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Glossary

[glos-uh-ree, glaw-suh-]
A glossary is a list of terms in a particular domain of knowledge with the definitions for those terms. Traditionally, a glossary appears at the end of a book and includes terms within that book which are either newly introduced or at least uncommon.

A bilingual glossary is a list of terms in one language which are defined in a second language or glossed by synonyms (or at least near-synonyms) in another language.

In a more general sense, a glossary contains explanations of concepts relevant to a certain field of study or action. In this sense, the term is contemporaneously related to ontology.

Core glossary

A core glossary is a simple glossary or defining dictionary which enables definition of other concepts, especially for newcomers to a language or field of study. It contains a small working vocabulary and definitions for important or frequently encountered concepts, usually including idioms or metaphors useful in a culture.

In computer science, a core glossary is a prerequisite to a core ontology. An example of this is seen in SUMO.

Searching glossaries on the web

The search engine Google provides a service to only search web pages belonging to a glossary therefore providing access to a kind of compound glossary of glossary entries found on the web.

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