dictionary client


All systems
Debian Debian
apt-get install dict
apt-get install dict
Arch Arch Linux
pacman -S dictd
image/svg+xml Kali Linux
apt-get install dict
dnf install dictd-server
Windows (WSL2)
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install dict
brew install dict
apt-get install dict


dictionary client

This package provides a client application to query a dictd server. The client-server protocol is TCP-based; the server may then be local or accessed through the network. The DICT Development Group maintains several public servers which can be accessed from any machine connected to the Internet. The default configuration is to query one of these servers first. This may be changed in the configuration file /etc/dictd/dict.conf. Queries may be customized by numerous command line options, including specifying the database(s) to be queried and the search strategy to be used. This package also provides dictl, which allows using UTF-8 encoded dictionaries with terminals that do not support UTF-8.




dictionary server

This package provides a TCP-based server that allows a client to access dictionary definitions from a set of natural language dictionary databases. Many dictionary databases have been packaged for use with dictd. They are described in the /usr/share/doc/dictd/README.Debian.gz file. Either dict-gcide or dict-wn is essential for a useful English language dictionary server. It is strongly recommended that both be installed. If you are interested in computer terminology, it is recommended to install at least dict-jargon, dict-foldoc, or dict-vera. The client program, dict, is packaged separately and is needed on all machines that will use the server.