Merriam Webster Online
Webster online dictionary is one of the richest places for English
learners on the web. It is much more than a dictionary – it is an
English language central arena!
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Let's start by saying that it offers help for people of all English
Kids, learners and the advanced:
– For Kids
The WordCentral for kids
- A simplified dictionary (not simple enough in
my opinion, though)
- A thesaurus
- A rhyming dictionary
- Interactive language games
- Resources for teachers
are some example definitions:
Abolish = to do away with
completely; put an end to.
= a form of energy that is found in nature but that can be artificially
produced by rubbing together two unlike things (as glass and silk), by
the action of chemicals, or by means of a generator.
Utensil = a device or container used
in a household and especially a kitchen.
Merriam Webster's Learner's Dictionary
Online Dictionary – For Learners
actually quite good for the more advanced learners. The definitions are
rather simple and it has many many example sentences.
Here is a list of other cool features:
- An "Ask the Editor" blog
- Word of the day
- Language practice (you can build your own
personal dictionary, learn the 3,000 most commonly spoken words in
English, pronunciation, exercises and quizzes)
- Language help (common word usage problems,
words often confused, grammar glossary)
here are some example definitions:
Abolish = to officially end or stop
(something, such as a law); to completely do away with (something).
= a form of energy that is carried through wires and is used to operate
machines, lights, etc.
Utensil = a simple and useful device
that is used for doing tasks in a person's home and especially in the
You can also purchase the Merriam Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary
Merriam Webster's Visual Dictionary
Online Dictionary – Visual
has over 6,000 images categorized in 15 major themes.
You simply choose a a major theme and dig into to get to a more
specific subject. Then you reach a very detailed picture, with words
describing the different details. Each word has its definition down the
It's a very cool resource.
You can also purchase the hardcover version here
Merriam Webster Online Dictionary
This is the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary
– with not further words in the title :)
As good and extensive as it is, it's definitely NOT for beginners. I
wouldn't even recommend it for the advanced. Maybe for the super super
Just to illustrate this point,
are some example definitions (compare them to the ones above):
Abolish = to end the observance or
effect of; annul.
= to behave according to a particular law or custom,
= to cancel something legally)
= a fundamental form of energy observable in positive and negative
forms that occurs naturally (as in lightning) or is produced (as in a
generator) and that is expressed in terms of the movement and
interaction of electrons.
can be observed
Utensil = an implement, instrument,
or vessel used in a household and especially a kitchen.
= a container for liquids)
the people living together in a single home)
Pretty challenging, isn't it? ;)
Like the other, this dictionary is available
for purchase as well.