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Baker & Taylor
A revised and updated reference that combines elements of a reverse dictionary and a thesaurus provides thematically grouped definitions for terms relating to specific subjects, ranging from the environment and animals to the arts, clothing, and religion, with new sections on British terms, cooking, furniture, Internet chatting, organized crime, street slang, and more. Simultaneous.

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Are you exerting your corrugator overmuch trying to remember what to call more than one ferret? This combination of a reverse dictionary and thesaurus groups terms by basic themes, making it easy to find that ferrets in a communal situation constitute a "business." The groups include animals, architecture, clothing, electronics, finance, the human body, language, medicine, the military, music, performing arts, the physical sciences, religion, sports, tools, transportation, and weapons, with categories such as British terms, Internet chatting, and street slang added for this edition. The book is rounded out with an index that helps readers locate words they think they might know, and a list of words and expressions that they really should know. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Facts on File
Praise for the previous editions:

" enjoyable and worthwhile reference book."—School Library Journal

"Descriptionary is an interesting, unique, and useful work..."—Booklist

"Most dictionaries and thesaureses are not designed to assist users who know subjects or definitions and seek corresponding words or terms, but this work is different...[a] fascinating resource..."—Library Journal

"An ingenious combination of reverse dictionary and thesaurus."—Reference & Research News

Helping writers, students, researchers, and general readers when they're left scrambling for words, this thematic dictionary picks up where other references leave off. Completely updated, Descriptionary, Third Edition is an invaluable resource for those looking for a descriptive or technical term, or for those who know the subject or meaning but not the specific word.

This easy-to-use third edition contains thousands of descriptions of terms organized into more than 20 subject categories. Alphabetized definitions of related words are broken down into subjects and subheadings, making it easy for readers to find the words they need. This indispensable resource contains an expanded and updated section on technology, including computers and the Internet, as well as many new sections.

New sections include:
  • British terms
  • Cocktails
  • Cooking
  • Furniture
  • Internet chatting
  • Organized crime
  • Physics
  • Sexuality
  • Skateboarding
  • Street slang
  • Yoga.

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Provides thematically-grouped definitions for terms relating to specific subjects, ranging from the environment and animals to the arts, clothing, and religion.

Publisher: New York : Facts on File/Checkmark Books, c2005
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 9780816059256
Branch Call Number: 423.1 M1399d 2005
Characteristics: xi, 644 p. ; 25 cm


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