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etext

noun; compounding
A literary or reference work converted into a text-based file on the Internet, usu. downloadable, searchable, and made available for free. [also used as adj.] Although no dictionaries carry the word, it was probably coined in 1971 with the advent of online republication of great works; the abbreviation itself is patterned on EMAIL.
 
We want people to be able to look up quotations they heard in conversation, movies, music, other books, easily with a library containing all these quotations in an easy to find etext format.
Etymology : E- [ELECTRONIC] + TEXT
Source : "Project Gutenberg Official Home Site - History and Philosophy." Online at < http://www.promo.net/pg/history.html >. Last updated 13 May 2002.
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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