The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition on CD-ROM offers all the features of its print counterpart and more. The Fourth Edition includes over 10,000 new words and senses, full etymologies, a revised Appendix of Indo-European Roots, and an all-new Appendix of Semitic Roots. It also includes an expansive note program: over 450 new and revised Usage Notes, 100 Regional Notes, and a new feature, Our Living Language Notes.

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Overview

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition on CD-ROM offers all the features of its print counterpart and more. The Fourth Edition includes over 10,000 new words and senses, full etymologies, a revised Appendix of Indo-European Roots, and an all-new Appendix of Semitic Roots. It also includes an expansive note program: over 450 new and revised Usage Notes, 100 Regional Notes, and a new feature, Our Living Language Notes.

The new Fourth Edition on CD combines the innovation of the print dictionary with the ease and accessibility of an electronic format. Special features include:

· Over 1,000 color photographs, illustrations, and maps from the print edition

· Nearly 70,000 spoken pronunciations

· Definitions and usage instantly accessible by highlighting and right-clicking on words in any Microsoft Office application

· A simple search tool for finding the word you want, even if you don't know how to spell it

· Separately searchable indexes of all images and note features

Whatever your experience as a computer user may be, The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language on CD will help you discover the richness of the English language in ways you never have before.

Minimal System Requirements

· PC with Pentium® 200 or higher processor · Windows® 95, Windows® 98, Windows NT®, or Windows® 2000 · 32 megabytes of RAM · Hard disk with at least 20 megabytes of free space · CD-ROM drive (or DVD-ROM drive) · Multimedia system with Microsoft Media Player for sound · SVGA 800 x 600 or higher resolution monitor · Mouse and Keyboard

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This beautiful new edition contains 2112 pages. The app (a $24.99 value) puts the entire dictionary at your fingertips anytime, anywhere, making this one of the most comprehensive and useful resources available on a mobile device.

Catherine Whitlow

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618094554
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/14/2000
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2001

    AHD 4th ed. on CD is functionally challenged

    I was eagerly anticipating the release of the American Heritage Dictionary fourth edition on CD-ROM, but unfortunately my general impression upon using this new version is that of disappointment rather than excitement. Positively, the AHD fourth edition (AHD4) on CD contains a wealth of definitions, images, and the full complement of AHD usage notes found in the print edition. AHD4 also reproduces the articles from the print dictionary. But I think it is fair to say that unless one is a philologist, most of these articles will be only marginally interesting. Unfortunately, the list of negatives is far longer. For one, the AHD4 interface is rather awkward and unconventional. For instance, the AHD logo gratuitously occupies approximately 30 percent of the AHD4 interface. And you can't minimize, resize, or otherwise eliminate the logo. Second, the AHD4 offers a sparse feature set. Unlike previous versions of the AHD software, AHD4 sadly eliminates the thesaurus feature. The search functions of AHD4 are limited as well. Yes, it will help you to locate words that you aren't certain how to spell, and it does allow wild card searches for individual words. But those are largely the extent of its search functions: no logical search functions exist. There is a search option for images and searches for various kinds of usage notes, but this involves clicking on a menu item to bring up all the dictionary entries containing the searched for item type and scrolling through to find the entry you want. I also found it particularly inconvenient that I could not search the AHD4's database of definitions. The lack of this kind of search function in a computer dictionary seems to me a glaring lacuna. I also found it irksome that I could not double-click or right-click a word within a definition to look it up. Instead, you have to drag over it, copy it, and paste it into the search box. There is also no way to bookmark particular words. You can right-click a word within Microsoft Word to obtain its definition, which is useful, but on the down side this feature works only in Word. Overall, insofar as content goes, AHD4 is excellent; but in terms of its functionality as a software dictionary, AHD4 is unfortunately only mediocre.

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