Best Dictionaries

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, 8th edition
Improve your English language skills with the official Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. • Access the high quality audio online, or download all 116,000 example sentences to listen offline. • All the dictionary text is live- tap to instantly look up any word. • Use My View to choose how much information appears on your screen – hide IPA, example sentences, pictures, synonyms etc. – tap to show the full entry again. • Find words with similar or opposite meanings in the integrated Thesaurus. • Use Full Dictionary Search to find your word in any phrase or example sentence in the dictionary. • ‘Did you mean…?’ function and wildcard search allow you to find a word even if you don’t know the spelling. • Create your own list of favourite words. • Tap on phonetics, abbreviations and symbols for help with what they mean. • View History to see the last 100 words you looked up. • 184,500 words, phrases and meanings explained clearly. • Easy-to-understand explanations written using the 3000-word defining vocabulary. • Use the Oxford 3000 keyword entries to learn the most important words in English. • Look up over 57,000 synonyms and opposites. • Learn words in their natural context with over 83,000 collocations (words that go together) highlighted. • Find the Academic Word List words easily – they are all labelled. • Notes give extra help in difficult areas, for example the differences between similar words, tricky points of grammar, or British and American usage. • Find information about British and American culture. • 1000 new words and meanings keep you up-to-date with today’s vocabulary and usage. • 1300 words illustrated in groups build your topic vocabulary. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.
"Its advantage for learners is that every definition is written using words from a basic list of most-used words: the "Oxford 3000" list of important words. The reviewers who complain about it not defining certain words have unwarranted expectations that this is supposed to be a normal dictionary that tries to have every word in the English language."
"I use this app quite often!"
"This is the best dictionary app I have ever used. It has every word I have searched for."
"A great app to help kids and adults to learn new words and their meanings."
"Indeed it's directed to advanced learners."
"It is not the American Heritage, but will suffice for occasional use."
"Also when you want to install the databases, it gives you the option to install into phone memory or SD card, but it does not matter what you choose, it will install on phone memory and fill the phone memory and I usually end up deleting the app."
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Oxford Dictionary of English with Audio
• The most comprehensive coverage of English everywhere it’s spoken. • The very latest vocabulary, with over 350,000 words, phrases and meanings. • Thousands of words and sentences derived from the latest research of the Oxford English Corpus. • 75,000 audio pronunciations of both common and rare words, including words with controversial or variant pronunciations. • ‘Favorites’ feature to create custom folders with lists of words from the extensive library. • ‘Recent’ list to easily review looked-up words. • ‘Word of the day’ section to expand your vocabulary daily. • Home screen widget provides random words at a glance.
"This is awesome!"
"Perfect to have on my devices."
"Perfect, an excelent reference."
"Very cool to have such a comprehensive dictionary on my phone and available offline."
"Voice is too irritating and unclear."
"I was going to give it 4 stars because it annoys me that I can't use it on my tablet but it is so useful for one of my classes this semester that I will ignore the fact that it isn't compatible with tablets."
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Plus all the content of the classic app, including multiple encyclopedias, specialty dictionaries, and thesaurus sources, all from the most trusted publishers. Plus: Track your learning with neurons and badges and earn meals for hungry children through The Free Dictionary's partnership with the World Food Program—just by reading and playing games! * Ability to download extensive offline dictionaries for 13 other languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian, Greek, Arabic, Polish, Turkish, and Russian. * Multiple English dictionaries, featuring extensive definitions, pronunciations, usage sentences, etymologies, and more. * Multiple specialty dictionaries, including Medical, Legal, Financial, Idioms, Acronyms and Abbreviations, and more. * Online dictionaries in 13 other languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian, Greek, Arabic, Polish, Turkish, and Russian. * Customize your homepage: add or remove articles, games, even personalized horoscope and local weather in Fahrenheit or Celsius.
"In 60 years I've read over 6000 books. It's but a moment from what I'm reading in my Kindle to this app."
"Helpful in looking up words and educating yourself."
"So I tried several free dictionary apps but the ads drove me nuts! Other dictionary apps of similar quality cost upwards of $39.99."
"Unlike some out there who offer a severely crippled, almost useless version for free to try and force you into buying the full version, the devs here gave away a better dictionary app than any other paid dictionary I've come across."
"I have a lot of fun with this dictionary and the games included with it."
"The FREE DICTIONARY is much more than a dictionary it contains information on just about any subject you choose."
"I absolutely love 'The Free Dictionary' by Farlex paid version."
"Now it crashes all the time, fails to score points earned, and is no longer worth spending time on."
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Best Religion

