Merriam-Webster's Visual Dictionary

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ISBN-13: 978-0877790518
ISBN-10: 9780877790518
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Merriam-Webster's version of a visual dictionary comes from the same team responsible for the Firefly Visual Dictionary (2000) and looks almost identical to that earlier work. The big change here is that "real dictionary definitions" have been added, so that when we are shown a labeled picture of an arcade or a bobsled, we can read a definition as well. Some 6,000 pieces of artwork and 20,000 terms are grouped under 17 general categories. DK's Visual Dictionary groups 30,000 terms under 14 headings and uses primarily photographs (6,000 of them) plus 1,000 illustrations. The DK dictionary has a more sumptuous look, but some of the entries, such as those for the densely labeled "Competition Motorcycles" and "A Ship of the Line," can be confusing. If a library has to choose, it's the difference between stilettos and sensible shoes. DK is sexier, but Merriam-Webster, with its clear illustrations and added definitions, is probably a better educational tool. Susan Awe
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Merriam-Webster Inc. acquired the rights to revise and publish Noah Webster's dictionaries in 1843. Since then, Merriam-Webster has maintained an ongoing commitment to innovation, scholarship, and love of language. Today, the company continues as the leader in language reference, publishing a diverse array of print and electronic products, including the best-selling Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition. The company also publishes a full line of student references, bilingual dictionaries, and titles for English Language Learning.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0877790515
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Merriam-Webster, Inc. (October 1, 2006)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 952 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780877790518
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0877790518
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 7.25 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.75 x 2.5 x 10 inches
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At Merriam-Webster, we consider it our mission both to propagate our irrational love of the English language and to help people better understand and use language, so they can better understand and communicate with the world around them.

To that end, we develop products that clarify meaning and usage, and help users communicate more clearly and powerfully.

In fact, we’ve been America’s leading and most-trusted provider of language information for nearly 200 years. And all Merriam-Webster products and services are backed by the largest team of professional dictionary editors and writers in America.

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