chiefly British variant of encyclopedia

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  • Encyclopaedia — bezeichnet: das in 1559 Basel veröffentlichte Werk des Stanislav Pavao Skalić die Encyclopaedia Cursus Philosophici (ca. 1630) von Johann Heinrich Alsted allgemein eine Enzyklopädie, siehe auch: Geschichte und Entwicklung der Enzyklopädie …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • encyclopaedia — encyclopaedia, encyclopedia This word is first recorded in English in the 16c, and was adopted from a late Latin word which in turn was based on a supposedly corrupted form of a Greek term meaning ‘general education’ in the arts and sciences. The …   Modern English usage

  • encyclopaedia — see ENCYCLOPEDIA (Cf. encyclopedia). The Latin spelling survives as a variant because many of the most prominent ones (e.g. Britannica) have Latin names …   Etymology dictionary

  • encyclopaedia — Reference work that contains information on all branches of knowledge or that treats a particular branch of knowledge comprehensively. It is self contained and explains subjects in greater detail than a dictionary. It differs from an almanac in… …   Universalium

  • encyclopaedia — n. 1) to compile an encyclopaedia 2) (humorous) a walking encyclopaedia * * * [ɪnˌsaɪklə piːdɪə] (humorous) a walking encyclopaedia to compile an encyclopaedia …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Encyclopaedia — Encyclopedia En*cy clo*pe di*a, Encyclopaedia En*cy clo*p[ae] di*a, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, for ? ?, instruction in the circle of arts and sciences: cf. F. encyclop[ e]die. See {Cyclopedia}, and {Encyclical}.] [Formerly written {encyclop[ae]dy} and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • encyclopaedia — n. (also encyclopedia) a book, often in several volumes, giving information on many subjects, or on many aspects of one subject, usu. arranged alphabetically. Etymology: mod.L f. spurious Gk egkuklopaideia for egkuklios paideia all round… …   Useful english dictionary

  • encyclopaedia — noun A reference work (often in several volumes) containing in depth articles on various topics (often arranged in alphabetical order or by category) dealing with a wide range of subjects or with some particular specialty …   Wiktionary

  • encyclopaedia — en|cy|clo|pae|di|a [ ın,saıklə pidiə ] a British spelling of encyclopedia …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • encyclopaedia — en·cy·clo·pae·di·a || en‚saɪkləʊ piːdjÉ™ n. series of books that are organized alphabetically and contain information on all subjects (also encyclopedia) …   English contemporary dictionary

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