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Archive of posts published in the category: Children’s Dictionary
Jul
16

Word History: focus

In Latin, focus means “hearth” or “fireplace.” It entered English in the 1600s as a word for the point where rays of light meet. The meaning “center of activity or energy” came into use in the 1700s. Because the hearth was for centuries…

Apr
10

The Interactive World Map for Children in WILD

The interactive World Map, found in the WILD Collections, gives children an opportunity to view the parts of the world from the top level, to the continent level, to the region level (in some cases), to the individual country level, and back up again.

Apr
3

Defining Words in WILD: Descriptive Definitions

Definitions for the Wordsmyth Illustrated Learner’s Dictionary (WILD) are written in what is called a “descriptive,”  or “explanatory,” style.  This type of defining uses full sentences as opposed to the sentence fragments traditionally used in dictionaries and is a style that is well-suited…

Mar
30

Introducing beta WILD, Wordsmyth’s Dictionary for New Readers!

Wordsmyth is for kids The Wordsmyth Illustrated Learner’s Dictionary (WILD) is Wordsmyth’s newest and most exciting and interactive dictionary.  WILD is geared toward children in Grades K to 3 as well as to young English Language Learners.The beta version of WILD is now…