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Can you delete the dictionary from the kindle?


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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2010 3:52:19 PM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
I only see items I bought there - not the dictionary. This leaves my Dictionary of Nothing :o)

Posted on Sep 4, 2010 4:39:27 PM PDT
M. Anstine says:
I don't want to delete the dictionaries- mine came pre-loaded with 2- but I would like to remove them from my home list. Anyone figure out how to do that?

Posted on Sep 4, 2010 4:55:37 PM PDT
Stillwood says:
I have a DX Graphite (new as of July) and the dictionary function on it is quite unobtrusive. The definition appears in a line at the bottom of the screen and is not a bit bothersome. There is an option at the very right side to put the arrow key and go to the dictionary page with more information. Very small and not intrusive. If a balloon popped up and had to be responded to, that might be annoying. But the DX is fine.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2010 5:06:13 PM PDT
Beesocks says:
I hid mine away in a collection so I didn't have to look at it.

Posted on Sep 4, 2010 6:36:04 PM PDT
Just upgraded from K1 to K3 - love the collections. I put my dictionary and owners manual into a folder and named it reference.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 12:28:33 PM PDT
Why doesn't anyone just ANSWER THE QUESTION!? Can you/how do you remove it?

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 12:55:12 PM PDT
Seems a simple enough question to answer if you've read the posts...you can't/therefore you can't. I think for anything more concrete, you'll have to ask Kindle cutomer support.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 2:16:59 PM PDT
There is a small sample dictionary (with only a handful of words) you can download here:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20994

Download 'Mobipocket Sample Dictionary.zip', unzip it, and inside you'll find 'dictionary.prc' and the source files used to generate it.

Once you put this (dictionary.prc) in your Kindle's /documents folder, you can go to Settings and then on the Settings Menu, choose 'change primary dictionary' and then 'Sample Dictionary'. Presto. No more definitions will pop up (except for the handful of words defined in the sample dictionary).

It is trivial to modify this so it has no words, I will try to do this in the next couple of days and post on the same thread.

I think the built-in dictionaries are in firmware, i.e. you cannot remove them from your Kindle to save space (at least not without some hacking).

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2010 2:56:32 PM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
And, as I said few months ago in this same thread, you can download "Dictionary of Nothing" from

http://www.kinojaca.org/bonzi/files/misc/Dictionary%20of%20Nothing.prc

and set it as your primary dictionary. Home->Menu->Settings->Menu->Change Primary Dictionary

It contains one word definition, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious .

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 3:48:26 AM PDT
I just started using the kindle and I love the dictionary function. However, I read books in English and ones in Italian. I'm trying to improve my Italian. Is there a way to have an Italian-English dictionary for this function? Or even just to be able to have multiple language dictionaries that you could go back and forth from according to the reading material?
Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2011 5:07:31 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
No idea since I never had the urge to delete it. It takes up very little space and comes in quite handy.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2011 5:21:41 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Glynnis, if you find appropriately formatted dictionary (there are not many - see Kindle Store =>
"default dictionary for kindle"), you can change the dictionary used for those pop-up definitions from Settings page.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 5:21:48 AM PDT
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Posted on Apr 8, 2011 6:42:27 AM PDT
Nancy Gentry says:
I have a copy of The New Oxford American Dictionary in my archive. I can not add it to my Kindle, (it shows as not available) and when I go to Manage my kindle, it tells me it is not available for Kindle. I can download it to my K4PC though. Now what's up with that?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2011 2:25:32 PM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Nancy, I think that's the same dictionary we have preloaded on our Kindles. You can download it from archives to Kindle applications, as you noticed.

Posted on Apr 9, 2011 1:26:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 9, 2011 1:27:21 AM PDT
krystalspin says:
nancy,
When you move your cursor up into a document/book and pause at the start of a word, does the top few lines of a definition appear in a "balloon" at the bottom of your screen?

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 2:49:20 PM PDT
p hart says:
Any suggestions on how to disable the dictionary on the Kindle for PC?

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 3:14:12 PM PDT
One of the most predictable things about this forum is that if you come on and ask if there's a way to change the presets on it (like removing the dictionary), most of the responses will tell you that you're wrong for wanting to do that. I'm not a member of other product support boards, so I don't know if this is a common behavior. What I do know is that it's tremendously irritating.

For the record, I wish I could get rid of the dictionary, too. I know what words mean and, if I encounter one I haven't heard before, it's not going to be in the default Kindle dictionary.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011 4:33:13 PM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
I am glad to share this discussion board with such a knowledgeable person.

Out of curiosity, how does the fact that a dictionary is installed on your K4PC interfere with your reading experience? I understand that automatic dictionary definition popups when one moves the cursor might be annoying on Kindle device, but on K4PC no definition appears unless you request it by double clicking on a word.

(BTW, those who want to get rid of their dictionary on Kindle device can download my "Dictionary of nothing". It has only one word definition, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Download
http://www.kinojaca.org/bonzi/files/misc/Dictionary%20of%20Nothing.prc

and set it as your primary dictionary. Home->Menu->Settings->Menu->Change Primary Dictionary )

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011 5:02:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 1, 2011 1:06:11 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Wow. You know EVERY word in the ODE (or is that OED)?

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 5:11:13 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
If you look at this dictionary Oxford Dictionary of English, 2nd Edition It is 19844 kilobytes, that is 19.37 megabytes or 0.01892 gigabytes. You have 4GB on a third generation kindle...that's 4096 megabytes. Do you really need to clear up that 20 meg out of 4,000 meg?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011 5:18:41 PM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Pat, the question was about removing it from K4PC, where the space is much more plentiful. I understand that people find dictionary popups that appear when one moves the cursor on Kindle device to, say, follow a link rather annoying. But there are no such popups on K4PC.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011 5:35:32 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
So it's even LESS of an issue?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011 2:46:08 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 1, 2011 2:47:05 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Yes. I guess it is not "macho" to have a dictionary handy... :o)

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 2:03:05 PM PST
Sam says:
Why can't anybody just answer the OP's question? I personally don't like the dictionaery and didn't want it cluttering up my homepage. Since it is MY kindle I chose to delete it.

All you need to do is open the options section for the dictionary. On the bottom of the screen that pops up there is an option for "Delete this book".
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