Oxford Dictionary of Current English

Author: Catherine Soanes,Sara Hawker,Julia Elliott

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199299966

Category: Reference

Page: 1081

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Provides definitions of words in contemporary use in English-speaking countries throughout the world, with examples of idiomatic uses, guides to irregular forms, notes on grammar and preferred usage, and lists of related terms.

Oxford English Dictionary

Version 3.0 : Upgrade Version

Author: John A. Simpson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195218893

Category: Reference

Page: N.A

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The Oxford English Dictionary is the internationally recognized authority on the evolution of the English language from 1150 to the present day. The Dictionary defines over 500,000 words, making it an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, pronunciation, and history of the English language. This new upgrade version of The Oxford English Dictionary Second Edition on CD-ROM offers unparalleled access to the world's most important reference work for the English language. The text of this version has been augmented with the inclusion of the Oxford English Dictionary Additions Series (Volumes 1-3), published in 1993 and 1997, the Bibliography to the Second Edition, and other ancillary material. System requirements: PC with minimum 200 MHz Pentium-class processor; 32 MB RAM (64 MB recommended); 16-speed CD-ROM drive (32-speed recommended); Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 200, or XP (Local administrator rights are required to install and open the OED for the first time on a PC running Windows NT 4 and to install and run the OED on Windows 2000 and XP); 1.1 GB hard disk space to run the OED from the CD-ROM and 1.7 GB to install the CD-ROM to the hard disk: SVGA monitor: 800 x 600 pixels: 16-bit (64k, high color) setting recommended. Please note: for the upgrade, installation requires the use of the OED CD-ROM v2.0.

Paperback Oxford English Dictionary

Author: Oxford Dictionaries,

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199640947

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 864

View: 3550

This fully updated edition offers over 120,000 words, phrases, and definitions. It covers all the words you need for everyday use, carefully selected from the evidence of the Oxford English Corpus, a databank of 21st century English, containing over 2 billion words.The Factfinder centre section gives quick-reference entries on topics including famous people, countries, and science. Includes 3 months' access to Oxford Dictionaries Pro at oxforddictionaries.com.

The Meaning of Everything

The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary

Author: Simon Winchester

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192805768

Category: English language

Page: 260

View: 6032

Now available in paperback, The Meaning of Everything is the absorbing story behind the making of the Oxford English Dictionary. Originally mooted in 1857, it would be another 71 years before the British prime minister could celebrate the completion of 'the greatest enterprise of its kind in history'. In this delightful account of the OED's creation, Winchester introduces us to a host of extraordinary characters: the murderer who contributed from his prison cell, the brilliant but tubercular first editor Herbert Coleridge (grandson of the poet), the boisterous Frederick Furnivall (who left the project in shambles) and James Murray, the self-taught draper's son who spent a half-century bringing the project to triumphant fruition. The Meaning of Everything is a scintillating and engaging account of the creation of the greatest monument ever erected to a living language.

The Professor and the Madman

A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

Author: Simon Winchester

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061807602

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 8267

New York Times Bestseller Simon Winchester’s classic about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary—soon to be a major motion picture starring Sean Penn and Mel Gibson. The making of the Oxford English Dictionary was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, was stunned to discover that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. But their surprise would pale in comparison to what they were about to discover when the committee insisted on honoring him. For Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane. Masterfully researched and eloquently written, The Professor and the Madman is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary—and literary history. “The linguistic detective story of the decade.... Winchester does a superb job of historical research.”—William Safire, New York Times Magazine

A Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Author: Henry Watson Fowler

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781853263187

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 742

View: 2199

This dictionary aims to help users to find the most appropriate word to use on a wide range of occasions. It is designed in particular for students, those writing reports, letters and speeches, and crossword solvers, but is also useful as a general word reference. Special features include: an alphabetical A-Z listing; numbered senses for words with more than one meaning; British and American variants; and specially marked colloquial uses.

