- Hardcover: 1664 pages
- Publisher: Merriam Webster; 11th edition (July 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0877798095
- ISBN-13: 978-0877798095
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.3 x 2.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,378 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary 11th Edition
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Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition
America’s Best-Selling Dictionary defines the current, active vocabulary of American English!
More than 225,000 definitions and over 42,000 usage examples. Special sections include A Handbook of Style, Foreign Words & Phrases, Biographical Names, and Geographical Names. Includes an electronic version of the dictionary and a free one-year online subscription.
- ISBN: 978-0-87779-809-5
- Jacketed Hardcover, Thumb-notched
- Weight: 3 lbs., 13 oz.
- Pages: 1,664
- Size: 7 1/4" x 9 7/8"
Sets a high standard for future desk reference. --Library Journal
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About the Author
The Merriam brothers desired a continuity of editorship that would link Noah Webster's efforts with their own editions, so they selected Chauncey A. Goodrich, Webster's son-in-law and literary heir, who had been trained in lexicography by Webster himself, to be their editor in chief. Webster's son William also served as an editor of that first Merriam-Webster dictionary, which was published on September 24, 1847.
Although Webster's work was honored, his big dictionaries had never sold well. The 1828 edition was priced at a whopping $20; in 13 years its 2,500 copies had not sold out. Similarly, the 1841 edition, only slightly more affordable at $15, moved slowly. Assuming that a lower price would increase sales, the Merriams introduced the 1847 edition at $6, and although Webster's heirs initially questioned this move, extraordinary sales that brought them $250,000 in royalties over the ensuing 25 years convinced them that the Merriams' decision had been abundantly sound.
The first Merriam-Webster dictionary was greeted with wide acclaim. President James K. Polk, General Zachary Taylor (hero of the Mexican War and later president himself), 31 U.S. senators, and other prominent people hailed it unreservedly. In 1850 its acceptance as a resource for students began when Massachusetts ordered a copy for every school and New York placed a similar order for 10,000 copies to be used in schools throughout the state. Eventually school use would spread throughout the country. In becoming America's most trusted authority on the English language, Merriam-Webster dictionaries had taken on a role of public responsibility demanded of few other publishing companies.
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It is simple to make this the default dictionary in Kindle instead of the bundled one.
At its heart, It is a standalone full copy of the Collegiate Dictionary, and can also be fully accessed as a separate book within Kindle. This makes browsing enjoyable, not just of its listings (including such pictures as dictionaries have) but also its supplemental materials.
When using it as a writer (I know the word, but not its spelling, nor if I completely understand the word I seek to use) and not as a reader, I would have been more pleased if those who had added electronic usability had also made it more intuitive to those of us with poorer ability to spell by more simply allowing the browsing for a word as is done with a paper dictionary. Yes, the pages are there exactly as they are in the paper version, but, for me, the electronics are not as good as the physical movement of the pages or groups of pages. It might be that adding a line which could be dragged at the top to change the pages displayed would further improve this.
So, I recommend hardcover type dictionary even it's very heavy :) However, when I opened the dictionary at first... I'm very shocked for so bad condition/quality... One page is severely corrupted (It's not second hand). I think Amazon is not bad. It's just publisher's problem. In actually, I'd like to request to change. But, I'm in Japan... so let it go (If I request to change the new one, I have to wait 2 more weeks... I need the dictionary "NOW", it's not next month). I know it's very rare case, it's not so much (I had never seen that condition on English books. It's first time). I think dictionary is the most important book in all books. If this likely rare condition is on a kind of novel, I was not so much shocked. So, I recommend that if you want to buy a dictionary, real book store (not online) is better, because we can check the condition before buying it.
The other reason it is so handy, is sometimes, not even the spell check can find the correct spelling for certain words, for me. When I have this come up, the dictionary comes out. I ALWAYS find in it what the computer does not! My dictionary is always on the left side of my desk. It is invaluable.
I found the definitions to be more accurate and useful, particularly in regards to the full color and meaning of the word. The biggest gripe I have is that they inexplicably added the etymology to the beginning of the definition, thereby rendering utterly useless the quick definition window that pops up while you read. Furthermore, they've abbreviated the etymology, which isn't the end of the world but, as a Latinist, I much prefer to have full entries at the bottom of definition.
This dictionary is an improvement over the Old Oxford Dictionary which, in my opinion, leans towards colloquial definitions and "special use" references. Words can be obnoxious, and for a given word the definitions can be tautologically redundant or even starkly ambivalent, but there's beauty in that. If a dictionary is consistently giving you linear definitions with an abundance of phrases rather than root definitions, you're going to learn less about how to use the word in a versatile manner.
So, in sum, the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary is a superior dictionary in regards to truly defining the words you may be referencing, but it loses a star with respect to convenience due to the peculiar placement of the etymology.
I've always wondered, why and how dictionaries get away with this. Obviously the reason I am looking up a word is that I do not know what it means, so the definition should probably not include the very word itself.