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Oxford English Dictionary

 

Edited by JOHN SIMPSON and EDMUND WEINER
1989 22000 pp. ISBN: 0-19-861186-2 , Price $3,000.00 20 Vol. Set (Regular Price).
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    The ultimate authority on the usage and meaning of English words and phrases, unparalleled in its accuracy and comprehensiveness, the Oxford English Dictionary is the supreme reference work for anyone who loves the language. Now, this greatest of all dictionaries appears in a new Second Edition--the first up-to-date coverage of words and meanings in one alphabetical sequence since the original dictionary was published in 1928.

The result of an enormously ambitious, on-going project to computerize the dictionary, the Second Edition integrates the original OED with the four volumes of the Supplement. Published between 1972 and 1986, this Supplement was produced to bring the Dictionary up to date, to extend its coverage to the language of the mid-20th century, and to reflect the ever-broadening international nature of the English. In addition to merging the original OED and the Supplement, which greatly enhances the convenience of using the Dictionary, the Second Edition includes some 5,000 new words and meanings--from perestroika to yuppification--which have entered the language quite recently. It has also been completely redesigned and reset to enhance its legibility: the typeface is more open, the headwords stand out more clearly, and the paper used is brighter, with greater opacity. Still another new feature is the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet to represent pronunciation, replacing the system devised by Sir James Murray, the first editor of the OED. By employing what is now the universally accepted standard guide to pronunciation, the Second Edition greatly extends the usefulness of this vital feature.

The key feature of the OED, of course, remains intact: its unique historical focus. Accompanying each definition is a chronologically arranged group of quotations that illustrate the evolution of meaning from the word's first recorded usage and show the contexts in which it can be used. The quotations are drawn from a huge variety of sources--literary, scholarly, technical, popular--and represent authors as disparate as Geoffrey Chaucer and Erica Jong, William Shakespeare and Raymond Chandler, Charles Darwin and John Le Carre. In all, nearly 2.5 million quotations--illustrating over a half-million words--can be found in the OED. Other features distinguishing the entries in the dictionary are the most authoritative definitions, detailed information on pronunciation, variant spellings throughout each word's history, extensive treatment of etymology, and details of area of usage and of any regional characteristics (including geographical origins).

A dictionary like no other in the world, the OED has been described as "among the wonders of the world of scholarship." With the publication of the Second Edition, that statement is today more apt than it ever has been.

"The OED has been to me a teacher, a companion, a source of endless discovery. I could not have become a writer without it. I welcome it in its new and comprehensive form, with its supplements absorbed into its main body, with its employment of a scientific phonetic notation that supersedes the brilliant but quirky system of Murray, with its astonishing panorama of what English is and what is has been. There will be no greater publishing event this century than the appearance of the new OED."--Anthony Burgess.

J.A. Simpson worked on the Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary and prepared the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, which was published in 1982. E.S.C. Weiner also served on the editorial staff of the Supplement and compiled the Oxford Guide to English Usage, which was published in 1983.

1989 22000 pp. ISBN: 0-19-861186-2 , Price $3,000.00 20 Vol. Set (Regular Price). See special above.


Named an Outstanding Academic Book for 1994 by Choice
Named one of PC Magazines Top 100 CD-ROMs

The Oxford English Dictionary on CD-ROM
Windows version Second Edition

The Oxford English Dictionary (Second Edition) on Compact Disc provides unprecedented ways to explore the full resources of the most authoritative dictionary of the English language, at less than a third of the price of the printed edition.

Superb search-and-retrieval software, designed specifically for this electronic version, by AND software, enables you to investigate the Dictionary in ways not previously possible.

Simple searches can be conducted from a variety of starting points such as headword alone, headword filtered by part of speech or date, phrases, variant forms, pronunciation, Greek words, etymology, quotation (text, author, title), definition (text), and free text searching for the occurrence of a word or words anywhere in the Dictionary.

Complex searches are supported by a powerful yet flexible query language which was specifically designed for this edition of the Dictionary. Questions which might have taken years of patient research using the printed edition can now be answered in seconds.

However you use the Oxford English Dictionary -- for scholarly research, as a detailed reference work, or purely for enjoyment -- the compact-disc edition will enable you to explore this marvelous resource at a depth which does justice to its encyclopedic potential.

Outstanding Features

Special note for institutions:
The OED2 CD is also available in a network edition.

