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ɛnˌsaɪ kləˈpi di əEncy·clo·pe·di·a

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. encyclopedia, cyclopedia, encyclopaedia, cyclopaedianoun

    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


  1. encyclopedianoun

    A comprehensive reference work with articles on a range of subjects.

    I only use the library for the encyclopedia, as we've got most other books here.

  2. Etymology: From encyclopaedia, from ἐγκύκλιος παιδεία, from ἐγκύκλιος, from κύκλος + παιδεία, from παιδίον.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Encyclopedia, Encyclopedynoun

    The circle of sciences; the round of learning.

    Etymology: ἐγϰυϰλοϖάιδεια.

    Every science borrows from all the rest, and we cannot attain any single one without the encyclopædy. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. c. 25.

    This art may justly claim a place in the encyclopædia, especially such as serves for a model of education for an able politician. John Arbuthnot, History of John Bull.


  1. Encyclopedia

    An encyclopedia or encyclopaedia is a reference work or compendium providing summaries of knowledge either from all branches or from a particular field or discipline. Encyclopedias are divided into articles or entries that are often arranged alphabetically by article name and sometimes by thematic categories. Encyclopedia entries are longer and more detailed than those in most dictionaries. Generally speaking, unlike dictionary entries—which focus on linguistic information about words, such as their etymology, meaning, pronunciation, use, and grammatical forms—encyclopedia articles focus on factual information concerning the subject named in the article's title.Encyclopedias have existed for around 2,000 years and have evolved considerably during that time as regards to language (written in a major international or a vernacular language), size (few or many volumes), intent (presentation of a global or a limited range of knowledge), cultural perspective (authoritative, ideological, didactic, utilitarian), authorship (qualifications, style), readership (education level, background, interests, capabilities), and the technologies available for their production and distribution (hand-written manuscripts, small or large print runs, Internet). As a valued source of reliable information compiled by experts, printed versions found a prominent place in libraries, schools and other educational institutions. The appearance of digital and open-source versions in the 21st century has vastly expanded the accessibility, authorship, readership, and variety of encyclopedia entries.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Encyclopedianoun

    alt. of Encyclopaedia


  1. Encyclopedia

    An encyclopedia is a type of reference work – a compendium holding a summary of information from either all branches of knowledge or a particular branch of knowledge. Encyclopedias are divided into articles or entries, which are usually accessed alphabetically by article name. Encyclopedia entries are longer and more detailed than those in most dictionaries. Generally speaking, unlike dictionary entries, which focus on linguistic information about words, encyclopedia articles focus on factual information to cover the thing or concept for which the article name stands. Encyclopedias have existed for around 2,000 years; the oldest still in existence, Naturalis Historia, was written in ca. AD 77 by Pliny the Elder. The modern encyclopedia evolved out of dictionaries around the 17th century. Historically, some encyclopedias were contained in one volume, but some, such as the Encyclopædia Britannica or the world's largest Enciclopedia universal ilustrada europeo-americana, became huge multi-volume works. Some modern encyclopedias, such as Wikipedia, are electronic and are often freely available. The word encyclopaedia comes from the Koine Greek ἐγκυκλοπαιδεία, from Greek ἐγκύκλιος παιδεία, and is transliterated enkyklios paideia, meaning "general education": enkyklios, meaning "circular, recurrent, required regularly, general" + paideia, meaning "education, rearing of a child", but it was reduced to a single word due to an error by copyists of Latin manuscripts. Together, the phrase literally translates as "complete instruction" or "complete knowledge".

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Encyclopedia in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Encyclopedia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Encyclopedia in a Sentence

  1. Sally Struthers:

    I’ve done so many shows as a guest, and that’s fun, but ‘All in the Family’ was history-making, and that doesn’t happen to too many actors, i knew it the day my daughter was in her room writing a report, using the Encyclopedia Britannica. She screamed from her room and said, ‘Mom, come in here!’ She had the encyclopedia opened to the letter T on her desk. Under the word television was a picture of the ‘All in the Family’ cast. That’s when you say, ‘Wow!’.

  2. Jaroslaw Kaczynski:

    The content of this draft, because so far it's only a draft, but if taken seriously, it is simply legally absurd. encyclopedia.

  3. Dean Gordon Brown:

    Engineering is not merely knowing and being knowledgeable, like a walking encyclopedia engineering is not merely analysis engineering is not merely the possession of the capacity to get elegant solutions to non-existent engineering problems engineering is practicing the art of the organized forcing of technological change... Engineers operate at the interface between science and society...

  4. Don Lemon:

    So if that means that cable news ratings go down? Aww. So I’m not really that concerned about it. I would prefer that my ratings go down and Trump not be in office than my ratings be sky-high and him be there. That’s the honest truth. encyclopedia.

  5. Ryan Zinke:

    This particular operation, it's not going to change the background. The background is: we need a plan in Syria. encyclopedia.

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