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This fourth collegiate edition of The American Heritage® Dictionary(AHD)continues and expands the "Usage Notes" feature, which is made up of brief essays describing common use, critical principles of "best" practice, and reports of the surveyed opinion of the dictionary's group of 200 well-known writers, critics, and scholars. Updates to this lower-priced, reduced-format, black-and-white version include 7500 new words and senses, timely additions to biographical entries (e.g., Donald Rumsfeld), and factual, statistical revisions to entries about U.S. states, cities, and towns. A style guide; an extensive appendix on Indo-European roots; and useful charts and tables on the books of the Bible, calendars, world currencies, geologic time, the planets of the solar system, proofreading marks, the taxonomy of life; and the Periodic Table of the Elements round out the work. A free CD-ROM permits users to download the entire contents of this dictionary (with audio pronunciations) as well as those of the college-level Roget's II: The New Thesaurus, Third Edition. The electronic version of the dictionary is easily accessible from within MS Office applications, which makes it one of the most flexible and comprehensive electronic-language reference packages available.