LINKS FOR LINGUAPHILES
Bartleby: Extensive literature reference: includes American Heritage Dictionary, thesaurus and many other resources.
Ref.desk: enomously general reference; not just word-related
American Heritage Dictionary, + thesaurus, quotations, etc.
Mer.-Webster dictionaries, with thesaurus
Oxford English Dictionary: requires subscription. Your library card may allow access, if your local library subscribes.
Dictionary.com: collects definitions from AHD, Websters, and a few others; includes thesaurus
Onelook: collects 845 dictionaries, both general and specialized. Ideal to find an obscure word, or to compare several definitions. (But overkill for a run-of-the-mill dictionary search.) Allows pattern-searches, if you don't know the exact spelling.
Worthless word for the day: Here lies fun obscuranta.
Grandiloquent Dictionary: fun for finding and defining
(Note: this is not the same as Russell Rocke's 1972 book of the same name.)
Luciferous Logolepsy: dragging obscure words into the light of day
Rhetoric terms: On-line rhetoric: comprehensive and throrough on terms of classical and renaissance rhetoric.
Food terms dictionary (with link to wine terms)
Lingo2word: the acronyms and emoticons used in the internet world.
Phrase Finder: Meanings and Origins of Phrases
Glossary comparing British vs. US terms. Not comprehensive by any means, but decent.
Etymology On-line: extensive: about 17,000 words. significantly better than the etymologies in the standard dictionaries.