I have noticed that, unlike other dictionaries, MW seems to list word senses based on the order they have appeared throughout history. Was this just a coincidence, or is this true for MW.

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    Well, that totally makes sense to do, so probably that's more than coincidence. Welcome to Linguistics SE! – Ivan Kapitonov Oct 28 '15 at 14:44
  • Thanks :) Another question. Wouldn't it be more convenient to list senses based on their popularity, or frequency of use? – modarwish Oct 29 '15 at 3:48
  • @modarwish: it depends; different people have different purposes for using a dictionary. For a learner's dictionary, listing by frequency of use might be more convenient. For a historical/etymological dictionary, listing by order of first use is more convenient for some people. – brass tacks Oct 29 '15 at 4:44

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