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DICT(7) 										  DICT(7)

       dict - dictionary browser

       dict [ -k ] [ -d dictname ] [ -c command ] [ pattern ]

       Dict  is a dictionary browser.  If a pattern is given on the command line, dict prints all
       matching entries; otherwise it repeatedly accepts and executes commands.  The options are

       -d dictname
	      Use the given dictionary.  The default is oed, the second  edition  of  the  Oxford
	      English Dictionary.  A list of available dictionaries is printed by option -d?.

       -c command
	      Execute one command and quit.  The command syntax is described below.

       -k     Print a pronunciation key.

       Patterns  are  regular  expressions (see regexp(6)), with an implicit leading and trailing
       Patterns are matched against an index of headwords and variants, to form  a  `match  set'.
       By  default, both patterns and the index are folded: upper case characters are mapped into
       their lower case equivalents, and Latin accented characters are	mapped	into  their  non-
       accented  equivalents.	In  interactive mode, there is always a `current match set' and a
       `current entry' within the match set.  Commands can change either  or  both,  as  well  as
       print the entries or information about them.

       Commands have an address followed by a command letter.  Addresses have the form:

       /re/   Set the match set to all entries matching the regular expression re, sorted in dic-
	      tionary order.  Set the current entry to the first of the match set.

       !re!   Like /re/ but use exact matching, i.e., without case and accent folding.

       n      An integer n means change the current entry to the nth of the current match set.

       #n     The integer n is an absolute byte offset into the raw dictionary.  (See the A  com-
	      mand, below.)

       addr+  After  setting  the match set and current entry according to addr, change the match
	      set and current entry to be the next entry in the dictionary  (not  necessarily  in
	      the match set) after the current entry.

       addr-  Like addr+ but go to previous dictionary entry.

       The  command  letters come in pairs: a lower case and the corresponding upper case letter.
       The lower case version prints something about the current entry	only,  and  advances  the
       current	entry  to  the	next in the match set (wrapping around to the beginning after the
       last).  The upper case version prints something about all of the match set and resets  the
       current entry to the beginning of the set.

       p,P    Print the whole entry.

       h,H    Print only the headword(s) of the entry.

       a,A    Print the dictionary byte offset of the entry.

       r,R    Print the whole entry in raw format (without translating special characters, etc.).

       If  no  command	letter	is  given  for	the first command, H is assumed.  After an H, the
       default command is p.  Otherwise, the default command is the previous command.

       Other files in /lib.



       A font with wide coverage of the Unicode Standard should be used for best  results.   (Try
       If the pattern doesn't begin with a few literal characters, matching takes a long time.
       The dictionaries are not distributed outside Bell Labs.

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