reverse dictionary

reverse dictionary

1.
an alphabetical list of words spelled in reversed order, of use especially to linguists and cryptographers.
2.
a thesauruslike dictionary alphabetizing meanings and concepts under which are listed the related words that are defined or explained.
3.
a dictionary of alphabetized word elements, as prefixes, suffixes, and roots, with lists of the words derived from them.
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Main Entry:  reverse dictionary
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a print or electronic dictionary in which one can search on a concept to find words and phrases related to or expressing that concept
Example:  A reverse dictionary has the entry 'green fruit' which finds kiwi, grape, olive, etc.
Etymology:  1954
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