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The Oxford desk dictionary and thesaurus
Jewell, Elizabeth.
Second American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
xiv, 1008 pages : maps ; 23 cm
General Note:
"Based on the Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus"--Pref.
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Oxford dictionary and thesaurus.
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PE2835 .O92 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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A unique reference that combined the best features of both dictionary and thesaurus, The Pocket Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus was the first American reference work to offer integrated entries. Now this revolutionary, best-selling volume is available in a completely revised edition that isperfect for students, business people, writers, and anyone else who finds themselves frequently in need of an amplified vocabulary. New to this edition are Oxford's Synonym Studies, which provide in-depth comparisons of closely related words (e.g., doleful, dour, glum, lugubrious, melancholy,saturnine, and sullen; or conundrum, enigma, mystery, paradox, puzzle, and riddle), and updated appendices for Countries, Area Codes, and Weights and Measures, plus hundreds of brand new words. Light and portable, sized to fit easily into a backpack, briefcase, or on any student or office desk The Pocket Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus is guaranteed to be the most frequently used reference work you own. Combining a comprehensive and thoroughly reliable dictionary of American Englishwith full thesaurus coverage, this is an essential tool for anyone who wants to write with more variety, color, and precision. Features: * Completely revised edition * Over 150,000 entries, each with full definition and related words * Two indispensable language tools for the price of one * Definitions and related words within the same entry * Hundreds of new words and meanings * 13 quick-reference appendices

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Booklist Review

In this member of Oxford's large dictionary family, definitions and thesaurus entries are integrated into the same alphabet. New words have been added. A reference section offers such items are weights and measures, chemical elements, U.S presidents, and area codes.

Library Journal Review

Originally published in 1997, this desk reference draws on the Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus and is designed specifically for American readers. The new edition includes 50,000 new or updated entries, e.g., "9/11," "tankini," "wally-ball," "burka," and "light rail," for a total of 150,000 entries, synonyms, and senses. While most dictionaries offer synonyms in the occasional entry, this resource substantiates its claim of fully integrating the dictionary and thesaurus functions by providing synonym lists for more than 40 percent of the entries. In addition, selected definitions (about 150 altogether) are followed by a "synonym studies" section that discusses the specific meanings and connotations of that word's various synonyms, whose own entries include See references to the entry in question. The front matter contains a good "How To Use" section with an entry map explaining format and symbols, a key to pronunciation, and a list of abbreviations; a ready-reference section in the back contains a punctuation guide, weights and measures, countries of the world, and the like. The inclusion of acronyms is not comprehensive (e.g., "DOB," "ER," "USB," and even "WATS" are listed, but URL is not), and a hint of bias can be found (e.g., telepathy is defined as "the supposed paranormal communication of thoughts"). Even so, this concise dictionary/thesaurus combination is an excellent resource for home users and students. While it cannot replace a complete dictionary and thesaurus, the low cost and the portable format make it a good choice for circulating collections or where a concise reference is needed.-Lauren Stara, San Juan Island Lib., Puerto Rico (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.