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n. pl. com·pen·di·ums or com·pen·di·a (-dē-ə)
1. A short but complete summary of something.
2. A list or collection of various items.
n, pl -diums or -dia (-dɪə)
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) Brit a book containing a collection of useful hints
2. Brit a selection, esp of different games or other objects in one container
3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a concise but comprehensive summary of a larger work
[C16: from Latin: a saving, literally: something weighed, from pendere to weigh]
com•pen•di•um(kəmˈpɛn di əm)
n., pl. -di•ums, -di•a (-di ə)
1. a brief treatment or account of a subject, esp. an extensive subject.
2. a summary, epitome, or abridgment.
3. a full list or inventory: a compendium of their complaints.
[1575–85; < Latin: gain, saving, abridgment <com- + pend(ere) to cause to hang down, weigh]
compendium- Latin for "that which is weighed together," it is a complete summary or abridgment or a concise collection of materials—not an all-encompassing or comprehensive work (plural is compendiums or compendia).
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|Noun||1.||compendium - a publication containing a variety of works|
publication - a copy of a printed work offered for distribution
anthology - a collection of selected literary passages
archives - collection of records especially about an institution
|2.||compendium - a concise but comprehensive summary of a larger work|