Dictionary or Glossary?

The AI Dictionary, ML Dictionary, NLP Dictionary, and Prolog Dictionary are could more precisely be described as glossaries rather than dictionaries.

I chose to call them dictionaries because they were designed for a UNSW class that includes many students who have only recently learned English, and who might not be familiar with the word glossary.

So the communicative goal gets in the way of precise word use in this situation.

Excerpts of definitions from the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 1973 edition.
Glossary: ... a list with explanations of ... technical terms.
Dictionary: 1. A book dealing with the words of a language ... 2. By extension: A book of information or reference on any subject or branch of knowledge, the items of which are arranged alphabetically ....


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