Touch Bible (KJV + Strong's with Audio)
This KJV Bible *works without internet,* includes the Strong's Hebrew and Greek lexicons, definitions form multiple resources, can be installed on an SD card and more! - Instant access to definitions from Strong's Concordance. - Instant definitions include information from combined resources: -- + "Strong's Lexicons" (Greek and Hebrew). -- + "Brown, Driver, Briggs Lexicon" (BDB). -- + "Theological Word Book of the Old Testament". -- + "Thayer's and Smith's Bible Dictionary". -- + "Kittel". - Easy search, bookmarks, verse notes. - An interface that is so simple you'll be reading in no time. - All of the above features work WITHOUT the internet. Here are a list of the features in Touch Bible that give you fast access to the bible: - Dial a Verse : Touch Bible's way of looking up scripture FAST (See Screenshots). - Audio Bible & reading plan. - Search : Very Fast & intelligent keyword search with verse preview & many search options. - Bookmarks : Includes Verse Preview! - Readability : spread out words, adjustable font sizes. --Night Mode : for reading in low light situations. - Online Study : Thousands of articles on topics through out the Bible. It's an app for God's word the way it should be... free, no ad distractions in the bible, and no need to be plugged in to the internet. If you do decide you want more study content, an improved interface, a better search and more, then you can always move to Touch Bible (HD KJV + Strongs).
"The passage selection may be slower than other Bible apps I've seen, but it works well for me."
"This product is worth so much more and could easily sell for much more also."
"I am very please with this app.I wanted to be able to search and have a complete concordance at my fingertips."
"Wanted to ck out Amalek who he was."
"I bought a Holy Bible crossword puzzle book that used KJV for the answers."
"Needed comprehensive study Bible for all places and all times."
"So far I really like the idea of the app because it is very handy to have a dictionary while studying the Bible."
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Best Test Preparation

Prepware Powerplant
More than 1,000 sample questions, answers and explanations included, for you to study by subject or with a true-to-form practice test.
"Prepware is apparently the standard for the A&P programs and using the software you can see why."
"Was a huge help on prepping for the Power Plant portion of the A&P."
"If you are trying to get your A&P then these apps are worth every penny."
"Great way to study for test!"
"This is a great app to study."
"Needed this for college great stuff."
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Best History

Math Planet Pro - Fun math game curriculum for kids in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th grade and middle school
KEY FEATURES. + 100+ game levels support 80+ Common Core State Standards. + Six adaptive learning pathways (Grade 2, 3, 4, 5, Middle School & Adults). + RIGOROUS: builds high-need skills with conceptual learning and fluency. + Learning Analytics Dashboard to track learning progress. + Research-based and approved by top educators. Addition and Subtraction Concepts - Add and Subtract based on Place Values; Make a Number; Addition and Subtraction Properties. 4. PERFECT FOR SUMMER. Research from Duke University shows that students lose an average of 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in computational ability over the summer. Randomized Controlled Trials have proven significant learning outcomes and transfer within individual games. When you play, you learn, our games learn - and we all help advance the science of learning!
"Got this for my daughters and they love it!"
"I purchased the Pro version but it installs only grade 1 games."
"On a game called "Math Planet Pro--Fun math game curriculum for elementary age children"!"
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Best Science

