approach to define a word and hence it appeals a broader English speaking audience. The
division of this polysemous lexeme into geographical usage is particularly helpful for a
speaker to make a clear distinction, which is important when either engaged in writing
or conversation about a particular context. Both editions provide such a sense division
around various English speaking contexts.
The COED10 also provides a "characterization of the meaning of the lexeme; it
does not give an exhaustive explanation of all possible referents" (Jackson, 2002, p.93).
Following random example taken from COED10 elaborates this aspect.
offside adj. & adv (in games such as football) occupying a position on the field
where playing the ball not allowed, generally through being between the
and the opponents goal. n 1 the fact of bring offside (usu. the off side) chiefly
Brit. the side of a vehicle furthered from the kerb. Compare with NEARSIDE >
the right of a horse.
In the above definition, as was the case with other random samples, the definiendum is
related to its super ordinate concept (for either sport or vehicle, a position).
Another common tactic relied upon in COED9 and COED10 was to add a
typifying definition to a synonym one-basically describing what is 'typical' of the
An important distinction between COED9 and COED10 is that contrary to
COED9, COED10 has employed the concept of fourth definition which explains the
use 'of which a word or send of word is put, usually in the grammar of the language'
(Jackson. 2002. p. 95). Following random sample taken from COED10 signifies this
widow n 1. A woman who has lost her husband bydeath and has not married
again. > Humorous a woman whose...
"Anyone who has ever read or written a review of a particular dictionary will know that generally agreed criteria and standards for the assessment of quality and performance are still rare, if they can be said to exist at all" (Jackson, 2002, p.173), and same supposedly simple act applies here too.