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Webster's New World College Dictionary [Hardcover]

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July 15 1999 0028631188 978-0028631189 4
Ten years of lexicographic research culminates to form the latest edition of the renowned Webster's New World College Dictionary. This fourth edition combines the most up-to-date information about our language and our world to present a completely revised, updated and expanded edition for this age of instant global communication. This authoritative reference now includes 5,000 new entries and the only four-color atlas offered by a dictionary of this size. New words, new Americanisms, and new biographical and geographical entries are fully integrated into the single alphabetical listing. Thousands of new uses and meanings have been added to many existing entries. The expanded reference section provides easy access to geographical, historical, and other encyclopedic information. Unsurpassed for nearly half a century for its reliability, clarity, and precision, Webster's New World College Dictionary provides the most accurate and current information available anywhere. Millions of users worldwide value this unique combination of features, found in no other dictionary:
* clear, readable definitions that provide instant understanding
* thousands of examples of current word usage
* more than 160,000 entries and over 800 illustrations, biographical photographs, and maps
* page and text redesigned for even greater readability
* the official dictionary of the Associated Press

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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.

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1.0 out of 5 stars A poor reference guide Dec 9 2001
By A Customer
I bought this dictionary because it had received some good reviews. However, I must say that I am extremely disappointed and would not recommend its purchase to anyone. Every dictionary that I have ever used has divided the word it is defining into its correct syllables and then given the words' definiton. Well, not this one. My son was looking up words for a homework assignment and had to find the word "vegetable" and write down the amount of syllables it contained. This dictionary lists vegetable like this --> "veg-eta-ble". First, I thought it was an error. After all, who divides vegetable like that? As I did some further research, I soon realized that the dictionary does not bother to list the words and their syllables. Well, what I need is a complete dictionary, not some joke of one...
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By Gerald Parker TOP 500 REVIEWER
I long have used the Webster's New World Dictionary of American English, the most recommendable and comprehensive of its variants being any designated for "college" (in U.S.A. lingo including "university") use. The edition which most people usually think of as the first edition of this dictionary was the only English dictionary which students at the college where I did my freshman and sophomore years of study, in the mid-1960s, were permitted to cite as their lexical authority (the then recently debased "Collegiate" dictionary from Merriam-Webster, having been prime among the dictionaries that students were forbidden to use in writing their papers and assignments). There had been forerunners of the supremely fine Webster's New World Dictionary under the same title, published decades before the 1950s, under the imprint of World Publishers, but those earlier ones did not so deserve to be considered the first edition (which seems to have gone through printings from 1954 or so to 1968, of which the one that I first obtained was the 1964 printing). I have acquired and used every edition of this dictionary, right up to and including the fourth and now (updating this review slightly in 2014) the fifth editions. I have retained each much-loved, well-used edition, keeping them in various rooms of my house, along with some other favoured dictionaries, for ready resort near desks, tables, or chairs where I most often read or write.

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.
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This Webster's Fourth Edition-2001, has 1716 (two column) pages; an index; a highlighted synonym box under certain words; and no wasted space along the vertical margins. The dictionary is so easy on the eyes to read, that I eagerly anticipate having to look up a word. The grayscale synonym text-boxes are printed (not more than), one to a column, which is just enough to give your eyes a reference-anchor as you scan. Their 50th anniversary revision (and most other dictionaries), are shrink-wrapped; so you won't know how reader-friendly this book is unless someone tells you. And go ahead and use yellow highlighter to mark every single word you look up. I give you permission. Chances are, you'll be looking up the same word again in the future.
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
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2.0 out of 5 stars The dictionary I'm here to replace! Aug. 11 2002
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It is what it is: a light, compact, very affordable dictionary. If that's all you need (or if it's all you can afford) I encourage you to buy it. That's why I bought it. I think it would be great for kids in junior high and high school. For the writers, learners of English, speakers, students, and everyone else who needs detailed definitions of obscure words, a few synonyms and accurate pronunciations, save your pennies until you can buy a giant American Heritage! American Heritage is the Cadillac of dictionaries. Since this Webster's is compact, it doesn't have a single illustration, and if you're like me you need to see a thing to understand it. The pronunciation key is a little inadequate, if not plain wrong. In what part of the country do the words "law," "all," "horn," and "oar" all have the same vowel sound in them? The bottom line is: it's OK for most and aggravating for the rest of us.
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There's a lot of confusion about dictionaries out there because many people do not know that the name "Webster's" is in the public domain.
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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Published on July 1 2004 by Luna
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
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 more
Published on Aug. 8 2003 by "ohboi"
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Average
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply, the best.
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 more
Published on Aug. 7 2002 by D. R. Schryer
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best of the world after oxford classical
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 more
Published on Jan. 30 2002 by pietro-di-tricesimo
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful reference tool
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential for copy editors
Most importantly this reference book is absolutely essential for any copy editor working on a newspaper that adheres to AP style. Read more
Published on May 23 2001 by jkg
5.0 out of 5 stars great dictionary
Something is wrong with you if you don't like this dictionary. Buy the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) if you don't like the Webster's New World College Dictionary.
Published on March 26 2000
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