The Original GNU Dictionary Project

In the mid-1990's, the Free Software Foundation attempted to put a large English dictionary online. Here's a brief history of that first GNU Dictionary Project, as detailed in the FSF's "GNU's Bulletin".

Sometime in the first half of 1999, the Free Software Foundation started hosting Patrick Cassidy's Collaborative International Dictionary of English (based on the 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary and Princeton's WordNet). At first, it was in .../gnu/dictionary, but at some point (in 2002?) that changed to .../gnu/gcide. At the GNU ftp site, the file dictionary.README, dated 2002 Apr 15, says:

The Dictionary Project is now distributed as gcide, the GNU Collaborative Dictionary of English, in the gcide directory.
You can download GCIDE from here, or an XML version of it from here.

-Michael Dyck,