The sidebar is made up of the tools menu located at the top of the page and a number of links to related information below.
To send someone a link to the current entry, click Share and select Email a link in the pop-up window header. Fill in your name, the recipient’s address, and an optional message if you wish.
Selecting Copy a link in the pop-up window header displays the URL of the current entry which can be copied and pasted directly into email or social media.
The Cite link displays a bibliographical citation for the current entry. MLA style is shown by default. For Chicago or APA format, click the relevant pop-up window header. Copy and paste the citation as needed.
Selecting Print generates a printer-friendly version of the dictionary entry.
Click the Help link to open a separate window displaying interactive help on the various components of the entry structure. To identify individual components, move your mouse either over the list on the left or over the example entry on the right. This highlights the relevant component and displays basic information. Follow the link in each section to more detailed help. The Help pages can also be accessed via the navigation menu located in the site header.
Click the link Quotation summary to open a graphic representation of the distribution of quotations for the current entry.
Each coloured block represents a supporting quotation, arranged according to 50-year intervals. Move your mouse over individual blocks to read the corresponding quotation and its source information. Clicking on a block will take you to the selected quotation in the main entry.
Where a word has more than one meaning, these are differentiated using blocks of a different color. Move your mouse over the legend on the right of the pop-up window to see a definition snippet for each meaning. Compounds, when grouped together as a separate sense, and derivatives are not shown.
The structure of meanings—also called senses—for each headword is shown visually as horizontal bars. As an indicator of the evolution of meanings over time, the yellow section of the bar represents the date span between first and last recorded quotation. The number of meanings associated with the entry headword, excluding compounds and derivatives, is indicated on the left.
Where more than one meaning is associated with the entry headword, an overview of the combined date span of all quotations for the entry is shown by default. Click the link to see separate bars for each meaning, given in chronological order. Click on any of these to go to the corresponding definition in the main entry.
Compounds and Derivatives
A list of compound and derivative forms for the current headword is found in the sidebar. The first ten compounds and derivatives are displayed by default. Click Show more to view the complete list. Click on a link to go to the relevant form within the entry.
Browse by Related Words
Links to lists of related words sharing either the same subject Category, language of Origin or Usage label appear in the right panel of the main entry window.
Follow these links to go to a filtered results list of similar words. For more on filtering, go to Advanced Functions.