Devil’s Dictionary Lookup

DictionaryNet’s mission is direct you to valuable dictionaries and glossaries covering a wide range of fields. When envisioning my blog, I strongly rejected the idea to actually place a dictionary for directed access on my blog. Well, there is one dictionary that is too much of a temptation to me. I simply couldn’t resist adding Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary. I spent too many hours enjoying this witty work of “Bitter Bierce”.

Actually you will find quite a number of online versions of the Devil Dictionary. So why another one? Certainly out of admiration for this work, but my idea is that in a next step I will find a way to enable you to comment and easily share EACH of the definitions. Please bear with me, until I worked that out.

For now – I cordially invite you to browse and enjoy the Devil’s Dictionary. If you are not familiar with this dictionary, published in 1906, be warned:  Political correctness has no entry in this dictionary.




From J to JUSTICE | From K to KORAN | From LABOR to LYRE




From VALOR to VOTE | From W to WRATH | From X to X


Diary Goodness Cheese Glossary and Cheese Encyclopedia

Glossary Description:, a website run by the Dairy Farmers of Canada, will give you all you need to discuss and explore cheese. Learn about the different kind of cheese with the Cheese Encyclopedia, which you can browse by cheese family (e.g. blue, gouda, mozzarella), by categories (e.g. firm, light, semi-soft), by Canadian provinces, or alphabetically. A 77 term strong cheese glossary will equip you with the needed terminology. And there is more, like “The History of Cheese” or “How Cheese is made” – making DiaryGoodness a good destination for Cheese lovers.

Example Term (Encyclopedia): Comtomme

Farm fresh cheese made from raw milk with a washed-rind. Its rind is coppery and its body is ivory. It has a fruity aroma, along with hints of butter and pineapple, which combine perfectly in the mouth. Its texture is supple and it tends to melt quickly, yet is non-sticky.

  • Aroma Fruity aroma with hints of butter and pineapple.
  • Taste Fruity taste with hints of butter and pineapple. Perfectly balanced in the mouth.
  • Texture Its texture is supple and it tends to melt quickly, yet is non-sticky.

Category: Semi-Soft
Rind type: Washed
Appearance: This cheese has a coppery-orange rind and an ivory coloured body.
Milk type: Raw
Moisture: 43
Milk fat: 30
Manufacturing process: Farmstead
Province of Origin: Quebec
Distribution: national

How to enjoy them?

On a platter for a simple cheese tasting or in a raclette. Also used in cooking, salads and sandwiches. This cheese is excellent with both wine and beer. In short, it can be appreciated any time of day or night.

Example Term (Glossary): Pasta filata

Italian term for cheeses made with curd that is heated in hot whey and mechanically stretched before being pressed into moulds. The resulting cheeses are more elastic. Examples are Fior di Latte, Caciocavallo, Mozzarella and Bocconcini.

Dictionary Details

Title: Diary Goodness Cheese Glossary Terms: 77
Title: Diary Goodness Cheese Encyclopedia Terms: 33
Link: Language: English, French
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ATIS Telecom Glossary

TelecommunicationsGlossary Description:

The communication of facts and ideas depends upon a mutual understanding of terminology. This is particularly true in the rapidly growing field of information technology, where there is a continuing need for a comprehensive source of agreed-upon technical terms and definitions.

This Glossary began as a 5800-entry, search-enabled hypertext telecommunications glossary titled Federal Standard 1037C, Glossary of Telecommunication Terms . Federal Standard 1037C was updated and matured into an American National Standard (ANS): T1.523-2001, Telecom Glossary 2000 , under the aegis of ASC T1. In turn, T1.523-2001 has been revised and redesignated under the ATIS procedures for ANS development as ATIS-0100523.2011, ATIS Telecom Glossary 2011.

Please note that the ATIS Telecommunication Dictionary replaces Telecommunication Glossary.

Example Term: Telecommunications Infrastructure

The organizations, personnel, procedures, facilities, and networks employed to transmit and receive information by electrical or electronic means. Note 1: Telecommunications facilities include, but are not necessarily limited to, terrestrial radio, metallic and optical fiber cables, artificial Earth satellite communications, radio and television stations (traditional broadcast as well as cable and satellite broadcast), public switched telephone network(s), etc. Note 2: Examples of advanced telecommunications infrastructure facilities are direct broadcast satellite (DBS), digital audio broadcasting (DAB), Advanced Digital Television, and the Global Positioning System (GPS), which is used extensively for precise navigation and timing.

Dictionary Details

Title:ATIS Telecom Glossary 2011 Terms: 6000+
Link: Language: English
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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

NCI Dictionary of Cancer TermsGlossary Description:

NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms, by the National Cancer Institute, is one of the most comprehensive medical dictionaries found on the Web. It is also partially used in diverse glossaries on US Government sites with a smaller focus.

