Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (6th Edition)
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Based on the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary, the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary contains an incredible one-third of the coverage of the Oxford English Dictionary and includes all words in current English from 1700 to the present day, plus the vocabulary of Shakespeare, the Bible and other major works in English from before 1700.
Readership: Scholars, researchers, and anyone with a serious interest in, and love for, the English language. With new coverage of global English, as well as slang, dialect, technical, historical, and literary terms, and rare and obsolete words, the Sixth Edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary allows the general reader access to an unparalleled level of scholarship, as well as being an essential tool for academics and researchers.
Over 600,000 words, phrases and definitions
•Contains more than 600,000 words, phrases, and definitions, with coverage of language from the entire English-speaking world, from North America and the UK to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and the Caribbean
•Fully updated with 2,500 new words and meanings based on the ongoing research programme of Oxford Dictionaries and the Oxford English Corpus
•Contains all the vocabulary current in general English from 1700 to the present day, as well as earlier major literary works, including Shakespeare, Milton's poetry, the Authorized Version of the Bible, and Spenser's Faerie Queene
•Excellent coverage of all types of English encompassing slang, dialect words, technical, historical, and literary terms, and rare and obsolete words
•Contains over 80,000 quotations illustrating words in use throughout the centuries and thousands of newly discovered antedatings based on the ongoing research for the OED
•A never-before-published, introductory essay by the eminent language commentator David Crystal on the History of English provides a stimulating insight into the development of the English language
A search tool
Featuring various search options to help you find the words you need more easily, including:
* A quick search of words while you type
* 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:
* A ‘Favourites’ feature allows you to create your own categories and lists of words from the extensive library, which includes all cross-curriculum words
* Discover more about language with the special language notes and ‘Word of the day’ feature
* See words in context with example sentences
A mobile dictionary application from MobiSystems with content from Oxford University Press.
Shorter OED: Really, Really Good!
This is called the "Shorter Oxford English Dictionary", because the big OED is gigantic (I think the print books extend to over 3-4 feet on a bookshelf), and includes cool English major stuff, but is almost useless to mortals. The Oxford publishers are very understated, and while this is the "Shorter"edition, it is the full unabridged dictionary, with word origins and examples of usage in various ways. What it doesn't have is quotes of every usage of every word going back to Middle English.
I have both this and the Webster's Third New International (unabridged), and I like this a little better. For clarity of definitions, I think this and the M-W unabridged are both much better than the American Heritage Unabridged, which I also purchased at full price. If you have money to burn, buy all three and see what you like (I'm just a compulsive English major).
I Like It
I have been waiting a long time for a decent app for the Oxford Dictionary and this is it. I have the print edition of the SOED and from what I've seen this app is an replicates the print edition except for some of the usage guidelines. However, I would like to see a truncated popup of the IPA pronunciation key similar to the way the online OED allows you to hover over the pronunciation key and display only the pertinent symbols. Also, I think the 'Favorites' needs enhancements: It would be nice if you could sort the favorites in various ways, say, ascending/descending order of date entered and ascending/descending alphabetically. I would like the default order to remain as it is now so that you could peruse and edit your most recent entries easily.
Very Good Dictionary
The SOED would be greatly improved with the addition of audio files. What should also be included is the pop-up pronunciation guide found in the Mac app. It would then be perfect. Having to leave the entry to go to the pronunciation guide is a drawback, especially for those of us who are less familiar with linguistic pronunciation symbols.
- Category: Reference
- Released: Jul 31, 2013
- Version: 5.2.34
- Size: 57.7 MB
- Languages: English, Catalan
- Seller: Mobile Systems
- © 2013 Mobile Systems, Inc
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.