dict.cc

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dict.cc GmbH
Dict.cc Logo.svg
Type GmbH[1]
Founded 6 November 2002
Headquarters Austria
Founder(s) Paul Hemetsberger
Employees 2
Website dict.cc
Type of site Online dictionaries
Advertising Google AdSense, image banners & buttons
Registration optional, free
Available in several languages, see below
Launched 6 November 2002
Current status active

dict.cc is a free, multilingual online dictionary. The site's database can also be downloaded and used offline. It has mobile apps for Apple iOS, Android[2][3] and Palm OS.

History[edit]

Having had an idea for a project called 'Knowhowbase' in 2001,[4] Austrian web developer Paul Hemetsberger decided to move from creating an online encyclopedia into the online translation market, going online on 6 November 2002.[5] It moved on to its own dedicated server in 2003.[6]

The popular user contribution feature was added in January 2004, which allowed users to add translations of words that were not yet in the database.[7] These then had to be verified by 5 users.[8] Within five months, over 10,000 contributions had been made by users.[9]

In beginning of February 2005 Paul Hemetsberger ceased to offer the wordlists under the terms of the free GNU General Public License (GPL). Later that year he published them again under a proprietary license.[10][11]

Languages[edit]

dict.cc translates between several language pairs, each run on their own subdomain based on the ISO 639-1 system. For example, the Spanish-English translation system exists as enes.dict.cc. The one exception to this rule is the German-English dictionary, which runs on the default dict.cc domain.[12]

The languages dict.cc currently translates are English and German to:[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ dict.cc contact information
  2. ^ "dict.cc Wörterbuch für Android". Data-Bla.de. 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Test: kostenlose Wörterbuch App von Dict.cc für Android". allessparen.de/magazin. 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  4. ^ dict.cc about page. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  5. ^ dict.cc history page. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  6. ^ dict.cc history page. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  7. ^ dict.cc history page. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  8. ^ dict.cc history page. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  9. ^ dict.cc history page. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  10. ^ download offer of the wordlists with 211,048 translations under the terms of the GPL on 7th of December 2004
  11. ^ new download offer of the wordlists with 212,693 translations under the terms of a proprietary, non-free license
  12. ^ dict.cc homepage. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  13. ^ browse.dict.cc Retrieved 19 December 2012.