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Dictionary of Languages: The Definitive Reference to More Than 400 Languages

by Andrew Dalby

Approximately how many languages compose the Bantu language group of central and southern Africa? What is the name of the language spoken in Hawaii by an estimated two thousand people? These facts and more are found in this book.

A Dictionary of Law Enforcement

by Michael Williams Graham Gooch

A Dictionary of Law Enforcement is the only dictionary available with a primary focus on UK law enforcement terms. Succinct and practical in its approach, it contains over 3,400 entries covering ever aspect of this diverse field, including terms related to law, pathology, forensic medicine, accountancy, insurance, shipping, commerce and trade, criminology, and psychology. Entries are supported by a wealth of practical information, including (where appropriate), citations and references to statutes and legislation. In addition to the definitions, the dictionary also contains five useful appendices: Abbreviations and Acronyms, Recordable Offences, Disclosure Code, Disclosure Guidelines and Disclosure Protocol. Written by two former police officers, both now lecturers in law and criminal investigation, the dictionary fills a significant gap in the law market and will be invaluable to police officers and trainee officers, students and lecturers of criminology, criminal justice, and police studies, and other professionals needing clear definitions of law enforcement terms.

Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (4th edition)

by J. A. Cuddon C. E. Preston

Definitions of technical terms and critical jargon, as well as explanations of literary movements, schools of literary theory, genres, and literary forms

The Dictionary of Love

by John Stark

In its more than three hundred pages, The Dictionary of Love gets to the heart of the matter: To rusticate is to get out of town with one's lover. A ballabust is a controlling wife or girlfriend. Bob Hope had the longest Hollywood marriage. Kinkalicious is your girlfriend in a teddy. Tahiti is an island where lovers do the 'upa'upa. From "afterglow" to "zipper," "Ikea" to "Twister," The Dictionary of Love is chockablock with everything you ever wanted to know about love but couldn't find in your Funk & Wagnalls. The book draws from all areas of life: love songs, poems, history, law books, sex manuals, medical and psychology texts, folklore, modern science, cookbooks, classical literature, Internet dating sites, TV shows, and today's slang. What famous people best define love? According to The Dictionary of Love, they include Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Bill Clinton, Casanova, Lana Turner, Nefertiti, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Don Quixote, Ben & Jerry-even Flipper and Lassie! Included, too, are charts, graphs, and illustrations, plus a G-spot directional map for women to give their boyfriend or lover. An indispensable tool for anyone who is composing a love sonnet, breaking up over e-mail, writing a romance novel, planning a romantic getaway, or just looking for something juicy to whisper in their lover's ear, The Dictionary of Love is a first-of-its-kind compendium of all things amorous.

A Dictionary of Made-Up Languages

by Stephen D. Rogers

Can you converse in Klingon? Ask an Elf the time of day? Greet a speaker of Esperanto? These are among the more than 100 constructed languages you'll find in this book. For each one, author Stephen D. Rogers provides vocabulary, grammatical features, background information on the language and its inventor, and fascinating facts. What's more, easy-to-follow guidelines show you how to construct your own made-up language--everything from building vocabulary to making up a grammar. So pick up this dictionary! In no time, you'll be telling your friends, "Tsun oe nga-hu ni-Na'vi p'iv'angkxo a f?-'u oe-ru prrte' lu. " ("It's a pleasure to be able to chat with you in Navi. ")

Dictionary of Magic

by Harry E. Wedeck

Dictionary of Magic by Harry E. Wedeck offers a broad understanding of the field of witchcraft, the occult, and its many manifestations, from early Babylonian times to the present day. It includes knowledge of words in this area from many continents and practices. It also discusses and analyzes occult practices and notable wizards and demonographers. Harry E. Wedeck was a linguistic, scholar of the classics, and observer of spheres beyond the norm. A native of Sheffield, England, Mr. Wedeck was chairman of the department of classical languages at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn from 1935 to 1950 and then taught the classics at Brooklyn College until 1968. Afterward he lectured on medieval studies at the New School for Social Research, until 1974. Some of his excursions into the unusual remain available in reprint editions. They include Dictionary of Astrology, A Dictionary of Aphrodisiacs, A Treasury of Witchcraft and Triumph of Satan. They were originally written near the end of Mr. Wedeck's career, when he was steeped in the classics as an educator in the New York City school and college system.

