Webster's New World College Dictionary

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9780028631196: Webster's New World College Dictionary

Ten years of lexicographic research culminates to form the latest edition of the renowned Webster's New World(r) College Dictionary. This fourth edition combines the most up-to-date information about our language and our world to present a completely revised, updated and expanded edition for this age of instant global communication. This authoritative reference now includes 5,000 new entries and the only four-color atlas offered by a dictionary of this size. New words, new Americanisms, and new biographical and geographical entries are fully integrated into the single alphabetical listing. Thousands of new uses and meanings have been added to many existing entries. The expanded reference section provides easy access to geographical, historical, and other encyclopedic information. Unsurpassed for nearly half a century for its reliability, clarity, and precision, Webster's New World(r) College Dictionary provides the most accurate and current information available anywhere. Millions of users worldwide value this unique combination of features, found in no other dictionary:
* clear, readable definitions that provide instant understanding
* thousands of examples of current word usage
* more than 160,000 entries and over 800 illustrations, biographical photographs, and maps
* page and text redesigned for even greater readability
* the official dictionary of the Associated Press

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While the text edition of this dictionary has collected kudos from numerous newspapers throughout its previous editions, many users may find that the CD-Rom replaces the book as a handy quick-reference instrument. The disk loads in a matter of minutes, and offers a linked thesaurus with the dictionary--you can choose one or both reference tools, and you can customize both with your particular notes. Kids who are told to "look it up" when they ask mom how to spell a word will love the Misspeller's Dictionary included on the disk, which can easily translate spellings like "wierd" and "anoy". Using the thesaurus while using the dictionary allows you to click easily between words, using the former to extend your vocabulary while checking the specific definitions in the latter to ensure precise usage.

The text edition has many special features that make it a useful complement to the disk, as well as a star in its own right. Several pages of simple colored maps show the placement of everything from Colorado to Cameroon. There are anatomical illustrations, historical photographs, and a 40-page reference supplement that covers everything from the rules of punctuation to the periodic table of elements. Word definitions are clear, and with 163,000 entries, chances are you'll find the word you're hunting for. Synonyms for many words are included in shaded areas near the original word (you'll find pious, religious, and sanctimonious alongside devout), which is a big help when you're searching for the perfect word. --Jill Lightner

  • System requirements:
  • Pentium recommended
  • Windows 95/98 or Windows NT 4.0
  • 16 MB RAM
  • 5 MB free hard disk space, 100 MB free hard disk space for full installation
  • 2X CD-ROM drive

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With over 163,000 entries offering the clearest definitions, Webster's New World College Dictionary is the Dictionary for the 21st Century.

Through decades of research, Webster's New World lexconigraphers have created a uniquely modern dictionary that serves as your trusted guide to contemporary usage. The rich history of our language is also traced through Americanisms and the most detailed etymologies of any American English dictionary. The result is a dictionary that helps you understand and use the language as no other dictionary can.

Webster's New World Dictionary and Thesaurus on CD-ROM gives instant access to thousands of definitions, synonyms, and antonyms for over 163,00 entries.

The CD works with all Microsoft Windows 95 and 98 applications, helps you find the right word fast while you are working. It also lets you add notes to definitions, customizing them to your needs.

Point and click for a definition or synonym of any word on screen!

Expand your spell-checker to recognize business terms, place names, technology terms, and thousands of new words!

Find the right word, even if you can't spell it with the bonus Misspeller's Dictionary!

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