- Paperback: 340 pages
- Publisher: Merriam-Webster; 2nd ed. edition (June 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0877796416
- ISBN-13: 978-0877796411
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,242 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Merriam-Webster's Rhyming Dictionary 2nd ed. Edition
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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.
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.
Big BIG mistake, it is little better than the free default Oxford dictionary that comes with a Kindle, but WORSE, its pronunciation lacked the stress mark over the syllable to be stressed when spoken, much less tildes or umlauts or schwas. RIP OFF. Wait for a true text-to-speech dictionary with full pronunciation (that is also Kindle compatible) rather than buy this piece of mierde.
If anyone out there knows of such, I would be greatly appreciative to be apprised of the source.
Cheers, and Happy Thanksgiving,
I hope my review was very helpful.