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Nijajuan Howard

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I was wondering if the definitions in the dictionary are in chronological order? As far as the first may have been excepted before another or something like that.
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SteveFish

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Are dictionary definitions in chronological order?
« Reply #1 on: 17/12/2010 17:57:28 »
Because nobody answered this interesting question I went to my Webster's and looked it up:

"The system of separating the various senses of a word by numerals and letters is a lexical convenience. It reflects something of their semantic relationship, but it does not evaluate senses or set up a hierarchy of importance among them."
 

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Are dictionary definitions in chronological order?
« Reply #2 on: 21/12/2010 12:33:55 »
Hmmm...
Interesting question.

I would assume that most dictionaries have had hundreds, or perhaps thousands of authors.  Any lack of standards could create a big mess.

I see groupings of Noun, Adjective, Verb Transitive, Verb Intransitive, etc.  But, even those seem to appear in random order. 

I would assume you would organize it from general to specific...  and then common to uncommon. 

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So, if my Dictionary defines "Gay" as being "Merry"...  is it appropriate to wish all your devout Christian friends to:

Have a GAY Christmas!!!!!!!  ::)
 

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