Shorter Oxford English Dictionary
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The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary Oxford University Press, 5th edition 2002, ed. by William Trumble and Lesley Brown (et al.), with thumb index, price: approx. US-$ 105.00 (SAVE 30 % !), Pound Sterling 88.00 (SAVE 20 % !), EUR 148.00; 3984 pages; hardcover.

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The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary Now updated with more than 3,000 new words and meanings, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary manages more than one third of the coverage of the OED in one-tenth the size. More than 500,000 definitions grace its 3,984 pages, and its innovative, open design makes this vast amount of information easily navigable and identifiable. The Shorter covers virtually every word or phrase in use in English--worldwide--since 1700. Drawing on the continuous research for The Oxford English Dictionary, each definition's changing meanings are followed throughout history and are illustrated by more than 83,000 quotations from some 7,000 authors.
The world's most comprehensive, thorough, and up-to-date unabridged dictionary, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary is an essential resource for every library.
Each entry provides all the information you would expect from a leading unabridged dictionary:

  • Identifies each word's various meanings, origins, part of speech, pronunciation (in the International Phonetic Alphabet)
  • Combinations in which the word is often found
  • Cross-references to related words
  • More than 500,000 definitions
  • 83,000 quotations from 7,000 authors
  • 97,600 headwords
  • All words current in general English from 1700 to the present

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  • "Even at a fraction of its original bulk, the premier collection of English words manages to squeeze in over a third of the original's content, including its hallmark: minute etymological details."--US News & World Report
  • "In dictionary terms, the publication of The New Shorter OED is among the major events of the last half century."--Chicago Tribune