Category Archives: Words

The history of dictionaries can be traced back to the ancient world. In ancient times, the first known dictionary was written in Sumerian around 2000 BC. This dictionary was a list of words and their meanings, written on clay tablets. It is believed that this dictionary was used as a reference for scribes who were writing Sumerian texts. The next major milestone in the history of dictionaries came with the development of the Latin language in the first century BC. Latin lexicographers such as Varro, Festus and Nonius compiled lists of words and their definitions, creating early Latin dictionaries. In 1572, Robert Cawdrey published what is considered to be one of the first modern English dictionaries. Titled A Table Alphabeticall, Cawdrey’s work was an alphabetical list of difficult words and their meanings that he had collected from various sources over a period of years. In 1604, John Bullokar published another English language dictionary called An English Expositor which focused on word usage rather than definitions and featured some illustrations alongside its entries. This was followed by Henry Cockeram’s The English Dictionarie in 1623 which included over 3000 entries and aimed to explain difficult words to readers unfamiliar with them. In 1755, Samuel Johnson published his widely acclaimed A Dictionary of the English Language which included over 40 000 entries and featured detailed etymologies for each word listed. Johnson’s work became an authoritative reference source for centuries afterwards and is still widely respected today as one of the best works ever written on English language lexicography. Since then, many other dictionaries have been produced with varying levels of success but none have achieved quite the same level as Johnson’s Dictionary did back in 1755. Today there are hundreds if not thousands of different dictionaries available both online and in print form covering a wide range of languages including French, Spanish, German and many others besides English too!

Meanings of Drug Addiction

The concept of drug addiction arises, according to the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE), from the English notion drug addiction. It is about drug addiction (the habit of a person who allows himself to be dominated by the impulse to consume). According to abbreviationfinder, DAA stands for Drug Addiction and or Alcoholism. Drug dependence involves… Read More »

Meanings of Dose

The etymology of dose refers to medieval Latin, although its origin is found in the Greek word dósis (which can be translated as the “act of giving”). A dose is called a portion or an amount of something, whether material (physical) or immaterial (symbolic). For example: “The film needs a dose of suspense”, “The government… Read More »

Meanings of Guidelines

A guideline is a rule or an instruction that is taken into account to do something. It is also about that which fixes how something will be produced. The guidelines, therefore, lay the foundations for the development of an activity or a project. For example: “The coach gave the captain the guidelines for the team… Read More »

Meanings of Technical Drawing

A drawing is a figure, image or delineation that is usually done manually with the help of some tool (a pencil, a brush) on different materials. The concept of technician, on the other hand, refers to a procedure linked to science whose objective is to obtain a certain result. The graphic representation system of different… Read More »

Meanings of Devour

The verb devour has its etymological origin in the Latin word devorāre. When linked to an animal, it alludes to the act of ingesting prey. For example: “The lion soon devoured the zebra”, “If you are easily impressed, I suggest you stop watching this documentary: I think now the tiger is going to devour a… Read More »

Meanings of Fainting

On the etymological origin of the term fainting that now concerns us, there are different theories. However, the one that is considered more accurate is the one that comes to establish that it derives from the old French. Specifically, it emanates from the word “esmaiier”, which can be translated as “fainting”, “disturbing” and even “perturbing”.… Read More »

Meanings of Desertification

In order to know the meaning of the term desertification, it is necessary, in the first place, to discover its etymological origin. In this case, we can state that it comes from Latin and that it is the result of the sum of several parts: -The prefix “de-”, which indicates “from top to bottom”. -The… Read More »

Meanings of Disaster

The term disaster, which derives from the Occitan language, refers to a tragic, unfortunate or unfortunate event. A disaster is a misfortune of great magnitude that greatly affects the victims or those affected. For example: “Disaster in Southeast Asia: a tsunami left more than a thousand dead”, “The earthquake caused a disaster in the entire… Read More »

Meanings of Dequeism

Dequeism is a concept that is used in grammar to name the incorrect use of the expression “that”. The notion, therefore, refers to an improper way of using “of” (a preposition) together with “that” (conjunction) in the same sentence. In these times, dequeism has become one of the most frequent grammatical errors by citizens. So… Read More »

Meanings of Dendrite

The concept of dendrite is used to name a protoplasmic extension with ramifications that is part of a nerve cell and allows it to receive stimulation from the outside. Dendrites, therefore, are terminal branches present in neurons that guarantee the reception of nerve impulses that arrive from an axon corresponding to another neuron. The dendrite,… Read More »

Meanings of Cockroach

Cockroaches are insects with a black and reddish, flattened body, which have six legs and antennae. These animals belong to the hemimetabolous order since they develop in just three phases (egg, nymph and imago), carrying out an incomplete metamorphosis. There are thousands of species of cockroaches. In addition to having different sizes, the species are… Read More »

Meanings of Crowdfunding

The term crowdfunding is not part of the dictionary prepared by the Royal Spanish Academy ( RAE ). The notion refers to a financing mechanism that consists of the contribution of small amounts of money by many people. Crowdfunding is therefore also known as crowdfunding. It is a collective financing, where an entrepreneur receives limited… Read More »

Meanings of Crystalline

The etymology of the crystalline term takes us to the Latin crystallĭnus, although its root is found in the Greek krystállinos. It is an adjective that is used to describe what is typical of glass or that is made of this material. For example: “Crystalline products are the most expensive since a lot of money… Read More »

