I love words, and am increasingly turning to Wordnik, to look up words. It pulls content for word definitions from multiple sources (including dictionaries, twitter, flickr, etc) into a single space. It shows you that content and where and how people are using words through social media streams.
So if you want to eschew prolixity, and augment decipher-ability, take it for a spin. Some more info about Wordnik is pasted below.
"What is Wordnik?
"Wordnik is based on the principle that people learn words best by seeing them in context. We've collected more than 4 billion words of text (web pages, books, magazines, newspapers, etc.) and have mined them exhaustively to show you example sentences for any word you're interested in."
"What does it all mean? For nine million words of the English language, Wordnik delivers more than a definition. Founded by Erin McKean, the former editor in chief of The New Oxford American Dictionary, Wordnik claims to have the word’s most complete map of the language you are currently reading."
Wordnik is a place for all the words, and everything known about them. Our goal is to show you as much information as possible, as fast as we can find it, for every word in English, and to give you a place where you can make your own opinions about words known. Traditional dictionaries make you wait until they've found what they consider to be "enough" information about a word before they will show it to you. Wordnik knows you don't want to wait—if you're interested in a word, we're interested too!"