983, 025, 169, 653, 419, 093, 440, 784, 752, 283, 514, 851, 547, 993

What is spelled?

Hint 1:

Each number is a letter and commas are not important.

Hint 2:

The title may help.

Hint 3:

It is one word.

Hint 4:

My best friend's name is Dewey.

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    $\begingroup$ Why have you already added three hints after 10 minutes? $\endgroup$ – LeppyR64 Jun 14 '16 at 21:30
  • $\begingroup$ Should I delete two of them and only add them after an hour or two? $\endgroup$ – Wowsk Jun 14 '16 at 21:31
  • $\begingroup$ In all honesty, all three hints were already pretty obvious. In future just let your puzzle sit until it's obvious no one has any idea and everyone needs a hint. Don't forget that people all around the world are up at different times. $\endgroup$ – LeppyR64 Jun 14 '16 at 21:33
  • $\begingroup$ Okay! Thanks for the tip. This is my first question so I appreciate any tips on asking! $\endgroup$ – Wowsk Jun 14 '16 at 21:35
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    $\begingroup$ My assumption is that each 3 digit number equates to a single letter $\endgroup$ – weejammaz Jun 15 '16 at 13:51

You wrote



Dewey decimal system, and taking first letter of each category

  • $\begingroup$ Congratulations! That is correct! I hope that last hint wasn't too much of a giveaway. $\endgroup$ – Wowsk Jun 16 '16 at 11:04

I think the word is


because the numbers

are are Dewey Decimal classes and the initial letters of these spell your word

983 Chile, 025 Library operations, 169 Analogy, 653 Shorthand, 419 Sign languages, 093 Incunabula, 440 French & related Romance languages, 784 Instruments & Instrumental ensembles & their music, 752 Color, 283 Anglican churches, 514 Topology, 851 Italian poetry, 547 Organic chemistry, 993 New Zealand

  • $\begingroup$ Very Well Explained.. $\endgroup$ – LoveToCode Jun 16 '16 at 11:09
  • $\begingroup$ I would have accepted your answer, but shree.pat18 answered first. $\endgroup$ – Wowsk Jun 16 '16 at 17:09
  • $\begingroup$ @Wowsk - you are right to do so, and I learned interesting things about Dewey - nice puzzle! $\endgroup$ – Tom Jun 16 '16 at 18:16
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! I was worried it was going to be too hard, and then worried that the last hint would give it away. $\endgroup$ – Wowsk Jun 16 '16 at 19:00
  • $\begingroup$ I know what you mean - it can be tough! - I look forward to your next puzzle someday - you could keep it hard for a few days as there are many really good solvers on this SE! $\endgroup$ – Tom Jun 16 '16 at 19:16

The answer is



If you take the first letter of the Dewey decimal system classifications corresponding to the numbers in the question, that's what it spells

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