This valuable new reference fills all your speaking and writing needs. With more than 400,000 definitions, synonyms, antonyms, related and contrasted words, and idioms you will always be able to find the right word. A Handbook of Style and special sections on Foreign Words and Phrases, Biographical and Geographical Names, and Commonly Used Signs and Symbols are handy references...
This valuable new reference fills all your speaking and writing needs. With more than 400,000 definitions, synonyms, antonyms, related and contrasted words, and idioms you will always be able to find the right word. A Handbook of Style and special sections on Foreign Words and Phrases, Biographical and Geographical Names, and Commonly Used Signs and Symbols are handy references. Also included are useful tables like The Metric System, Weights and Measures, Money, Chemical Elements, and more. Additionally, Webster's New Explorer Dictionary and Thesaurus features a 48 page, full-color world atlas created for this edition by Encyclopaedia Britannica. Up-to-date and rich in detail, it is a valuable resource for every family member.
Grade 9 Up–The Dictionary and Thesaurus is a valuable, easy-to-use update with 75,000 definitions, including 2000 new words such as webcast and digital camera. The dictionary provides meaning, spelling, pronunciation, synonyms, and etymology as well as temporal, regional, and stylistic usage. Words are presented in two columns with spot black-and-white illustrations scattered throughout. Entries indicate slang, dialect, and offensive or disparaging usage and include cross-referencing. Definitions are clear and concise. The volume also includes sections devoted to common foreign words and phrases, people, and places. The biographical entries are generally one line and occasionally sacrifice import to brevity. The geographical listings include latest population figures. Segments on English grammar and word roots will be particularly helpful to second-language learners and students preparing for the SAT, as will the listings of confused and misused words. Finally, a 48-page full-color world atlas divides the dictionary from the alphabetical thesaurus of 30,000 entries. This section, which includes synonyms, related words, near antonyms, and antonyms, should satisfy students and writers. The stand-alone Dictionary is an identical work, minus the atlas and thesaurus. Some readers may prefer the convenience of The American Heritage Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus (Houghton, 2005), which has a split-page format–the upper half a dictionary, the bottom, a thesaurus. Still, with only 70,000 entries, it lacks many of the extras contained in Webster's update and has smaller print.
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