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Webster's Giant Illustrated Approved Dictionary
1949 World Publishing Company Antique Book (1940,1941,1942,1943,1946)
Hardcover 10x8 inches Weighs 2 pounds 12 ounces

Condition: Good.
Blue paper boards with gold text block and text on front. Similar on spine. Clean pages aside from ink stain bottom right margin (does not affect text). Text is crisp, illustrations are clean.
Boards are very worn at edges and corners. Spine text is very faded and rubbed nearly away, and the top small portion of the spine/cover is away.

This book has been compiled for those who need a
simple, accurate, modern dictionary as an aid in
acquiring a better working knowledge of the Eng­
(selected lish language. to include The vocabulary
has been carefully selected to include chiefly
those words has been which carefully are in
common use today among those who write and
speak the most accurate and picturesque English;
the definitions are short, clear and pointed; make-up
and style have been planned for readability and
quick reference.
This dictionary is completely modern, and in
keeping with its modernity, everything superfluous
has been discarded, and only that which is essential
to its primary purpose has been retained. The ex­
igencies of the present demand the admission of the
useful and the necessary, and the elimination of the
useless and unnecessary. Obsolete and archaic
words have been kept to a minimum; obscure mean­
ings of common words, the significance of which has
been lost in history, have been ignored; confusing
technical and scientific terms have not been in­
cluded. While these features are interesting and
essential to specialized dictionaries, the editors con­
sidered that their inclusion here would defeat the
original purpose of this book, which is intended for
easy reference.
Dead words, useless words, obsolete words, have
given way to live, dynamic, modern words, indis­
pensable to an understanding of today's fast-
changing world. Because new words were added
until the text went to press, many terms will be
found that appear in no other dictionary. The
rapid changes in world affairs, political and inter- •
national relations, the progress of scientific investi­
gations, the inventions which have revolutionized
our daily mode of life—all of these have contributed
their quota of new words to the language, and have
niadc their inclusion imperative in a work which
aims to interpret our times to the man in the street.
A war and changing map of Europe bring us An-
sehlwu, Blizlkrieg and blackout. life-giving drugs
are developed, and add to our medical nomenclature
wljunifomidc and sulfapyridinc; new gland therapy
adds Medal and theclin, progesterone and testosterone;
biochemistry gives us penicillin, streptomycin, and
other antibiotic drugs. All these changes have been
faithfully recorded by our editors, who define new
discoveries almost as quickly as they come from the
test tubes of the scientist.
Not all new words, however, come out of the
laboratory. Many are coined by the man in the
street, by workers in mill and factory, by school
children, by men and women at work and play, to
describe their daily activities. These picturesque
words come into our vocabulary as slang, and are
included as such in this dictionary. In time custom
may sanction their use and they may become a com­
ponent part of the English language. Their inclu­
sion commends itself for several reasons—they are
terse, vivid, expressive, and above all, they give
vigor and life to the English language. That is why
the reader will be able to find definitions for hooey,
doghouse, lam, jitterbug, and many other slang words
included in this work.
All definitions have been written in such simple
style that they can be understood at a glance: there
is no need for time-wasting cross-reference, nor for
the looking up of three words in order to understand
one. A further help is the profusion of illustrations,
since a picture takes the place of many words, and
explains through the eye in an instant many things
that cannot be explained in words.
Conciseness and modernity, however, have not
taken the place of the old-fashioned dictionary vir­
tues—those of accuracy and authority. This vol­
ume has been compiled and edited by men and
women expert in the field of dictionary-making, and
can be consulted with confidence by students, writ­
ers, professionals, or anyone else who wishes to find
the exact meaning of a doubtful word, and must
know that the definition he finds can be accepted a . -
The editors have had the opportunity of hearing
English spoken in all parts of the country, and by
all types of people. They have given much time
and care to the revision of the book, and while no
dictionary can be perfect, they have exerted every
effort to make this volume as complete and accurate
as is humanly possible.

Webster's Giant Illustrated Approved Dictionary 1949 World Publishing Company Antique Book


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