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The American Heritage Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus
     

The American Heritage Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus

by American Heritage Publishing Staff (Editor)
 

Combining in a single volume an up-to-date dictionary and a thesaurus, this book offers readers a convenient way to examine dictionary entries and research corresponding synonyms at the same time.

The split-page design displays full dictionary entries on the upper portion of each page and full thesaurus entries on the bottom portion, which makes finding and

Overview


Combining in a single volume an up-to-date dictionary and a thesaurus, this book offers readers a convenient way to examine dictionary entries and research corresponding synonyms at the same time.

The split-page design displays full dictionary entries on the upper portion of each page and full thesaurus entries on the bottom portion, which makes finding and understanding the right word easier than ever. The thesaurus section of the page is screened to highlight the dual nature of the book, providing quick access to the synonyms that relate to the dictionary entries above.

The dictionary contains 70,000 entries, including extensive coverage of new words and meanings. The thesaurus contains 150,000 synonyms that are alphabetically arranged on each page to correlate with the dictionary entries on the same page.

With its unique format and user-friendly features, The American Heritage® Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus is a convenient and invaluable resource on words.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
A cross between a traditional Roget's and an A-to-Z thesaurus, this resource uses an alphabetical arrangement to present 20,000 headword entries and 150,000 cross-referencing synonyms. The headword entries present actual groups of synonyms, as the publisher's other so-called synonyms are actually cross references to the headword entries. Thesaurus entries are located at the bottom of each page, while dictionary definitions from the same part of the alphabet are located at the top. Approximately 70,000 dictionary definitions are included, the same number found in the 2003 edition of the American Heritage Desk Dictionary. Lacking the well-known usage panel, the new dictionary's brief definitions offer no etymology. Inevitably, this work competes with The Oxford Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus (2002), the Oxford American Dictionary and Thesaurus with Language Guide (2003), and the second edition of Webster's New World Dictionary and Thesaurus (WNW). Relying on a similar split-page design, WNW offers longer definitions and includes some etymology; its thesaurus entries also seem longer, though there are fewer entries-13,000, to be exact. Still, WNW is not consistently superior to American Heritage. For example, the headword "capricious" lists over 20 synonyms in American Heritage, while WNW offers no listing at all. In addition, both resources from Oxford directly follow many dictionary definitions with thesaurus entries in the same alphabetical listing and likewise both offer far more entries than American Heritage for competitive prices. Bottom Line The main strength of this dictionary, certainly for readers willing to flip pages, are the numerous cross-referencing synonyms that guide to headwords. Recommended for larger collections.-Marianne Orme, Des Plaines P.L., IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618592616
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Series:
Edition 001 Series
Edition description:
None
Pages:
864
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author


The Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries are a team of professional lexicographers with advanced degrees in various scholarly fields. The editors familiarize themselves with the vocabulary in specific subject areas, collect materials on new developments and usage, and work with expert consultants to ensure that the content of our publications is as accurate and as up-to-date as possible.

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