SkyView® - Explore the Universe
SkyView® is a beautiful and intuitive stargazing app that uses your camera to precisely spot and identify celestial objects in sky, day or night. Find all 88 constellations as they fade in and out while you scan across the sky, locate every planet in our solar system, discover distant galaxies, and witness satellite fly-bys. • Simple: Point your device at the sky to identify galaxies, stars, constellations, planets, and satellites (including the ISS and Hubble) passing overhead at your location.
"Oh My....you can use this any time of day, but really exciting at night to point your app to the star you are looking it and have it tell you what it is and if it belongs to a constellation.....So glad I got this."
"I've been using this app to teach the kiddos (and myself) about constellations."
"It is awesome, we spotted the ISS 4 nights in a row."
"One of the best things is being able to take screen captures of fabulous sky views."
"lots of great astronomical features at a great price."
"Great App!"
"I have paid for this but cannot download it to my fire tablets."
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Best Encyclopedias

CIA World FactBook
* Flag Graphic. * Map Image. * Background. * Geography. * People. * Government. * Economy. * Communications. * Transportation. * Military. * Transnational Issues.
"The product itself is half-assed good, not great - for current data, you'd do better going to the CIA World Factbook web site [...]."
"Very good reference work to get to grips with most countries."
"This is a very worthy app."
"It's great to have quick access to a country's information and not have to ask embarrassing questions once you get to a country, such as "what language do you speak hear", "what is the name of your currency"."
"A useful tool for understanding the countries you want to visit."
"many good and little-known facts all in one place."
"Would no longer display informaion and I could not reload it nor re-download it."
"Very disappointed."
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Best Math

Fruit Ninja Academy: Math Master
Meet fun new characters, watch an exciting comic book-style story, and journey across Fruitasia collecting stickers for an awesome interactive scene-maker. Fruit Ninja Academy: Math Master is the ideal choice for parents and teachers to keep kids engaged as they enjoy the fun characters and exciting gameplay they know and love!
"A great new product that my kids already love."
"challenging, fun ways to learn math with great graphics!"
"The game checks for a google play licence, rendering it impossible to play if downloaded from another source."
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Best Guides & How-Tos

Knots 3D
Used by arborists, fishermen, firefighters, climbers, military and boy scouts the world over, Knots 3D will quickly teach you how to tie even the most difficult knot. Each 3D knot has detailed reference information including tying pointers, strength and reliability, structural info, and Ashley reference numbers (ABoK) and occasionally the history behind the knot. The knots are arranged by both Category (Boating, Climbing, Fishing, Scouting, etc) and Type (Bend, Loop, Stopper, etc). If you find a knot you like or want to come back to later, add it to your Favorites list for quick reference.
"Has general process and strain information, alternate names, links to similar knots, and a full history of the knot with references."
"Excellent app for anyone into outdoor activities like camping, boating, fishing -- anything where you might use a rope or even string."
"Vibrant 3D Graphics, Zoom that is variable, Rotation of graphics to show all views, Speed control for video demonstration of Knot process and Flipping of picture from left to right. I was delighted to discover that these features can be gradually controlled by SWIPING FINGER on screen."
"Speed of animation is fully adjustable and the view is rotatable 360 degrees."
"it demonstrates exactly how to tie knots."
"Handy reference for learning and when in doubt."
"Failed upon opening every time."
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Best Language & Grammar

ASL Dictionary HD American Sign Language
Cool new features like QUIZ, PLAY ALL, ADJUSTABLE SLOW MOTION. **No internet required option. LANGUAGE FEATURES. • 5000+ Words Translated to ASL Video. • 460 Multiple ways to the same sign word. • 670 Multiple meaning words. • Time. • Money. • Dates. • General numbers. • Ordinal numbers. • Alphabet. • Fingerspell Recognition (Complete words). • Fingerspelling Exercises (Fun).
"It's clear and easy."
"As you study and do quizzes with your favorite words, it actually helps you realize the synonyms for words which in turn helps with learning the language."
"It helped me study for my asl exams and learn a few new words as well."
"I thought I had a problem with reinstalling the app to my new phone, I emailed them and within 30 min, they (Josh) answered me, his questions helped a lot."
"Videos are clear and largely accurate but very slow to load."
"Loaded with a complete dictionary, Numbers, Quizzes and more; I am confident that this week we can put ASL into practice at Family Deaf Camp."
"Offline dictionary keeps erasing."
"This app is helping me learn ASL on my own."
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