How to use the Webster 1913 dictionary offline

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After reading James Somers' article "You're probably using the wrong dictionary", I want to use the Webster's 1913 dictionary. And while I'm at it, I want to use it anonymous, i.e. offline.

Solution 1. Linux

sudo apt-get install dict dictd dict-gcide

Leave only the local dictd server enabled in sudo vi /etc/dictd/dict.conf:

server localhost 

Put this function in ~/.bashrc:

function d {
    dict "$@" | less

Now you can lookup words like this:

$ d limn
1 definition found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Limn \Limn\ (l[i^]m), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Limned} (l[i^]md); p.
     pr. & vb. n. {Limning} (l[i^]m"n[i^]ng or l[i^]m"[i^]ng).]
     [OE. limnen, fr. luminen, for enluminen, F. enluminer to
     illuminate, to limn, LL. illuminare to paint. [root]122. See
     {Illuminate}, {Luminous}.]
     1. To draw or paint; especially, to represent in an artistic
        way with pencil or brush.
        [1913 Webster]
              Let a painter carelessly limn out a million of
              faces, and you shall find them all different. --Sir
                                                    T. Browne.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Hence: To picture in words; to describe in graphic terms.
     3. To illumine, as books or parchments, with ornamental
        figures, letters, or borders.
        [1913 Webster]



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