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Webster's New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition (Thumb-Indexed) Hardcover – Jan 1 2000

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  • Hardcover: 1728 pages
  • Publisher: Webster's New World; 4 edition (Jan. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028631188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028631189
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 5.9 x 24.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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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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By A Customer on Dec 9 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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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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Format: Hardcover
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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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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