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Alphabetical List of Entries

~ R ~

R, Is called the canine letter, because it is uttered with some resemblance to the growl or snarl of a cur: it has one constant sound in English, such as it has in other languages; as red, rose, more, muriatick: in words derived from the Greek, it is followed by an h, rhapsody: r is never mute, unless the second r may be accounted mute, where two rr are used; as myrrh.

R
Rabate
Rabbet (noun)
Rabbet (verb)
Rabbi
Rabbin
Rabbit
Rabble
Rabblement
Rabid
Rabinet
Race
Racehorse
Racemation
Racemiferous
Racer
Raciness
Rack (noun)
Rack (verb active)
Rack (verb neuter)
Rack-rent
Rack-renter
Racket
Racking
Rackoon
Racy
Rad (1)
Rad (2)
Raddock
Radiance
Radiancy
Radiant
Radiate
Radiated
Radiation
Radical
Radicality
Radically
Radicalness
Radicate
Radication
Radicle
Radish
Radius
Raff
Raffle (noun)
Raffle (verb)
Ram (noun)
Ram (verb)
Ramekin
Raments
Ramequins
Ramification
Ramify (verb active)
Ramify (verb neuter)
Rammer
Rammish
Ramous
Ramp (noun)
Ramp (verb)
Rampallian
Random (adjective)
Random (noun)
Rant (noun)
Rant (verb)
Ranter
Rantipole (adjective)
Rantipole (verb)
Ranula
Ranunculus
Rap (noun)
 Rap (verb active)
Rap (verb neuter)
Rap and Rend
Rapacious
Rapture
Raptured
Rareeshow
Rascalion
Rascally
Rasher
Rasp (verb active)
Ratiocinative
Rationalist
Ravage (verb active)
Rawboned
Rawhead
Re
Read (verb active)
Readmit
Reaffirmance
Realty
Ream
Reanimate
Rearmouse
Rebeck
Recheat
Recipe
Recipient
Recitation
Recline (verb active)
Recluse
Reconduct
Recouch
Recriminate (verb neuter)
Rectangular
Rectory
Recubation
Recusant
Recuse
Red
Redberried Shrub Cassia
Redbreast
Reddle
Rede (noun)
Redeliver
Redoubted
Reducement
Reedify
Reedy
Reenforce
Reenter
Reentrance
Reestablish
Refect
Reflexibility
Reflexible
Refluent
Refractive
Refrigerant
Refrigerium
Refuse (noun)
Regal (noun)
Regale (noun)
Regale (verb)
Regulate
Reigle
Religion
Rend
Rent (noun 1)
Rent (noun 2)
Rent (verb active 1)
 Rent (verb active 2)
Rent (verb neuter)
Rentable
Rental
Renter
Reprimand (noun)
Reprimand (verb)
Reprint
Reprisal
Reprise
Reproach (noun)
Reproach (verb)
Reproachable
Reproachful
Reproachfully
Reprobate (adjective)
Reprobate (noun)
Reprobate (verb)
Reprobateness
Reprobation
Reproduce
Reptile (adjective)
Reptile (noun)
Republican (adjective)
Republican (noun)
Republick
Rest (noun)
Retrospect
Revolution
Rhabarbarate
Rhabdomancy
Rhapsodist
Rhapsody
Rhetorical
Rhetorically
Rhetoricate
Rhetorician (adjective)
Rhetorician (noun)
Rhetorick
Rheum
Rheumatick
Rheumatism
Rheumy
Rhinoceros
Rhomb
Ribald
Ric
Rice
Ridicule (noun)
Rinse
Risibile
Risibility
Rod
Room
Rouge
Rough
Rove (verb active)
Rove (verb neuter)
Rover
Rubble-stone
Rubicund
Ruddock
Ruffian (adjective)
Ruffian (noun)
Ruffian (verb)
Rule (noun)
Rule (verb active)
Rule (verb neuter)
Run (verb active)
Run (verb neuter)

Cite this page: "Alphabetical List of Entries." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: December 6, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?page_id=50.


