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The Chambers Dictionary Hardcover – 4 Aug 2003


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  • Hardcover: 1856 pages
  • Publisher: Chambers; 9th edition (4 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055010013X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0550100139
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 19 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 818,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's official! The word techie--a devotee of or expert in (some aspect of) technology--has made it into the Chambers Dictionary. And there are a slew of other net-specific words too, including netiquette, browsing, applet, span, cybersex and cybercafé. It just goes to show how the world of computing and electronic communications has advanced and changed our world. Of course, there are also those other little things that have become part of our lives: Prozac, sound bite, cellulite... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Chambers is my dictionary of choice and always has been, because its

practice is to detail a word's etymology with clarity, brevity and

exactness, so that to look up a word in Chambers is to be able to

unpack its meaning and also to marvel at its compactness... Chambers is

an open door to words at their wittiest, most rooted, most reavealing

and most powerful.

(Ali Smith)

It's good to see that the latest, 11th, edition of Chambers Dictionary has lost none of its wit. (Mark Sanderson, Literary Life, Telegraph.co.uk)

It's official! The credit crunch has finally found its way into the hallowed columns of this iconic work of reference...

Hats off, incidentally, to the editor who archly defines 'comfort food' as 'mood-enhancing food that meets the approval of one's taste buds but not of one's doctor'.

(Daily Echo)

Chambers is the one I keep at my right hand (Philip Pullman: how I chose my top 40, 'The Times') --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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87 of 87 people found the following review helpful By J. Knight on 10 Dec 2003
Format: Hardcover
I wanted to find out the meaning of the word "mommet" that crops up in Hardy's "Tess of the Durbevilles". I looked through increasingly large versions of the Oxford English Dictionary, and only found it eventually in the two-volume Shorter Oxford. However, when I turned to my Chambers Dictionary, it was right there.
The point being, Chambers' style of categorising words under similar roots allows it to cram far more into a single volume. If you want lots of words, rather than long, encyclopaedic and often repetitious, definitions, go for Chambers.
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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Dr R Johnson on 23 Oct 2003
Format: Hardcover
The ultimate single volumed dictionary. This is the only dictionary you'll ever need: invaluable for all crossword and scrabble lovers. Don't be misled into buying the Chambers 21st Century Dictionary, it's not as good as this one! Every home should have one very good dictionary and if you want one to serve you well for life then get this!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Biddlecombe VINE VOICE on 8 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you're about to buy this for crossword purposes, be aware that a new edition comes out on 22 August 2008. New editions of Chambers have appeared every 5 years since 1983 - the 2006 edition was an extra one to get the dictionary into the new 'corporate livery'. ISBN-10 for the new one is 0550103961. Puzzles like the Observer's Azed (most of which still use the 2003 edition as their reference as I write this) normally start to use the new edition around the beginning of the next calendar year, so you probably have time to ask for this as a Christmas present.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Geoff P on 4 Jan 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is the best single-volume dictionary of the English Language. If you know Chambers, then you need no persuading. If you don't, then it's time to get one.
It's the recommended reference for most of the best crosswords.

But look on Amazon at the thumb-index version of this dictionary, which should be more expensive, but for some reason is actually a few pounds cheaper. That's the one I've bought, and it's superb.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By M. N. Thakkar on 29 Jan 2002
Format: Paperback
The Chambers is the best available source of obscure dialect words, obsolete words from Spencer et al, and senses of ordinary words that have long been forgotten. It is this comprehensiveness that has made it the cruciverbalist's bible, particularly for crosswords of the more fiendish variety.
Qua dictionary, though, it is awkward to use compared to the various Oxford dictionaries (the Concise Oxford Dictionary, the New Oxford Dictionary of English, and the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, in order of size). Moreover, the famously amusing definitions are far and few.
In short, buy this dictionary if you have to - i.e., if you while away your time solving (or setting) crosswords, or if you delight in our language's paths less trod. Otherwise, your best one-volume bet is probably the New Oxford Dictionary of English.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 May 2003
Format: Paperback
I've used Chambers for more than forty years and love it with a passion. I still pick it up and read it from time to time, once a week at least. If you think these two points qualify me to be sectioned, all I can say is you can't have had the use and pleasure out of it that I have. It has answered so many what-does-that-mean questions, and helped with so many crossword queries, and brought up so many obscure words for scrabble....... Try it.
I think Oxford has more or less abandoned the territory to Chambers - I mean, of one-volume, comprehensive, practical, day to day dictionaries. (The Concise seems to me to have gone downmarket, so to speak). But, of course, if what you're after is the definitive etymology, the history of the use of the word, the widest range of meanings over its history, then I think you're bound to go to the Shorter Oxford or the OED itself. But then, that's work
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By "dax68" on 24 Nov 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent dictionary and certainly the most useful for crosswords and Scrabble. My only complaint is not with the book itself but the Amazon description. This is Not a Thumb Indexed version but merely has a ribbon marker to keep your place with. If you are not concerned with the ribbon marker, I'd recommend you buy the cheaper version, save a fiver or so and use your own book mark as I would have done had I not been mislead by this description.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Ardent dictionary user:) on 1 Sep 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is one great dictionary. Although not perfect (especially in persistant use of semicolons for sense differentation - here Oxford Dictionary of English is definitely more user-friendly) the Chambers Dictionary 10 ed. is definitely worth buying for its unbelievable richness of words. There are no encyclopedic entries but that only makes more room for new and specialized vocabulary. Still, I'd advise getting one more dictionary of this size like ODE, for comparison and as mentioned above for more user-friendly layout of the entry. I own both of these and I can say they complement each other perfectly
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