Included in the OED2 CD package is a User Manual and the new User's Guide to the Oxford English Dictionary. The User's Guide is a wonderful resource for those coming to the OED for the first time and ideal for students studying the history of language.

The software allows you to:

The Oxford English Dictionary has always had universal appeal, and the general user will find that the software is not only easy to use but also provides the ideal means to explore the Dictionary.

Whether you wish to browse the Dictionary at random, or pinpoint a particular area of interest, the software locates the information you seek within seconds. Use the simple search facilities to browse the word lists containing:

Browse the text:

In addition you can:

NOTE--The Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary includes more than 700 special characters in addition to the standard Roman alphabet, punctuation, Arabic numerals, etc. The entire set of characters is documented in the User Manual.

System Requirements:

Windows: IBM PC (or full compatible) with 80386 processor; DOS version 3.0 (or higher); 4Mb free RAM; CD-ROM drive; Microsoft CD-ROM extension software (MSCDEX) version 2.0 or higher; 2 Mb hard disk space; Windows 3.1 (or higher); Mouse; VGA monitor (or higher).

Macintosh: Motorola 68030 processor; System 6.07 (or higher); TrueType font extension software (this is built into System 7 and above); 2Mb free RAM; CD-ROM drive w/CD system driver vs. 4.0 or higher (to read ISO 9660 CDs); Monitor (12 inch minimum).

Single user Windows, 3.5" Diskette, CD-ROM, $395.00, 0-19-521888-4
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Single user Macintosh, 3.5" Diskette, CD-ROM, $395.00, 0199617279  ***  NO LONGER AVAILABLE
PLEASE NOTE: OUP discontinued the Macintosh edition. They are considering a new edition but no date has been set for it yet. 

The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary  
on CD-ROM. Print and CD-ROM edition.  5th Edition (2003).

CD-ROM EDITION only: $130.00w* CD-ROM (Windows) 0-19-268302-0
PRINT EDITION: $150.00w* 0198604572
PRINT + CD-ROM EDITION: $235.00w* CD-ROM (Windows) 0195219554

CD-ROM EDITION:

bookshot This CD-ROM version of the newly updated edition of The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary enables users to perform fast and comprehensive searches of more than half a million definitions, augmented with thousands of new words and meanings. Furnished with a new design, this electronic version of the Shorter OED provides extensive coverage of world English as well as comprehensive coverage of scientific and technical English. Advanced search options allow users to carry out flexible searches for headwords, abbreviations, derivatives, phrases, references, and other words forms, or to filter searches by part of speech, label, or date. Other features include:

DT 83,000 illustrative quotations from 7,000 authors
DT Entries with meanings listed chronologically and dates for first use of each
DT All major words in English used after 1700, as well as the vocabulary of Shakespeare, Milton, Spenser, and the King James Bible
DT Details of rare and obsolete words

With an easy-to-use interface and clear functionality, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary CD-ROM is the ideal reference.
System requirements: PC with minimum 166 MHz Pentium-class processor; 32MB RAM; min 30MB hard disk space; 16-speed CD-ROM drive; SVGA monitor; Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT 4.0, or XP.

 

PRINT EDITION:

bookshotNow 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
  • 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

The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles
2 Volume Set: Thumb Indexed
Edited by LESLEY BROWN
1993 3828 pp. $150.00t cloth 0-19-861271-0

For the past sixty-five years, the massive Oxford English Dictionary has offered the last word on the English language. Now, Oxford University Press is pleased to announce a landmark new dictionary--The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary--that brings the authority of the Oxford Dictionary Department and the vast scholarship of the OED itself within the reach of individuals.

This completely new dictionary covers virtually every word or phrase in use in English--worldwide--since 1700. Not strictly an abridgment of the OED, the New Shorter draws on the OED's ongoing revision as well as its own independent research program. Each entry provides all the information you would expect from a leading unabridged dictionary: it identifies each word's various meanings, origins, part of speech, pronunciation (in the International Phonetic Alphabet), and combinations in which the word is often found, as well as cross-references to related words. The New Shorter, however, offers something that no competitor can match: the historical, literary approach made justly famous by the OED. Thousands upon thousands of changing meanings are followed through history, illustrated by more than 83,000 quotations, from Ben Franklin to Lord Byron, from Jane Austen to Kazuo Ishiguro. The changing emphasis in the meaning of fiend, for instance, is shown by quotes ranging from Milton ("The Gates...belching outrageous flame...since the Fiend pass'd through") to J.D. Salinger ("Old Brossard was a bridge fiend, and he started looking around the dorm for a game").