The Cancer Dictionary an excellent source to find explanations of cancer terms, including names of drugs and substances used in treatment and cancer research, but also general terms related to medicine.

While there cannot be enough praise for the dictionary as such , let me also emphasize that site offers you an enormous amount information, such as a list of all cancer types with definitions and a set of accompanying materials and NCI Drug Dictionary.

Please note – that the dictionaries and large parts of the site are also available in Spanish.

Example Term: Cancer

A term for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and can invade nearby tissues. Cancer cells can also spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems. There are several main types of cancer. Carcinoma is a cancer that begins in the skin or in tissues that line or cover internal organs. Sarcoma is a cancer that begins in bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, blood vessels, or other connective or supportive tissue. Leukemia is a cancer that starts in blood-forming tissue such as the bone marrow, and causes large numbers of abnormal blood cells to be produced and enter the blood. Lymphoma and multiple myeloma are cancers that begin in the cells of the immune system. Central nervous system cancers are cancers that begin in the tissues of the brain and spinal cord. Also called malignancy.

Glossary / Dictionary Details:

Title:NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms Terms: 6000+
Link: Language: English
Quote as: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms, by the National Cancer [+link] Last visited: November 11, 2011

BTS Transportation Dictionary

Glossary Description:

This dictionary presents over 6,000 terms and acronyms related to transportation. The terms and acronyms were obtained from various transportation publications and databases which exist within the federal government, private organizations, Canada and Mexico.

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) was established as a statistical agency in 1992. BTS was established to administer data collection, analysis, and reporting and to ensure the most cost-effective use of transportation-monitoring resources. BTS brings a greater degree of coordination, comparability, and quality standards to transportation data, and facilitates in the closing of important data gaps.

Example Term: Transportation Industry

Those establishments or parts of establishments that build transportation facilities and equipment; operate transportation facilities; provide for-hire transportation services for individuals, households, businesses, or government agencies; provide supporting in-house transportation for a business or government agency; arrange transportation services for individuals, households, businesses or government agencies; provide supporting services necessary to the provision of transportation services; or administer transportation programs. This definition includes a diverse cross section of the economy, such as automobile manufacturers, railroads, travel agents, school district bus operators, port authorities, gas stations, and the trucking fleets of major grocery chains. (BTS2)

Glossary / Dictionary Details:

Title:BTS Transportation Dictionary Terms: 6000+
Link: Language: English
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NumisMedia Glossary of Numismatic Terms

Glossary Description:

One of the largest alphabetical indexes of numismatic terms and definitions on the Internet. Offering above 600 terms you have good chances to find what you are looking for. Also important – the website also offers a list of numismatic abbreviations and definitions of General Grading Standards for U.S. Coins.

The only minus of this glossary – it misses out on introducing hyperlinks. Standing in front of 600 terms the novice can feel a bit lost. If not in each definition, but at least terms that refer to alternate terms and “See also..” remarks should be equipped with a hyperlink.

NumisMedia is a member-oriented community of U.S. coin dealers. They provide services for coin dealers in a cooperative effort to enhance the nature of the numismatic industry. These dealers have banded together to initiate a national marketing program that will provide coins and information for the numismatic fraternity; for both dealers and collectors, alike

Example term: Conserved

Numismatic conservation involves examination, scientific analysis, and a reliance upon an extensive base of numismatic knowledge to determine the nature of a coin’s state of preservation and the extent of any damage. Conservation also encompasses appropriate procedures to protect the coin’s original appearance and to guard against future deterioration to whatever extent possible.
Professional conservation should not be confused with “Coin Doctoring”, in which an attempt is made to improve the appearance and grade of a coin through deceptive means such as artificial toning and where unaccepted or unorthodox methods are employed. Also not qualifying as conservation is restoration where mechanical repairs are made such as filling holes, smoothing out scratches, and re-engraving of detail.

Glossary / Dictionary Details

Title:NumisMedia Glossary of Numismatic Terms Terms: 634
Link: Language: English
Quote as: NumisMedia Glossary of Numismatic Terms, Copyright © 2011 Numismatic Interactive Network, LLC
All Rights Reserved. [+link]
Last visited: November 11, 2011

Glossary of Numismatic Terms

Glossary Description:

This glossary at Coin World, a renown publication for coin collectors, is aiming at both the novice and the advanced collector giving definitions of rare terms: “Coin Collecting, like any hobby, has a language of its own spoken by its practitioners and students. Those basic numismatic terms likely to cause the most difficulty for both the novice and the advanced collector are included in this glossary.”

