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THE NEW METHOD ENGLISH DICTIONARY (4th Edition)
THE NEW METHOD ENGLISH DICTIONARY - 4th Edition Author:Michael Philip West & James Gareth Endicott The subtitle of this book is: "Explaining the Meaning of Over 29,000 items within a vocabulary of 1,490 words." — From the preface: "This English Dictionary is written especially for the foreigner. It explains to him, in words which he knows, the meaning of words and idioms which he does not know. It is not a translation or adaptation of any old... more »er book, but a new and original work. This revised edition has been brought up to date (1961) by improving the definition of some words and adding a number of new words, or words which have become more important today. Many new or improved pictures have been placed close to the words which they help to explain. The dictionary defines over 24,000 items - some 18,000 words and 6,000 idioms. Its special features are its richness in examples and the care devoted to the meanings and idioms of the commoner words, such as Get, Put, Take, etc...ALL EXPLANATIONS ARE WRITTEN WITHIN A VOCABULARY OF 1,490 WORDS...Pronunciation is indicated by a very simple system, easily learnt and unmistakably clear. A guide to this system is given in two places: inside the front cover and inside the back cover, so that the user who is not familiar with the system can consult the guide in one or other of these places in connection with a word found either on the right hand or on a left hand page."
This is the 1962 printing of the 4th Edition first published in 1961. The first edition was published in 1935, the second edition in 1940, and the third edition in 1953. Includes many small line illustrations next to the words being defined. Also includes a list of Places and People and a List of the Defining Vocabulary (the words used for the definitions). Spelling is the British English way.
Here are two examples: 1) "noble - of very fine character; high in rank; a noble, a person of high rank, a lord; nobility, goodness of character; The nobility, all the persons of high rank and birth." 2) "sideboard - closed-in table in a dining-room in which food, drink, plates, knives, etc. are kept; dishes of fruit, etc., are put on the top." (with illustration of a typical sideboard)
The definitions for the word "water", for example take up 4" of space. Idioms defined include, for instance, "to get into hot water", "the story won't hold water", "throw cold water on a plan", "a watertight argument".
This compact dictionary is also of historical interest.« less