dictd is 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 debian. They are discussed in more detail in the file /usr/doc/dictd/README.Debian.gz
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 that one or more of dict-jargon, dict-foldoc, and dict-vera also be installed.
The client program, dict, is packaged in dict*.deb If you are running a server, you will want the client for all machines in your network, and for testing server operations.
Vince M. pointed out...
...the entire dictd system, and all the related packages.
It's pretty cool, its a network accessible dictionary server, with numerous Debian packages for foreign language translation, dictionary, thesaurs, etc. Then small simple clients can share the entire dictionary system. It is blazingly fast compared to NFS mounting a plain text dictionary off a server.
I have dictd installed on my large basement server, with numerous dictionaries installed into it.
My wife and I both have kdict installed on our workstations, providing a nice GUI and my laptop. My other machines make do with the dict command line client.
More information on this package can be found on the Debian web site.
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