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The Chambers dictionary.
New ninth edition.
Publication Information:
Edinburgh : Chambers, [2003]

Physical Description:
xxix, 1825 pages ; 28 cm
General Note:
Thumb index ed.

Originally published as: Chambers's twentieth century dictionary, 1901; published as: Chambers English dictionary, 1988.
Added Uniform Title:
Chambers English dictionary.

Chambers's twentieth century dictionary.
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PE1628 .C43 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Completely revised and updated to reflect current usage, the Chambers Dictionary, Ninth Edition is packed with distinctive features, including a new page design that makes it easier than ever to find the right word. With unrivaled coverage of English vocabulary, ranging from rare and archaic words to the latest slang and technical terms, and clear, accurate definitions, this latest edition of the Chambers Dictionary will find its place on every reference shelf.

Author Notes

This internationally renowned reference publisher continues its celebrated tradition of excellence into the present day with such informative and authoritative works as the Chambers Crossword Dictionary, Chambers Encyclopedia, Chambers Biographical Dictionary and the all-new Chambers Dictionary of Quotations.

Chambers is based in Edinburgh, as it always has been, and employs editors with a wide range of skills on dictionaries and other titles for a variety of users, including students and teachers of English as a foreign or second language. As well as the core business of publishing dictionaries and thesauruses, Chambers also publishes a range of titles on grammar and usage, single-volume reference titles on science, history, biography and quotations, as well as titles for Scrabble® and crosswords.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Forewordp. ix
A short history of Englishp. xi
Varieties of Englishp. xv
Using the dictionaryp. xviii
Model of dictionary layoutp. xx
Spelling rulesp. xxi
Abbreviations used in the dictionaryp. xxiv
Characters used in other languagesp. xxvii
Detailed chart of pronunciationp. xxviii
The Chambers Dictionaryp. 1
Some first namesp. 1789
Phrases and quotations from foreign languagesp. 1801
Alphabetsp. 1807
Roman numeralsp. 1809
Internet suffixesp. 1810
Books of the Biblep. 1813
Plays of Shakespearep. 1813
Notes on authors cited in the dictionaryp. 1814
Chemical elementsp. 1817
Sl unitsp. 1818
Beaufort scalep. 1819
Mohs scalep. 1820
Earthquake severity measurement scalesp. 1820
Wine bottle sizesp. 1821
Wedding anniversariesp. 1821
Mathematical symbolsp. 1822
Physical constantsp. 1823
Temperature conversionp. 1823
Conversion factorsp. 1824
International paper sizesp. 1824
Planetsp. 1825
Major planetary satellitesp. 1825