DIC - Dictionary File

What is a DIC file

A DIC file is a dictionary file that contains a long lists of words in a specific language. DIC files are used by word processing software like Microsoft Word to check the spelling of a document or provide correctly written alternatives for misspelled words. Next to existing dictionaries, DIC files can also be custom dictionaries that supplement the already existing dictionary of a word processor. That way, technical terms, proper names and other words that are marked as misspelled can be adopted by the programs spell-check as well.

Word processing programs of several kinds reference DIC files as their dictionary of words for spell-checking. Different DIC files contain different lists of words that can vary in language but also complexity and length. In some instances, the word processing software is able to write new or into existing dictionaries. That way, the DIC file is altered so that, e.g., proper names and technical terms aren't marked as incorrect anymore.

Here's a small, but not exhaustive list of programs that can open DIC documents:

  • ACD Systems Canvas (Windows)
  • Apache OpenOffice (Windows, Mac & Linux)
  • IBM Lotus Notes (Windows)
  • JGsoft EditPad Pro (Windows)
  • Kingsoft Writer (Windows)
  • LibreOffice (Windows, Mac & Linux)
  • Microsoft Windows (Windows)
  • Microsoft Word (Windows & Mac)
Extension DIC
MIME type application/octet-stream
Useful links
Example Files
(49 bytes)
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