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With 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--and the only dictionary of its kind available on CD-ROM. This modern dictionary offers an exhaustive, traditional record of the language, while covering the latest, most important developments--ahead of any other dictionary.
Using cutting-edge technology, Random House is able to bring you Newer Words Faster. The Random House Living Dictionary Database™, from which Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary was developed, is an immense revolutionary computerized database for direct, immediate, on-line editing. Dictionary entries can be updated on-screen as required, and most importantly, vital new vocabulary, from science to slang, can be added instantly, the moment it emerges in our language.
And now this authoritative reference is available both in print and electronically in this all-inclusive book/disk package. The CD-ROM includes not only the full text of the printed dictionary, complete with all the new words integrated into the A to Z listing, but also illustrations and spot maps that can be sized on-screen and printed. The multilingual interface is designed to work with Windows™95, 98, and NT, and the improved search engine offers flexibility and ease of use. In addition, professionally recorded pronunciations bring the sounds of American English to life. A version for Windows™ 3.1 is included on the same CD-ROM.
Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary is designed to meet the wide-ranging needs of today's students and scholars, who study ancient documents one day and surf the Internet the next; of professional writers, who craft poems or write articles for technical journals; of businesspeople, who need to communicate clearly, whether face-to-face or fax-to-fax; and--above all--the needs of word lovers.
In addition to standard and specialized vocabulary, this extensive volume contains a wide variety of features, encompassing up-to-date, authoritative factual and encyclopedic information. It is truly a unique general reference volume for the office, the school, and the entire family.
Important Features Include:
¸ An up-to-date eight-page New-Words Section in the front of the book, with over 1,000 important new words and meanings not found in the A-Z section--words like intranet, body piercing, soccer mom, and sport-utility vehicle
¸ Over 315,000 entries
¸ 1,500 updated definitions and entries
¸ 2,400 spot maps and illustrations
¸ 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
¸ Entries and definitions for current place names, reflecting recent political and geographical changes worldwide
¸ Coverage of major British, Canadian, and Australian terms
¸ Over 75,000 example phrases and sentences to show how words are used in context
¸ Metric equivalents for weight, volume, height, distance, etc., included in definitions and
¸ Endangered species identified
¸ Comprehensive supplementary notes at many entries, discussing:
distinctions among synonyms
regional variations and dialects
¸ Additional supplementary lists of
words formed from common prefixes
¸ Valuable supplements to the dictionary found in the front and back matter, including:
-- "Sound-Spelling Correspondences in English"
-- "Basic Manual of Style"
-- List of "Words Commonly Confused"
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A COMPREHENSIVE DICTIONARY IN ONE VOLUME
With over 315,000 entries, the language of literature, the terms in your textbooks, and the nuances in your newspapers are all here.
INCLUDES THE NEWEST WORDS
If it's an important new word, you'll find it here first. An up-to-date, eight-page New-Words Section has been included in the print edition, and last-minute additions have been included in the CD-ROM--terms like 24-7, DVD (digital video/virtual disk), road rage, and half-pipe. Over 1,500 other entries and definitions have been updated as well.
Also included are:
¸ New and updated biographical entries
¸ Revised geographical entries reflecting the recent changes worldwide
¸ 2,400 spot maps and illustrations
AN All-New CD-ROM
With an all-new search engine, the CD-ROM is a flexible tool with advanced features designed to meet the needs of scholars, students, businesspeople, and anyone else who needs an extensive, versatile resource for words.
¸ Find the word you need--when you need it.
¸ Do specialized computer searches.
¸ Print the results.
¸ Link the dictionary to your word processor.
¸ Choose the language of your interface--English, French, or Spanish.
¸ Play word games.
CLICK! FOR FAST ELECTRONIC SEARCHES
Choose among many ways to search the dictionary. Whichever Search Type you choose, just a click of the mouse brings up the word you want with the full text of the dictionary entry--definitions, written pronunciations, parts of speech, etymologies, synonyms and antonyms, usage notes, and more.
LOOK! FOR THE CAMERA ICON
This dictionary on disk is not just words--more than 2,400 spot maps and illustrations await you. Just click on the camera icon wherever it appears.
LISTEN! TO THE RECORDED PRONUNCIATIONS
Hear the written language come to life. Over 120,000 professionally recorded pronunciations--more than in any other electronic dictionary--capture the authentic sounds of American English. Just click on the loudspeaker icon.
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Based on the Random House Living Dictionary Database, which strives to keep pace with the dynamic nature of the English language, this CD-ROM provides access to the complete text of the printed dictionary (315,000 entries). The definitions are supplemented by 2400 maps and illustrations (of average quality) and 120,000 American English pronunciations (both genders are represented). Searching is a breeze. It is possible to browse the alphabetical list or search by main entry, within the definition, or anagram. Searches can be limited to entries with pronunciation or a picture. Each word entry includes the definition, etymology, written pronunciation, date (or range) when a word or phrase entered the language, part of speech, synonyms, antonyms, and usage note, when appropriate. The words in the definition can also be searched with a right click of the mouse, and it is easy to save, sort, export, and print results. Unfortunately, the CD-ROM excludes several excellent and useful portions of the print dictionary, such as a separate section of new words, a list of words commonly confused, and a Basic Manual of Style. The Bottom Line: Libraries that can afford it should purchase the book and CD-ROM combination for $75. Patrons will find it comprehensive and easy to use. Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary is recommended to public, special, and academic libraries for its currency; the graphics are not the focus here.AEd Tallent, Research Instruction, Harvard Coll. Lib.
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Book Description Random House Reference, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110375403833