The Oxford Reverse Dictionary

The Oxford Reverse Dictionary

by David Edmonds
     
 

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This dictionary will help you to find the word on the tip of your tongue. Unlike a thesaurus, where you look up alternatives to a word you know, or a dictionary which defines a word you are already familiar with, The Oxford Reverse Dictionary will help you to find words you do know, or are vaguely aware of, but cannot bring to mind. There are 31,000 grouped under a

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This dictionary will help you to find the word on the tip of your tongue. Unlike a thesaurus, where you look up alternatives to a word you know, or a dictionary which defines a word you are already familiar with, The Oxford Reverse Dictionary will help you to find words you do know, or are vaguely aware of, but cannot bring to mind. There are 31,000 grouped under a wide range of key words. The words listed may be alternative words for the headword, or words that are related to that subject. For example, under hat you would find cloche, mortarboard, milliner etc., each preceded by a short definition. For each sense, there may be more than one example. There are also word groups which are connected by their country of origin; for example, under Australia, you would find words such as billabong, boomerang, and dingo. Any adjectives and combining forms (suffixes or prefixes) associated with the headword appear first in the entry.

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Library Journal
Much more than a thesaurus or a dictionary of synonyms, this book is a collection of words linked by concept that offers a way for readers to look up words they may already know but are unable to recall. For example, the entry for "computer" contains short definitions for "boot," "wallpaper," and "hardware." The book makes no attempt to be comprehensive, either in its choice of main entries or in the included definitions; it is limited to 31,000 entries, omitting specialist vocabularies and slang as well as core vocabulary words such as "dog." This makes it easy to navigate and understand, placing it firmly within the purview of the general public. One weakness is that some main entries address only one meaning of the word--"pitch," for instance, is used only in its musical or vocal sense--and occasionally that one meaning seems a curious choice. Another weakness is that some entries are quite short, given the words, definitions, and many concepts that could be related to them. Despite that limitation, this is a quite useful resource for the curious, students, and the general public. Recommended for public libraries.--Manya Chylinski, Ernst & Young, Ctr. for Business Knowledge, Boston Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192801135
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

David Edmonds is a freelance lexicographer and compiled the Reverse Dictionary supplement in the Oxford Compact Thesaurus.

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