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en·cy·clo·pe·di·a

 (ĕn-sī′klə-pē′dē-ə)
n.
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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encyclopedia

(ɛnˌsaɪkləʊˈpiːdɪə) or

encyclopaedia

n
(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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en•cy•clo•pe•di•a

or en•cy•clo•pae•di•a

(ɛnˌsaɪ kləˈpi di ə)

n.
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.
See also: Books
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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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Translations
مَوْسُوعَةمَوْسوعَه، دائِرَة مَعارِف
encyklopedie
encyklopædi
enciklopedio
دانشنامه
tietosanakirjaensyklopedia
enciklopedija
enciklopédialexikon
ensiklopedia
alfræðiorðabók
百科事典
백과 사전
encyclopaedia
enciklopedija
enciclopedie
encyklopédia
enciklopedija
encyklopedi
สารานุกรม
bách khoa toàn thư

encyclopedia

[ɪnˌsaɪkləˈpiːdiə] encyclopaedia (British) nencyclopédie f
an encyclopedia of science → une encyclopédie scientifique
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encyclop(a)edia

nLexikon nt, → Enzyklopädie f
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encyclopedia

encyclopaedia [ɪnˌsaɪkləʊˈpiːdɪə] nenciclopedia
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encyclop(a)edia

(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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encyclopedia

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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References in classic literature ?
“Certainly, there are incredible tales told in the encyclopaedias,” returned Elnathan, “though I cannot say that I have ever seen, myself, anything larger than a musket ball extracted.”
The day before Rebecca started for the South with Miss Maxwell she was in the library with Emma Jane and Huldah, consulting dictionaries and encyclopaedias. As they were leaving they passed the locked cases containing the library of fiction, open to the teachers and townspeople, but forbidden to the students.
But there is no literary public in England for anything except newspapers, primers, and encyclopaedias. Of all people in the world the English have the least sense of the beauty of literature."
The four and six-penny manual, mostly in his lithographed handwriting, that was never vulgarly advertized, may perhaps some day be taken up by a syndicate and pushed upon the public as The Times pushed the Encyclopaedia Britannica; but until then it will certainly not prevail against Pitman.
If you take down your Encyclopaedia Britannica , Volume III, AUS to BIS, you will find that bees are a 'large and natural family of the zoological order Hymenoptera, characterized by the plumose form of many of their hairs, by the large size of the basal segment of the foot ...
"'Is to copy out the "Encyclopaedia Britannica." There is the first volume of it in that press.
It was not so with Chaucer, whom I loved from the first word of his which I found quoted in those lectures, and in Chambers's 'Encyclopaedia of English Literature,' which I had borrowed of my friend the organ-builder.
Judge Scott still held to the same opinion, and proved it to everybody's dissatisfaction by measurements and descriptions taken from the encyclopaedia and various works on natural history.
'He CRAMMED for it, to use a technical but expressive term; he read up for the subject, at my desire, in the "Encyclopaedia Britannica." '
"And there's another fellow - Parry - an Australian, a statistician and a sporting encyclopaedia. Ask him the grain output of Paraguay for 1903, or the English importation of sheetings into China for
I was fortunate enough, too, to become acquainted with a person in the publishing way, who was getting up an Encyclopaedia, and he set me to work; and, indeed' (glancing at his table), 'I am at work for him at this minute.
Charley and I knew nothing of the oyster industry, while his head was an encyclopaedia of facts concerning it.