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Chambers is 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 13th 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 13th 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, and it supports Split View and Slide over for use with other apps on iPad.
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. Our WordWeb, Chambers and Oxford dictionaries are also available separately for Windows and Mac desktop (Collins coming soon).
What's New in Version 3.3
- Latest iOS compatibility
- Easier bookmarking on iPad and random bookmark feature
- Minor dictionary corrections
I was very disappointed with this. I used to love my original Chambers dictionary (as in the hard copy) but this is all a bit messy. When I use a dictionary, I want to quickly find a clear, concise definition. This is just not user friendly. The cost of it just makes it an even worse purchase. I much prefer the free Oxford and Collins dictionaries. I guess if you're fascinated by the English language, a crossword sleuth or aren't pushed for time then this could be for you but it's just not my cup of tea. For example, look up scarecrow on Collins and you'll get "an object, usually in the shape of a man, made out of sticks and old clothes to scare birds away from crops" - that's pretty accurate in my opinion. Look up the same word in Chambers and you'll get "anything set up to scare birds" - so what, does that mean Heathrow airport or the O2 Arena when Little Mix are playing ? That sort of definition is as much use as a chocolate teapot !
One of the best made apps out there
I didn't think I'd need a dictionary with Google able to define words online , but decided to splash out when I got into cryptic crosswords. Glad I did, I use this app all the time, it's beautifully designed (they understand simplicity is often the best way to design an app) and rarely fails to list a word. Essential for crossword solvers but I use it all the time anyway just for looking up random words
Chambers has always been one of my favourite dictionaries but this app is lacking in every department. The absence of some words, the omissions in meanings of others plus the the absence of origin puts this dictionary a long way down the list of good reference apps for me. If this was what the paper version was like it would not sell a single copy. I cannot believe that WordWeb or Chambers are pleased with this wishy-washy, disappointingly abridged and under-featured representation of a great dictionary. I hope they do something about this by delivering a significant and much needed update.
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- Category: Reference
- Updated: 10 September 2016
- Version: 3.3
- Size: 62.7 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Antony Lewis
- © WordWeb Software
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.