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Webster's New World Dictionary and Thesaurus [Paperback]

Editors of Webster's New World Dictionaries , Charlton Laird
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May 6 2002 0764565451 978-0764565458 2
  • Completely revised from the previous edition.
  • Increased page count
  • More dictionary entries - 61,000 total
  • 13,000 thesaurus entries
  • 3,000 new dictionary terms, such as biscotti, dot.com, gene therapy, home page, no-brainer, portobello mushroom, skybox, surgicenter, veggie
  • Revised design affords greater readability, with use of custom fonts
  • Based on the authoritative Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition

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    The first and only American reference book of its kind, this outstanding Webster's New World dictionary is also a thesaurus! Based on the universally acclaimed Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition, and Webster's New World Roget's A-Z Thesaurus, it combines the best features of both in a single, easy-to-use volume.

    Through decades of linguistic research, Webster's New World editors have crafted a uniquely modern guide to American English. The dictionary segment of this volume includes 61,000 entries providing clear, precise, and reliable definitions of all of today's most commonly used words. Widely used scientific, technical, professional, and business terms are included, as well as common abbreviations. Word derivations are provided to help you better understand the language and its use.

    All the dictionary entries in this volume appear in the top portion of each page. In the bottom portion are the corresponding thesaurus entries. These list a wide array of synonyms that can add variety to every type of writing. Students, writers, speakers, editors, crossword puzzle buffs - anyone who has a need for just the right word - will find these entries uniquely helpful and easy to use. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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    Discover the Dictionary That's Also a Thesaurus!

    Unique in concept and design, this groundbreaking resource combines two great Webster's New World reference works in a single volume. Dictionary entries and corresponding thesaurus entries appear together on each page, so you can check the spelling and definitions of a word and also research its synonyms - all at a single glance.

    On every page you'll find

    A Dictionary
    * Concise, readable, up-to-date definitions
    * Clear, accurate pronunciation and usage information
    * Widely used scientific and technical terms
    * Over 14,000 etymologies for greater understanding

    A Thesaurus
    * Lists of helpful, concrete examples
    * Synonyms clearly keyed to dictionary entries
    * Cross-references for even more information --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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    Readable and useful. I have used this with my own children and students - It is nice having a hardbound book with all that is needed in it rather than using 2 volumes. Clear Print and up-to- date
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    5.0 out of 5 stars A College Need!!!!! Nov. 24 2002
    Since my classes require lots of in class papers I found this book to be quite helpful. It is not very large and heavy and also includes a thesaurus! I am very glade with my choice!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars A Thesaurus is a thesaurus Aug. 27 2002
    By A Customer
    This thesaurus was very good. I liked it a lot and found it to be good. The layout was nice. The cover looked pretty. Overall, the whole book was very good.
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    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all writers and students. Oct. 16 2005
    By Carol Robb - Published on Amazon.com
    What makes this particular resource so valuable is that each page of the book has the dictionary section on top and the thesaurus section on the bottom. So, if you're looking up the definition of a word you don't have to hunt around in another section of the book for a similar word - it's on the same page.
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great dictionary/thes. for teaching English as a Second Langauge Jan. 3 2007
    By Caroline Dempsey - Published on Amazon.com
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    I used this book with intermediate/ advanced English speakers as an ESL teacher. My fav feature is having a thesaurus listing for most words on the bottom of the dictionary page - this helps vocabualry acquisition. I've used this book on 2 continents, and my only complaint is that it's a bit bulky for mailing overseas or carrying to class, everyday. As a desk reference, however, this book is great. It also contains a pronunciation key for each word with IPA symbols. The definitions are simple and easy to comprehend.
    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great for students and writers- very concise but thorough. May 4 1999
    By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
    Readable and useful. I have used this with my own children and students - It is nice having a hardbound book with all that is needed in it rather than using 2 volumes. Clear Print and up-to- date
    19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly Lacking July 21 2009
    By Richard C. Sovish - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    I purchased this book as a bedside companion for quick look ups of new words while reading non fiction or novels. Like most things that try to be two things at once it fails. It is neither a good dictionary, being too limited in scope, and not the the best thesaurus for the same reason. Many of the words I have looked up do not appear at all, and they were not that esoteric. So I find myself going back to my old American College Dictionary and International Thesaurus repeatedly. I can understand why it is recommended by teachers of young children and people who are not proficient in English, but for a bright high school or college student it is way too limited. I do not recommend it and am looking for something well beyond the basic.
    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars What does this word mean---is there synonym for it? July 7 2008
    By J. Guild - Published on Amazon.com
    If you do a lot of reading or any writing;you can't get far without a good Dictionary to start with;then you'll also need a good Thesaurus to follow through.But, which of the many to choose? I have several of each,but this one is different,and I will probably keep it handy because it will serve my purposes ,most of the time.I know ,at times it will not meet all my needs;but in those cases,I can turn to the bigger ones.
    The layout of this book is very ingenius (see,The proper spelling is "ingenious" and another word which gives similar meaning is "skillful"--all on the same page).
    The thing that makes this book different ,is that each page is split; with the dictionary part at the top of the page and the thesaurus at the bottom. Thus,one need only to make one search for both.An alternate would be to have the Dictionary at the front ,with the Thesaurus at the back---not nearly as handy.
    Another plus with this book is that the paper,printing and construction is very good for a paperback edition. The one thing with a paperback dictionaty is that the binding can weaken and break with a lot of use. This one looks pretty good and even lies open very well.Tugging at individual pages,they seem very well adhered to the binding.However; time and use will tell;but I suspect it will serve very well for personal use.Also,with respect to paperback Dictionaries,the paper is often very poor,more suitable for newspapers or mass market "Dimestore Novels"; and with the print size too small and poor contrast with the cheap paper.This is very important when thumbing through pages searching.I find flipping through this one excptionally good;and that has to be because of the heavy paper. The paper is heavy,very white and the print is large enough,assisted by the high constrast.The first thing that impressed me was how sharp and clear the printing was;and it hit me as soon as I opened it.
    There are a lot of other good features to this combined Dictionary/Thesaurus ,and I am sure I will find more as I use it. So,if you are thinking of purchasing a Dictionary or Thesaurus or both make sure you consider this combined one;it should serve the purpose very well,for most people.
    Oh yes,another excellent feature of this book is that it lies open when flat;quite unusual for a paper bound book.
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