What does encyclopedia mean?

Definitions for encyclopedia
ɛnˌsaɪ kləˈpi di əen·cy·clo·pe·dia

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. encyclopedia, cyclopedia, encyclopaedia, cyclopaedia(noun)

    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

Wiktionary

  1. encyclopedia(Noun)

    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. Origin: From encyclopaedia, from ἐγκύκλιος παιδεία, from ἐγκύκλιος, from κύκλος + παιδεία, from παιδίον.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Encyclopedia(noun)

    alt. of Encyclopaedia

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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

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    I will win Ohio. encyclopedia.

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    I'm more scared if they don't, encyclopedia.

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    I think I'm going to be more effective. encyclopedia.

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    He is our pope, the pope of the people. encyclopedia.

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    I look at the pattern and that's what disturbs me. encyclopedia.

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