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Webster's New World College Dictionary Paperback – August 14, 2003

ISBN-13: 078-5555878907 ISBN-10: 0764556029 Edition: 4th Edition - Amazon Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1752 pages
  • Publisher: Webster's New World; 4th Edition - Amazon Edition edition (August 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764556029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764556029
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.9 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,655,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

While the text edition of this dictionary has collected kudos from numerous newspapers throughout its previous editions, many users may find that the CD-Rom replaces the book as a handy quick-reference instrument. The disk loads in a matter of minutes, and offers a linked thesaurus with the dictionary--you can choose one or both reference tools, and you can customize both with your particular notes. Kids who are told to "look it up" when they ask mom how to spell a word will love the Misspeller's Dictionary included on the disk, which can easily translate spellings like "wierd" and "anoy". Using the thesaurus while using the dictionary allows you to click easily between words, using the former to extend your vocabulary while checking the specific definitions in the latter to ensure precise usage.

The text edition has many special features that make it a useful complement to the disk, as well as a star in its own right. Several pages of simple colored maps show the placement of everything from Colorado to Cameroon. There are anatomical illustrations, historical photographs, and a 40-page reference supplement that covers everything from the rules of punctuation to the periodic table of elements. Word definitions are clear, and with 163,000 entries, chances are you'll find the word you're hunting for. Synonyms for many words are included in shaded areas near the original word (you'll find pious, religious, and sanctimonious alongside devout), which is a big help when you're searching for the perfect word. --Jill Lightner

  • System requirements:
  • Pentium recommended
  • Windows 95/98 or Windows NT 4.0
  • 16 MB RAM
  • 5 MB free hard disk space, 100 MB free hard disk space for full installation
  • 2X CD-ROM drive
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"This is, it goes without saying, a majestic publication." --Philip Howard (Wall Street Journal, August 23, 2005)
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Easy on the eyes too.
Robert Severs
Every word was there and the spelling was perfect.
Deidre
Honor to Webster Dictionary!
"capucino"

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
I just want to put forward two facts. 1) This is not the Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (now in it's eleventh edition), and 2) it is not published by Merriam-Webster. If you want a simple basic dictionary it may be fine. This dictionary has pictures and half as many words as Merriam-Webster's Collegiate 11th edition. If you are a college student/graduate or a serious user of the english language, this will probably not suffice. It irritates me that the makers of this dictionary (complete down to the red and blue cover) attempt to construe themselves as a collegiate dictionary.
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Format: Hardcover
I long have used the Webster's New World Dictionary of American English, the most recommendable and comprehensive of its variants being any designated for "college" (in U.S.A. lingo including "university") use. The edition which most people usually think of as the first edition of this dictionary was the only English dictionary which students at the college where I did my freshman and sophomore years of study, in the mid-1960s, were permitted to cite as their lexical authority (the then recently debased "Collegiate" dictionary from Merriam-Webster, having been prime among the dictionaries that students were forbidden to use in writing their papers and assignments). There had been forerunners of the supremely fine Webster's New World Dictionary under the same title, published decades before the 1950s, under the imprint of World Publishers, but those earlier ones did not so deserve to be considered the first edition (which seems to have gone through printings from 1954 or so to 1968, of which the one that I first obtained was the 1964 printing). I have acquired and used every edition of this dictionary, right up to and including the fourth and now (updating this review slightly in 2014) the fifth editions. I have retained each much-loved, well-used edition, keeping them in various rooms of my house, along with some other favoured dictionaries, for ready resort near desks, tables, or chairs where I most often read or write.

An interesting feature, by the way, of the Second College Edition, at least of the sturdy "Special School Printing" of it which I own, is a flexi-disc (33.3 r.p.m., 7 in.
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18 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "capucino" on April 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I'm a Korean, so, I do not use English in my daily life. However, I should study English for a professinal reason. Comparing with others, this dictionary has been a great help for me to understand subtle meaning of English(Foreign Languge) words, and to improve my English speaking, writing ability. Still I have many problem with my English I will always hold it in my hand, and study hard. Honor to Webster Dictionary!
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This is a fine basic dictionary that satisfied my basic needs. The print is large enough to be readable with my reading glasses on (yes, my eyes are that bad). I read some reviewers' criticisms about the inadequacies of this dictionary, and I have no reason to believe they are incorrect. For the majority of individuals, like myself, this dictionary will serve your needs quite nicely. You know, even basic dictionaries such as this one are quite humbling. I have a number of advanced degrees, have lived almost 67 years, and am still humbled to this day by what I DON'T know. Perhaps that is the ultimate purpose of dictionaries. At any rate, I like this one very much. Highly Recommended!!
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By Charli Mills on April 30, 2014
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This is the dictionary recommended in companion to the "Associated Press Stylebook." I had not purchased a desk dictionary since the American Heritage dictionary that my aunt and uncle gifted me when I graduated from 8th-grade. The best part of this purchase is the CD that comes with it thus loading the dictionary onto my computer. It's a quick reference that way for when I'm writing or editing.
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It's exactly what I wanted. My old one had fallen apart...and this one is just perfect. And it arrived in a timely manner
Thanks!
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Ease of use is important when you are on a deadline to complete a project. Rcommend the to those who have limited time!
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By Crea19 on May 27, 2013
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It's a dictionary, is it really possible to review this giant thing?

Okay, so this thing is a big dictionary. Obviously, not as big as an encyclopedia, but still sufficient. I bought it as a recommendation or an English course, and it's been useful on occasion. I don't think you'll need a new one after this.
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