With more than 100 million visitors to its site since 2003, TheFreeDictionary.com has developed a reputation as a multifaceted, virtual research hub for students and teachers. Not only can visitors use this free web site to look up words–it features more than 1 million entries for words in general use–but they also can access a virtual encyclopedia, thesaurus, and reference guide, among other tools. Students and teachers can use the site’s flagship interactive dictionary feature to look up definitions, synonyms, antonyms, and usage examples from classic literature, as well as audio/phonetic pronunciation guides and word etymologies. The site also includes repositories for more obscure terms, including those specific to the medical, legal, and computer professions, as well as thousands of photos and diagrams. All information is either assembled by the site’s editorial staff or obtained from other recognized, premier reference sources, developers said. “Most dictionary sites just ‘dump’ information onto a page. We decided to make our web site not only the most comprehensive, but also the most organized and intuitive of all the dictionary sites,” said Nick Simonov, president of Farlex Inc., the parent company of TheFreeDictionary.com. The idea, according to Simonov, is to provide every student and teacher who visits the site with “an array of information that paints a rich, complete picture of the entry in question.”

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