Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary : Indexed

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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.  This modern dictionary offers an exhaustive, traditional study 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 the Random House 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.

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:

--A brand-new eight page New-Words Section in the front of the book, with over 1,000 important new words and meanings added at press time, 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; for places, 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 captions
*     Endangered species identified
*     Comprehensive supplementary notes at many entries, discussing: usage problems,  
       pronunciations questions, distinctions among synonyms, regional variations and
*     Additional supplementary lists of synonyms, antonyms, words formed from common
*     Valuable supplements to the dictionary included, in front and back matter
*     Sound-spelling Correspondences in English
*     A Basic Manual of Style
*     Guidelines for avoiding insensitive and offensive language in both writing and
*     List of Words Commonly Confused

With fifty years of the finest dictionary-making in the world to offer, Random House brings you Newer Words Faster in this impressive, authoritative reference.

With over 315,000 entries, the complete vocabulary of the renowned Second Edition of the Random House Unabridged Dictionary is contained in this one volume.  The Language of literature, the terms in your textbooks, and the nuances in your newspapers are all here.

Reformatted in this easier-to-use size, while retaining the full contents, this edition of Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, preserves its extensive and authoritative coverage of modern American English, unmatched in any other single-volume dictionary.  From law, medicine, and computers to art, history, and world geography, it offers a complete reference library in one convenient volume.

If it's an important new word, you'll find it here first.  A brand-new eight-page New-Words Section has been included at press time featuring the latest important words and meanings not in the standard A-Z section--terms like Megan's Law, feng shui, home page, and mesclun.  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

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From the Publisher:

  • The world's largest, most complete electronic dictionary of American English
    Over 315,000 entries, including hundreds of new terms, immediately accessible on a single compact disc.

    The only American unabridged dictionary on CD-ROM, Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, Version 3.0 for Windows 95/98 and above, has the content and substance you need, plus the computerized flexibility that lets you use it quickly, easily, and fully.
    . . . and it's as easy as Click, Look, and Listen:

    - Click!
    Zip through the dictionary with a newer, faster search engine
    Play word games: find anagrams, solve crossword puzzles, and more.
    Create a list of favorite entries by bookmarking them.
    And the dictionary grows with you! Make it your personal tool by creating your own User Dictionaries.
    - Look!
    Not just words - more than 2,400 spot maps and illustrations await you. Just click on the camera icon wherever it appears. And for your personal use, you can resize and print any illustrations.
    - Listen!
    Over 120,000 audio pronunciations - more than in any other electronic dictionary - capture the authentic sounds of American English. Professionally recorded by actors, and complete with essential variant pronunciations, these spoken words satisfy the needs not only of native speakers of English, but of those who are just learning the language. Click on the loudspeaker icon, wherever it appears in the entry, to hear the written language come to life.
  • Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary offers advanced features to scholars, students, writers, businesspeople, players of word games, and anyone else who is hungry for information about the English language.
    - A rich, varied source: Find the right word at the right time in the dictionary that gives you the language of literature, the tools of technology, and newer words faster.
    - An efficient, essential tool: Make the dictionary your writing partner by linking it to your word processor.
    - A flexible, supportive reference: Did you grow up speaking French? Spanish? Change the language of your interface! This is the first electronic dictionary of English to offer you the choice of English, French, or Spanish menus, dialogue boxes, etc.

  • Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary. Complete. Easy to Use. Versatile.
  • From Library Journal:

    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.
    Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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