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The single-volume international English dictionary with the widest coverage of all the riches of the English language. Clear, accurate and occasionally witty definitions, with the latest new words from science, technology and contemporary culture.
This 12th Edition reflects the changes in our language, with special attention paid to new words that have emerged, new uses of old words and the most up-to-date pronunciation. The 12th Edition includes over 260,000 distinct words, compounds, phrases and derived forms.
The intelligent word entry suggests possible correct spellings as you type, as well as listing words that sound the same or are often confused. Search features include:
- Alphabetical listing
- Spelling suggestions
- Sounds-like and often-confused
- Fast pattern-matching search (*, ?, vowel and consonant)
- Filter search results by noun, verb, adjective, adverbs
- Customize search options (case, derived forms, etc)
There are also standard bookmark, recent word and random word features. No Internet connection is required.
The Chambers Dictionary is treasured by word-lovers and crossword enthusiasts for its majestic coverage of English and its tradition of sneaking in a sprinkling of light-hearted definitions. Alone among the single-volume dictionaries, it preserves a rich stock of words from our literary heritage as well as covering all the latest developments in contemporary English.
Chambers Thesaurus is also available as a separate app, and can easily be cross-referenced from the dictionary.
What's New in Version 2.6
- Faster pattern search
- icon more consistent with Chambers Thesaurus
A fully British English dictionary
Good iPad version
Chambers iPad app review
First, let's deal with the one-star review. Good modern English dictionaries are descriptive, not prescriptive - they tell you how English is used (and in the case of Chambers, was used), not how someone thinks it should be used. This has been the trend since Websters 3rd New International appeared in 1961. For what it's worth, I think the supposedly wrong definitions for synonymous and prodigal are right.
As a long-standing crossword solver now lucky enough to be editing crosswords for a national paper, I've seen 3 electronic versions of Chambers - this app, a CD-rom version of the 2003 edition, and a website, no longer supported. This is the cheapest of the three and the best. It doesn't do everything that the CD rom one does, but what it does it mostly does very well.
Like many "crossword aid" hand-held gizmos, the CD rom version has a seemingly minor but annoying bug. If a crossword has the answer "cottage pie", it uses 10 boxes in the grid, not 11 including the space. In this app, you can find COTTAGE PIE with a search for cottage??? instead of remembering to search for cottage????.
Unfortunately, one problem remains. Like the CD rom, this app doesn't treat accented characters as crosswords do. To find épée in a search, you need to find out how to type an e-acute on the iPad keyboard (hold down the E key), as a search like EP?? will not find it. There should at least be an option to treat all e's equally in searches.
One feature of the CD-rom missing here is a full-text search facility, although the variable content of definitions in Chambers limit its usefulness - in the CD rom version, "wind instrument" apparently includes trumpet and trombone, but not tuba or French horn.
Chambers has more than dictionary content - it includes 30-odd pages each of introductory material and appendices. These are included with some minor exceptions. If you can't find them the natural place to look is the help, and that's where they turn out to be. Not an ideal way of providing them, but they are in there somewhere.
Sarah-Jane: I edit crosswords for the Sunday Times, but I'm not a professional setter.
- Category: Reference
- Updated: 30 November 2013
- Version: 2.6
- Size: 26.5 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Antony Lewis
- © WordWeb Software
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.