Random House Webster's College Dictionary, 2nd Edition

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9780679455707: Random House Webster's College Dictionary, 2nd Edition

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If it's an important new word, you will find it here first...in the all new 50th Anniversary edition of the RANDOM HOUSE WEBSTER'S COLLEGE DICTIONARY. Unlike any other college dictionary, Random house Webster's uses the state-of-the-art Living Dictionary Database™ to enable its team of expert editors to add new words as soon as they become current--faster than any other dictionary. RANDOM HOUSE WEBSTER'S COLLEGE DICTIONARY not only brings you Newer Words Faster, but always lists the most common, up-to-date meanings first, to help you find what you're looking for more quickly and easily.

RANDOM HOUSE WEBSTER'S COLLEGE DICTIONARY allows you to be up-to-date, guided by the best advice on English usage--such as how to avoid insensitive and offensive language in your writing or speaking. Best of all, this all-new edition features rewritten definitions for extra clarity and precision, to help you understand at a glance the meaning of words.

Why Choose Any Other Dictionary?
Over 160,000 entries and 175,000 definitions--more than any other college dictionary!

Hundreds of new words and meanings found for the first time in a college dictionary--like intranet, Ebonics, nonstarter, olestra, same-sex, Megan's law, TV-Y, and Web site.

All new design and illustrations! A modern new type design and hundreds of completely new digitally rendered illustrations make definitions even easier to understand!

Expert usage notes--written by noted usage specialists--offer clear explanations of important nuances of English usage.

The one-step reference resource! Includes up-to-date biographical and geographical entries--plus 8 pages of world maps. Also contains an indispensable Guide for Writers and additional essays to help you use English more effectively.

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Review:

Random House's 1997 college edition, thoroughly modern and inexpensive, is as current as dictionaries get, including '90s lingo (such as "carjacking," "Ebonics," "lap dance," "Prozac," and "Web site") in their 1500-plus pages and 160,000-plus entries. Their definitions are up-to-date, too, giving the most common meanings first, with less emphasis devoted to etymology, and they have a handy appendix featuring foreign alphabets, writers' guides, holidays, state capitals, books of the Bible, world maps, proofreader's marks, metric equivalents, and the periodic table. With festive red letter tabs and more than 800 illustrations, it's attractive as well as practical.

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"Best desktop Hardcover Dictionary."
-- Hammacher-Schlemmer

"Since the purpose of a dictionary is to provide definitions of difficult, unusual and new words, Random House Webster's College Dictionary succeeds."
-- Booklist

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