Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (Hardcover)

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With over fifty years of experience in dictionary publishing behind it, "Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary" is the most definitive single-volume reference of the English language available. This modern dictionary offers an exhaustive, traditional study of the language, while covering the latest, most important developments ahead of any other dictionary.
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Important Features Include:
.A New-Words Section in the front of the book with over 1,100 important words and meanings words such as "broadband, urban legend, Disneyfy," and "smoothie."
.Over 315,000 entries
.1,500 updated definitions and entries
.2,400 illustrations and spot maps
.Scholarly, up-to-date etymologies, including dates to show when terms entered the language, and showing clearly labeled Americanisms
.Entries for important and famous people; places and historical events; major works of literature, music, and art; names and abbreviations of academic, governmental, social, and fraternal organizations; popular given names; common abbreviations; and foreign terms
More important features include:
.Entries and definitions for current place names, reflecting recent political and geographical changes worldwide
.Coverage of major British, Canadian, and Australian terms
.Over 750,000 example phrases and sentences to show how words are used in context
.Metric equivalents for weight, volume, height, distance, etc., included in definitions and captions
.Endangered species identified
.Comprehensive supplementary notes at many entries, discussing:
-usage problems
-pronunciation questions
-distinctions among synonyms
-regional variations and dialects
.Valuable supplements in the front and back of the dictionary, including:
-words formed from common prefixes
- Sound-Spelling Correspondences in English
- Basic Manual of Style
- Words Commonly Confused

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780375425998
ISBN-10: 0375425993
Publisher: Random House Reference Publishing
Publication Date: July 12th, 2005
Pages: 2256
Language: English
Series: Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary