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General Dictionaries

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Oxford English Dictionary
Commonly called O.E.D. Search for the definition of a word and also see the history and language from which the word originated.

Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary Online
Explore the 15 major themes to access more than 6,000 images and see words like never before.

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
Entries for over 10,000 new words and terms, offers the latest research on word origins and meanings, and provides guidelines on accurate usage.

The Chambers Dictionary
Whether you’re an avid word gamer or just enjoy reveling in the quirks and curiosities of the English language, The Chambers Dictionary is your ultimate companion.

Collins English Dictionary
Drawn from the Collins Corpus, the largest in the world with more than 4.5 billion words, and combined with a selection of emerging words submitted by the public on collinsdictionary.com, the Collins English Dictionary is a snapshot of real English as it is spoken today around the world.

Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary
Features clear and precise definitions, usage examples, and phrases and idioms.

The Penguin English Dictionary
Clear, detailed definitions, with particular emphasis on difficult concepts and meanings. Includes not only standard English, but also scientific and technical vocabulary, specialist terms, slang, and the English of earlier periods.

Dictionary of Contemporary Slang
With more than 7,000 definitions, this book provides a definitive guide to the use of slang today. It deals with drugs, sport and contemporary society, as well as favorite slang topics such as sex and bodily functions.

The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms
The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms explores the meanings of idioms, including phrasal verbs such as “kick back”, proverbs such as “too many cooks spoil the broth”, interjections such as “tough beans”, and figures of speech such as “elephant in the room”.

The American Heritage Abbreviations Dictionary
Presents some 20,000 terms that appear in text messages, chatrooms, Web sites, sports statistics, travel brochures, airports, personal ads, and countless other places in a world where shorthand is the true universal language.

The American Heritage Student Science Dictionary
With over 4,500 A-Z entries, 450 full-color photographs and drawings, over 150 fascinating feature notes, and full-page tables and charts, it is the most current and comprehensive student science dictionary available.

Dictionary of Eponyms
An eponym is the name of a person after whom something is named, for example Lord Sandwich gave his name to the sandwich. This book tells the stories of nearly one thousand men and women whose names have become part of the English language.

The Penguin Rhyming Dictionary
Anyone who writes verse, whether lyric poet, songwriter or composer of limericks or jingles, will find this an indispensable reference companion. It offers an astonishingly wide range of suggestions for rhyming words, from the common and every day to the more difficult and obscure.

Rawson’s Dictionary of Euphemisms and Other Doubletalk
Hugh Rawson explains, in clear language, what it means when we talk of an unusual occurrence, a crew transfer container, or Montezuma’s revenge. If you have ever been baffled by the expression culturally deprived, or want to know where the phrase deep-six comes from, then this book will certainly be of service.


Arts

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Art History / Fashion / Film & Television / Graphic Design & Digital Arts / Music
Art History[ Art ]

A Biographical Dictionary of Artists, Andromeda
Painters, architects, and sculptors from pre-Christian times to the present. Each entry includes dates, training, career, influences on his or her work, and bibliographies for further reading.

The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Art and Artists
International, cross-referenced dictionary that provides information on artists, paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, schools and movements, includes essential information on contemporary art and artists, techniques, and materials.

The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Art Terms
Covers painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, the decorative, applied and graphic arts from all periods throughout the world up to the present day: there is even a table of the dynasties of Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, China, India and Japan.

The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of British Art
Covers British Art through every period from the Anglo-Saxons to the present day, and every significant medium, from painting, sculpture and printmaking to medieval goldsmiths’ work and stained glass. Plus in-depth coverage of general topics such as schools, concepts, techniques, institutions, patronage and art criticism.Fashion[ Art ]

World of Art: The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Fashion and Fashion Designers
Documents the universe of fashion from the mid-18th century through the late 1990s in short entries with many illustrations.Film & Television[ Art ]

A/V A to Z: An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Media, Entertainment and Other Audiovisual Terms
Defining more than 10,000 words and phrases from everyday slang to technical terms and concepts, this dictionary of the audiovisual language embraces more than 50 subject areas within film, television, and home entertainment.Graphic Design & Digital Arts[ Art ]

The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Graphic Design and Designers
A comprehensive guide to international developments in graphic design. Entries elucidate technical terms and detail movements, media, advertising, corporate identity, posters, packaging, and magazine and book design.

The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Design Since 1900
A comprehensive guide to international developments in graphic design.

3D A-to-Z: An Encyclopedic Dictionary
Offers a definitive compilation of information on the art and science of stereoscopic 3D, including still and moving images; film and digital image acquisition; production, post-production, distribution, and exhibition; and human visual perception.Music[ Art ]

The Harvard Dictionary of Music
Includes entries on all the styles and forms in Western music; the music of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Near East; descriptions of instruments; and articles that reflect today’s beat, including popular music, jazz, and rock.

Musical Terms, Symbols and Theory: An Illustrated Dictionary
Fully cross referenced, this dictionary is an authoritative source for researchers, musicologists, professional musicians, teachers and students of music, and educated members of the public.

The New Penguin Dictionary of Music
Guide to the history, forms, and personalities of classical music. Includes biographies of composers, coverage of individual works, including plot summaries of operas and ballets, articles on the history of music and instruments, entries on musical forms, from medieval plainchant to contemporary minimalism, and clear definitions of technical terms and jargon.

The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music
Brings together all the pertinent biographical information about composers, performers, music theorists, and instrument makers from the days of praise chants to the bop and pop of today.


Bilingual

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Collins English-Greek Dictionary
Comprehensive coverage of today’s Greek and English in a clear, user-friendly format.

