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Merriam-Webster's Visual Dictionary

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ISBN-13: 978-0877790518
ISBN-10: 0877790515
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Merriam-Webster's version of a visual dictionary comes from the same team responsible for the Firefly Visual Dictionary (2000) and looks almost identical to that earlier work. The big change here is that "real dictionary definitions" have been added, so that when we are shown a labeled picture of an arcade or a bobsled, we can read a definition as well. Some 6,000 pieces of artwork and 20,000 terms are grouped under 17 general categories. DK's Visual Dictionary groups 30,000 terms under 14 headings and uses primarily photographs (6,000 of them) plus 1,000 illustrations. The DK dictionary has a more sumptuous look, but some of the entries, such as those for the densely labeled "Competition Motorcycles" and "A Ship of the Line," can be confusing. If a library has to choose, it's the difference between stilettos and sensible shoes. DK is sexier, but Merriam-Webster, with its clear illustrations and added definitions, is probably a better educational tool. Susan Awe
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Merriam-Webster Inc. acquired the rights to revise and publish Noah Webster's dictionaries in 1843. Since then, Merriam-Webster has maintained an ongoing commitment to innovation, scholarship, and love of language. Today, the company continues as the leader in language reference, publishing a diverse array of print and electronic products, including the best-selling Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition. The company also publishes a full line of student references, bilingual dictionaries, and titles for English Language Learning.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 952 pages
  • Publisher: Merriam-Webster, Inc. (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877790515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877790518
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Peace-filled Merry on May 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Our son found this dictionary and purchased it himself. As a deaf student, he has poured over the pages with delight. It is a wonderful reference for those with language problems, learning disabilities, and the curious in general. We were so impressed we donated 25 copies to our son's school for classroom use. The students and teachers have loved it!
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By S. Dixit on June 13, 2007
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Good lay out and high quality paper. Pictures are fine. But more like a small encyclopedia than a dictionary. Major drawback is small font letters, not easy to read.Bit disappointed, could have been better.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Liu on December 24, 2009
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Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary is an excellent reference book for kids and people whose native language is not English.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ESL teacher on December 17, 2010
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I find that this book is a useful tool to use with my ESL students. They can learn the names of the tools they use at work, and words for the items in their daily lives in an easy to understand format. It is a marvelous teaching tool, and has saved me hours of Internet searching and printing to prepare lessons.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By noamshoosh on November 28, 2010
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This book is an amazing way to teach children (an some adults :-)) the name and the right spelling of different items.
Beautiful illustrations and easy to understend writings.
I've bought this book for my nephew, but it's so beautiful i'll keep it to myself.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roberto J. Lancellotti on June 22, 2010
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Whenever one thinks of " Webster Dictionary " one visualizes a big , heavy book, terribly serious and with thousands of very accurate definitions explaining, or trying to, origins and meanings of words. Useful of course, but almost always dry as a pile of sand and not meant for young children. What a revelation Merriam-Webster's Visual Dictionary is !!!!!! Scientific, explanatory and extremely useful but in such a novel way.... Children love it, middle age people adore it and everybody wonders why nobody had ever thought of creating it any time sooner. Luckily it is now here, for all of us to use and enjoy and I am sure it will soon be in every home, classroom and library. Well done Merriam-Webster, and as they say, " Better late than never "
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Nahmias on December 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this dictionary for my 8 year old son. It is a little advanced, but he likes it and is learning how to use the Index. He hasn't quite gotten the hang of it, but he really likes the dictionary. I like the references and detailed explanations. It is a good buy and he will grow into it. I am happy I bought this. Great service from Amazon, as usual.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Moore on June 8, 2007
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I purchased this dictionary for someone else, and they were thrilled with the content and pictures. I personally have an older dictionary like it, and think that having the visual references is fantastic. Words are important, but, as the old saying goes, "a picture says a thousand words". Sorry, Merriam, but we art-types love those pics!
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