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Random House Compact Unabridged Dictionary Paperback – September 9, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0679449911 ISBN-10: 0679449914 Edition: 2nd Bk&CD

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 2230 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Information Group; 2nd Bk&CD edition (September 9, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679449914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679449911
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 4.1 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,645,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ere is the only unabridged dictionary revised in 1996 and the only one packaged with a CD-ROM. Without compromising content, this incredibly comprehensive resource--over 315,000 entries--is now available in a smaller, more manageale size and as a CD-ROM. National ads, media.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 1997
There are many versions of this product. Mine has two ISBN's 0-679-45019-X for the CD-Rom component and 0-679044998-1 for the Software package. It is based on the 2nd Printed Edition with a copyright 1996.

Recently I acquired the 'Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictinary.' I was able to put it through its paces by seeimg how easily I was able to solve crossword puzzles in an old "Giant Crossword Puzzle Book" from the New York Times' Will Weng, editor.
I am not very good so normally I use the big "The Master Crossword Puzzle Dictionary' by Herbert M. Raus. This is an excellent reference in and of itself but availabilty over the year has not be consistent. Barnes and Noble, the bookstore is the publisher and distributor. I was able to also compare the Random House with Softkey's version of the "The American Heritage Dictionary" (AHD). I also have dictionaries on my Britannica and Worldbook CD's but the search engine for these dictionaries is simply 'enter the word'.
The Random House may be the second largest dictionary, second to the full OED, at least until Oxford comes out with the New Shorter OED on CD this Spring (1997). It has far more words than the American Heritage as well as more meanings per word. It is a
good collection of geographic, biographical and botanical references. It has etymologies, the AHD does not. Most words have a speaker icon which gives either a male or femaie voice (only one per word). Some animal, plant and boat words have line diagrams that are resizeable and savable.The Random House's main screen is itself resizable unlike the American Heritage(AHD).
The Random House has five 'Search types'. Anagrams will allow you to cheat at scrabble on the PC.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1997
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Do NOT--repeat, NOT--buy "Random House Compact Unabridged Dictionary, Special Second Edition" ISBN 679450262, [RHCUD-SSE] unless what you really want is the accompanying CD-ROM version 2.0. The hardcopy book is a shabby and disappointing substitute for "Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Second Edition" ISBN 679429174 [RHUD-SE], but the CD-ROM is a vast improvement over earlier versions. If all you want is the CD-ROM you can purchase it separately from Random House (1-800-793-2665) or its outlets for $20.

Oddity#1: the CD-ROM title is "Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary," ISBN 67944998.

RHCUD-SSE is slightly smaller (1 inch in height and 3/4 inch in width) than RHUD-SE, due to smaller type and narrower gutters. The paper is darker and of poorer quality, book construction is inferior, and there are 8 thumb notches instead of 15. RHCUD-SSE lacks the 32-page colored World Atlas of RHUD-SE, as well as the portion of the 200-page supplement of the latter containing a list of colleges and universities and small foreign language dictionaries (Spanish, French, Italian and German). RHCUD-SSE does not have the front and rear end papers of RHUD-SE, although they are listed on its Contents page.

The text on the back of the RHCUD-SSE dust jacket says, in big type, "Nothing Removed," but this is at best misleading since the following small type says "complete vocabulary" and just ignores the important deletions noted above.

Additions in RHCUD-SSE include 1000 new words (isolated in an 8-page addendum at the front of the book), and a section on Avoiding Sexism in the Manual of Style.
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