Collins English-Polish Dictionary
Designed for all those studying Polish and English, whether at school, for travel or for business.

Collins French Dictionary and Grammar
Offers extensive coverage of today’s English and French, with thousands of phrases and examples guiding the user to the most appropriate translation.

Collins German Dictionary
Contains entries and translations including thousands of contemporary technical business and political terms.

Collins Greek-English Dictionary
Thousands of examples show how Greek is used in context.

Collins Irish Dictionary
For learners and users of Irish. There is a useful Irish grammar section in the middle of the dictionary, which gives extensive tables of regular and irregular verbs and noun declensions and a unique keyword feature.

Collins Italian Dictionary
Covers all the latest vocabulary, includes culture notes to broaden the users’ knowledge of Italian culture, plus web addresses to enable further research.

Collins Latin Dictionary
A comprehensive Latin-English dictionary.

Collins Portuguese Dictionary
Contains complete and up-to-date coverage of all the words and phrases you need in Portuguese. Thousands of examples show how Portuguese is used in context.

Collins Spanish Dictionary
Wide-ranging coverage of contemporary Spanish and English, a wealth of examples and idioms, and a clear color layout.

Collins Spurrell Welsh Dictionary
Offers the user detailed coverage of current Welsh and English, with thousands of phrases and examples.

The Browser’s Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases
A-to-Z reference tells you all you need to know to understand, pronounce and appreciate the foreign words and phrases commonly used by speakers and writers of English.

Dictionary of Foreign Phrases and Abbreviations, H.W. Wilson
Lists foreign phrases, proverbs, maxims and abbreviations frequently used in written and spoken English.

Business French Dictionary, Peter Collin Publishing
Provides a specialist business vocabulary for translators, business people, secretaries, and students. Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of business: insurance, stock exchange, accounting, finance, and computing.

Business German Dictionary, Peter Collin Publishing
Covers the essential business vocabulary of German and English, with translations into the other language.

Business Spanish Dictionary, Peter Collin Publishing
Provides a specialist business vocabulary for translators, business people, secretaries, and students.

Spanish Law Dictionary, Peter Collin Publishing
Provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of British, American and Spanish law. Covers subjects including criminal, civil, commercial and international law.


Biographical

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Chambers Biographical Dictionary
International and historical coverage of all areas of human achievement including the arts, science, technology, sport, politics, philosophy and business.

The Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Women’s Biography
Biographical information about women: historical, current, and worldwide.

The Penguin Biographical Dictionary of Women
Clear and concise biographies, on figures such as Marie Curie, Yingchao Deng, Diana, Princess of Wales, Nell Gwyn, Pope Joan, Sappho, Mary Shelley, and Mai Zetterling.

Biographical Dictionary of Anthropologists
Provides information on 322 men and women who have made or are making significant contributions in the field of anthropology.

Biographical Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Spanning the period from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first centuries and offers an overview of the historical and contemporary reach of anthropological research.

An African Biographical Dictionary
Brings together cultural, social and political leaders—both historical and contemporary—of the sub-Saharan region.

Biographical Dictionary of the People’s Republic of China
Documents nearly 600 Chinese individuals who contributed, for better or worse, to the development of Chinese life and culture since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

Biographical Dictionary of Modern Egypt
Covering the period from 1760 to the present, provides biodata, biographical sketches, and source material for men and women who have played a major role in Egypt’s national life.

A Biographical Dictionary of Artists, Andromeda
Painters, architects, and sculptors from pre-Christian times to the present. Each entry includes dates, training, career, influences on his or her work, and bibliographies for further reading.

A Biographical Dictionary of Dissenting Economists
A guide to economists both past and present, providing biographical, bibliographical and critical information on over 100 economists working in the non-neoclassical traditions broadly defined.

A Biographical Dictionary of Women Economists
Includes specially commissioned articles on the lives and writings of women who made significant contributions to economics.

A Biographical Dictionary of People in Engineering: From Earliest Records to 2000
Lists the work and contributions of thousands of people from many countries, representing numerous fields of endeavor, over many centuries.

The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music
Brings together all the pertinent biographical information about composers, performers, music theorists, and instrument makers from the days of praise chants to the bop and pop of today.

Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Philosophers
Provides detailed accounts of the lives, works, influence and reception of thinkers from all the major philosophical schools and traditions of the twentieth-century.

Dictionary of Twentieth-Century British Philosophers
Contains entries on individuals who made some contribution to philosophy in the twentieth century.

Biographical Dictionary of Psychology
Provides biographical information and critical analysis of the influences and reception of people who have made a significant contribution to the field of psychology.

Bloomsbury Biographical Dictionary of Quotations
Includes both familiar quotations and perceptive or witty sayings that are less well known. It includes, especially, sought quotations that reflect contemporary issues as well as those from literature and the Bible.

Biographical Dictionary of Transcendentalism
A comprehensive guide to the major and minor figures who shaped Transcendentalism in New England, particularly between 1830 and the Civil War.

The Cambridge Dictionary of Scientists
Covers key scientists from 40 countries.

The Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography
Provides an authoritative and accessible look at the lives of the men and women who have shaped science.


Business

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Business Management / Finance & Economics / Tourism & Hospitality
Business Management[ Business ]

The AMA Dictionary of Business and Management
Covers a vast range of terminology from all areas of business including management, strategy, finance, human resources, economics, marketing, sales, insurance, and international business.

Barron’s Business Dictionaries: Dictionary of Computer and Internet Terms
Includes the most recent terms relating computer and internet technology including computer security, law, and ethics; computer programming, with examples in several computer languages; internet culture and latest developments.

