Dictionary table

I heard that the term "dictionary table" but I can't find it on MSDN.
Any idea?
zhshqzycAsked:
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tigin44Commented:
I assume you have heard about the dictionary data type.. in this link a brief explanion is given with examples.

http://www.dotnetperls.com/dictionary-vbnet
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zhshqzycAuthor Commented:
No. I know direction data. I heard that there is a kind of table called "Dictionary Table".
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Chris LuttrellSenior Database ArchitectCommented:
There is nothing in MS SQL Server that is directly called a Dictionary Table.  Other flavors of SQL often refer to SYSTEM tables as Dictionary Tables, is that what you are looking for.  If so look for sys or system tables in MS SQL.
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agusacilCommented:
Perhaps what you mean is metadata, that is information about database's table structure.
You can retrieve that from information_schema.
Further information can be read here
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms186778.aspx

Or here
http://www.databasejournal.com/features/mssql/article.php/1460131/SQL-Servers-Metadata-Views.htm
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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
I agree.  I think they mean the system views (technically they are views not tables) in SQL Server.

Btw, you should use the MS views:

sys.object
sys.columns
etc.

and NOT the information_schema views, since, ironically, the schema name in those views may be incorrect in SQL 2005 and later.
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