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A comprehensive reference work containing articles on a wide range of subjects or on numerous aspects of a particular field, usually arranged alphabetically.

[Medieval Latin encyclopaedia, general education course, from alteration of Greek enkuklios paideia, general education : enkuklios, circular, general; see encyclical + paideia, education (from pais, paid-, child; see pau- in Indo-European roots).]
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(ɛnˌsaɪkləʊˈpiːdɪə) or


(Journalism & Publishing) a book, often in many volumes, containing articles on various topics, often arranged in alphabetical order, dealing either with the whole range of human knowledge or with one particular subject: a medical encyclopedia.
[C16: from New Latin encyclopaedia, erroneously for Greek enkuklios paideia general education, from enkuklios general (see encyclical), + paideia education, from pais child]
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or en•cy•clo•pae•di•a

(ɛnˌsaɪ kləˈpi di ə)

a book or set of books containing articles on various topics, usu. in alphabetical arrangement, covering all branches of knowledge or all aspects of one subject.
[1525–35; < New Latin < Greek enkyklopaidía, a misreading of enkýklios paideía circular (i.e., well-rounded) education]
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encyclopedia, encyclopaedia

a book or set of books containing detailed knowledge and information about a variety of fxelds or subfields; an exhaustive work of learning 01 knowledge. Also called cyclopedia, cyclopaedia. — encyclopedist, encyclopaedist, n.encyclopedie, encyclopaedic, encyclopedical, encyclopaedical, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.encyclopedia - a reference work (often in several volumes) containing articles on various topics (often arranged in alphabetical order) dealing with the entire range of human knowledge or with some particular specialtyencyclopedia - a reference work (often in several volumes) containing articles on various topics (often arranged in alphabetical order) dealing with the entire range of human knowledge or with some particular specialty
book of facts, reference book, reference work, reference - a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts; "he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic"
book of knowledge - an elementary encyclopedia dealing with general knowledge
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[ɪnˌsaɪkləˈpiːdiə] encyclopaedia (British) nencyclopédie f
an encyclopedia of science → une encyclopédie scientifique
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nLexikon nt, → Enzyklopädie f
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encyclopaedia [ɪnˌsaɪkləʊˈpiːdɪə] nenciclopedia
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(insaikləˈpiːdiə) noun
a reference work containing information on every branch of knowledge, or on one particular branch. an encyclopaedia of jazz; If you do not know the capital city of Hungary, look it up in an encyclopaedia.
enˌcycloˈp(a)edic adjective
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مَوْسُوعَة encyklopedie encyklopædi Enzyklopädie εγκυκλοπαίδεια enciclopedia tietosanakirja encyclopédie enciklopedija enciclopedia 百科事典 백과 사전 encyclopedie leksikon encyklopedia enciclopédia энциклопедия encyklopedi สารานุกรม ansiklopedi bách khoa toàn thư 百科全书
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It is an axis which has Encylopaedia Britannica's "for Wales, see England" at one end -- and at the other stands a confident Welsh nation.
In B.McGraw, E.Baker, & P.Perterson (Eds), International encylopaedia of education (3rd ed., pp.21-33).Armsterdam, the Netherlands:Elsevier.
(52.) History of Saudi Arabia, ENCYLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA, https://www.britannica.com/ place/Saudi-Arabia/Daily-life-and-socialcustoms#toc214601 (last visited Feb.
He would be known to all as Socrates or the Professor or Solomon or Encylopaedia because he knew all there was to know about our crusty old pie of a town.
Initially published in 100 instalments, the first Encylopaedia Britannica was consolidated into three volumes between 1768 and 1771.
The Shah conducted a regular census, but its primary aim, according to the Encylopaedia Iranica, was to "count the de jure sedentary population and the de facto mobile and tribal population." Similarly, under the current regime, which seized power in 1979, the census has counted the urban versus the rural population, and gathered basic age and employment statistics.
Encylopaedia Britannica, which originally had a homegrown CRM system that didn't integrate with its other back-office systems, in 2012 adopted Salesforce.
(39) See Alasdair MacIntyre, Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry: Encylopaedia, Genealogy, and Tradition (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1990).
(90) Edward II, 4 Encylopaedia Britannica 375 (15th ed., 2002); The New Ordinances, 1311 (1311), reprinted in 3 English Historical Documents 527-39 (Harry Rothwell ed., 1975).
Firing are offerings that are always made in connection with ritual events (see The Encylopaedia of Iban Studies, 2001: 1468).
(68) Song Yingxing, Tiangong kaiwu [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] [Exploitation of the works of nature: An encylopaedia of technology with illustrations], httpV/zh.wikisource.org/zh-hant/[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (last accessed 30 July 2014).