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Webster's New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition (Thumb-Indexed) Hardcover – Jan 1 2000
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Is "legislator" pronounced with an "er" sound at the end or an "or"? Is the Jewish festival of lights spelled "Chanukah," "Hanuka," or "Hanukkah"? With Webster's New World College Dictionary, which promises to describe rather than prescribe, you can take your pick. The dictionary includes more than 150,000 entries, including brief biographical and geographical notes and useful drawings and diagrams (depictions of four kinds of buoys, for example). The guide to pronunciation and symbols is given on every other page, handy for those who don't like to refer to the inside cover each time they forget how to pronounce the sound of the schwa (of course, the guides on the inside and front covers are more extensive). Starred words refer to Americanisms, which number more than 11,000, such as "hornswoggle" and "Hopi" and "kitchenette." The definitions themselves are clear and simple and seldom have you scurrying to another page for a definition of the definition. Easy to use and understand, Webster's New World College Dictionary is a fine addition to any high school or college student's desk set. --Rebecca A. Staffel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"This is, it goes without saying, a majestic publication." --Philip Howard (Wall Street Journal, August 23, 2005) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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An interesting feature, by the way, of the Second College Edition, at least of the sturdy "Special School Printing" of it which I own, is a flexi-disc (33.3 r.p.m., 7 in.Read more ›
However...I looked up "haole" (non-native Hawa'iian), and it wasn't in there. I found that in American Heritage College-Third, so the result of my research now indicates that you need both.
... Kirk Perry 2004
There's a very good reason why this is the official dictionary of the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Definitions are clear and complete, the typeface is easy on the eyes, and I like how major figures, place names, and foreign phrases are all included with the main entires. The reference material now placed in a separate section is outstanding and can serve the purpose of 3 or 4 reference works.
One complaint--I don't understand why the editors removed the handy brief pronounciation key from each page. Instead, on each page they somewhat sternly direct you to look at the complete key on the inside back cover. A major loss in convenience for what--saving maybe 25-35 pages in length?
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My wife of thirty years, Doris, and I are both short in stature. In fact we have to sit on something while driving in order to see properly and Webster's has been our booster seat... Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2003
The print in this book is a bit on the pale side and it is surprising how often the word I want is not in this dictionary. I much prefer The New Oxford American Dictionary.Published on Oct. 20 2002 by Bert Wiefels
There are lots of dictionaries available, and many of them call themselves "Webster's" -- it a generic name. But Webster's New World stands out from the rest. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2002 by D. R. Schryer
I'm university's teacher in France and we don't like bad dictionnaries in France. But this one give more details on words' etymology than any other french dictionnary. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2002 by pietro-di-tricesimo
What can I say about a dictionary? So far it has the words I want to know about. It's quite up to date regarding the Internet and related words.Published on Nov. 14 2001 by Amazon Customer
Most importantly this reference book is absolutely essential for any copy editor working on a newspaper that adheres to AP style. Read morePublished on May 23 2001 by jkg
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