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The American Heritage College Dictionary with CDROM (American Heritage College Dictionary)by American Heritage
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The newly updated American Heritage® College Dictionary presents the very best that a college dictionary can offer. Bearing the distinctive hallmarks of the American Heritage line, the College Dictionary has an accessible and readable defining style, helpful usage guidance, and an attractive design, with more than 2,500 photographs and drawings that enhance the definitions and invite sustained reading.
Among the new words in this 2004 update are such recently prominent terms as Amber Alert, blog, proteomics, SARS, and WiFi, along with new biographical entries for such figures as Lance Armstrong, Donald Rumsfeld, Billy Collins, and Serena Williams. In addition, currency entries have been updated to reflect the adoption of the euro by participating members of the European Union.
As the most up-to-date and comprehensive reference resource on the market today, the feature-packed American Heritage® College Dictionary, Fourth Edition is a tremendous value.
Book News Annotation:
The fourth edition of this reference work reflects the multitude of changes in the English language since publication of the previous version nine years ago. It contains 7,500-plus new words, and new uses and pronunciations of existing terms, including computer and Internet vocabulary and newly- coined words in science, politics, and the arts. It also features additional biographical entries for people gaining prominence in the past decade; updated entries for U.S. towns, cities, and states with statistics from the 2000 census; and 2,500 new photographs, drawings, and maps. The accompanying CD-ROM contains the full text of the dictionary, with audio pronunciations, and the college-level Roget's II: The New Thesaurus, Third Edition with some 260,000 synonyms.
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This updated dictionary has an accessible and readable defining style, helpful usage guidance, and an attractive design, with more than 2,500 photographs and drawings that enhance the definitions and invite sustained reading.
About the Author
The Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries and of other reference titles published by Houghton Mifflin Company are trained lexicographers with a varied array of interests and expertise. Most of the editors hold graduate degrees and have studied at least one foreign language. Several have degrees in linguistics or in the history of the English language. Others have degrees in science or sometimes other disciplines. All the editors familiarize themselves with the vocabulary in specific subject areas, collect materials on new developments and usage, and work in association with consultants to ensure that the content of our publications is as accurate and as up-to-date as possible.
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