The Macmillan Visual Dictionary: Compact Edition

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9780028608105: The Macmillan Visual Dictionary: Compact Edition

One of the most extraordinary reference titles ever produced is now available in paperback!

Since its publication in 1992, The Macmillan Visual Dictionary has been heralded as the most innovative and graphically stunning reference work of its kind. And this remarkable volume certainly merits the praise: it provides full-color visual definitions of nearly everything.

Want to know the difference between curly endive and curled kale? Curious about the distinguishing features of various judo holds and throws? Wondering what each and every feature of a Gothic cathedral is called? The answers to these and thousands of other questions are at your fingertips.

The Macmillan Visual Dictionary identifies more than 25,000 terms with more than 3,500 full-color illustrations covering 600 subjects. Ranging from Astronomy and Geography to Combat Sports and Communications, from the Vegetable and Animal Kingdoms to Human Beings and Symbols, and from Architecture and House Furniture to Maritime Transport and Energy, the book's 28 chapters provide truly exhaustive coverage of the world as we know it. A usage guide, detailed table of contents, and extensive index allow for easy referencing.

As ideal for the family reference library as for the casual browser trying to identify that "whatchamacallit", the compact paperback edition of The Macmillan Visual Dictionary will continue to set the standard in reference works.

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The Macmillan Visual Dictionary Here is one of the most extraordinary and useful reference books ever published: the first comprehensive visual dictionary in full color. Covering 600 subjects, it identifies more than 25,000 terms by the use of thousands of detailed, accurate illustrations. You can use The Macmillan Visual Dictionary in many ways:

  • to find the correct term for something you can picture but not name (such as the whatchamacallit on the thingamajig);
  • to find out what something looks like when you know its name but can't picture it;
  • to build vocabulary;
  • to browse in wonder through a universe of information not available to you until now.
Astonishing in scope, The Macmillan Visual Dictionary identifies everything from the components of the human circulatory system to the various types of electrician's tools, from the parts of a train station to the different styles of furniture, from a bird's anatomy to a flower's physiology, from the interior of the Earth to the constellations in the sky. The book's twenty–eight chapters give exhaustive coverage of:
  • The Human Body
  • The Animal Kingdom
  • Music
  • Geography
  • Architecture
  • Sports and Games
  • The House
  • Symbols
  • and many other subject areas
An extended table of contents lists every illustration, and the thorough index lists every term depicted. The variety and abundance of illustrations and terminology make The Macmillan Visual Dictionary an indispensable work for both specialized research and everyday life.

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