The historical approach of The New Shorter offers a true feel for our rich, subtly textured language. Words are a palimpsest: along with their current meanings, many words contain the shadows of their past definitions. Understanding a word's history can help writers and speakers charge their language with nuance as well as precision. The New Shorter offers a delightful introduction to the fruits of etymology, providing a fascinating guide to the evolution of language--for both scholars and those who need a practical aid to contemporary usage.

In addition, The New Shorter offers truly international--and up-to-date--coverage. Every year, the Oxford Dictionary Department receives more than 200,000 notices of new words and meanings. These notices come from the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, South Africa, India--everywhere English is spoken. As a result, this two-volume work boasts an unprecedented range of headwords and meanings, drawn from the arts and humanities as well as the sciences and technology. From molecular biology to computer software, from human anthropology to theoretical physics, the subjects covered in this dictionary make it a useful resource for scientific professionals--and for the unscientific struggling with technical terms.

The result is the world's most comprehensive, thorough, up-to-date dictionary of English. A fascinating and endlessly browsable reference, The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary provides the definitive resource for scholars, professionals, general readers--for anyone, in fact, who wants the wealth of language available only in an unabridged dictionary.

FEATURES:

The immense scholarship of the Oxford English Dictionary--brought within reach of everyone:
* : : : : : : :2 Volumes
* :500,000 definitions
* : : : : :7.5 million words
* : : :4,000 pages
* : :97,600 headwords
* : :25,250 variant spellings
* : :87,400 illustrative quotations
* : : :7,333 sources of quotations (including 5,519 individual authors)
Combines information from the OED with the work of a massive research project, offering thousands of fresh entries and new definitions
Up-to-the-minute coverage of English--reaching back to 1700--with thousands of new words from a worldwide monitoring program
Thorough, completely current scientific coverage
Traces the etymology and evolution of thousands of worlds (candidate, for instance, stems from a Latin word meaning "clothed in white," as Roman candidates for public office dressed in white togas)
A two convenient volumes, with full-size type

 


The Compact Oxford English Dictionary
in slipcase with reading glass
New Edition
Edited by E. S. C. WEINER and J. A. SIMPSON

When the twenty-volume Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition, appeared two years ago, the public response was extraordinary. The AP and UPI announced publication over their newswires. Time and Newsweek ran full-page articles. The New Yorker published an extensive essay. Virtually every major paper in American and in Great Britain covered the event. And from every corner, the praise was lavish. Time called it "a scholarly Everest." Newsweek, "a celebration of language." And Herbert Mitgang, in The New York Times, called the new OED "the last word on words" and "the arbiter of the English language as it is read and spoken all over the world."

Now comes the Compact Edition of OED II, which captures all the wealth of scholarship found in the original edition in just one volume, and at one-tenth the price. The Compact is not an abridgement, but a direct photoreduction of the entire 20-volume set, with nine pages of the original on every nine-by-twelve page of the Compact (a magnifying glass comes with it). As in the Second Edition, the Compact combines in one alphabetical sequence the sixteen volumes of the first OED and the four Supplements--plus an extra five thousand new words to bring this monumental dictionary completely up to date. And it is monumental, with definitions of 500,000 words, 290,000 main entries, 137,000 pronunciations, 249,300 etymologies, 577,000 cross-references, and over 2,412,000 illustrative quotations. But as large as it is, perhaps its most important feature is its historical focus. The OED records not only words and meanings currently in use but also those that have long been considered obsolete. Moreover, under each definition of a word is a chronologically arranged group of quotations that illustrate the word's usage down through the years, beginning with its earliest known appearance. The result is a dictionary that offers unique insight into the way our language has, over the centuries, grown, changed, and been put to use.

More than 100 years in the making, The Oxford English Dictionary is now universally acknowledged as the world's greatest dictionary--the supreme arbiter on the usage and meaning of English words, a fascinating guide to the history and evolution of the language, and one of the greatest works of scholarship ever produced. The Washington Post has written that "no one who reads or writes seriously can be without the OED." Now with the Compact, the world's greatest dictionary is within the reach of anyone who wants one.


About the Editors:
J.A. Simpson worked on the Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary and prepared the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs.
E.S.C. Weiner also served on the editorial staff of the Supplement and compiled the Oxford Guide to English Usage.

1991 2416 pp. Price: $375.00t ISBN: 0-19-861258-3


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