Collins Dictionary of Business
Covers all areas of business theory and practice: marketing, production, finance, personnel, business policy and international business as well as everyday business terms such as cash flow and patent, and such increasingly quoted terms as hedge funds.

The New Penguin Business Dictionary
Covers all aspects of business from accounting through marketing and organizational behavior to human resource management.

Dictionary of Business
Covers all aspects of everyday business usage: office practice, buying and selling, banking, insurance, stock exchange, warehousing and distribution.

Dictionary of E-Business
A Definitive Guide to Technology and Business Terms. Includes extended coverage of wireless and mobile terms, demonstrates clear applications to both technical and business markets, and covers all the latest developments in this fast moving field.

Dictionary of Human Resources and Personnel Management
Key terms, covering all aspects of human resources, including recruitment and selection, appraisals, payment systems, dismissals and industrial relations.

Business French Dictionary, Peter Collin Publishing
Provides a specialist business vocabulary for translators, business people, secretaries, and students. Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of business: insurance, stock exchange, accounting, finance, and computing.

Business German Dictionary, Peter Collin Publishing
Covers the essential business vocabulary of German and English, with translations into the other language.

Business Spanish Dictionary, Peter Collin Publishing
Provides a specialist business vocabulary for translators, business people, secretaries, and students.Finance & Economics[ Business ]

Dictionary of Finance and Investment Terms
More than 5,000 terms related to stocks, bonds, mutual funds, banking, tax laws, and transactions in the various financial markets.

Dictionary of Financial Engineering
A practical guide to the inside language of the world of derivative instruments and risk management.

Barron’s Business Dictionaries: Dictionary of Accounting Terms
Defines more than 2,500 accounting, auditing, compliance, and tax-related terms. General areas covered include financial accounting and reporting, managerial and cost management, auditing and financial statement analysis, compliance, and information technology.

Dictionary of Accounting
Provides a basic vocabulary of terms used in accounting, from personal finance and investments to company accounts, balance sheets and stock valuations.

Dictionary of Trade Policy Terms
Covers the history of multilateral and preferential trade negotiations since the creation of the GATT in 1947, as well as the activities of other international organizations with an interest in the rules governing global trade.

Webster’s New World Finance and Investment Dictionary
Clear, accessible, and cross-referenced explanations of today’s most essential financial terms, including vocabulary related to accounting, finance, banks and banking, economics, investing, markets, real estate, and securities.

The Anti-Capitalist Dictionary
This dictionary is an alternative and a counter-balance to the many political dictionaries that ignore or marginalize the history and influence of anti-capitalist movements.

Collins Dictionary of Economics
Summarizes the theoretical principles behind the science of economics and their application in such areas as competition policy, agricultural policy, fiscal policy and monetary policy.

Dictionary of Economics, Wiley
Supplies everything needed to acquire a solid working knowledge for more than 2,200 economics-related terms.

The Penguin Dictionary of Economics
Explains economic terms, from acceleration principle to venture capital, Euro to X-efficiency, globalization to zero-sum game. Includes terms that have become familiar since the global recession.

Routledge Dictionary of Economics
Provides clear definitions of economic and financial terms.

A Biographical Dictionary of Women Economists
Includes specially commissioned articles on the lives and writings of women who made significant contributions to economics.

A Biographical Dictionary of Dissenting Economists
An extensive and authoritative guide to economists both past and present, providing biographical, bibliographical and critical information on over 100 economists working in the non-neoclassical traditions broadly defined.

The Elgar Dictionary of Economic Quotations
A compendium of quotations on subjects of interest to economists and those who are generally intrigued by the social sciences.Tourism & Hospitality[ Business ]

Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism
Terms related to leisure, travel and tourism, ranging from hotels, catering, restaurants and customer service to general business, accounting and personnel terms.

Dictionary of Leisure Studies
A full length dictionary of Leisure Studies. It examines the key concepts, assesses the work of central figures, and helps students zero-in on essential issues and conceptual distinctions.

The Tourism Society’s Dictionary for the Tourism Industry
Covers everyday terms used within the tourism, travel, leisure and airline sectors.


Food, Drink & Nutrition

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Dictionary of Food: International Food and Cooking Terms from A to Z
Gives short definitions of terms, many of non-English origin, so that the chef and the amateur enthusiast, the gastronome and the student may quickly determine the meaning.

Oddbins Dictionary of Wine
Covers the terms used in wine production, and describes grape varieties, wine regions and wine-growers around the world, wine styles and tasting terms. Explains the basic chemistry that can make or mar a great wine.

Benders’ Dictionary of Nutrition and Food Technology
Provides succinct, authoritative definitions of over 6100 terms in nutrition and food technology. Also includes nutrient composition data for foods and an appendix with nutrient intake and other useful data.


Geography

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The Dictionary of Human Geography
Includes definitional entries and interpretative essays on human geography and its major sub-fields such as geopolitics, development, and spatiality.

The Dictionary of Physical Geography
Coverage of geomorphology, climatology, biogeography, hydrology, the Quaternary and the human impact. Entries range in length from succinct definitions of technical terms to extended discussions of concepts on themes of particular interest or importance.

The Houghton Mifflin Dictionary of Geography
Provides detailed capsule histories for nations, regions, empires and major cities from early historical times to the present. Concise descriptions are given for thousands of smaller cities and communities. Also covers physical geography, with entries for mountain ranges and peaks, deserts, major bodies of water, and other physical features around the globe.

Merriam-Webster’s Geographical Dictionary
A comprehensive guide to the key political and physical features of today’s world.

