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A 100th-anniversary edition with hundreds of brand-new, up-to-date words and meanings.

Easy-to-understand definitions help you communicate effectively.

  • More than 215,000 definitions deliver extensive coverage of the words you need.
  • Illustrations and tables aid in understanding and offer information at a glance.

Spellings and pronunciations help you write and speak accurately.

  • Entries present correct spellings for more than 160,000 words and phrases.
  • Detailed symbols show most-common pronunciations and acceptable variants.

Usage guides and synonym paragraphs help you choose the right word.

  • Authoritative usage notes and paragraphs answer questions about how words are used.
  • Synonym paragraphs go beyond a thesaurus to explain shades of difference among words.

Special sections offer up-to-date information to help you build your understanding and knowledge.

  • Special sections include: Biographical Names, Geographical Names, Abbreviations, Foreign Words and Phrases, Signs and Symbols.
  • A Handbook of Style provides essential information to improve your writing.

Includes cross-references, usage guidance, etymologies, examples of current usage & illustrations & tables.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Despite a change in title, this volume supersedes Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary (1983) as the latest in a nearly 100-year-old line of college desk diction aries from Merriam-Webster. New editions in this series have appeared about every ten years since 1898. The tenth edition documents the changes in the language of the past decade with an additional 10,000 new meanings and words. It continues and expands the feature of "usage paragraphs'' introduced in the ninth edition. These short essays explain how problem words are used in the language; thorny words and phrases such as irregardless , forte (one syllable or two?), hone in on , alright vs. all right , and hundreds more are given special attention. There is no retreat here from the descriptive philosophy that made Webster's Third New International Dictionary so controversial. This edition describes and illuminates use without labeling right and wrong. The comprehensive vocabulary presents a thoughtful mix of the new and the old. As in the previous edition, there are separate appendixes of abbreviations, foreign words and phrases, biographical names, geographical names, signs and symbols, and a handbook of style. To make room for new words, the appendix list of colleges and universities present in the ninth edition has been deleted. The inclusion of a first date of use for almost every entry is another welcome innovation. The dictionary is printed on good, heavy paper; the type is sharp although the pages are tightly packed to the point of being cramped. The binding of the deluxe edition is durable and sturdy. This is one of the (if not the ) best among the college dictionaries; recommended for all libraries large and small. Other good choices are Random House Webster's College Dictionary (1991) and Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (1988). For those wanting a more prescriptive college dictionary, a new arrival, the American Heritage College Dictionary Third Edition (1993), derived from the unabridged dictionary of the same name, is the right choice.-- Paul D'Alessandro, Portland P . L . , Me.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-The only substantial change in this 10th edition is the name. Formerly Websters, now Merriam-Webster's, the dictionary maintains the same high standards of the previous editions and like them is based on the unabridged Webster's 3rd New International Dictionary (1981). New words and meanings have been included, and some deletions have been made, but the emphasis remains on contemporary usage and definitions. Dates of origin and "usage paragraphs'' new to the 9th edition (1984) have been both updated and revised. Special sections include "Abbreviations and Symbols for Chemical Elements,'' "Foreign Words and Phrases,'' "Biographical and Geographical Names,'' "Signs and Symbols,'' "A Handbook of Style'' and a pronunciation guide. Libraries will surely want to update their collections for patrons who need to know what makes an autobiography "kiss-and-tell'' and what "chill out'' means.-Daryl Grabarek, BPL
**** Formerly titled Webster's... (and under that title cited in BCL3, Sheehy, and Walford), the publishers had to distinguish themselves from rip-off competitors capitalizing on the "Webster" name, but this remains the same great college-level desk dictionary that so many of us grew up with and continue to depend upon. Not only thoroughly revised and updated, but the ninth edition was published in 1986, and we can ill-afford to be without the 10,000 new words and meanings now added. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877797098
  • Publisher: Merriam-Webster, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 1559
  • Product dimensions: 7.39 (w) x 10.01 (h) x 1.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 6a
Explanatory Chart 8a
Explanatory Notes 10a
The English Language in the Dictionary 23a
Guide to Prounciation 31a
Abbreviations in This Work 36a
Pronunciation Symbols 38a
A Dictionary of the English Language 1
Abbreviations and Symbols for Chemical Elements 1379
Foreign Words and Phrases 1390
Biographical Names 1396
Geographical Names 1441
Signs and Symbols 1531
A Handbook of Style 1535 Index 1559
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    The best mid-size dictionary.

    If you need a dictionary that is neither small nor bulky, this is the right one for you. I believe that this dictionary is said to be updated annually because you will find new words in it. I guess nothing beats the pioneer.

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    Posted October 11, 2002

    a wonderful novel

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