spelling of a word.
* A ‘keyword’ search for finding key words within compound words.
* A wild card search facility which can replace a letter or a group of letters.
A LEARNING TOOL
The dictionary app includes a number of features which help you to grow your vocabulary further:
* ‘Favorites’ feature allows you to create your own categories and lists of words from the extensive library, which includes all cross-curriculum words.
* History list to help you easily review the last visited words.
* Word of the day to help you learn a new word each day.
* Fun and engaging word games like 'Hangman', 'Word scramble' and 'Anagrams' give the opportunity to use newly learned words.
What's New in Version 6.1.3
* Optimized for iOS 8.
* New user interface with improved search engine for optimal results.
This is still the basically adequate and compact Latin dictionary that carried me through much of grad school -- not because it was exceptionally thorough, but because it was good enough, for the most part, and in its print form was very compact and light. That restriction really no longer obtains, when one can get a Lewis and Short for the iPhone or iPad, or the whole complex of things that is Logeion from University of Chicago, which is formidably useful. This does allow fairly easy English-to-Latin lookup, which most of the more scholarly tools do not.
This does continue to contain one error that has been there for as long as I can remember -- at least for the last fifty years -- that is duly inherited from the print edition. It cites lumen, -inis as masculine. It's not: it's neuter. A check of any other reputable Latin dictionary will confirm that fact, and there are countless attestations of the neuter plural lumina. With that caveat, it's not a bad little dictionary.
Good for Students, English to Latin
If you're a student in first or second year, this might be all the dictionary you need. It is not at all intimidating, and is easy to use, giving potential words to choose from as you begin typing, straightforward definitions, one or two word indications of context, and some simple idioms. Also, if you want an English to Latin dictionary, this is OK- better than the other alternatives I've seen. It's basic, but points you in the right direction. For composition, it's best used in tandem with a serious dictionary like Logeion (free), which gives you complexity and context, but not English to Latin, and will flesh out the simple equivalents suggested by Collins. For the more serious or advanced student, I wouldn't bother with the Latin to English; there is not enough information, let alone examples, to give you a real sense of a word's usage, potential meanings, and idiom.
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- Category: Reference
- Updated: Nov 11, 2014
- Version: 6.1.3
- Size: 9.4 MB
- Languages: English, Catalan
- Seller: Mobile Systems
- © 2010 Mobile Systems, Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.