This is the Debian GNU/Linux prepackaged version of Webster's
Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by the C. & G. Merriam
Co., Springfield, Mass. under the direction of Noah Porter, D.D., LL.D.,
formatted for use by The DICT Development Group's client sever software.
The formatting software was written by Rickard E. Faith
This package was constructed by Robert D. Hilliard
<firstname.lastname@example.org> from sources obtained from
* added Debian GNU/Linux package maintenance system files
* Modified webfilter.l and Makefile to handle modified tags.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary was originally licensed
by Patrick Cassidy and MICRA Inc. under a non-DFSG compliant license
and distributed by the Dict project. After some correspondence, Pat
Cassidy agreed to issue a public domain version. Since the many of
the tags in the public domain version have been modified from those
used in the earlier version, the formatting software does not work
without modification. The upstream author of this software intended
to modify the formatter for this, but has not had time to do so.
Therefore I (Robert D. Hilliard <email@example.com> and Kirk
Hilliard <firstname.lastname@example.org>, have modified webfilter.l and Makefile to
handle these modified tags. Some tags may not yet be treated
properly. If you notice any odd text that may be due to these tags,
please file a Bug Report.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary is distributed under the
This version was prepared by MICRA, Inc. of Plainfield, NJ. This
version has some of the tags of the copyrighted version either modified or
deleted, and MICRA Inc. makes no proprietary claims regarding this version.
We believe that the original 1913 dictionary of which this is an electronic
transcription is public domain, but we can provide no assurances of that
fact. If the original 1913 dictionary is public domain, these files can be
treated as public domain.
Users must be aware that this is an imperfect transcription of an
antique dictionary. It reproduces all errors and out-of-date information
in the original, and adds many typographical errors. Some of the original
information, especially pronunciations, is still missing. It must be
considered as only an interesting historical artifact and must not be
relied on for any practical purposes.
A searchable indexed version of this dictionary may be viewed at:
This version is only a first typing, and has numerous typographic
errors. We are in the process of updating this dictionary and expanding it
to include more comprehensive encyclopedia-like articles. The expanded
dictionary/encyclopedia will be available freely on the web, and will be
open to contributions of definitions, articles, images, and other useful
resources from any interested person. Assistance in developing such a
comprehensive reference work for easy internet access to basic information
is requested from anyone willing to share their knowledge freely with the
There are many tasks needing to be done, from proofreading to tasks
requiring more technical expertise, in order to make this reference
work more comprehensive, modern, and useful. Anyone who can spare ten
or more hours of time within the next few months will be able to make a
useful contribution to the project. Anyone willing to assist in any way
in constructing such a knowledge base should contact:
Patrick Cassidy email@example.com
735 Belvidere Ave. Office: (908)668-5252
Plainfield, NJ 07062
The formatting software is distributed under the following
* This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
* under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the
* Free Software Foundation; either version 1, or (at your option) any
* later version.
* This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
* WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
* MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU
* General Public License for more details.
On Debian GNU/Linux systems, the complete text of the GNU General
Public License can be found in `/usr/share/common-licenses/GPL'
A copy of the GNU General Public License is also available at
<URL:http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html>. You may also obtain it by
writing to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite
330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA.
Robert D. Hilliard <firstname.lastname@example.org>