Collins offers an unabridged free online dictionary. Collins has been publishing dictionaries since 1819. Wikipedia states that the unabridged Collins Dictionary was first published on the web in 2011, along with an unabridged French, German, Spanish and Italian version. On the Collins homepage, the search is eye-catching and easy to use.
When searching the word “obstructive” you are able to not only view the definition, but also view examples of the word used in sentences that include references to the source in which these sentences appear. When you scroll down on the original search of “obstructive” you will find synonyms for the word and you can easily click on the option to view the entire thesaurus page on this word if you would like. There is also an interesting chart showing patterns of usage of this word over the past ten years, and you can change the chart to show as far back as 300 years. Students will be able to search definitions for words and find out a great deal more about the words they search. Another interesting feature I found was when I searched the word “current”. The bottom of the search translates this word into many different languages and has an icon where I can listen to this word being pronounced in these various languages. This is a great feature for someone learning to speak another language.
At the bottom of the initial Collins homepage there is a section for trending words, currently including Paralympic, school fees, and social life. A translator option is in the middle of the page. You can select the language you would like to translate a word from and to which language you would like the translation from a multitude of options. The site also shows the latest addition of words. At this time, some of the most recently added words are hamdog and manxiety. The site also has a daily scrabble word showcased and the points that you would get if you used that word in a game of scrabble. I see that the word “chiaroscuro” would earn someone 18 points in a game. This is an engaging little piece of information that students would enjoy to see and it makes you curious as to what the word they are showcasing means. Chiaroscuro is the artistic distribution of light and dark masses in a picture. Overall, this site is very engaging and easy to use. It is a free unabridged dictionary with lots to offer. There are some advertisements, which is expected considering it is free, but compared to other free dictionary sites these advertisements are sparse. I am glad I found this dictionary site to share with others and use myself.
Collins English Dictionary. (2016, June 30). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Collins_English_Dictionary&oldid=727606640 obstructive | Definition, meaning & more | Collins Dictionary. (n.d.). Retrieved September 21, 2016, from http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/obstructive
Grades: 3 and up. Subject(s): All. Overall rating: 9.