Cultural Geography: A Critical Dictionary of Key Concepts
Presents short essays exploring the key concepts in cultural geography.


Health & Medicine

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Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary
Search medical terms and abbreviations with the most up-to-date and comprehensive medical dictionary.

The American Heritage Dictionary of Medicine
Reflects the latest developments in medicine, with entries featuring newly approved medications, advances in genetics and immunology, recent changes in the terminology of diseases and syndromes, and new psychiatric classifications introduced in DSM-5.

Black’s Medical Dictionary, 42nd Edition
A reference for medical terms designed for nurses, health care professionals and students, health service management, actuaries, lawyers and journalists.

The Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease
An interdisciplinary history of medicine and human disease.

Collins Dictionary of Medicine
Contains entries on the theory and practice of medicine, including pharmacology, virology, psychiatry and dentistry. Also includes terminology relevant to nursing, radiography, orthoptics, laboratory and operating theatre technology, forensic and social medicine, and public health administration.

Dictionary of Medical Terms
Includes terms from British and international medical practice covering fields such as surgery, general practice, hospitals, clinics, nursing, pharmacy, and dentistry. Also includes informal terms of the kind used between professionals or professionals and patients.

Dictionary of Medical Terms
A well-known reference guide, valued, used, and highly praised by medical instructors, student nurses, and others in the healthcare professions.

Dictionary of Nursing Theory and Research
A reference for nursing students, researchers, theoreticians, and scholars for understanding traditional and new concepts in nursing theory and research.

Macmillan Dictionary of Toxicology
Coverage includes biochemical and environmental toxicology, chemical carcinogenesis, risk assessment and risk management as well as those aspects of analytical chemistry and molecular biology that are of importance in toxicology. The most important toxic chemicals are covered, in most cases with structures and CAS numbers.

Webster’s New World Medical Dictionary
Written by doctors and the experts at WebMD, this edition includes 8500 entries, including 500 new terms, a vitamin appendix, and a companion website to give you access to medical language.


History

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Andromeda Encyclopedic Dictionary of World History
Facts about historical events, periods, and personalities available under alphabetically arranged headword entries. Coverage extends across every continent and every century of history.

Chambers Dictionary of World History
Contains entries providing clear and authoritative coverage of the most significant people, ideas and events of world history.

A Dictionary of Contemporary History – 1945 to the present
A concise guide to the ideas, events, people and movements that have shaped the world from the end of the Second World War to the present. The dictionary’s entries cover all major countries of the world, as well as general issues of international significance, including the global economy, population explosion and women’s liberation.

Dictionary of British History
Covers the history of Britain from Roman times to the present day, and also its overseas territories during British Rule.


Language & Literature

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Language / Linguistics / Literature / QuotationsLanguage[ Language & Literature ]

Dictionary of Languages
The essential guide to the languages of the world, comprehensively detailing languages in a clear A-Z style.

Collins Latin Dictionary
A comprehensive Latin-English dictionary, containing translations of words and phrases. Provides a comprehensive treatment of the vocabulary of texts read in school and university.

The Browser’s Dictionary of Foreign Words and Phrases
Tells you all you need to know to understand, pronounce and appreciate the foreign words and phrases commonly used by speakers and writers of English.

Dictionary of Foreign Phrases and Abbreviations, H.W. Wilson
Lists foreign phrases, proverbs, maxims and abbreviations frequently used in written and spoken English.

Brewer’s Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable
With its unique blend of word and phrase etymology, cultural allusion and general knowledge, and its predilection for the esoteric and the unexpected, this title offers a richly diverse and entertaining exploration of the linguistic and cultural landscape of the modern world. It runs the whole gamut of contemporary culture, from American Psycho to Dadaism and G and T to Lara Croft.

Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Much loved for its wit and wisdom since 1870, Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable takes you on a captivating adventure through its trademark blend of language, culture, myth and legend.

Brewer’s Dictionary of Irish Phrase and Fable
Devoted exclusively to the history, culture, mythology and language of the island of Ireland, its 5000 A to Z entries include Celtic gods and goddesses, bards, beasts, literary allusions, proverbial sayings, idiomatic phrases and expressions, characters from Irish literature ancient and modern, resonant place-names, and individuals and events of ‘iconic’ stature in Irish history. A significant number of entries relate to contemporary Irish life and culture.Linguistics[ Language & Literature ]

Dictionary of Contemporary Slang
With more than 7,000 definitions, this book provides a definitive guide to the use of slang today. It deals with drugs, sport and contemporary society, as well as favorite slang topics such as sex and bodily functions.

Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics
David Crystal’s A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics has long been the standard single-volume reference for its field.

A Dictionary of Sociolinguistics
The first comprehensive dictionary of the field of sociolinguistics, for students and teachers of sociolinguistics, and others concerned with the socially-oriented study of language.

Dictionary of Untranslatables
This is an encyclopedic dictionary of close to 400 important philosophical, literary, and political terms and concepts that defy easy–or any–translation from one language and culture to another. Drawn from more than a dozen languages, terms such as Dasein (German), pravda (Russian), saudade (Portuguese), and stato (Italian) are thoroughly examined in all their cross-linguistic and cross-cultural complexities.

Dictionary of Visual Discourse: A Dialectical Lexicon of Terms
Explores the languages and cultures of visual studies. It provides the basis for understanding the foundations and motivations of current theoretical and academic discourse, as well as the different forms of visual culture that have come to organize everyday life.

