TheFreeDictionary.com is an American online dictionary and encyclopedia that gathers information from a variety of sources.
The website cross-references the contents of The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language , the Columbia Encyclopedia , the Computer Desktop Encyclopedia , the Hutchinson Encyclopedia (subscription) and Wikipedia , as well as the Acronym Finder database, SEVERAL financial dictionaries, legal dictionaries and Other content. 
It has a feature that allows users to preview an item while positioning the mouse cursor over a link. One can also double click on any word and look up in the dictionary.
The site is run by Farlex, Inc. , located in Huntingdon Valley , Pennsylvania .
Farlex also maintains a companion title, TheFreeLibrary.com , an online library of out-of-copyright classic books and a collection of periodicals of over two million articles dating back to 1984, and definition-of.com ,  a community dictionary Of slang and other terms.
Wikipedia content is hosted at the sub-domain encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com , which is excluded from search-engine indexing in its entirety by Farlex with the use of meta tags . Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search
Type of site
|Classic-literature reference and historical news|
|Owner||Farlex, Inc. |
|Alexa rank||52,236 (February 2017 ) |
|Registration||Optional (for personalized features)|
TheFreeLibrary.com is a free reference website that offers full-text versions of works by hundreds of authors. It is also a news aggregator , offering articles from a large collection of periodicals containing over a million articles dating back to 1984. Newly published articles are added to the site daily. The site includes a selection of articles from open-access journals which can also be found on its own website.
It is a sister site to TheFreeDictionary.com and uses examples in the form of “references in classic literature” taken from the site’s collection are used on TheFreeDictionary.com’s definition pages. In addition, double-clicking on a word in the site’s collection of reference materials brings up the word’s definition on TheFreeDictionary.com.
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