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Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged (CD-ROM 3.0 version) [CD-ROM]

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January 1, 2002 0877794685 978-0877794684
This is a powerful electronic version of America's most comprehensive dictionary. It includes 476,000 entries, 1000 color illustrations, 13 powerful search options, and a free, one-year subscription to This boxed, Win/Mac CD-ROM installs easily onto hard drive for instant access.

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If big is better, the unabridged Webster's Third New International Dictionary is among the best. Weighing 12.5 pounds and measuring 4 inches thick, its 2,662 pages define more than 450,000 words spanning "a" to "zyzzogeton," including words ("disselboom" for instance) not found in other dictionaries, plus clear definitions, comprehensive etymologies, interesting asides, literary usage quotes, and a comfortable typeface. More than 150 years of accumulated scholarship helped collect the 10,000,000 usage examples that accurately provide definitions, and $3,500,000 went into producing this impressive volume. With Webster's Third you get a lot of dictionary for your money. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • CD-ROM: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Merriam Webster (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877794685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877794684
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
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459 of 491 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars W3 or OED? March 29, 1998
By A Customer
There are only two definitive English language dictionaries: Webster's Third (W3) and the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).
The OED has the advantage of scholarship, prestige and preeminence: it is generally regarded as the gold standard in the definition of English words. It achieves this primarily by citing historical books and manuscripts, going back in many cases to the dark ages, when the language itself was evolving. Comprising some 22 volumes and requiring more than three feet of shelf space, it is an impressive addition to anyone's library, albeit at a high cost. It is available, again at high cost, on CD ROM.
W3 is a single volume about four inches wide. It offers a precise definition of every word you will ever encounter (450,000 are listed) except for slang and jargon, obsolete words, technical vocabularies and recent additions to the language. It is not above providing an occasional literary allusion. It defines the English language.
Suppose you want to look up the word "synecdoche." Which of the following scenarios do you prefer?
(1) Find volume 10 of the OED and learn that Wyclif (1338) defined it as "whanne a part is set for al, either al is set for oo par . . ."
(2) Start computer, find CD ROM, load CD ROM, go to OED, step through program, find information, unload CD ROM, turn off computer, file CD ROM, go back to what you were doing in the first place.
(3) Open W3 and read "a figure of speech by which a part is put for a whole (as fifty sail for fifty ships) . . ."
W3 is THE dictionary. It belongs in everyone's home. At the listed price it is an incredible bargain. Highly recommended.
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295 of 320 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book, but... January 23, 2001
I have wished for a long time for the CD version of the Oxford English Dictionary and was on the verge of buying it until I read a review that expressed disappointment with OED-CD ease of use. The reviewer highly recommended Websters 3rd New International Dictionary:Unabridged which I purchased instead. The program is very easy to use and easily links to my MS Word.
I do have four disappointments - First, I have a real interest in etymology and though the NID:U has an etymology section it is very brief.
Second, though the CD is dated 2000 I have wondered just how up-to-date it is. For example, the word "internet" is not found.
Third, many of the illustrations in the print version are NOT in the CD version. That is a big disappointment.
Fourth, the dictionary does not contain many proper nouns or names. For example, out of the many uses for the word "Lincoln" not one definition lists Abraham as in President; neither is there any listing for Jefferson, either as President or Memorial. Look up Georgia and you will find that it is a state but there is no reference to the now country of Georgia, a former Soviet Republic. Look up any of the planets, Saturn, Venus, Mars, etc. and you find no mention of these words as describing the planets! The more I look the more disappointed I become. It is sold as an "unabridged" dictionary and according to the definition means complete, which the Wester's 3rd New International:Unabridged is not.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gourgeous dictionary but lazy publisher April 22, 2002
This review is unavoidably dichotomized: one is for the dictionary and one is for the publisher.