Rawson’s Dictionary of Euphemisms and Other Doubletalk
Hugh Rawson explains, in clear language, what it means when we talk of an unusual occurrence, a crew transfer container, or Montezuma’s revenge. If you have ever been baffled by the expression culturally deprived, or want to know where the phrase deep-six comes from, then this book will certainly be of service.Literature[ Language & Literature ]

Chambers Dictionary of Literary Characters
Provides an invaluable guide to the wealth of characters created by writers in English.

Dictionary of Italian Literature
Covers the entire history of Italian literature, with entries ranging from the 13th century to the present and from Dante and Boccaccio to Umberto Eco.

African-American Writers: A Dictionary
A timely survey of an important sector of American letters, African American Writers examines a multitude of black cultural leaders from the 18th century to the present.

The Bloomsbury Dictionary of English Literature
Presents a multiplicity of authors, texts and themes gathered together into one authoritative source. The key attractions are entries on writers, entries on individual works, Biblical and mythological characters and events, literary and critical terms and movements, and entries describing historical, cultural and social events.

Dictionary of Shakespeare, Peter Collin Publishing
A comprehensive dictionary that covers the plays, poems, characters and background to Shakespeare’s works. The dictionary also includes terms used in the theatre and stagecraft, as well as historical references and details on the Elizabethan historical and social period.

Shakespeare’s Theatre: A Dictionary of His Stage Context
Reviews current knowledge of the character and operation of theatres in Shakespeare’s time, with an explanation of their origins. Coverage includes the practices of Elizabethan actors and script writers: methods of characterization; gesture, blocking and choreography, including music, dance and fighting; actors’ rhetorical interaction with audiences; and use of costumes, stage props, and make-up.Quotations[ Language & Literature ]

Chambers Dictionary of Great Quotations
A treasure trove of the wittiest, most insightful, most famous and most important words uttered in history.

Collins Dictionary of Quotations
Quotations arranged thematically for ease of reference.

Bloomsbury Thematic Dictionary of Quotations
Includes thousands of quotes under 700 themes. For example, under the entry politicians a wide variety of quotations appear, from Shakespeare, through Curzon and Churchill, to references to John Major and Paddy Ashdown.

The Elgar Dictionary of Economic Quotations
A compendium of quotations on subjects of interest to economists and those who are generally intrigued by the social sciences.

Gaither’s Dictionary of Scientific Quotations
Provides the finest reference source of science quotations for all audiences. The new edition adds greater depth to the number of quotations in the various thematic arrangements and also provides new thematic categories.

Rawson’s Dictionary of American Quotations
Includes quotations, many of which are annotated to give context, arranged chronologically under 500 topics.

Bloomsbury Biographical Dictionary of Quotations
Includes both familiar quotations and perceptive or witty sayings that are less well known. It includes, especially, sought quotations that reflect contemporary issues as well as those from literature and the Bible.


Mathematics

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The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics
From algebra to number theory, statistics to mechanics, this versatile and completely updated reference takes in all branches of pure and applied mathematics.


Mythology & Folklore

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Bloomsbury Dictionary of Myth
This work retells the world’s major myths and legends, and gives a clear reference guide to who was who, where was where and what was what. In addition to A-Z entries of myths, motifs, locations and characters, there are generic essays and entries about the various traditions, organized by location. The essays discuss the kinds of myth each area has produced, and their relationship to local geography, culture and religions. The guide explores the major myth traditions of every continent, from the Americas and Middle East to Europe and Africa. The origins and historical significance of each legend are examined and recurring motifs are traced through the ages and around the world.

Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained
Covering everything from cryptozoology and the Yeti to witchcraft, earth mysteries, folklore, ghosts, human oddities, the occult, parapsychology, spiritualism, and UFOs, a comprehensive resource looks a wide range of unexplained phenomena.

Dictionary of Classical Mythology
A comprehensive A-Z guide to Greek and Roman mythology. All major myths, legends and fables are here, including gods and goddesses, heroes and villains, dangerous women, legendary creatures and monsters.

Brewer’s Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable
With its unique blend of word and phrase etymology, cultural allusion and general knowledge, and its predilection for the esoteric and the unexpected, this title offers a richly diverse and entertaining exploration of the linguistic and cultural landscape of the modern world. It runs the whole gamut of contemporary culture, from American Psycho to Dadaism and G and T to Lara Croft.

Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Much loved for its wit and wisdom since 1870, Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable takes you on a captivating adventure through its trademark blend of language, culture, myth and legend.

Brewer’s Dictionary of Irish Phrase and Fable
Devoted exclusively to the history, culture, mythology and language of the island of Ireland, its 5000 A to Z entries include Celtic gods and goddesses, bards, beasts, literary allusions, proverbial sayings, idiomatic phrases and expressions, characters from Irish literature ancient and modern, resonant place-names, and individuals and events of ‘iconic’ stature in Irish history. A significant number of entries relate to contemporary Irish life and culture.


Philosophy

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Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Philosophers
Provides detailed accounts of the lives, works, influence and reception of thinkers from all the major philosophical schools and traditions of the twentieth-century.

Biographical Dictionary of Transcendentalism
A comprehensive guide to the major and minor figures who shaped Transcendentalism in New England, particularly between 1830 and the Civil War.

The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy
Contains major philosophers (e.g. Aristotle, Henry More) including pre-eminent contemporary philosophers (e.g. Nussbaum). Extensively covers rapidly developing fields such as the philosophy of mind and applied ethics. International in scope with entries on non-Western and non-European philosophy, including African, Arabic, Islamic, Japanese, Jewish, Korean and Latin-American philosophy and broad coverage of Continental philosophy.

