Descriptionary: A Thematic Dictionary (Writer's Library Series)

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At last, here's a reference book that works the way the mind works, allowing students to locate that elusive word to the specific thing, e.g., What do you call that belt for a tuxedo? Answer: Cummerbund. "This book is one of those small wonders...Highly recommended." — THE BOOK REPORT.

At last, here's a reference book that works the way the mind works, allowing readers to locate that elusive word to the specific thing. Divided by ...

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Overview

At last, here's a reference book that works the way the mind works, allowing students to locate that elusive word to the specific thing, e.g., What do you call that belt for a tuxedo? Answer: Cummerbund. "This book is one of those small wonders...Highly recommended." — THE BOOK REPORT.

At last, here's a reference book that works the way the mind works, allowing readers to locate that elusive word to the specific thing. Divided by category, Descriptionary features thousands of definitions associated with more than 20 subjects.

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Divided into 22 categories, each with numerous subcategories, this book simply lists and defines technical terms. Although trying to be exhaustive, especially in the natural sciences, sports, and military, it omits various essential terms ( chiaroscuro and pointillism under ``Art,'' comps and wings under ``Stage and Theater,'' levels under ``Radio,'' op-ed under ``Journalism,'' split under ``Bottles and Glasses,'' etc.). It can be helpful for unfamiliar areas but sketchy and idiosyncratic for familiar ones. Still, this reference could be useful, along with a thesaurus, for a precise writer. Appropriate for public libraries.-- Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Coll., Garden City, N.Y.
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Most dictionaries and thesauruses are not designed to assist users who know subjects or definitions and seek corresponding words or terms, but this work is different. Organized into more than 20 thematic categories including animals and insects, clothing, language, religions, sports, and weapons, each further subdivided it allows you to look up something when you know what it is but not what it is called. Thus, from this fascinating resource you can learn that a caption under a picture is a cutline, a rhyming adjective/noun combination is a stinky pinky, and the metal tag at the end of a shoelace (found under parts of a shoe in the 20th-century clothing part of the section on clothing) is an aglet. Astute readers may quibble with the wording of some definitions (ISBN is defined as a universal identification number printed on the back of a book to facilitate sales ), but it is understandable that such brief entries cannot cover the complexities of some terms. New to this edition is a lengthy section with the pronunciations and definitions of more than 1000 erudite words and expressions. Collections interested in true thesauruses or reverse dictionaries may prefer The New American Roget s College Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (1985), Illustrated Reverse Dictionary (LJ 3/15/91), or Reverse English Dictionary (Mouton de Gruyter, 1999). Elizabeth Connor, Medical Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Charleston Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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YA-- A dictionary of generic terms or ``buzz words'' of over 20 categories that include the environment, animals, the human body and mind, performing arts and broadcasting, sports, the law, medicine, finance, the military, language, food and drink, and electronics. The book is both fun and useful. The definitions are easy to understand, and YAs can use it to gain a feel for a particular subject or to define a specific word in its thematic use. Its only faults are that subject-area terminology is not all inclusive and specialized subjects need illustrations to clarify definitions. Still, it's an enjoyable and worthwhile reference book.
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For when you know what it is but not what it's called, this ingenious combination of reverse dictionary and thesaurus supplies thousands of descriptions of terms that are organized into 22 broad and 194 narrower categories, so that you won't have to use words like whatchamacallit again. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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When you don't know the word but know it's out there somewhere in the wordscape, this is the kind of reference source you need.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816041060
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2000
  • Series: Writer's Library Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.07 (d)

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