As for the dictionary, I have to express my deep admiration for Webster's Third New International Dictionary: it is in my opinion a wondrous dictionary, the best I have ever used. I am a researcher and I extensively use English in writing. For so much time I have rested upon imprecise or unclear dictionaries. When I came across the Webster's Dictionary I found the foremost authority in English dictionaries. The feature I most appreciate of this dictionary is that, unlike the other ones, it is based on multiple concise definitions for most words. That is, it explains meanings by means of two or three (sometimes more) different sentences which are always brief and pellucid (instead of one definition consisting of a long unwieldy sentence). Thus, the reader's cognitive effort in understanding is much smaller. Numerous examples help readers to understand every nuance of the word: the sources are diverse (literature, science, history, philosophy, etc.) and cover a wide range of contexts. Many usage notes provide synonyms and help the reader to distinguish semantically related words.
I suggest anyone to buy it at once, and I also suggest to carefully read the guide to the dictionary and to the pronunciation: you will find that the Webster's Dictionary is a very powerful tool, a lot of information is conveyed, more than you might think before reading the guide.

As for the publisher, I agree with the review entitled ``What a piece of junk'', and I would like to address one word to Merriam-Webster: lazy! You are very lazy. Webster's Dictionary is a petrified dictionary, no revised edtion has been made from 1961. I am astonished, I wonder what you are doing.
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245 of 268 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars what a piece of junk! May 10, 2005
Something tells me you wouldn't be on this page, reading these reviews, unless you shared an acute and probably pedantic interest in words and their meanings. I ain't no different.

For about a decade now, I have been using Random House's Unabridged, which is equally weighty and was minted in 1987. I've been looking for something newer, and I thought the time had come when Webster's came out with this monster, late in the fall of 2000.

Although I was intent on buying the book, standing in the checkout line, I asked if I might not be permitted to open and examine it, just for larks.

Imagine my suprise on discovering that this book was actually printed in 1961, and is in fact almost entirely the same text! The typeset hasn't been touched since then! Folks, it's merely a re-issue of their 1961 edition.

Yes, they did add an absorbing "Special Addenda Section of New Words" toward the front of the dictionary (80-100pp, I'm guessing), but they couldn't be bothered to include these neologisms in the main text, presumably because resetting the 1961 proofs would have been too much work for Webster & co . . . ?

And if Webster & Co. couldn't be bothered to alphabetize these news words into the main body of this dictionary, I'm guessing the poor overworked editors were too busy to correct errors and typos in the main text either! Why? What is Webster's doing now? Have they started a chain of hotels or something?

I SOOOOO wanted to buy and love this book, and was SOOOOO angry to find it a con. I couldn't believe it!

Admittedly, the neologism section was VERY interesting, but you're basically paying all that moolah for that, you should understand.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars this is THE dictionary
This dictionary has about every word conceivable. Very sturdy and quite heavy. I love it for personal home use, the only thing I don't like is the tiny words. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Daisy70
2.0 out of 5 stars Partial dictionary
I didn't realise that it's one third of the whole dictionary. How can I get the other two? Very Difficult
Published 1 month ago by Baihuanxin
3.0 out of 5 stars Print too small for my vision. A strain. Keep your vision in mind.
The print was so tiny that I could not read it. Heard it was a great dictionary, just could not read it. Thanks to Amazon for covering the return.
Published 3 months ago by Sparkperson
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome reference.
This baby sits right next to my computer for when i'm not sure what some word means in an assignment (it hasn't failed me yet). Read more
Published 15 months ago by Paul T. Maack
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work
It didn't work on my Windows Vista laptop. There seems to be some compatibility problems. I can't find any alternate too.
Published 16 months ago by Immu
5.0 out of 5 stars Webster's Third New International Dictionary
It is well bound with excellent quality paper. They use small font so the total size of the book is less than our old version.
Published 17 months ago by ray miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged.
I have had an old version of this itrem for a long time ago. I wanted to aquire a latest version; so an opportunity came, I bought it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by noboru sawai
4.0 out of 5 stars a good old-style dictionary
It is a good dictionary with an old fashion performance. There is no colorful picture to attract my eyes. Words in the addenda should be inserted into the existing entries. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Boy Lumoindong
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dictionary
I have owned and used the Webster's for a few years. It helped me in many difficult situations to pinpoint the exact meaning of a word that I had been looking for. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Guenter Stark
5.0 out of 5 stars ENCYCLOPEDIC IN IT'S TOTALITY !!!.
There are three important books I think no home should ever be without..1, a HOLY TEXT, 2, an ATLAS and 3,.. last but certainly not least, a good DICTIONARY. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Ian Moodie
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