  1. Wonderful, keep up the good work!

  2. Mike Nightingale on November 18th, 2011 at 11:24 am
  3. Can I help?

  4. Julian Talamantez Brolaski on January 19th, 2012 at 9:33 pm
  5. Proofreading is a big help. If you notice a transcription error, please contact me.

  6. Brandi on January 20th, 2012 at 6:20 am
  7. If time permits, can the words regulate, rule and commerce be added soon? It would be most helpful. Those that discuss the Constitution often reference Johnsons. Thank you.

  8. EE Johnson on February 7th, 2012 at 7:27 am
  9. Brandi on February 7th, 2012 at 8:31 am
  10. I am researching the life of George Ord (1781-1886) of Philadelphia, who is said to have contributed many entries to Johnson’s expanded dictionary (as well as Noah Webster’s first dictionary).

    How may I find out which and how many entries he provided to Johnson’s dictionary.

    Thanks in advance for any help you might provide.

  11. Al Dorof on March 10th, 2012 at 4:39 pm
  12. Al,

    Johnson died in 1784, when Ord was only 3 years old. Any entries linked to Ord which appeared in “Johnson” dictionaries would have been added by later lexicographers (many of whom linked the title of their dictionary to Johnson merely for marketing purposes). I focus on the original dictionary Johnson produced, so I do not know much about post-Johnson additions.

    I was going to suggest looking at the online OED, but I tried searching for George Ord there myself and was unable to find any contributions or sources linked to Ord.

    Sorry that I’m unable to provide any further assistance.

  13. Brandi on March 10th, 2012 at 4:56 pm
  14. Would you be able to transcribe “Indubitable”?

  15. Amanda Patchin on April 18th, 2012 at 10:34 am
  16. There is a transcription error in the second sentence under the letter “h”. It should read: ‘the h in English is scarcely “ever” mute’; not “every”
    Thanks.

  17. Felicia Agyepong on July 12th, 2012 at 4:39 pm
  18. Thanks for catching that. It has been fixed both on the “H” entry page and on the alphabet page.

  19. Brandi on July 13th, 2012 at 6:27 am
  20. trouble is it takes half an hour to find a word if not yet transcribed, since if you want ‘time’ you go to ‘T’ and then have to turn some 50 pages, one at a time, to get to to ‘time’. Why not allow one to select a page by number?

  21. Mark on October 25th, 2012 at 1:44 am
  22. Mark,

    go to “Page View.” Under the title “Page View” and above the image and page number are two drop-down boxes – “Select Section” and “Select Page”. If you wanted to find “time,” for instance, you would select “T” from the first box. This causes the “Select Page” box to be filled in with the pages from the “T” section, enabling you to select “Tillyfally – Time.” Press the “Go” button and that page is loaded.

  23. Brandi on October 25th, 2012 at 8:23 am
  24. Do you have a definition of “arms” as in weaponry? This also is significant in interpreting the constitution.

  25. Misha Dennis on November 23rd, 2012 at 1:07 am
  26. Here it is, newly transcribed from page 159: Arms

  27. Brandi on November 23rd, 2012 at 5:42 pm
  28. I wonder is there was a definition for ‘people’ as in The People…did Johnson define that?

  29. Marco Dz on January 17th, 2013 at 1:24 pm
  30. The first of the five definitions under “People (noun)” is “A nation; these who compose a community,” which includes an illustrative quotation from Shakespeare’s Coriolanus: “What is the city but the people? / True the people are the city.” The entry can be found here.

  31. Brandi on January 17th, 2013 at 1:58 pm
  32. Hi, I was searching for one of the most used words in the 18th century: Nature, but it isn’t here. Can it be added?

  33. Deepali on March 20th, 2013 at 8:53 am
  34. Brandi on March 20th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

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