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Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is generally regarded as the most authoritative and comprehensive dictionary of English.  In addition to present-day meanings, pronunciation, and etymology, it traces the evolution of English word use over the last 1500 years through 3 million quotations from a wide range of sources.


Bartleby-dot-com is a huge collection of Great Books Online, which may be searched full text … the Oxford Shakespeare;  Gray's Anatomy;  the 70 volumes of the Harvard Classics;  several dictionaries of quotations (including Bartlett's);  the King James Bible;  fables of Æsop, Hans Christian Anderson, and the Grimm brothers;  the Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States …

Some fifteen works of Freud are listed, including The Interpretation of Dreams (1900),Psychopathology of Everyday Life (1904), Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious(1905), Leonardo da Vinci, a study in psychosexuality (1910), Totem and Taboo (1912), and Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920).

Britannica Online 

Not only the venerable Encyclopedia Britannica, but also the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, a World Atlas, and other tools.

Acronym Finder 

The Acronym Finder has more than 1,000,000 human-edited definitions … with more than four times that number of unverified meanings in the Acronym Attic.  You can search or filter terms in categories such as Information Technology, Military & Government, Business & Finance, Science & Medicine, Slang & Pop Culture.

You can also search for more than 850,000 USA zip and Canadian postal codes (returns a map for most locations).

World Factbook

The World Factbook provides the history, people, government, economy, geography, and similar for 267 world "entities" … your tax dollar at work, as it is compiled by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Under References you will find regional maps, time zones, and country flags;  appendices include weights & measures.