The American Heritage® Children's Dictionary
by Editors of The American Heritage® Dictionaries
Nearly 14,000 main entries
homographs that distinguish words with different origins
example sentences that show use in context
accurate, easy-to-read pronunciations
parts of speech for all entries
More than 300 Word History features tracing the fascinating family background of such words as hippopotamus (Greek for "river horse"), porcupine (French for "spiny pig"), and ukulele (Hawaiian for "jumping flea").
precedent noun A model or example that may be followed or referred to later: The court case set a precedent for future legislation. prec'e'dent (prs' dnt) noun, plural precedents.
duck 1 verb 1. To lower the head or body quickly: I ducked to avoid being hit by the ball. 2. To avoid meeting or dealing with; evade: You ducked your responsibility. 3. To plunge under water for a moment. duck1 (dk) verb ducked, ducking.
duck2 noun A water bird witha broad, flat bill, short legs, and webbed feet. duck2 (dk) noun, plural ducks.
Word History: Duck1 and duck2 are native English words that are probably related. Duck1 originally meant "to dive," and duck2 may have originally meant "a bird that dives."
college noun A school attended after high school. col'lege (kl'ij) noun, plural colleges