The Times English Dictionary

ISBN 13: 9780004724607

The Times English Dictionary

9780004724607: The Times English Dictionary

The prestigious Times branding adds distinction to this top-flight dictionary which incorporates The Times Guide to English Style and Usage. The added bonus of encyclopedic entries and a twenty-four page map section ensures in-depth and wide-ranging reference in one volume.

The Dictionary deals with the whole range of language from technical to literary, from formal to slang, covering an enormous range of specialist subjects from aeronautics to zoology. The definitions are clear and detailed; numbered for ease of use; labelled as necessary; with modern meanings shown first.

Included in the Dictionary are 16,000 entries for people and places, providing essential facts like dates, works, capital city, population. The Dictionary also includes entries for common abbreviations.

The Times Guide to English Style and Usage is an exceptionally helpful element. It provides unequivocal guidance on all sorts of points from spelling to the use of capitals, based on the preferred style for all Times writers. It is a rules-based guide, for those seeking a prescriptive solution to their queries, whereas the Dictionary is descriptive, offering advice.

The specially commissioned map section, with mapping derived from The Times Reference Atlas, incorporates a copious amount of information and augments the thousands of geographic entries in the Dictionary.

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The aim of this work is to provide a one-stop compendium of information, containing a world-class dictionary, a style guide and an atlas in one volume. The dictionary is an updated version of the 1988 fourth edition of the Collins English Dictionary, itself a standard work in its field. This gives the reader 1,779 pages of text--this is a book that will exercise the body and eyes as well as the brain--combining reliable, authoritative definitions, notes on usage and encyclopaedic and biographical entries. These range from the intriguingly obscure ("duniwassal"--a word for a minor Scottish nobleman, or the information that Dushanbe is the capital of Tajikistan and had a population of 524,000 in 1994) to new, up-to-the minute entries defining "e-commerce"--business transactions on the Internet; "docu-soap"--a television documentary series in which the lives of the people filmed are presented as entertainment or drama, and "Eurozone" for those countries which have joined the European single currency. The dictionary text is followed by The Times Guide to English Style and Usage, 62 pages of the guidelines used by the staff of The Times to ensure consistency, giving useful advice on such things as grammar, words that should have capital letters and preferred spellings. Finally there is a mini-atlas: 14 maps covering the world, a handy way of sorting out the boundaries of all the new countries that have sprung up since the fall of the Soviet Union and the break-up of Yugoslavia. -- Julia Cresswell

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The Dictionary deals with the whole range of language from technical to literary, from formal to slang, covering an enormous range of specialist subjects from aeronautics to zoology. The definitions are clear and detailed; numbered for ease of use; labelled as necessary; with modern meanings shown first.

Included in the Dictionary are 16,000 entries for people and places, providing essential facts like dates, works, capital city, population. The Dictionary also includes entries for common abbreviations.

The Times Guide to English Style and Usage is an exceptionally helpful element. It provides unequivocal guidance on all sorts of points from spelling to the use of capitals, based on the preferred style for all Times writers. It is a rules-based guide, for those seeking a prescriptive solution to their queries, whereas the Dictionary is descriptive, offering advice.

The specially commissioned map section, with mapping derived from The Times Reference Atlas, incorporates a copious amount of information and augments the thousands of geographic entries in the Dictionary.

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