desk dictionary

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Noun1.desk dictionary - an abridged dictionary of a size convenient to hold in the handdesk dictionary - an abridged dictionary of a size convenient to hold in the hand
dictionary, lexicon - a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them
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Before that, the game's rules called for any desk dictionary to be consulted.
"In the average desk dictionary, there will be more than 100 such words, words like self-confidence, self-conscious, self-control, self-criticism, self-deception, self-defeating, self-denial, self-discipline, self-esteem, self-expression, self-importance, self-improvement, self-interest, self-reliance, self-respect, self-restraint, self-sacrifice."
My dogeared desk dictionary (Aston Manor School, 1988) tells me 'a summit meeting' is what you get when the gangbosses gather - Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin.
My Oxford American Desk Dictionary defines nature as "the natural world." Common usage suggests that nature is something relatively undisturbed by humans - something "natural."
In the nine different courses I regularly teach, in composition, literature, and linguistics courses alike, I emphasize the use of a desk dictionary as a curricular survival tool, especially in this current mania of standardized testing.
My tattered, old desk dictionary defines obsolescence as "growing out of use." Just above it the definition roof obsolete is "no longer in use." Something that often amazes me is how often some shooters confuse obsolete or obsolescence with effectiveness.
When I looked it up in a small paper-bound desk dictionary, the definition given for vulgar was "common." I finally understood what Grandmother was teaching; be above common lest you be vulgar.