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Latin Dictionary is the Lewis and Short lexicon on the ancient language of Latin. It was first published in 1879 and it's been in the public domain for ages and yet it remains the standard reference work for medievalists, renaissance specialists, and early modernists.
In cases where Lewis and Short do not answer a medieval usage question, J. F. Niermeyer's Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus often supplies an answer.
On occasion people confuse Lewis and Short (or L&S) with Liddell and Scott, its Greek counterpart, entitled A Greek-English Lexicon. That fine dictionary is also available for the iPhone.
Latin Dictionary is suitable for students of Latin or for anyone else who likes the language.
The Latin Dictionary app was written by Joshua Hayes. Jonathan Lane drew the icon.
A marvelous tool badly crafted
Compiling this program from the Lewis and Short now in the public domain was a fantastic idea, and the tool is instantly and definitely worth it. I am a professional classicist and already wouldn't want to be parted from it.
There are some problems in the design of the program. For instance, it narrows down possible matches after each keystroke--useful for browsing or if one isn't sure of a root, but the small keyboard-gumming delays after each stroke really diminish the pleasure of using the program. This could be easily fixed without losing browsing functionality by only searching incomplete strings on command, for instance robig* to browse the possible entries related to "robigine."
Broken Greek display and lack of a homescreen make this application feel cheap and hacked together. It's worth the money by every means--but it would be nice to see this venerable lexicon treated with more respect.
This app is as good as the authors Greek lexicon app, if not better. The first thing I noticed with this app was that the GUI looks more iPhone standard in comparison with the Greek lexicon--I imagine this is due to the Latin characters being standard while the Greek characters are not.
Still, as with the other app, I'd like to see a splash screen on boot, as well as an intro page and instructional page with an abbreviation guide.
Also on both apps, the app names are too long to fit under their icons. Calling them something like Greek Lex and Latin Dic would solve that and would look better than Greek...icon and the like.
In any case, this is well worth the 2 dollars it's going for now, and will still be worth it when the price goes up. Buy it now.
The biggest Latin dictionary at the smallest price
This is the Lewis & Short Latin dictionary, which has been *the* standard Latin-English dictionary for generations. It is by far the biggest, most complete Latin dictionary that I've seen available for iPhone. The app is simple to use, and the text is easy to read. Use the iPhone/iPod "Settings" button to adjust the text size. The L&S often includes the corresponding Greek term in its definitions; unfortunately the Greek is printed in "betacode," that is, in Roman letters. At first I could not figure out how to scroll through the list of words, but it's a simple matter of pressing the "Search" key. This is a great app at a fantastic price. Latin lovers, even serious students and scholars, will be well-pleased.
- Category: Reference
- Released: Jan 15, 2009
- Version: 1
- Size: 19.7 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: david finucane
- © 2009 David Finucane
Compatibility: Requires iOS 2.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.