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Far more than an electronic page-turner, Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary CD-ROM Ver. 3.0 offers the largest American English dictionary on disk - clear dictionary definitions for over 315,000 words and descriptive line art - plus 120,000 audio pronunciations. This flexible tool allows users to create specialized dictionaries in their favorite fields of interest; to display menus in English, French, or Spanish; and to bookmark frequently searched entries.
The content is derived from the printed Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, and updated with the most current words and meanings. Definitions are clearly written and easy to understand, with most common meanings listed first.
A new search engine makes Version 3.0 easier to use with Windows 95/98/NT; the disk also includes the earlier version designed to work on Windows 3.1.
- The only unabridged American English dictionary on CD-ROM at this affordable price point
- 315,000 entries, including the newest words, plus 120,000 audio pronunciations
- Easier than ever to use with Windows 95/98/NT, as well as Windows 3.1
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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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