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Webster's New World College Dictionary, Indexed Fourth Edition 4th Edition, Thumb-Indexed (Updated) Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0028631189
ISBN-10: 0028631188
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Is "legislator" pronounced with an "er" sound at the end or an "or"? Is the Jewish festival of lights spelled "Chanukah," "Hanuka," or "Hanukkah"? With Webster's New World College Dictionary, which promises to describe rather than prescribe, you can take your pick. The dictionary includes more than 150,000 entries, including brief biographical and geographical notes and useful drawings and diagrams (depictions of four kinds of buoys, for example). The guide to pronunciation and symbols is given on every other page, handy for those who don't like to refer to the inside cover each time they forget how to pronounce the sound of the schwa (of course, the guides on the inside and front covers are more extensive). Starred words refer to Americanisms, which number more than 11,000, such as "hornswoggle" and "Hopi" and "kitchenette." The definitions themselves are clear and simple and seldom have you scurrying to another page for a definition of the definition. Easy to use and understand, Webster's New World College Dictionary is a fine addition to any high school or college student's desk set. --Rebecca A. Staffel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"This is, it goes without saying, a majestic publication." --Philip Howard (Wall Street Journal, August 23, 2005)
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Product Details

  • Series: Webster's New World
  • Hardcover: 1716 pages
  • Publisher: Webster's New World; 4th Edition, Thumb-Indexed (Updated) edition (August 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028631188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028631189
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 2.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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89 of 89 people found the following review helpful By J. Giner on January 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is my most trusted dictionary for my own reference and studies. I bought a copy for work and home.

This dictionary is very easy-to-use and gives me full and complete definitions.

When I need to look up a word with an obscure usage or special idiom, I can find it in this dictionary 99% of the time without having to resort to an unabridged dictionary.

I love my New World Collegiate dictionary.

Note: This dictionary is thumb indexed and it benefits from having a dictionary software that runs with Windows XP or later over its previous version.

The Webster's New World College Dictionary is one that has by far the best roots and synonym studies of any Dictionary of the college level that I have seen. It gives Sanskrit roots which is often quite wonderful.

Practical Information:

- clear, readable definitions that provide instant understanding
- thousands of examples of current word usage
- more than 160,000 entries and over 800 illustrations, biographical photographs, and maps
- page and text redesigned for even greater readability
- the official dictionary of the Associated Press

Best, J-P G
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Schryer on August 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
There are lots of dictionaries available, and many of them call themselves "Webster's" -- it a generic name. But Webster's New World stands out from the rest. It's very much up to date and also very user friendly; you won't have to keep looking up definitions of definitions. Furthermore, it's authoritive. This is the dictionary chosen by many prestigious media organizations -- including the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times -- as their authority of choice. So if you want to get an up to date, easy to use dictionary that's widely-recognized as authoritive, look for the name Webster's New World.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Micky on May 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love this dictionary. The software version even works with Word 2007 running under Vista. The dictionary has a space on the tool bar and I can access it while writing.

For less than 20 bucks, you get an excellent hard bound dictionary, and an excellent electronic dictionary. Best deal on Amazon as far as I'm concerned. I'd pop 20 bucks just for the electronic version.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin P. Wing on August 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
i'm surprised at some of the complaints. i've found this to be one of the best dictionaries i've ever had. i previously bought and returned the merriam-webster dictionary because a lot of its definitions seemed old-fashioned or ill-aimed. the vast majority of entries i've found have spot-on defn's; it's particularly good at describing modern, american usage (in fact its stated emphasis is on "americanisms"). it also has the best etymology i've found anywhere, listing the PIE origins of most words.

nb the "pictures" that one reviewer complained about are a miniscule part of the space of the page; most pages have only one, and over 50% have none at all. many are actually maps or other useful diagrams (parts of a feather, a horse, the frame of a house, etc.).
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. H. Sandin on June 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I translate documents into English from Portuguese and Spanish. This dictionary was highly recommended by a group of my colleagues. Quality writing in the target language is vital. For example, it's important to see what the cognate of the foreign language term really means in English. I hadn't paid much attention to my choice of English dictionaries except to buy a giant Random House unabridged, but this is much more useful AND the CD makes it so practical (although I'd probably benefit ergonomically from leaving the keyboard, picking up a hardbound book, and looking up a word!)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By B. Patten on August 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this particular dictionary to use in the study of Latin with my daughter because it was recommended as giving good information on word derivations. Every word I have looked up has indeed had good information on word derivations.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This dictionary is the most helpful dictionary I've ever encountered. I use it so often it's getting rather worn. I've only found about 7 words that are not present in it. VERY helpful if you're taking advanced English courses & your teacher has a penchant for vocab tests.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Scott Batzek on August 12, 2005
Format: Leather Bound Verified Purchase
I read a lot of reviews and evaluated our needs. Basically we wanted a good, all around dictionary that would be durable and pleasant to use. We put this on a dictionary stand and everyone in the family uses it often, yes, even the grandchildren. Love it!
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