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The following are sources that allow anyone to add dictionary and/or encyclopedia entries and which carry significantly large vocabularies. 

The ratings are on a 1-to-5 scale, indicating how useful these sources appear to be for lexicography, based on our analyst’s opinion of the following:

·        consistency of format

·        quality of content

·        quantity of entries

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CIDE - Collaborative International Dictionary of English

Large vocabulary, based on 1913 Websters, not as well supported since 2003 but still accessible; regex searchable


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Definition-Of Community Dictionary

By Farlex; strong in UK-English; basic parts of speech labeled on most entries; lots of dupe entries; RSS feed available

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Digger.com

Very complete coverage; good interface for user submissions; limited access for free, licensable for higher volume use

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Forvo

Has audible pronunciations instead of definitions; after free sign-up, can add your own words and upload pronunciations too

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Freebase

Based largely on Wikipedia, but increasingly supplemented by other contributions; very consistent format; Semantic Web

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Merriam-Webster Open Dictionary

Steady flow of new words, many UK-English; allows anonymous contributions of headwords; format is readily parsable

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The People’s Dictionary

UK-based dictionary lets you submit a word and URL and they will track usage stats on that word

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Twine

If a headword does not exist yet you can “own” its definition, otherwise you can just add supplementary info; Semantic Web

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UrbanDictionary

Very complete coverage of slang; UK-biased, many dupes

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Wikipedia

Varying formats across entries, not parsable in a consistent way

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Wiktionary

Consistent format, strong monitoring and curation

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Wordnik

Web 2.0 type site; allows you to tag, list, and comment on existing words; offers WordPress, Twitter, Androids apps/plugins

 

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