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Merriam-Webster's Pocket Dictionary [Kindle Edition]

Merriam-Webster
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You can set this dictionary as your default Kindle dictionary and look up words while reading. The default setting is The New Oxford American Dictionary included on your Kindle, but you have the option to change your default setting to this compatible dictionary after purchase.

New edition! The perfect dictionary for quick, on-the-go language reference.
  • 40,000 entries
  • Clear, concise definitions
  • Pronunciations and variant spellings
  • Brief guide to punctuation


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About the Author

The Merriam brothers desired a continuity of editorship that would link Noah Webster's efforts with their own editions, so they selected Chauncey A. Goodrich, Webster's son-in-law and literary heir, who had been trained in lexicography by Webster himself, to be their editor in chief. Webster's son William also served as an editor of that first Merriam-Webster dictionary, which was published on September 24, 1847.

Although Webster's work was honored, his big dictionaries had never sold well. The 1828 edition was priced at a whopping $20; in 13 years its 2,500 copies had not sold out. Similarly, the 1841 edition, only slightly more affordable at $15, moved slowly. Assuming that a lower price would increase sales, the Merriams introduced the 1847 edition at $6, and although Webster's heirs initially questioned this move, extraordinary sales that brought them $250,000 in royalties over the ensuing 25 years convinced them that the Merriams' decision had been abundantly sound.

The first Merriam-Webster dictionary was greeted with wide acclaim. President James K. Polk, General Zachary Taylor (hero of the Mexican War and later president himself), 31 U.S. senators, and other prominent people hailed it unreservedly. In 1850 its acceptance as a resource for students began when Massachusetts ordered a copy for every school and New York placed a similar order for 10,000 copies to be used in schools throughout the state. Eventually school use would spread throughout the country. In becoming America's most trusted authority on the English language, Merriam-Webster dictionaries had taken on a role of public responsibility demanded of few other publishing companies.

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  • File Size: 3313 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001C4PKHG
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pocket dictionary August 23, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Exactly what I was wanting something I can actually put in my pocket to travel with. It has 90% of what much larger dictionaries have.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too concise June 11, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a fan of Merriam Websters dictionaries but this pocket version is concise to such extremes that you frequently have to consult other dictionaries.
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1.0 out of 5 stars No search capability May 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I sent this back for a refund.

This dictionary did not have a window where I could type in a word for a search.

I was very disappointed. This book was useless to me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ExCellent learning tool April 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
hardly had time get to use before being asked to give a review. I am assuming that it's similar to most dictionaries.
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3.0 out of 5 stars webster pocket dictionary April 14, 2014
By joanne
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Its ok but hard to find a word unless I haven't figured it out yet. I hope it will help me with my online scrabble game. And if there is a quick way to find a word why didn't you say so?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor functionality April 12, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was unable to search for words. .The table of contents did not work. There needs to be a better navigation process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Works March 26, 2014
By Blarg
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It works and has everything
Thumbs up no trouble or gliches no lags I'm a gamer and not a reader but I like it
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1.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts on it March 25, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I absolutely hate this it sucks because you can't even search what word you want
this doesn't deserve any credit
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