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an abridged dictionary of a size convenient to hold in the hand

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I knew I needed a good desk dictionary in order to prepare for the SAT and, after investing $7.50 (with an extra dollar for the thumb-indexing), I started in at the very beginning with the front matter essays that irrevocably changed my life.
My desk dictionary, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate (10th ed., 1998), defines "handbook" as "a book capable of being conveniently carried as a ready reference," synonymous with "manual," or "a concise reference book covering a particular subject." A variety of online dictionaries also use "small" or "concise" in their definitions.
For those who want to approach this literature for the first time, Stableford's desk dictionary will be the right choice for its didacticism and succinctness.
Our handy desk dictionary defines a principle as "a basic truth, law, or assumption." The principles offered here obviously do not qualify for the first two definitions.
after forty-odd years the pendulum swung back, and we are back at apodictic statements, worthy only of a bilingual pocket or desk dictionary of the Spanish-English or Finnish-English type.
My dictionary defines "laity" as "the people as distinguished from the clergy or from a professional class" (Thorndike Barn-hart Comprehensive Desk Dictionary).
* Webster's Medical Desk Dictionary, published in 1986 as the first ever written by professional dictionary editors, is now out as an update whose name reflects the company's efforts to regain brandname exclusivity -- Merriam-Webster's Medical D.D.
The American Heritage Electronic Dictionary (AHED) is the online version of a popular print and PC software desk dictionary. The contents of the online AHED, however, would hardly fit on your desk or disk; with 303,000 words, it is almost three times larger than the software edition.
Many of the familiar and trusted references--Webster's New World Dictionary, Third College Edition; Funk & Wagnall's Standard Desk Dictionary; Roget's Thesaurus; The American English Writing Guide-- have been converted to electronic format.