What’s it Mean?

Do you need an authoritative definition of an English-language word?  Are you looking for the origins or first usage of a word?  Remember that the Mendik Library provides online access to the OED (the Oxford English Dictionary). The OED covers words from across the English-speaking world. It is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.  You can find it on our web page under Electronic Resources.