Webster's New World Dictionary and Thesaurus, 2nd Edition (Paper Edition) Paperback – May 6 2002
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The first and only American reference book of its kind, this outstanding Websters New World dictionary is also a thesaurus! Based on the universally acclaimed Websters New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition, and Websters New World Rogets A-Z Thesaurus, it combines the best features of both in a single, easy-to-use volume.
Through decades of linguistic research, Websters 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 todays 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 buffsanyone 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.
From the Back Cover
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
* 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
* Lists of helpful, concrete examples
* Synonyms clearly keyed to dictionary entries
* Cross-references for even more information --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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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