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Daniel, 1782–1852, U.S. statesman and orator.
John, c1580–1625?, English dramatist.
Margaret, 1905–72, British stage director, producer, and actress, born in the U.S.
Noah, 1758–1843, U.S. lexicographer and essayist.
William H(edgcock) [hej-kok] , born 1924, U.S. judge and government official: director of the FBI 1978–87 and of the CIA 1987–91.
a city in central Massachusetts.
Also, Webster's. Informal. a dictionary of the English language.


[web-sterz] ,
Informal. a dictionary of the English language, especially American English, such as Dictionary.com.
Also called Webster's dictionary.

Webster's, as the short name for a dictionary, most likely referred originally to the comprehensive dictionary An American Dictionary of the English Language, written over the course of 27 years by Noah Webster (1758-1843) and first published in 1828. This was not Webster's first dictionary (that one, much smaller, was published in 1806 as A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language). Nor was Webster necessarily the author of the very first American English dictionary; some scholars assign that honor to one Samuel Johnson (not the Samuel Johnson, famed British lexicographer of a century earlier). But Noah Webster's major dictionary may well be thought of as the first to Americanize the English lexicon, incorporating many words that were distinct parts of American life, like skunk and squash, words that had not previously been recorded in dictionaries, and simplifying British spellings—for example, substituting color for colour and center for centre. For many years, the copyright to the Webster name belonged only to dictionaries published by the G. and C. Merriam Company, later renamed Merriam-Webster. Later, after the name came into the public domain, many dictionaries were able to call themselves Webster's, and the name came to be used frequently as an informal synonym for dictionary, whoever the publisher was and whatever name did or did not appear on the cover.
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webster (ˈwɛbstə)
an archaic word for weaver
[Old English webbestre, from webba a weaver, from webbweb]

Webster (ˈwɛbstə)
1.  Daniel. 1782--1852, US politician and orator
2.  John. ?1580--?1625, English dramatist, noted for his revenge tragedies The White Devil (?1612) and The Duchess of Malfi (?1613)
3.  Noah. 1758--1843, US lexicographer, famous for his American Dictionary of the English Language (1828)

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Word Origin & History

"a weaver," O.E. webbestre "a female weaver," from web (q.v.) + fem. suffix -ster. Noah Webster's dictionary first published 1828.
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Webster definition

1. Webster's Dictionary.
2. A World-Wide Web browser for the Acorn Archimedes. The HTML files may reside locally or be retrieved using a "fetcher". An HTTP fetcher for use with KA9Q is supplied.
Version: 0.05.
HENSA Gopher (gopher://micros.hensa.ac.uk:70/11/micros/arch/riscos/c/c164). Demon FTP (ftp://ftp.demon.co.uk/pub/archimedes/developers/).
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town (township), Worcester county, south-central Massachusetts, U.S., on the French River, 18 miles (29 km) south of Worcester city. Within the town limits is Lake Chaubunagungamaug (now also called Lake Webster), 3 miles (5 km) long and the focus of a recreational area. The lake's full name, Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, reportedly is Nipmuc (Algonquian) for "You fish your side of the lake; I fish my side; nobody fish in the middle." The town was settled about 1713 and named (1832) for the American statesman and orator Daniel Webster. It was noted for its early textile mills, established in 1811. The arrival of the Norwich and Worcester Railroad in 1840 spurred further industrial development. The economy is now diversified. Insurance and the production of textiles account for the largest share of employment. Nichols College (1815) is in nearby Dudley. Inc. 1832. Area 15 square miles (39 square km). Pop. (1990) 16,196; (2000) 16,415; (2005 est.) 16,851.

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