Cover image for Random House Webster's college dictionary.
Title:
Random House Webster's college dictionary.
Author:
Random House (Firm)
Edition:
Second Random House edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, 1999.
Physical Description:
xxviii, 1571 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Added Corporate Author:
ISBN:
9780375407413
Format :
Book

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Status
Central Library PE1628 .R28 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

New Words For the New Millennium! In Today's Best College Dictionary As quickly as our language changes, Random House Webster's College Dictionary changes with it. The first college dictionary to record terms such as bit map, World Wide Web, Internet, domestic partner, Viagra, and yada-yada-yada continues to provide unrivaled coverage of new words and meanings into the new millennium: New Words Found Only Here antiestrogen APR assisted living B-ball DVD eBook Evista extranet face time FAQ halfpipe index fund ISP Java jellies jiggy Juneteenth mehndi Nolvadex nonstarter object-oriented off-label PCS Pilates raloxifene road rage Roth IRA smoothie Steadicam SVGA telomerase trackpad TSE 24-7 Visual Basic Wintel IT'S A NEW MILLENNIUM. ISN'T IT TIME FOR A REALLY NEW DICTIONARY? In the Tradition of NEWER WORDS FASTER! Today, Random House Webster's College Dictionary continues the tradition of recording the latest developments in the English language ahead of any other dictionary. Because the Random House Living Dictionary DatabaseTM allows daily on-line updating and editing, this dictionary is alive and rich with important new additions to the language that you encounter every day in print, on TV and radio, and on the Internet. More of the Best Language Reference from Random House Webster's Random House Webster's College Thesaurus 0-375-40066-4 Random House Webster's Computer & Internet Dictionary, Third Edition 0-375-70351-9 Random House Webster's Build Your Power Vocabulary 0-375-70247-4 Random House Webster's Pocket Bad Speller's Dictionary 0-375-70212-1 The Newest Dictionary for the New Millennium Including the Most Up-to-Date Words! Unrivaled Coverage of New Words and Meanings Keeps Your Vocabulary Up-to-the-Minute   Random House Webster's state-of-the-art Living Dictionary DatabaseTM enables its team of expert editors to add new words as soon as they become current--faster than any other college dictionary.     Shouldn't your dictionary include the newest words from technology (DVD, extranet), society (assisted living, road rage, Roth IRA), slang and jargon (jellies, halfpipe, jiggy) and more? Sensitive Treatment of Offensive Language Helps You Choose Your Words Carefully Over 300 entries for terms that refer insultingly to ethnicity, gender, class, disability, and sexual orientation have been completely revised. Clearly visible usage notes, strong warning labels, and explanations of meanings indicate offensive language far more clearly than any other dictionary. A Full Vocabulary at Your Fingertips Over 207,000 clear definitions give the most common meanings, spellings, and pronunciations first, so you can find them quickly and use them accurately. Hundreds of expert usage notes help you choose exactly the right word, and avoid common mistakes. A One-Stop Reference Resource! Up-to-date biographical and geographical entries are listed in the A-Z dictionary--no need to hunt for them in separate sections. A 40-page Ready Reference Supplement of essays, charts, and tables helps you use English more efficiently--including a Guide for Writers, a guide to Avoiding Insensitive and Offensive Language, eight pages of world maps, and much more. Isn't It Time for a Really New Dictionary?


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

From a dictionary publisher that prides itself on being as up to date as possible, this newest edition of Random House Webster's College Dictionary (RHWCD) is now the most current collegiate/desk dictionary on the market. It is a product of the Random House Living Dictionary Project, a database created from the 1987 printing of the Random House Unabridged Dictionary and updated--according to the publisher--daily. Entries such as antialiasing, HTML, and take-no-prisoners, which were part of a separate new words section in the 1996 printing, have now been incorporated into the main text. Ebonics, intranet, Megan's law, and Web site are among the entries new to this edition. Featuring some 160,000 entries and 175,000 definitions, the volume mirrors its parent work in virtually every way, including its attention to neologisms and geographically specific regionalisms (light bread is labeled as "Midland and Southern U.S."), unique labels such as "baby talk" (teensy-weensy), and the notation of a range of years for when a word was introduced to the language (contextualize has [1930^-35] at the end of the entry). The relatively high entry count is also a reflection of the parent work's propensity to be the epitome of politically correct, nonsexist language and, perhaps, to include words before they receive widespread acceptance, such as cameraperson. (The ephemeral nature of such terms in indicated by the fact council-person and serviceperson, which could be found in the 1996 printing, do not appear here.) Regarding neologisms, one wonders if words such as dockominium, gas-guzzler tax, and play date should be included in a work that, by its nature, must be more selective than an unabridged work. Regardless, it cannot be argued that if one is looking for newer terms in a desktop dictionary, one need look no further than RHWCD. The work is augmented by some 800 illustrations, including new ones for such entries as golf club, insignia, and notebook. Other changes to this edition include simplified etymologies, updated usage notes, and a new type style.


Library Journal Review

In 1947 Random House launched its first dictionary, the celebrated American College Dictionary. Today, half a century later, the publisher is recognized as one of the premier lexicographic houses in North America, noted for its careful attention to new vocabulary, both standard and nonstandard. Fittingly, Random House marks its 50th anniversary in the dictionary business with these two major publications, both of which will be familiar to librarians. Volume 2 (H-O) of the slang dictionary, which adds about 10,000 main entries to the corpus, maintains the impressive quality that distinguished Volume 1 (LJ 8/94). The final volume (Q-Z) is scheduled for publication in 2000. This is simply the best slang dictionary ever compiled, and all but the smallest public and academic libraries should have it. The College Dictionary, a descendant of the aforementioned American College Dictionary, first appeared under its current title six years ago (LJ 6/15/91). The new edition is a thorough update, offering first-rate coverage and treatment of American English as used in the mid-1990s. For instance, "chat room" is here, as is the latest connotation of "closure." It competes well with other dictionaries in its class, including Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (LJ 9/1/93) and the American Heritage College Dictionary (1993. 3d ed.). Essential for most collections.‘Ken Kister, author of "Best Encyclopedias," Tampa, Fla. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Publication of this book marks the 50th anniversary of the first Random House desk dictionary, American College Dictionary (Guide to Reference Books, entry AC15); it is hailed by the publisher as a complete revision of the first edition of this title (Guide, AC19). All the 160,000 entries have been reevaluated and scrutinized for clarity and precision of definition, currency of significant people and places, etymological streamlining, and usage updates. New words and meanings have been added, a benefit of using the computerized Random House Living Dictionary Database. The result is a dictionary that, in a single alphabetic sequence, accurately reflects modern spoken and written American English. Main entries contain syllable breaks, variant spelling when appropriate, pronunciation, part of speech, inflected forms of the word, definitions with the most common meaning first, and etymology. Special features occur when an entry warrants and may include subdefinitions, labels for obsolete words, idiomatic expressions, cross-references to another entry, grammatical information, usage notes, synonym studies, and pronunciation notes. In addition to the guide for using the dictionary, abbreviations key, and pronunciation guide, "Defining Our Language for the 21st Century" outlines the growth and changes in the English language, particularly in the last 50 years, and contains entertaining lists of new words for each of the five decades. Appended to the text is the very useful "Guide for Writers" that provides guidelines and examples. Recommended for all collections. R. Hanson; Muskingum College


Google Preview