Dictionary of Existentialism
This dictionary provides brief overviews of the tenets, philosophers, and writers of existentialism.

A Dictionary of Philosophical Logic
Introduces the main problems and positions of philosophical logic. Elements include crucial figures, positions, terminology, and debates within philosophical logic as well as issues that pertain to related, overlapping disciplines, such as set theory and the philosophy of mathematics.

A Dictionary of Philosophy, Macmillan
From the classic thinkers, through Aquinas, Descartes, Spinoza, Kant and hundreds more who lead up to the modern age, this comprehensive dictionary spans the personalities, terminology and vocabulary of thousands of years of philosophical thought in addition to the more recent encroachment of social and psychological sciences.

Dictionary of Twentieth-Century British Philosophers
This title contains entries on individuals who made some contribution to philosophy in the twentieth century, including both prolific writers or in some cases writers of no more than a book.

Dictionary of World Philosophy
Covers the diverse and challenging terminology, concepts, schools and traditions of the vast field of world philosophy.


Psychology

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The Penguin Dictionary of Psychology
Explores the latest developments in psychology, psychiatry and related fields, including new material on neuroscience and social psychology.

Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychology
Presents entries grouped into 8 thematic topic areas, and on a range of levels from brief definitions to more substantial discussions which allow the reader to obtain a fuller grasp of important terms and concepts.

Dictionary of Forensic Psychology
Entries (of between 500 and 1500 words) on key terms and concepts in forensic psychology.

Elsevier’s Dictionary of Psychological Theories
The dictionary contains terms covering the origination, development, and evolution of various psychological concepts, as well as the historical definition, analysis, and criticisms of psychological concepts.

Biographical Dictionary of Psychology
Provides biographical information and critical analysis of the influences and reception of people who have made a significant contribution to the field of psychology.


Religion

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Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology
Represents an ecumenical approach with an emphasis on clarity and concision, all entries are designed to help the reader understand and assess the specifically theological significance of the most important concepts.

Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend, Thames & Hudson
Provides accessible, informative and authoritative entries to answer any major question about Hinduism, its mythology, practices, customs and laws.

Dictionary of Jewish Lore and Legend, Thames & Hudson
Provides a clear and systematic guide to a rich heritage of legend, folklore and tradition that is crucial to understanding Judaism. It describes the main characters and the tales that have grown up around them; Jewish methods of Biblical interpretation; the framework of Jewish law, literature and poetry; the festivals of the Jewish Year; the different languages and sub-groups within the Jewish community; and the many countries in which Jews have lived, as well as the importance of the Holy Land.

Global Dictionary of Theology
A theological dictionary that presumes the contribution of the Western tradition but moves beyond it to embrace and explore a full range of global expressions of theology.

Macmillan Dictionary of the Bible
A quick-reference guide to the Bible. Entries consist of the main people, places, customs, religious and cultural aspects, events, and institutions of the Bible.

The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism
Over 5,000 entries, bridges the major Buddhist traditions to provide encyclopedic coverage of the most important terms, concepts, texts, authors, deities, schools, monasteries, and geographical sites from across the history of Buddhism.


Science

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Astronomy / Biology / Chemistry / Energy / Environmental Science / Physics / ScientistsAstronomy[ Science ]

Collins Dictionary of Astronomy
Reflects recent advances in astronomy and related fields.

Dictionary of Astronomy, Peter Collin Publishing
A comprehensive dictionary, covering all aspects of astronomy, from telescopes to planets, stars to comets. The dictionary clearly explains complex terms, and has been fully revised and updated to include the latest missions, discoveries and equipment.Biology[ Science ]

Cambridge Dictionary of Human Biology and Evolution
Descriptions of terms, specimens, sites and names, covers a broad range of subjects within human biology, physical anthropology, anatomy, auxology, primatology, physiology, genetics, paleontology, and zoology.

Collins Dictionary of Biology
Covers all the major biological fields including anatomy, biochemistry, ecology, evolutionary theory, genetics, molecular biology, physiology and taxonomy.

Penguin Dictionary of Biology
Offers clear explanations of biological concepts and processes, and the broadest coverage of the subject, from ecology to immunology and cytology.

Dictionary of Developmental Biology and Embryology
Focused on the field’s terms, research, history, and people. Covers classical morphological and cytological terms along with those from modern genetics and molecular biology.

Dictionary of Microbiology & Molecular Biology
Covers the whole field of pure and applied microbiology and microbial molecular biology.

Macmillan Dictionary of Toxicology
Coverage includes biochemical and environmental toxicology, chemical carcinogenesis, risk assessment and risk management as well as those aspects of analytical chemistry and molecular biology that are of importance in toxicology. The most important toxic chemicals are covered, in most cases with structures and CAS numbers.Chemistry[ Science ]

Hawley’s Condensed Chemical Dictionary
A compilation of technical data and descriptive information covering thousands of chemicals and chemical phenomena, trade name products, processes, reactions, products, and related terminology. Adds entries for notable chemists and Nobel Prize winners, equipment and devices, natural forms and minerals, named reactions, and chemical processes. Provides concise, condensed, and prompt definitions of terms and phenomena in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, and more.Energy[ Science ]

Dictionary of Energy
An essential reference companion for anyone with an interest in energy, including scientists, consultants, journalists, economists, educators, students and policy-makers.Environmental Science[ Science ]

Dictionary of Environmental Science and Technology
Includes in-depth entries on scientific and technical terminology associated with environmental protection and resource management.