Compact Oxford English Dictionary of Current English

Author: Catherine Soanes,Sara Hawker

Publisher: N.A


Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 1210

View: 8180

This revised third edition finds words quickly with easy-to-use design; can get you extra help with thousands of real examples plus usage and grammar notes; and improves your writing with practical advice in the Effective English section. It contains 150,000 words, phrases and definitions.

The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

Author: Peter Gilliver

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191009687

Category: History

Page: 688

View: 834

This book tells the history of the Oxford English Dictionary from its beginnings in the middle of the nineteenth century to the present. The author, uniquely among historians of the OED, is also a practising lexicographer with nearly thirty years' experience of working on the Dictionary He has drawn on a wide range of sources-including previously unexamined archival material and eyewitness testimony-to create a detailed history of the project. The book explores the cultural background from which the idea of a comprehensive historical dictionary of English emerged, the lengthy struggles to bring this concept to fruition, and the development of the book from the appearance of the first printed fascicle in 1884 to the launching of the Dictionary as an online database in 2000 and beyond. It also examines the evolution of the lexicographers' working methods, and provides much information about the people-many of them remarkable individuals-who have contributed to the project over the last century and a half.

Oxford English Dictionary.

Author: John Simpson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780192687883

Category: English language

Page: N.A

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This upgraded version of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Second Edition on CD-ROM, the internationally recognized authority on the English language, offers outstanding accessibility to one of the most important reference sources in the world today. This upgraded OED CD-ROM has beendesigned to run on the latest operating systems and offers newly designed, powerful, yet easy to use software which enables the user to exploit the encyclopedic potential of the OED to the full. Whether you want to browse through the dictionary, focus on a particular category of text (e.g.derivations, definitions, or quotations), or follow up a narrowly defined area of interest (e.g. search for rabbit before fur within 25 words in definition text), this software will help you find what you need in seconds. Tailor-made entries: Entry display is very clearly designed DS users can opt to display the supporting quotations for definitions, or to hide them. Similarly, the user can choose to show or hide the pronunciation, spellings, and derivations text. The search functionality is easy to use, yet powerful enough for the user to construct complex searches: Users can do simple searches for headwords (plus nested compounds that have their own definition and supporting quotations) at the touch of a button. Wildcards can be used widen the scope of a headword search (e.g. angle* finds angle n1 (and its compounds: angle-head, angle-taster, angle-worm) and angle n2 (and its subsidiary words)). The complex search allows users to: Search the full text of the OED Restrict their search to: definition text, derivations, or quotation text, as well as specifically to quotations, authors, works, and dates of supporting quotations. Thus a user can search for supporting quotations dated 1300-1350, for example. Search for words which are near, before, or after one another. Wildcards can be used in the complex search to extend the scope of a search. Users can print an entry and copy it to their word processor. You can also look up a word in the OED CD-ROM by dragging a word from your word processor document and dropping it into the search input box in the OED CD-ROM.System requirements: IBM compatible PC with minimum 32Mb RAM (64Mb RAM recommended); minimum 200 MHz Pentium class processor; 16 speed CD-ROM drive (32-speed recommended); Windows 95, 98, or Windows NT 4.0; 750 Mb of hard disk space (required for indexes).

The Oxford Dictionary of Thematic Quotations

Author: Susan Ratcliffe

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198602187

Category: Reference

Page: 584

View: 5056

Offers groups of quotations arranged by subject, covering major themes, contemporary issues, popular culture, and other topics, and attributed to political leaders, religious and philosophical teachers, celebrities, and others.

The Little Oxford Guide to English Usage

Author: E. S. C. Weiner,Andrew Delahunty,Janet Whitcut

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Category: English language

Page: 249

View: 6851

Based on the highly successful Oxford Guide to English Usage, The Little Oxford Guide is a handy subject-by-subject guide to good English, pointing out pitfalls and how to avoid them. Clear advice is given on spelling, punctuation, grammar, pronunciation, and difficult and misused words. Quotations from authors ranging from Shakespeare to Martin Amis illustrate points of usage. Including all the key advice to help you speak and write better English, this practical reference provides the ideal companion to The Little Oxford Dictionary and The Little Oxford Thesaurus.