name = TheFreeDictionary.com
url = http://www.thefreedictionary.com/
online dictionaryand encyclopedia
language = English
launch date =
current status =
TheFreeDictionary.com is an
online dictionaryand encyclopediawhich gathers informationfrom a variety of sources. This site cross references the contents of Wikipedia, Columbia Encyclopedia, Hutchinson Encyclopedia(subscription), The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Computer Desktop Encyclopedia, the Acronym Finderdatabase, several financial dictionaries, legal dictionary, and other [http://www.thefreedictionary.com/sources.htm content] .
The site also has a feature which allows a user to preview an article while positioning the mouse cursor over a link. One can also double click on any word and look it up in the dictionary. The site is run by
In January 2006, TheFreeDictionary released a
home pagewhich can be personalized by the user. The website used Ajax to provide individual users with a personal window to the web.
Farlex Inc. also maintains the companion title
TheFreeLibrary.com, an online library of out-of-copyright classic books and a collection of periodicals of over two million articles dating back to 1984, and Sex-Lexis.com, a dictionary of sexual slang and other terms.
Wikipedia content is hosted at the sub-domain encyclopedia TheFreeDictionary.com which is excluded from
search engineindexing in its entirety by Farlex with the use of meta tags. This is done to avoid duplicate content in the search engine results and prevent user traffic that rightfully belongs to Wikipedia.
TheFreeLibrary.com is a free reference website that offers full-text versions of classic literary works by hundreds of authors as well as a large collection of periodicals containing over 2 million articles dating back to 1984. Newly-published articles are added to the site daily.
TheFreeLibrary is a sister site to TheFreeDictionary.com and usage examples in the form of "references in classic literature" taken from TheFreeLibrary’s collection are used on TheFreeDictionary’s definition pages. In addition, double-clicking on a word in TheFreeLibrary’s collection of reference materials brings up the word’s definition on TheFreeDictionary.com.
* [http://www.thefreedictionary.com/ TheFreeDictionary.com]
* [http://www.thefreelibrary.com/ TheFreeLibrary.com]
* [http://www.farlex.com/ farlex.com]
* [http://www.farlex.com/media/ Company gathered list of media articles]
* [http://www.healthocrates.com/ Company gathered list of medical articles]
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