Environmental History and Global Change: A Dictionary of Environmental History
An introduction to the discipline is followed by almost 1,000 entries covering key terminology, events, places, dates, topics, as well as the major personalities in the history of the discipline.Physics[ Science ]

The Penguin Dictionary of Physics
Provides clear and concise definitions for every area of physics–from optics and acoustics to mechanics and electronics, via quantum theory and relativity.Scientists[ Science ]

The Cambridge Dictionary of Scientists
Covers key scientists from 40 countries. Fields represented include physics, chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy, mathematics, medicine, meteorology and technology, with special attention paid to pioneer women whose achievements and example opened the way to scientific careers for others.

Gaither’s Dictionary of Scientific Quotations
Reference source of science quotations for all audiences.

The Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography
Provides an authoritative and accessible look at the lives of the men and women who have shaped science.


Social Sciences

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Anthropology / Criminology & Law / Ethnic Studies / Media & Communications / Political Science / SociologyAnthropology[ Social Sciences ]

Biographical Dictionary of Anthropologists
This biographical dictionary provides information on 322 men and women who have made or are making significant contributions in the field of anthropology. A short biography highlights each persons professional and private background and detailed analysis of the theories or approaches that each contributed to his or her individual field and a guide to their major published works are provided.

Biographical Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Spanning the period from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first centuries, contains individually-signed entries from a global team of contributors and offers an important, and fascinating overview of the historical and contemporary reach of anthropological research.

Cultural Geography: A Critical Dictionary of Key Concepts
Presents short essays exploring the key concepts in cultural geography.

Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary has long been considered the standard reference source for information on holidays and other events. This new edition will include more than 3,300 holidays, festivals, commemorations, holy days, feasts and fasts, and other observances from all parts of the world– international, national, regional, and local.

The Sage Dictionary of Cultural Studies
A guide to the terrain of cultural studies. The definitions are authoritative, stimulating and written in an accessible style. There are up-to-date entries on new concepts and innovative approaches.Criminology & Law[ Social Sciences ]

Merriam-Webster Law Dictionary
Search more than 10,000 legal words and phrases for clear definitions written in plain language.

Dictionary of Policing
Consists of entries, including summary definition, main text and key texts and sources, contributed by leading academic and practitioners in policing.

Dictionary of Prisons and Punishment
The essential source of reference for the increasing number of people studying in, working in prisons and working with prisoners.

Dictionary of Probation and Offender Management
Includes institutional, legal, political and theoretical terms and imports concepts from the disciplines of sociology, criminology and psychology.

Dictionary of Youth Justice
Addresses the historical, legal, theoretical, organizational, policy, practice, research and evidential contexts within which ‘modern’ youth justice in the UK and beyond is located.

Dictionary of Conflict Resolution, Wiley
Standardizes the language of conflict resolution – it offers common and varied uses of terms, clarifies differences between terms, and recommends accurate usage.

Dictionary of Forensic Psychology
Entries on key terms and concepts in forensic psychology.

Collins Dictionary of Law
Comprehensive coverage of business law, Scots, and Irish law. Wide coverage of business law terms. Defines legal terms of the EU and Commonwealth countries.

Dictionary of Law
Provides clear, concise and fully up-to-date information on all aspects of civil, criminal and commercial law. Examples and encyclopedic comments help to explain complex terms from British, European and US legal procedure.

Dictionary of Legal Terms: Definitions and Explanations for Non-Lawyers
Cuts through the complexities of legal jargon and presents definitions and explanations that are easily understood and referenced.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law
Over 10,000 entries that explain the vocabulary used in legal situations. Entries include definitions, pronunciations, and frequent supplementary notes.

Spanish Law Dictionary, Peter Collin Publishing
Provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of British, American and Spanish law. Covers subjects including criminal, civil, commercial, and international law.Ethnic Studies[ Social Sciences ]

Dictionary of Race, Ethnicity & Culture
Provides the historical background and etymology of a wide range of words related to race, ethnicity and culture from a broadly multicultural perspective.

Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary
Includes more than 3,300 holidays, festivals, commemorations, holy days, feasts and fasts, and other observances from all parts of the world– international, national, regional, and local.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Houghton Mifflin
This source concisely sums up the knowledge that matters to Americans – the people, places, ideas, and events that shape our cultural conversation.

The Sage Dictionary of Cultural Studies
A guide to the terrain of cultural studies. The definitions are authoritative, stimulating and written in an accessible style. There are up-to-date entries on new concepts and innovative approaches.Media & Communications[ Social Sciences ]

Dictionary of Communications Technology: Terms, Definitions and Abbreviations, Wiley
An invaluable one-stop reference for IS professionals, consultants and engineers. Wider ranging than a conventional dictionary, it enables you to check exact specifications, definitions, characteristics, options, relay diagrams, paths, alignments, sources, codes, events, tables, sequences, tradenames, methods, and numerous other vital facts that can spell disaster if misinterpreted or incorrectly specified.

Dictionary of Conflict Resolution, Wiley
Defining terms, including haggling and mediator, this comprehensive resource will standardize the language of conflict resolution – improving dialogue and understanding among professionals and theorists and promoting uniformity and consistency in the language. It offers common and varied uses of terms, clarifies differences between terms, and recommends accurate usage.

Dictionary of Media and Communication Studies
A gateway into the study of intercultural communication, public relations and marketing communications since 1984. Provides a detailed compendium of the different facets of personal, group, mass-media and internet communication.

Focal Dictionary of Telecommunications, Focal Press
This dictionary is written by experts with specialist knowledge, includes terms, definitions and acronyms, and line drawings.

