Definitions for compendiumkəmˈpɛn di əm; -di ə
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
com•pen•di•umkəmˈpɛn di əm; -di ə(n.)(pl.)-di•ums, -di•a
a brief treatment or account of a subject, esp. an extensive subject.
a summary, epitome, or abridgment.
a full list or inventory:
a compendium of their complaints.
Origin of compendium:
1575–85; < L: gain, saving, abridgment <com-+pend(ere) to cause to hang down, weigh
a publication containing a variety of works
a concise but comprehensive summary of a larger work
A short, complete summary; an abstract.
A list or collection of various items.
Origin: From the compendium, from com- + pendo.
a brief compilation or composition, containing the principal heads, or general principles, of a larger work or system; an abridgment; an epitome; a compend; a condensed summary
A compendium is a concise, yet comprehensive compilation of a body of knowledge. A compendium may summarize a larger work. In most cases the body of knowledge will concern some delimited field of human interest or endeavour, while a "universal" encyclopedia can be referred to as a compendium of all human knowledge. It could also be referred to as a tome. The word compendium arrives from the Latin word "compenso", meaning "to weigh together or balance". The 21st century has seen the rise of democratized, online compendia in various fields.
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