Telecommunications dictionaries, both print and online, are a resource to help technology professionals in learning the complex telecom terminology and abbreviations related to the telecommunications field. They contain a glossary of telecom terms with definitions, explanations and relationships to other networking terms.
Telecommunications dictionaries can be useful for all levels of learning, whether for the beginner trying to understand new terms or for the experienced professional as a reference for terms that people do not commonly use. In order to know how to use a telecommunications dictionary, you will need to determine your level of learning and how the publishers have organized the dictionary.
When working with a telecom dictionary, here are some things you will need to know:
1. Ways in which you can search for terms in the telecom dictionary
2. How publishers use abbreviations and acronyms in a glossary of telecommunications
3. The telecom glossary's ability to cross-reference, link or provide more detailed descriptions of definitions
Use keyword or first letter searches for telecom terms with an online telecommunications dictionaryLike all dictionaries, publishers organize telecommunications dictionaries alphabetically. Online telecommunications dictionaries vary in their search functions. Some allow you type partial or full words to search, while others only provide you an alphabetical heading for which they have listed terms.
Search for abbreviations and acronyms in telecommunications glossariesOften, the term that you are searching for is an abbreviation or acronym. A telecommunications glossary can help you with the full term and definition of these, but you must know how the dictionary organizes these. Most commonly, publishers list abbreviations in parenthesis after the term.
National Telecommunication and Information Administration's Federal Standard provides an appendix at the end of their glossary that contains a list of abbreviations and their telecom term.