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Old 11-23-2008, 12:28 PM   #5
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I've just added an external link to post #1 above for a great abbreviation reference listing to the (1913) abbreviations used throughout this dictionary. Now you'll be in the know!

I'll repeat the abbreviations below, in case that page ever becomes unavailable,
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The 1913 Webster Unabridged Dictionary is often used as a source for
definitions, as its copyright has expired so it is in the public domain.
Numerous abbreviations, sometimes not intuitive, appear in the source;
this page catalogs them for reference.


General Abbreviations
=====================
cf.     = confer 
colloq. = colloquial 
fr.     = from 
obs.    = obsolete 
perh.   = perhaps 
prob.   = probably 

Grammatical terms
=================
a.    = adjective 
adv.  = adverb 
imp.  = imperfect 
n.    = noun 
pass. = passive 
p.p.  = past participle 
p.pr. = present participle 
pref. = prefix 
prep. = preposition 
pres. = present 
subj. = subjunctive 
vb.n. = verbal noun 
v.i.  = intransitive verb 
v.t.  = transitive verb 

Languages
=========
Ar.    = Arabic 
AS.    = Anglo-Saxon
D.     = Dutch 
Dan.   = Danish 
E.     = English 
F.     = French 
G.     = German 
Ger.   = Germanic or German 
Gk.    = Greek 
Goth.  = Gothic 
Gr.    = Greek 
Heb.   = Hebrew 
Icel.  = Icelandic 
It.    = Italian 
L.     = Latin 
Lith.  = Lithuanian 
LL.    = Late Latin 
ME.    = Middle English - enm 
MHG.   = Middle High German - gmh 
NL.    = New Latin 
OE.    = Old English 
         Important: In Webster 1913, "Old English" refers to what we call Middle English today
         and also specifically early Middle English. Our "Old English" is Anglo-Saxon (AS.)
         to Webster. See the Webster 1913 entry on "English" 
OF.    = Old French 
OFris. = Old Frisian 
OHG.   = Old High German 
Olr.   = typo for OIr = Old Irish 
OS.    = Old Saxon 
Per.   = Persian 
Pg.    = Portuguese 
Russ.  = Russian 
Skr.   = Sanskrit 
Sp.    = Spanish 
Sw.    = Swedish

Retrieved from "http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:Abbreviations_in_Webster"

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