===Fixing bad articles/stubs===
A ''good'' encyclopedia article ''can and should'' begin with a relatively short but discrete explanation of what the subject of the article — the person, place, concept, event, or thing that its title denotes — is.
However, sometimes, a Wikipedia article (particularly stubs) will be ''badly written''. Its introduction will say something such as «'''Dog''' is a term for an animal with the binomial name ''Canis lupus''.» or «'''Dog''' is a word that refers to a domesticated canine.». Such articles are ''not'' dictionary articles. They are badly written encyclopedia articles, that should be cleaned up in accordance with our [[WP:REFERS|Guide to writing better articles]]. Simply replace the cumbersome phrasings such as «is a term for», «is a word that means», «refers to», with the very simple "is": «A '''dog''' ''is'' an animal with the binomial name ''Canis lupus''.» «A '''dog''' ''is'' a domesticated canine.»
Sometimes, also, a Wikipedia article will be badly named. Its title will be an [[adjective]] or an [[قید]] or an inflection of a verb that isn't a noun. Such articles are only dictionary articles if they can only discuss the word or phrase, rather than what the word or phrase denotes. If they discuss what the word or phrase denotes, then they should be [[Help:Renaming (moving) a page|rename]]d or [[Wikipedia:Merge|merge]]d to the title that adheres to our [[Wikipedia:Naming conventions]]. For example: "supermassive" is an adjective, and doesn't by itself denote an actual subject. [[Supermassive black hole]] is an actual subject.
===Misplaced dictionary articles===