Oxford Dictionaries REST API v1, Oxford English Dictionary REST API, Merriam-Webster Dictionary REST API v3.0
October 22, 2018
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Less than two months ago, Merriam-Webster announced that some of its references would be available via an API. Now, competitor Cambridge University Press has followed suit with the Cambridge Dictionaries Online API. Currently, Cambridge offers five dictionaries through an API (i.e. Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary, Cambridge Dictionary of American English, Cambridge Business English Dictionary, Cambridge Learner's English-Turkish Dictionary, and Cambridge Leaner's Dictionary).
One of the most valuable resources of the english language is the dictionary. I won't get into the history of the dictionary or what it's done for literal society. I will note that incorporating inline definitions into reading apps is not the easiest thing to do. Sure, we now have eReaders like Apple's iBooks and the Amazon Kindle that have dictionary integration built in, but what about the rest of of the text-based universe?
Twenty-three APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Accounting, Education, and Feedback. Highlights include APIs from Xero small business accounting service and an API that predicts the effects of climage change on businesses. Here's a look at the what is new.