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Facts On File, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 711 pages
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Praise for the previous edition:
"...a useful reference source..."—American Reference Books Annual

"...fills an important niche in any reference collection because of its wide scope..."—Booklist

"...a helpful resource..."—School Library Journal

This is the book to use when looking for a descriptive or technical term or when you know the subject or meaning but not the specific word. Descriptionary, Fourth Edition is a clever combination of a reverse dictionary and a thesaurus, with thousands of descriptions of terms organized into subject categories and sub-categories.

This edition contains thousands of descriptions of terms organized into expanded and updated sections, including those on politics and the Internet, and dozens of new sections. Many new finance and technology terms have also been added to this user-friendly book.

New sections include:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Chemistry
  • Dinosaurs
  • Evolution
  • Fishing
  • Jewelry
  • Rocks
  • Sleep
  • and more.

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User Review  - Sinetrig - LibraryThing

The "Descriptionary" at first scanning seemed to be a useful addition to my reference books on words. However, my experience in referring to it for actual information has been one of frustration and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Oreillynsf - LibraryThing

A thought provoking addiiton to your reference collection. A dictionary organized by topic rather than alphabetical. A good resource for writers of all sorts. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Marc McCutcheon is the author of The Facts On File Student's Thesaurus, Roget's Super Thesaurus, Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters, and The Compass in Your Nose and Other Astonishing Facts About Humans. He lives in South Portland, ME.