Example term: scripophily

The study and science of collecting financial documents, including stock certificates, shares, government and private bonds, and checks. A student of scripophily is a scripophilist.

Glossary / Dictionary Details

Title:Glossary of Numismatic Terms Terms: 280
Link: Language: English
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Small Note:

Here is how to find the glossary on CoinWorld. Use the link above and choose the glossary from the left side bar.


Keywords: Numismatic Terms, Coin Collecting, Coin Collecting Glossary, Numismatic Terminology, Numismatics.

Piano Glossaries – Annotated Link List

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Piano Glossaries – Annotated Link List

This list is the result of screening, comparing and evaluating the first 50 results in Google for the search term “piano glossary”. By filtering out non-relevant results, e.g. general music glossaries that answer this search, redundant content, and low quality reference works, I hope to ease your search for reliable piano information.

The Perls

Perls are dictionaries and glossaries, that can I recommend wholeheartedly based on their content and design. Here are the piano online glossaries, that will give you a great start in investigation terms related to pianos.

Bill Calhoun’s Piano Glossary: Comprehensive, hyperlinked glossary related to piano parts with rich illustrations and animations. Covered are 44 terms with clearly written and well informed definitions.

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The Piano Deconstructed – Glossary of Terms: 91 terms related to the piano and its parts. While the definitions are rather poor, each terms is linked to an additional page with rich illustrations and explanations.

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Piano Renaissance – Piano Glossary: A short compilation, comprising out of 30 terms, of basic & simple terminology and definitions for piano parts commonly used in the rebuilding process.

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Acoustic Piano Glossary: 38 terms, with well written definitions and illustrations.

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Keyboard & Digital Piano Glossary: With 63 terms this is a very comprehensive glossary, presented  in a  clean design and with helpful illustrations.

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Additional recommended piano glossaries

In this section you will find are dictionaries and glossaries, that I recommend, even though I did not dedicate a blog post to them.

Piano glossaries, the annoying part

As the title says….. Don’t waste your time on them!

  • Glossary of piano terms –  Ugly, annoying site behavior (forcing you back to the homepage all the time). 83 terms, but by far not all related to pianos. Shockingly enough, this one is number 1 on Google. Thumbs down!

Keyboard & Digital Piano Glossary

 Glossary Description

It is a strange thing about Vienna. For sure this is the city of classical music, but when my husband studied conducting at the renown Musik Hochschule in Vienna, we felt it was better to have a digital piano in order to avoid any conflicts with our neighbors.

Here is a great glossary about keyboards and digital pianos, again coming from the music shop Sheehans in Leicester, UK.  With 63 terms it is a very comprehensive one, and again in a  clean design and with helpful illustrations.

Example Term:Weighted Keys

Weighted keys feel a lot more like a real piano than a typical spring-bound keyboard. Weighting adds strength to your fingers, encouraging the proper technique and strength needed to play the acoustic piano.

Glossary / Dictionary Details

Title: Keyboard & Digital Piano Glossary Terms: 63
Link Language: English
Quote as: eyboard & Digital Piano Glossary. ©2000-2011 Sheehans Music Services Ltd, 58a London Road, Leicester, UK, LE2 0QD. [+link] Last visited: November 09, 2011

Acoustic Piano Glossary

Glossary Description

This glossary is found on Sheehans website, a  family-run business located in Leicester, UK, trading with musical instruments for over 25 years.

The 38 terms defined in this piano glossary, will be mainly helpful to buyers of a new piano. It clean design and good navigation, will make it easy for to find what you are looking for. As always when talking about piano parts the images added to the glossary are of real value.

What would be worth for being improved? Honestly I only found the glossary via Google. Looking at the website, trying to make my way from the piano section to the glossary, I got lost and the glossary was no way to be found. Finally I managed to see the link to it at the bottom of the page – why not placing it more up in the left side menu? Just a thought.

Example Term: Over-Strung

Strings on an over-strung piano
Strings on an over-strung piano

Also known as ‘cross-strung’. The strings inside the case are placed in a slanted, overlapping arrangement, to permit longer strings, so they can resonate more.

Over-strung pianos were introduced with smaller houses in mind: they avoid losing the volume and tone of a larger, straight-strung piano, but take up much less space. It was made possible with the introduction of the cast-iron frame which could withstand the greater tension required (in the same way that a 12-string guitar has to be stronger than a 6-string guitar).

Glossary / Dictionary Details

Title: Acoustic Piano Glossary Terms: 38 Language: English
Quote as: Acoustic Piano Glossary. ©2000-2011 Sheehans Music Services Ltd, 58a London Road, Leicester, UK, LE2 0QD. [+link] Last visited: November 09, 2011
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