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Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Thesaurus, Second Edition [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

Find the right word to enrich communication!

Alphabetical lists include more than 340,000 synonyms, antonyms, related and contrasted words, and idioms
Brief definitions describe the meanings shared by synonyms

Product Details

  • File Size: 3890 KB
  • Print Length: 26020 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00413QLU0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,521 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent searchable thesaurus for Kindle April 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This thesaurus, unlike some of the other thesauri available for Kindle, is fully searchable. The search feature works in much the same way as the default dictionary, and I think it's well worth the reasonable price.

The entries are comprehensive with many Synonyms and Related Words provided, as well as Antonyms and Near Antonyms.

I won't compare this thesaurus to other thesauri in print version, but I will say that it's the best thesaurus for Kindle at the time of writing this review. Roget's Super Thesaurus (Kindle Edition), for example, has excellent entries with long lists of synonyms, however it is not searchable and the format appears somewhat cluttered when viewed on the Kindle.

After reading through various user reviews and testing sample content, I finally had narrowed down my choice to either Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Thesaurus or WordNet 3 (largest English dictionary and thesaurus). However by comparing the sample content my decision quickly became obvious. WordNet 3 is also searchable and has the added advantage of making all Synonyms links to their main entries. However, it has very lack-lustre lists of Synonyms, and according to some of the other reader reviews, relatively common words missing entirely.

At any rate I am pleased with this thesaurus and would happily recommend to anybody who is looking for a thesaurus on their Kindle.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Kindle Thesaurus April 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In my youth, a thesaurus was a paper book organized like a dictionary. Under each word, listed alphabetically, was a listing of synonyms and antonyms. Seems like a candidate for quick and easy (and useful) reference on a lightweight Kindle.

I found the Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases (2011) was disappointing. It's trying to connect your query word to a "cloud of similar meaning." Confusing. Sometimes I look for a work by searching the antonym list - gotta have that!

This Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Thesaurus works the way I expect. You locate a word within the reference just as you would for the built-in dictionary; simply type the word, then use the five-way selector to pick your target word as the search list changes in-step with your typing. The word entries provide the contents as I would expect from my old paper Thesaurus. For example, entry for "simple" links to seven other entries covering seven different way you might use it. The "simple" entry includes a brief description for each variation, and a hyperlink to the corresponding enumeration of synonyms, related words, antonyms and near antonyms. So far as I can tell, no other thesaurus for the Kindle is easier to use or offers better content.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You can never replace the hard copy November 26, 2011
By KenB
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
So I am a writer, not professionally, but I do rely on the use of dictionaries and thesauri several times a week in my pursuit to becoming a full fledged author. I do have a hard copy Thesaurus of the same brand, as well as a dictionary, but being the large books that they are it is difficult to take them everywhere with me. I tend to write on the go (full time Dad, full time work, cooker and cleaner of the house, etc). Therefore the Kindle, for me, is an excellent writing companion and so I thought it would be great to try out a Kindle version Thesaurus. I did read a few reviews and settled on this version and to conclude this review without more unnecessary information, I will say that this Thesaurus is alright. I just used it this morning to try and conjure up another word for glass. I got tired of using it in the same paragraph (glass doors, glass office walls, glass everywhere). So I look it up and there's only one definition for glass, referring to the glasses a person wears, rather than glass like glass pane or what have you. I look up glass in the dictionary's that come with the Kindle and find five different definitions. This tells me that whoever put this Thesaurus on the market did so in a manner inconsistent with the quality I expect from the Merriam-Webster brand. Certainly if I were to grab the hard copy of the same Thesaurus from a book shelf I would find several other definitions for the same word. Personally I think this product is a bit sloppy and is another example of why the American economy is in a slump, but I'm sure most of you would think that's stretching things a bit. Anyway, take it for what you will this product is certainly not worth the eight bucks, but it's better than nothing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Other than lacking medical definitions ... December 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Have always had a preference for the MW dictionary because it has everything in it with each definition. Took me a few weeks to figure out how to use all of the functions (I'm new to tablet technology) but am doing well now.

Only drawback is I'm using the online version for many of the medical definitions I require for my college studies; this e-book version is missing most of those definitions. I may need to purchase a Tabot's dictionary instead but for regular literature, it has everything in it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars thanks October 2, 2011
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thank you all these reviews helped me pick out the perfect thesaurus i found christopher lees exceptionally helpful thank you and i enjoy this wonderful thesaurus
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4.0 out of 5 stars kindle version May 2, 2014
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This book is a good addition but I find I do not use it as much as I thought I would. I am just beginning my dissertation so I am expecting that I will use it more in the near future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent
I prefer the original Roget's format, but this one is the best dictionary form I have found on kindle. word.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 4 months ago by John Lockinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as expected
Published 5 months ago by RICHARD BURTON
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying Search
Happily, content link has been implemented in this thesaurus and works in e-book form. A reference document is particularly disappointing in electronic format when a proper search... Read more
Published 9 months ago by VA Duck
4.0 out of 5 stars helpful
Very insightful and helpful especially when used with Non English Speaking students who are learning to speak and write English.
Published 9 months ago by Kathryn Douglas
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Kindle
I bought this for my son's Kindle and he loves having it readily available at school. No more waiting in line for the books in class.
Published 9 months ago by Indy Nat
1.0 out of 5 stars Merriam websters collegiate thesaurus
There was no words to look up i already know what a thesaurus is i want synyoms it was terrible
Published 15 months ago by I ant telln u
5.0 out of 5 stars Collegiate Thesaurus - Merriam-Webster's
Having a thesaurus can be advantageous when you are deciding to write documents or just for fun. I love to learn!
Published 15 months ago by singerway48*
2.0 out of 5 stars No Quick-Search Feature!!!
The words in the book are moderately extensive and serve my purpose pretty nicely! However, when it comes to reference material, a mandatory requirement for me is the ability to... Read more
Published 17 months ago by MITCHrydah
4.0 out of 5 stars meets all expectations
Easy to use, gave me many choices of words to choose from. Would recommend this to anyone. Downloaded in an instant.
Published 20 months ago by JWD
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