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Wiktionary <tr><td colspan="2" style="text-align: center;">Image:Wiktionary-logo-en.png</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" style="text-align: center; border: 0px solid #aaaaaa">Image:Wiktionary.PNG
URL http://www.wiktionary.org/<tr><th>Commercial?</th><td>No</td></tr>
Type of site Online dictionary<tr><th>Registration</th><td>Optional</td></tr><tr><th>Available language(s):</th><td>Multi-lingual (over 150)</td></tr>
Owner Wikimedia Foundation
Created by Jimmy Wales

Wiktionary is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. Unlike standard dictionaries, it is written collaboratively by volunteers using wiki software, allowing articles to be changed by almost anyone with access to the Web site. The project's name is a portmanteau of the words wiki and dictionary. Like its sister project Wikipedia, Wiktionary is run by the Wikimedia Foundation. Because Wiktionary is not limited by print space considerations, most of Wiktionary's language editions provide definitions and translations of words from many languages, and some editions offer additional information typically found in thesauri and lexicons.


[edit] Mission

The project's mission is to:

Additionally, the English Wiktionary now includes Wikisaurus, a category that serves as a thesaurus, including lists of slang words.<ref name="Wikisaurus">See "Creating a Wikisaurus entry" for information on the structure of Wikisaurus entries. An example of a well-formatted entry would be "Wikisaurus:insane".</ref>

[edit] History and development

The current Wiktionary logo is due for replacement.

Wiktionary was brought online on December 12, 2002 following a proposal by Daniel Alston. On March 29, 2004 the first non-English Wiktionaries were initiated in French and Polish. Wiktionaries in numerous other languages have since been started. Wiktionary was hosted on a temporary URL (wiktionary.wikipedia.org) until May 1, 2004 when it switched to the current full URL.<ref>Wiktionary's current URL is www.wiktionary.org.</ref> As of November 2006, Wiktionary features over 1.5 million entries across its 171 language editions. The largest of the language editions is the English Wiktionary, with over 300,000 entries. It was surpassed in early 2006 by the French Wiktionary, only to regain the top position in September 2006. Eight Wiktionary language editions now contain over 50,000 entries.

Ten largest Wiktionary language editions<ref name="Top 10">List of Wiktionary editions, ranked by article count.</ref>
No. Language Language (local) Wiki Entries Total Edits Admins Users Images Updated
1 English English en 298425 410294 1610838 45 23312 137 2006-10-31 00:10:35
2 Vietnamese Tiếng Việt vi 208527 212538 386716 3 433 7 2006-10-31 00:11:08
3 French Français fr 208214 237747 1453533 11 2471 16 2006-10-31 00:10:35
4 Chinese 中文 zh 91327 106390 366163 6 1591 108 2006-10-31 00:10:37
5 Ido Ido io 86826 124025 309174 1 86 3 2006-10-31 00:10:37
6 Greek Ελληνικά el 72228 82359 128125 3 189 16 2006-10-31 00:10:59
7 Russian Русский ru 63961 75207 151272 1 444 69 2006-10-31 00:11:01
8 Polish Polski pl 48428 89348 288867 12 1027 102 2006-10-31 00:10:36
9 Italian Italiano it 45031 51987 177835 6 997 95 2006-10-31 00:10:36
10 German Deutsch de 38563 53618 434911 14 5395 40 2006-10-31 00:10:39
Image:Wiktionary growth.png
The use of bots to generate large numbers of articles is visible as "growth spurts" in this graph of article counts at the largest eight Wiktionary editions, dated May 2006.

Despite Wiktionary's large number of entries, many of the entries at the project's largest language editions were created by bots that automatically imported thousands of entries from previously-published dictionaries or found other creative ways to generate entries. Seven of the 18 bots registered at the English Wiktionary<ref name="Listusers">The user list at the English Wiktionary identifies accounts that have been given "bot status".</ref> created 163,000 of the entries there.<ref name="Edit counter">TheDaveBot, TheCheatBot, Websterbot, PastBot, NanshuBot</ref> One of these bots, "ThirdPersBot," was responsible for the addition of a number of third-person conjugations that would not receive their own entries in standard dictionaries; for instance, it defined "smoulders" as the "[t]hird-person singular simple present form of smoulder." Excluding these 163,000 entries, the English Wiktionary would have about 137,000 entries, including terms unique to languages other than English, making it smaller than most monolingual print dictionaries. The Oxford English Dictionary, for instance, has 615,000 headwords, while Merriam-Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged has 475,000 entries (with many additional embedded headwords).

In 2005, PC Magazine rated Wiktionary as one of the Internet's "Top 101 Web Sites."<ref name="PC Mag">Template:Cite web</ref>

[edit] Comparison to sister projects

One difference between Wiktionary and Wikipedia is that pages beginning with upper- and lowercase letters can refer to different things. For example, the entries on lowercase "i" and uppercase "I" are distinct. All of the existing entries in the English Wiktionary were converted to lowercase automatically in mid-2005; manual intervention was used to move pages to uppercase (or split entries) as necessary. Links from Wikipedia to Wiktionary must be made with care, as it may be relevant to link to a lowercase entry, link to an uppercase entry, link to an entry with diacritics or link to multiple entries.

[edit] Competition

Unlike Wikipedia, Wiktionary has many competitors who offer more comprehensive works online, free of charge. Many users also prefer to post definitions on Wikipedia, instead of Wiktionary.[citation needed] Although encyclopedia articles customarily begin with a definition, short articles at Wikipedia that contain only definitions would be classified as "stubs". Indeed, many are unaware of the difference between a dictionary and an encyclopedia. This distinction is blurred by the existence of many encyclopedic dictionaries, reference works with a mixture of shorter dictionary entries and longer, more in-depth entries. In some reference works, such as the Enciclopedia Universal Larousse, larger articles are also organized as long dictionary entries. On the other hand, a large work with mostly in-depth prose treatises may be called a "dictionary": the 29-volume Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, for instance, contains relatively few dictionary-length entries.

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