They usually use the very word you are trying to look up in the definition, OR in other cases, give you a whole other word you do not know so that you are forced to go on a wild goose chase to understand said words. After the hunt, you must then piece the parts together like a puzzle and rewrite it into a proper definition.
However, Most of the time, you still have no idea what the fuck they were trying to say OR the definition you put together using their clues end up completely wrong. There are very few dictionary's available that actually GIVE you the definition you are looking for.
There are many forms of dictionaries. There's Book form's, as well as Electronic dictionaries that can be found on handheld devices. There are also many Online dictionaries available within this modern age. Many of these online dictionaries allow anyone to edit entries and update definitions, leading to the definitions being always up-to-date and ALWAYS ACCURATE BECAUSE THIS IS THE INTERNET
retrospect: 1) To be archaic *you dont know what archaic means so you look it up* Archaic: 1) To be antiquated. *You ask yourself WTF IS ANTIQUATED!?? so u look it up* Antiquated: 1) Obsolete 2) Advanced in Age. *oh ok i know what that means lets put this together now...the sentence was "In Retrospect, carrying the alligators by hand was not the best plan."...ok so lets see...In...obs....adv....old?...um...in...archa...no that cant be right...um...in...wtf?...FK U U FKN DICTIONARY*
1.) a stepstool
2.) a flyswatter
3.) a paperweight
4.) a doorstop
6.) etc. etc. etc.
Woman:*looks up wishy-washy in the dictionary*
Dictionary reads: Wishy-Washy: Ineffectual
Futile: Futilis that pours out easily, useless