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  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Merriam Webster,U.S.; Rev Upd edition (22 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877797323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877797326
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.9 x 4.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 636,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms I Creedon on 24 Feb. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I havent found the kindle version easy to use, and maybe this type of reference book is better as a book format to flick through. Maybe I am showing my generation though...
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102 of 103 people found the following review helpful
Okay. Limited as a dictionary and as a thesaurus. 3 Jan. 2010
By Quadradox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The other reviewers appear to address the printed version rather than the Kindle-specific version. I am focusing on the Kindle Application.

Strengths -- easily used under Kindle platform, terse, usually is clear in distinguishing parts of speech, and it can be used as the default dictionary.

Weaknesses
1. Definitions are not necessarily any more complete than those from the New Oxford American Dictionary(already built-in on Kindle). Several that I used tonight were less so.

2. Definitions for one part of speech are often dependent on another definition listed for another part of speech (a weakness of many dictionaries that is annoying for more complex or unfamiliar words)
----Simple example: the word anger is both a noun and a verb, Thus they define the verb form as "to make angry".

3. Thesaurus component is okay and gives additional ideas for the verb "anger". However antonyms are very limited if the purpose is to use this as a writing resource. Very few choices.
----For example: antonyms for anger (verb) were delight, gratify and please. But other common options are missing such as calm, sooth, pacify. One would have to keep browsing and unless you set this as the default, you keep ending up in another dictionary when trying to do that.

4. Word Origins are sometimes given, mostly abbreviated and with less detail than in Kindle's Default Dictionary.

I have not compared word counts. Sheer mass of definitions is a misleading index of quality.
56 of 63 people found the following review helpful
A Review of the Kindle for PC version 1 July 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Don't buy it !

Believe it or not, there is no way to go directly to the word you are interested in; or even directly to the beginning of the section containing its starting letter !
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Missing a lot for its size 17 Jan. 2011
By Myreview - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have been using a Webster's dictionary daily when solving crossword puzzles.
I ordered this one as a replacement and I am totally disappointed in its amazing
lack of content. This Webester'Merriam-Webster's Collegiate
Dictionary, 11th Edition thumb-notched with Win/Mac CD-ROM and Online
Subscriptions dictionary is missing an alphabet table for Greek, Arabic, and
English for example, and it is missing an currency table for countries around
the world. Also it is missing countries and states with capitals and population
information. Also it is missing famous people and pictures. Finally the size
is much larger then I expected.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Perfect for 5th and 6th graders 13 Oct. 2010
By Coffee Klatch Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My 6th grader needed a dictionary and a thesaurus for school (and my 5th grader is always asking me for synonyms) and so I headed over to one of the big book stores expecting to have to buy TWO books. I was quite happy when I saw this one, with both dictionary and thesaurus combined. (It's a lot easier to handle one book than two; it's a lot better for one book on the dining room table than two!)

The synonyms easily stand out in small little gray boxes right in the same listing as the definition. They seem to give just about the right number of synonyms so it won't overwhelm my kids. (It is not the The Synonym Finder.) It even has a concise guide to grammar in the back. This thing is perfect for my 5th and 6th graders. Five stars for that purpose.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Kindle Fire version is useless 23 Sept. 2013
By R. Sutcliffe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This review is for the Kindle Fire version only. The dictionary is absolutely useless.It does not have a search function for looking for words, it does not have an index so you could at least go to the beginning letter of the word you want, it does not have page numbers so you could guess as to what might be the general area a word might be at.You have to flip through individual pages just like you are reading a book.

This is complete junk and is useless as a reference book. It would be quicker to drive to the store and by a paper bound dictionary to look the word up then it would be to use this dictionary.

I am going to be contacting the seller and asking for my money back, I will never use this dictionary.
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