Hargrave’s Communications Dictionary, Wiley
A treasure of simplified communications terms, definitions, acronyms, charts, equations; from ATM to Zone Paging, this volume includes over 10,000 definitions of key phrases that readers in industry, government, and academia need to understand.Political Science[ Social Sciences ]

The Blackwell Dictionary of Political Science
An introduction to the terminology of political science comprising rigorous definitions and explanations of key terms, including short biographies of the most eminent writers in the discipline – both classical (eg Mill) and modern (eg Hayek).

Dictionary of American Government and Politics
Explains and where necessary demystifies the key terms used in discussion of the political system. Major figures, events, ideas, movements and Supreme Court cases relevant to a study of the American political system are included. The Dictionary also raises key issues and areas of contention and academic debate.

Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Political Thought
Covers every aspect of political thought, defining concepts and ideologies, surveying the arguments on issues, giving capsule histories of political institutions, and summarizing the thought of major political theorists.

Dictionary of Politics and Government
Terms covering world politics, international relations, local and national government and the European Union.

The Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Diplomacy
Indispensable for students of diplomacy and junior members of diplomatic services, this dictionary not only covers diplomacy’s jargon but also includes entries on legal terms, political events, international organizations, e-Diplomacy, and major figures who have occupied the diplomatic scene or have written about it over the last half millennium.

Dictionary of Conflict Resolution, Wiley
Defining terms, including haggling and mediator, this comprehensive resource will standardize the language of conflict resolution – improving dialogue and understanding among professionals and theorists and promoting uniformity and consistency in the language. It offers common and varied uses of terms, clarifies differences between terms, and recommends accurate usage.

Macquarie Dictionary of Australian Politics
A comprehensive, up-to-date guide to the apparatus of government in Australia, to Australian political institutions, parties, pressure groups, politicians, electoral systems, and to political theory as it has developed in Australia and affected the Australian system.Sociology[ Social Sciences ]

Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology
Offers a global perspective, examining both American and European traditions and approaches. Entries cover schools, theories, theorists and debates, with substantial articles on all key topics in the field.

The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology
Defines often amorphous and fuzzy sociological concepts in a lively and sensible way, and provides an introduction to what it means to think sociologically.

Collins Dictionary of Sociology
A clear, balanced guide to the terms and concepts used in every area of sociology, and to related terms in political science, economics and anthropology.

The Penguin Dictionary of Sociology
Updated to reflect the shifts of sociological thought in the last five years.


Technology & Engineering

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Architecture / Aviation / Engineering / TechnologyArchitecture[ Technology & Engineering ]

Dictionary of Architecture and Construction
Architectural terms from Classical to green, from traditional materials to the latest products, from precise definitions of architectural styles to the particulars of specifications writing.

The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of 20th Century Architecture
Architecture and urban planning in the 20th century, and of leading architects and engineers the world over.Aviation[ Technology & Engineering ]

An Illustrated Dictionary of Aviation
Terms and meanings defining the scope of aviation today. Illustrations illuminate every aspect of aviation.Engineering[ Technology & Engineering ]

Dictionary of Engineering Terms, Butterworth-Heinemann
Contains entries covering the areas of engineering science, electrical and electronic engineering, workshop practices and mechanical engineering.

Dictionary of Industrial Terms
Covers process, manufacturing, and major areas of engineering used in industry. Entries are supplemented by figures and tables that demonstrate the principles & concepts behind important process control, instrumentation, reliability, machinery, asset management, lubrication, corrosion, and more.

Newnes Dictionary of Electronics
Clear and concise definitions supported by numerous illustrations and circuit diagrams. Defines the acronyms and abbreviations with which modern electronics is beset.

A Biographical Dictionary of People in Engineering: From Earliest Records to 2000
This book lists the work and contributions of thousands of people from many countries, representing numerous fields of endeavor, over many centuries.Technology[ Technology & Engineering ]

Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology
Contains complete, up-to-date definitions for all areas of science and technology.

Dictionary of Environmental Science and Technology
Includes in-depth entries on scientific and technical terminology associated with environmental protection and resource management.

Barron’s Business Dictionaries: Dictionary of Computer and Internet Terms
Includes the most recent terms relating to computer and internet technology. Practical guidance for business software users; computer security, law, and ethics; computer programming, with examples in several computer languages; and internet culture.

Dictionary of Computing
Provides coverage of the terms used in computing, including hardware, software, program languages, networks and applications, e-commerce and the Internet.

Dictionary of Communications Technology: Terms, Definitions and Abbreviations, Wiley
Reference for IS professionals, consultants and engineers to check exact specifications, definitions, characteristics, options, diagrams, paths, alignments, sources, codes, events, tables, sequences, tradenames, methods, and numerous other vital facts.

Dictionary of Multimedia and Internet Applications: A Guide for Developers and Users
Contains references and illustrations, explains new and emerging technologies, bridges the gap between definition and explanation, and provides useful tradename information.

Focal Dictionary of Telecommunications
This dictionary is written by experts with specialist knowledge, includes terms, definitions and acronyms, and line drawings.

Newnes Dictionary of Electronics
An essential item for electronics engineers, managers, technicians, students and enthusiasts. The definitions are clear and concise, supported by numerous illustrations and circuit diagrams. Defines the acronyms and abbreviations with which modern electronics is beset.

Webster’s New World™ Computer Dictionary
Clear and concise definitions for up-to-date computer terms. Contains coverage of the latest standards and protocols in storage, memory, peripherals, and more-plus updated and expanded information on computer security, legislation, and computer and Internet technology.


Veterinary Medicine

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Black’s Veterinary Dictionary
An essential reference tool for all with a professional or leisure interest in the care of animals.