wikipedia (plural wikipedias)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of Wikipedia#English|Wikipedia

  • (British) IPA: /ˌwɪkɪˈpiːdɪə/
  • (America) enPR wĭ'kēpēʹdēə, IPA: /ˌwɪkiˈpiːdi.ə/, /ˌwɪkəˈpiːdi.ə/
Proper noun
  1. A free-content online encyclopedia founded in 2001, collaboratively developed over the World Wide Web in a number of languages.
    • 2011, The Guardian, January 12
      Civility – translated as savoir-vivre in the French version – is one of the five "pillars" of Wikipedia.
  2. (metonymically) The community that develops the Wikipedia encyclopedia.
    • 2011, The New York Times, May 23.
      In August 2009, Wikipedia announced that it planned a move that many saw as a step away from its freewheeling ethos of anyone can edit.
    • 2012, Reuters, January 19.
      Wikipedia mounted a 24-hour protest starting at midnight by converting their English page to a shadowy black background and warning readers that "the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet."
  3. A main-belt asteroid (No. 274301).
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wikipedia (plural wikipedias)

  1. A version of the encyclopedia Wikipedia (a free-content online encyclopedia) in a particular language.
    There are over five million articles on the English Wikipedia.
    • 2005, Financial Times, December 14.
      Work in the open-source software community or contribute to wikipedias on your favourite subjects.
  2. A wiki or similar collaborative database.
    His new project is to create a Wikipedia for UFO sightings from all around the world.
  3. (figuratively) A source of abundant encyclopedic knowledge.
    Her mind was a Wikipedia of useless information.
  4. A page on Wikipedia.

wikipedia (wikipedias, present participle wikipediaing; past and past participle wikipediaed)

  1. (colloquial, ambitransitive) To consult Wikipedia for information.
    1. Used intransitively.
    2. Used with an object denoting the information sought or obtained.
      • 2006 November 17, Rachel Maddow, on Paula Zahn Now:[ ][ ]
        I mean, it's true, if Katie Holmes had not become engaged to Tom Cruise, we'd all still be Wikipeidaing her, looking her up, trying to figure out exactly why do I know her, what was she in, is she famous?
      • 2009, Roger Ebert, Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2010,[ ][ ] Andrews McMeel Publishing, ISBN 978-0-7407-8536-8, page 363:
        He made me curious enough that I Wikipediaed Bob Satterfield and found out, yes, he was a real fighter, nicknamed the Bombadier, and was KO'd by the Raging Bull himself in a 1946 fight in Wrigley Field.
      • 2010 April 7, "Jeff K.", "Like a Drunk One Legged Pirate Stores His Rum, The aTable Stores Your Cords ↗" (blog post), in
        That’s a true fact, you can Wikipedia that shizz.
      • 2010, Rachel Cohn, Very Lefreak, Random House, ISBN 9780375895524, chapter 3 ↗:
        […] her mother was "homeschooling" her via the Internet (basically, Wikipediaing the Important Facts from the History of the World, and ordering appropriate-level math textbooks from Amazon) […]
    3. Used with an object denoting the specific article consulted.
      I wikipediaed the article on science and learned about the scientific method.

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