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How to make the Webster's 1913 your default Kindle dictionary

How to make the Webster's 1913 your default Kindle dictionary

  1. Download a Kindle-compatible version of the dictionary here. Unzip the .rar archive.

  2. Get the "Send to Kindle" program on your computer. Here's the link for the Mac.

  3. Right-click your recently downloaded (unzipped) dictionary file, and click the "Send to Kindle" menu item. It will arrive on your Kindle shortly.

  4. Once the dictionary has arrived, go to your settings -- on my newish paperwhite, it's at Home > Settings > Device Options > Language and Dictionaries > Dictionaries > English. Choose the Webster's 1913.

  5. Voila! Every time you highlight a word, you should get Webster's definition.

ets commented May 20, 2014

Thanks!

On my Kindle 6 inch e ink, to install the new dictionary I just needed to drag and drop Websters Dictionary 1913_ver21-stnd.prc into my Kindle's documents/ directory and set it to the default in Settings / Dictionaries.

emh commented Jun 4, 2014

In the iOS Kindle app, after the Dictionary has been delivered to the device, open a book and highlight a word to define. There will be a button in the bottom left of the definition that when clicked will let you select a new dictionary. Webster's 1913 should be in the list.

raamdev commented Jun 21, 2014

Awesome. Thanks!

.prc file format is not supported when I tried to send the file to my kindle through email. Maybe I can work around that by using USB.

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