We've all been there. Say you're reading an article about something, and you come across a new word you've never seen before; how do you find out what it means or what it sounds like?
In most non-logographic writing languages (alphabets, syllabries, abjads, etc.) it's fairly simple, due to most non-logographic languages more or less being symbol-to-sound mappings, you can more often than not guess the pronunciation of the word based solely on its spelling; and dictionaries often have words written in a specific order corresponding to the order of the symbols (i.e. alphabetic/lexicographic order).
Enter Chinese. Chinese is a tonal language, an analytic language, and its writing system is a logography. Each morpheme has its own symbol, and the symbol has little-to-no correlation to its sound, and the really abstract looking ones can often look too abstract to decipher based on shape.
So my question is: Say you run into a new Chinese character in printed media (can't copy-paste it), you have no way of guessing how it sounds, and no idea what it's supposed to mean. How do you then figure out what it means and how it reads?
I can imagine the lexicographic order of Chinese characters works differently from what it does in Western languages, so I can imagine looking up an unknown word would be next-to impossible without having to sift through the entire dictionary. How would one do this? Native Chinese speaker or otherwise.