Definition of encyclopedia
: a work that contains information on all branches of knowledge or treats comprehensively a particular branch of knowledge usually in articles arranged alphabetically often by subject
Recent Examples of encyclopedia from the Web
Automotive Handbook—9th Edition Robert Bosch; Bentley Publishers A handy 1500-page encyclopedia of everything automotive; chockablock with info, diagrams, pictures, tables, and charts.
The two began posting videos to YouTube in May and hoped to grow their slowly-swelling popularity by filming a stunt in which Perez shot directly at an encyclopedia that Ruiz was holding in front of his chest, the complaint states.
Craig Smith, a breathing encyclopedia of sports knowledge, will be inducted into the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Hall of Fame.
In a 1983, for example, the online version of the World Book Encyclopedia was removed from the CompuServe online platform and replaced with the Grolier electronic encyclopedia—probably the result of some behind-the-scenes licensing deal.
In this 430-page encyclopedia, Michaels traces the history of household-name chains and also looks at cult burgers and regional upstarts.
Or, if the question was straightforward enough, how to use the encyclopedia to figure out, say, how big sea urchins could get.
His mind is an encyclopedia of Islam and sports facts.
The menu includes an illustrated plant encyclopedia.
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ENCYCLOPEDIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of encyclopedia for English Language Learners
: a reference work (such as a book, series of books, Web site, or CD-ROM) that contains information about many different subjects or a lot of information about a particular subject
ENCYCLOPEDIA Defined for Kids
Definition of encyclopedia for Students
: a book or a set of books containing information on all branches of learning in articles arranged alphabetically by subject
History for encyclopedia
If you read an entire encyclopedia, you might learn something about nearly everything, and, suitably, the original sense of the word encyclopedia was “general education” or “education in all branches of knowledge.” Encyclopedia is formed from two Greek words, enkyklios, meaning “circular, recurrent, ordinary,” and paideia, “education.” Paideia is itself a derivative of pais, “child.”
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