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Oxford English Mini Dictionary [Paperback]

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9 May 2013 Dictionary
This small dictionary offers the most accurate and up-to-date coverage of essential, everyday vocabulary with over 90,000 words, phrases, and definitions based on evidence from the Oxford English Corpus, a unique databank comprising hundreds of millions of words of English. Definitions are easy to understand, given in a clear, simple style, and avoiding technical language.

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 8 edition (9 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199640963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199640966
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 7.9 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice, pocketable little dictionary ... 22 Jun 2013
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... with just one tiny gripe.

Let's start with what I like - and there's a lot of it.

Obviously, with a dictionary, the "main feature" is the definitions it contains. Now I have not extensively poured through this dictionary, but I looked up a fair selection of words of my choice. I then opened it in a number of random places and looked at what I found. By no means a "complete" analysis, but what I found seemed ... well ... exactly what I would expect. Concise, compact definitions that give you what you need to know. Excellent.

The second "main feature" of this dictionary is it's size. Now small size comes with a disadvantage - a small dictionary hasn't the space to define all the words of a large dictionary. That said, while I WAS able to pick words that were not there, I had to select pretty obscure ones. If you're not a "specialist" user of English, or you're not being deliberately awkward (like me) you'll probably find a definition for almost everything you look for. Again excellent. The physical size of the book (4 3/4" x 3 1/2" x 1 1/2", 12cm x 9cm x 4cm) makes it GENUINELY pocketable in any decent sized pocket. Again excellent.

Finally the plastic cover seems - perhaps not a thing of beauty, but perfectly serviceable. The printing is clear. Good.

So what's the tiny gripe?

I have a Chambers dictionary (much bigger) that I use a lot. The paper in that dictionary is bright, white and "nice". OK - it's not WONDERFUL, but it's pretty damn good. At the other end of the scale is, say, newspaper - which is not very bright and white, somewhat "porous" and looks sort of cheap (because it is). The paper of this dictionary lies somewhere between the two. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad. It's CERTAINLY not newsprint, but it's just not as good as the Chambers either. I just with it was that TINY BIT better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb little dictionary 11 July 2013
By Alison Towers VINE VOICE
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This is an excellent little dictionary. 12cm x 8.5cms x 4cms. My only gripe is I wish the font was bigger so I didn't have to root around for my spectacles, but that's about all. For a lightweight, portable dictionary its unmatchable, and unless you really need a great deal of specialized vocabulary then it is adequate for most uses. I would definitely recommend slipping it into the schoolbag of any child or even student, and carrying it with you for most everyday circumstances where you would need to use a dictionary. Obviously bigger dictionaries will have more words, but they would normally sit on the shelf next to your work area for reference. This, is for when you're on the move. Ideal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Little Buy 27 Jun 2013
By Mr. C. Bleakney VINE VOICE
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The Mini Oxford English Dictionary is a very compact and extensive coverage of the core vocabulary of our current English words.

There can be no confusion with words and their meaning as the general usage of the word is highlighted and explained first , then less usage of the word is explained second with added special notes to clear-up any ambiguity.

This Dictionary is small enough to fit into your bag or pocket and is ideal for anyone who needs to reference a word or words quickly and easily.

Smashing little Dictionary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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To put this review in context - I'm a first year archaeology and anthropology undergrad and needed a small dictionary for my desk as I don't have a smartphone or other electronic equivalent. Money was certainly a motivation and this copy has the benefit of being small, sturdy, cheap and comes with a years access to the full online OED. But of course to compensate for the size of the physical volume words had to be cut. Essentially it depends on what you intend to use this dictionary for whether this would cause problems - for me it's just an occasional irritance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 July 2014
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Use this all the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential resource 24 Jun 2014
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Delivered on time, well packed and easy to access the goods. The dictionary is ideal for its use with learners and being a handy size makes it more user friendly. Thank you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars mini 11 May 2014
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Very light and very small but still easy to read. Smaller than your hand this book really can fit anywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 1 April 2014
By vicleo
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Perfect for learners, it's very usefull and complete even been so small. A very good investment if you need learn english.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Present
Bought as a present, it's just the right size and being O.E.D. you know that the quality and content is assured.
Published 3 months ago by E> Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good vfm
As described and promptly despatched. This is a good pocket type dictionary and excellent value for money. Would highly recommend.
Published 3 months ago by Mike Trapp
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Good source of words especially useful when teaching Functional Skills English. Portable and useful for those lessons. Thanks for a neat dictionary.
Published 4 months ago by louise murdoch
5.0 out of 5 stars everyone needs one
School bag kit check (which is a check by teachers to ensure you have the right tools to assist with school life) my daughter couldn't find a dictionary anywhere usual stores don't... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. D. L. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars So useful!
Small and compact, a very useful dictionary. The pages are clearly set out and easy to read. Competitively priced and good value.
Published 4 months ago by J BEADNALL
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
Bought this for my 11 yr old to keep in his school bag. Very light so doesn't weigh his bag down very useful in school
Published 4 months ago by Felix
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Great for games. Easy to use. Small and fits in camper van. Been well used so far. Very happy thank you.
Published 4 months ago by JSR
5.0 out of 5 stars 5/5
Excellent size - easy to carry around. Currently teaching and a student asked me a definition of a word, and it's easier for them to use this to find the definition rather than... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Miss Nia M V John
5.0 out of 5 stars Small but very handy
Exactely what was needed an up to date dictionary, nice and small so can be packed ready to solve any arguments caused when playing travel scrabble.
Published 5 months ago by Dee
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