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If I have a very specialized or technical term and need its definition, what are my options for finding that definition?

Certainly getting access to a technical or specialized dictionary is the best way because you would know that the information had been researched or prepared by experts. This may require a trip to the library, as few of these are available for free on the Internet. There are many online dictionaries and glossaries of specialized and technical vocabulary, but these may be put online by individuals or organizations that do not have the expertise to explain such vocabulary. There are other methods, like using Google's "define:" feature, which will give you some information, but this often accesses the amateur (i.e., not prepared by lexicographers!) glossaries that are online. Sometimes you will find an expert in a field who is willing to take the time to explain a term to you via electronic mail.

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