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Webster's New World College Dictionary [Hardcover]

Michael E. Agnes
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply, the best. Aug. 7 2002
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. It's very much up to date and also very user friendly; you won't have to keep looking up definitions of definitions. Furthermore, it's authoritive. This is the dictionary chosen by many prestigious media organizations -- including the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times -- as their authority of choice. So if you want to get an up to date, easy to use dictionary that's widely-recognized as authoritive, look for the name Webster's New World.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Aug. 8 2003
By "ohboi"
Format:Leather Bound
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 of choice for many, many years. In our early years of marriage, like many young couples, we could only afford the paperback edition. Last year on the day of our wedding anniversary, my ever so thoughtful Doris presented me with this deluxe, leather bound edition! I wept with joy and thought only in America, only in America!
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