Meanings of Default

Default is a term that is not part of the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE), although it is frequently used in our language. It is an English word whose literal translation refers to something that is done by default or by default. Its most common use in Spanish, however, is different. Default occurs… Read More »

Meanings of Due Process

Before entering fully into the establishment of the meaning of the term due process, it is necessary to discover the etymological origin of the two words that give it shape: -Because, first of all, it comes from Latin. Specifically, it emanates from the verb “debere”, which can be translated as “to have something from another”.… Read More »

Meanings of Compliance

Compliance is a term that has its origin in the Latin word complementum and that refers to the action and effect of complying or being fulfilled. The verb fulfill, on the other hand, refers to executing something ; remedy someone and provide him with what he lacks; do something that is due; agree; or be… Read More »

Meanings of Circular Crown

According to, corona is a concept with multiple uses. The ornament made with flowers and other materials that is placed on the head and represents something symbolic; a round object, especially if it is on a high place; the grouping of leaves and flowers arranged in a circular manner; the currency of certain nations;… Read More »

Meanings of Lyell Syndrome

Lyell ‘s syndrome is a life-threatening acute skin disease that is associated with extensive epidermolysis (detachment of the epidermis) and is due to pronounced drug intolerance or infection with staphylococci. With an incidence of about 1:1,000,000, Lyell’s syndrome is a rare disease. What is Lyell Syndrome? Lyell’s syndrome ( also “scalded skin syndrome”) is a… Read More »

Meanings of Milk Protein Allergy

Milk protein allergy or cow’s milk allergy mainly affects infants and children. Milk protein allergy often heals spontaneously but requires special diets. It is also to be differentiated from lactose intolerance. What is a milk protein allergy? Milk protein allergy is also known as cow ‘s milk or milk allergy. Above all, milk protein allergy… Read More »

Meanings of Intersex

There are people who cannot be clearly assigned to any gender. They carry characteristics of both genders and fall within the concept of intersexuality. In Greek mythology they were referred to as hermaphrodites. What is intersex? If there is a faulty sperm production and a sperm with expressions of both sexes fertilizes an egg cell, it… Read More »

Meanings of Hangover (Alcohol Intoxication)

A hangover (alcohol intoxication) is a mood disorder that begins with severe discomfort, headaches and nausea after heavy alcohol consumption. Most hangovers don’t appear until the next day or a few hours after drinking alcohol. A hangover is to be distinguished from alcohol poisoning. What is a hangover (alcohol intoxication)? If various health problems occur after excessive… Read More »

Meanings of Liver Cirrhosis

Liver cirrhosis, or liver shrinkage, is a chronic, progressive disease of the liver. One also speaks of a destruction of the liver, which is mostly holistically affected. In particular, the liver lobules are destroyed and converted into connective tissue. Liver cirrhosis can also be an end stage of other liver diseases. Men between the ages… Read More »

Meanings of Lagophthalmos

Lagophthalmos is the term for an incomplete lid closure of the eye. Sometimes the symptom leads to a widening of the lid gap. What is lagophthalmos? In some cases, however, lagophthalmos is caused by scars that result in a shortening of the eyelids. Lagophthalmos is an incomplete closure of the eyelid. The symptoms fall into… Read More »

Meanings of Periosteum Inflammation

Periosteum inflammation or periostitis affects the periosteum covering the bone. The disease, which is caused by various causes, can be completely cured in most cases with professional treatment. What is periosteum inflammation? Periostitis can lead to various health problems and, in isolated cases, cause serious complications. Irrespective of where the periosteum inflammation occurs, severe, mostly… Read More »

Meanings of Hypochondria

Hypochondria is a serious mental disorder. Those affected are firmly convinced that they are suffering from a serious illness, without this having been confirmed by a medical diagnosis. Those affected are usually very aware of their behavior, but still cannot control their fears. What is hypochondria? Hypochondriacs often conduct extensive self-research into specific illnesses, symptoms,… Read More »

Meanings of CP

According to abbreviationfinder, CP stands for colonic polyp. A colon polyp is a colon polyp. This refers to protrusions on the intestinal mucosa. What are colon polyps? Because colon polyps are at risk of developing into cancerous tumors, treatment consists of removing the tumors. This can often be done during the first colonoscopy. Colonic polyps are polyps… Read More »

Meanings of Cut

Cut is the action and effect of cutting. This verb refers to dividing something with a cutting instrument or giving it a certain shape with scissors or tools. For example: “I am going to cut the pizza: please prepare your dishes”, “The tree was not cut very precisely and ended up damaging branches that were… Read More »

Meanings of Cord

Cordón, from the French cordon, is a rope that can be made of various materials. Typically, this rope has a cylindrical shape and is used to hold something. For example: “I need a cord to tie the bundle”, “It is very windy: I better adjust the cord of my dress”, “The window is kept closed… Read More »

Meanings of Conventional

Originating from the Latin word conventionālis, according to, conventional is an adjective that alludes to that which is linked to an agreement: that is, to an agreement or a pact. The concept can also refer to what is established by tradition and what is not very original. For example: “Analysts warned that an unconventional… Read More »

Meanings of Hypotrichosis with Juvenile Macular Dystrophy

Hypotrichosis with juvenile macular dystrophy is an inherited disease that is present from birth. The condition is usually referred to by the abbreviation HJMD. Hypotrichosis with juvenile macular dystrophy is relatively rare. Its main symptoms are weak hair growth (medical term hypotrichosis), which is noticeable even in small children. In addition, there is a so-called… Read More »