The fact remains, nonetheless, that Johnson's Dictionary
was the first general monolingual dictionary to be selective
about the words it included, to include vast numbers of
illustrative quotations as a way of demonstrating meaning
and to organise all these features of an entry in a
Johnson's Dictionary rightly embodies a sense of
beginnings in lexicography because it draws together many of
the previous practices into a more consistent methodology.
He applies to the monolingual English dictionary practices
which had previously been applied only to bilingual
dictionaries, particularly Latin dictionaries, or to
technical dictionaries, or to specialised dictionaries such
as law dictionaries. His methodology and careful delineation
of sense remained a model for subsequent lexicographers even
into the twentieth century.