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Encarta Webster's Dictionary Of The English Language, The [Hardcover]

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Book Description

Oct. 15 2004
With 5,000 new words and meanings, this edition captures a world view of English as it is used today. The dictionary offers over 400,000 words, phrases and meanings; 2,000 key quotations; 4,000 illustrations; 10,000 biographical and geographical entries; 1,000 common misspellings; and 900 usage notes. Plus, Encarta Webster's lexicographers have hunted down the latest terms in technology, popular culture and business.

Canadian terms range from aglu and figgyduff to Quiet Revolution and toque. And who knew Canadians use facecloths while our American friends use washcloths?

"The pleasure of thumbing through the Encarta Dictionary is to see how swiftly words and phrases are assimilated into the language ... a reaffirmation of the expansion of English in every sense of the word." --Boston Globe

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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury US; 2 edition (Oct. 15 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582345104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582345109
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 22.5 x 6.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 3 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,018,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The most ambitious dictionary of our language...The new Encarta is a terrific new reference source." (Washington Post)

"To my ear and based on my experience, the definitions and the way they are sequenced-to denote a hierarchy of contemporary usage-is right on target...I suspect it will become the main dictionary I use from here on." (Baltimore Sun)

The pleasure of thumbing through the Encarta dictionary is to see how swiftly words and phrases are assimilated into the language...a reaffirmation of the expansion of English in every sense of the word (Boston Globe)

"A rather remarkable foray into differing cultures, marked by the dictionary's 'cultural notes' and reminders that the same words used in different places, such as 'robot,' 'mail slot' and 'swing voter,' have very different meanings." (Chicago Tribune)

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5.0 out of 5 stars impeccable! Nov. 7 2006
By Adam M. Sawicki - Published on Amazon.com
A virtual rarity, beyond any doubt! A huge lexical inventory, this dictionary incorporates an abundant wealth of linguistic information arranged in a clear, transparent, and coherent structure which is presented in an attractive visual format. Among a number of personal vocabulary resources, I place this dictionary on the very top of my valued library collection! I highly recommend it to any prospective buyer genuinely interested in exploring the depths and richness, as well as the unique charm and beauty of the admirable English language. A precious treasure to discover!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumb Index Included! April 1 2007
By Phoenix Ikki - Published on Amazon.com
This is the American edition of "Bloomsbury English Dictionary, 2nd edn (ISBN: 0747562431)." Thumb Index is specifically included. Marvelous volume! Easy to use!
5.0 out of 5 stars What a dictionary should be Nov. 8 2011
By Elizabeth H. Harding - Published on Amazon.com
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I've used many dictionaries over the years and this is one of the best I've seen, It's easy to use and has the answers to most of your questiuons. Highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars Not all dictionaries are the same, check out "analogy" Dec 5 2009
By Nothing But the Facts - Published on Amazon.com
When I did a survey of dictionaries in my local bookstore I found this one to be by far the most well written and clear in its definitions. The best "test word" I ended up using across all the dictionaries was "analogy."

This dictionary's first definition reads:
1. COMPARISON a comparison between two things that are similar in some way, often used to help explain something or make it easier to understand

All the other dictionaries I read had horrible, hard to understand definitions (including the collegiate version of the same dictionary). Check out "analogy" in any other dictionary before you buy it, you might be really surprised. Buy this one!

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