Dictionary of Mind Matter and Morals

by Bertrand Russell

The Dictionary of Mind, Matter, and Morals contains more than 1000 selections from over 100 of Russell's books and articles. It serves as an introduction to Russell's brilliance in analysis, argument, and exposition which develops a clear notion of his method of approach, his fundamental principles and many of his leading ideas. Here is found definitions and terms reflected in the topics of Matter, Mind, and Morals. Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, social reformer, and pacifist. Although he spent the majority of his life in England, he was born in Wales, where he also died. Russell led the British revolt against Idealism in the early 1900s and is considered one of the founders of analytic philosophy along with his protg Wittgenstein and his elder Frege. He co-authored, with A. N. Whitehead, Principia Mathematica, an attempt to ground mathematics on logic. His philosophical essay On Denoting has been considered a paradigm of philosophy. Both works have had a considerable influence on logic, mathematics, set theory, linguistics and analytic philosophy. He was a prominent anti-war activist, championing free trade between nations and anti-imperialism. Russell was imprisoned for his pacifist activism during World War I, campaigned against Adolf Hitler, for nuclear disarmament, criticised Soviet totalitarianism and the United States of America's involvement in the Vietnam War. In 1950, Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought.

The Dictionary of Misinformation

by Tom Burnam

A remarkable book that contains enough information to help you win bets the rest of your life.

Dictionary of Mysticism

by Frank Gaynor

A collection of brief and concise definitions of hard-to-find and hard-to-define terms used in Religious Mysticism, Esoteric Philosophy, Occultism, Psychical Research, Spiritualism, Alchemy, Astrology, in the Oriental philosophies of Buddhism, Brahmanism, Sufism, Lamaism, Zoroastrianism, Theosophy, Kabbalism, Magic and Demonology--and in all those philosophies, religions and doctrines which teach and recognize the influence of the superhuman and supernatural on man's everyday life and affairs. The book contains definitions of over 2200 terms--hundreds of which appear now for the first time in an English language dictionary.

A Dictionary of Neurological Signs

by A. J. Larner

The first two editions of the Dictionary of Neurological Signs were very well-received by readers and reviewers alike. Like those editions, this Third Edition, updated and expanded, can be almost as well described in terms of what the book is not, along with details about what it is. The Dictionary is not a handbook for treatment of neurological disorders. While many entries provide the latest treatment options, up-to-the-minute therapies are not discussed in bedside level detail. The Dictionary is not a board review book because it is not in Q&A format but could easily serve in that capacity since each entry is a fairly complete snapshot of a specific disorder or disease. The Dictionary is an alphabetical listing of commonly presenting neurological signs designed to guide the physician toward the correct clinical diagnosis. The Dictionary is focused, problem-based, concise and practical. The structured entries in this practical, clinical resource provide a thumbnail of a wide range of neurological signs. Each entry includes: * A definition of the sign * A brief account of the clinical technique required to elicit the sign * A description of the other signs which may accompany the index sign * An explanation of pathyophysiological and/or pharmacological background * Differential diagnosis * Brief treatment details Where known, these entries also include the neuroanatomical basis of the sign. The Dictionary of Neurological Signs, Third Edition, is an indispensable reference for all students, trainees, and clinicians who care for patients with neurological disorders.

A Dictionary of Pastoral Psychology

by Vergilius Ferm

This comprehensive and detailed dictionary draws from the expertise of several contributors as well Ferm's own extensive knowledge of pastoral psychology to bring readers an excellent introduction to the field. Dictionary of Pastoral Psychology includes an extensive headword list and easy-to-use cross references of terms, and it will be an invaluable and lasting reference source to students of the field. Vergilius Ferm is the author of several reference titles in philosophy, including Dictionary of Pastoral Psychology and A History of Philosophical Systems. He taught at the College of Wooster, where he served as the head of the Department of Philosophy and was the Compton Professor of Philosophy.

A Dictionary of Political Biography

by Dennis Kavanagh

From Churchill, Stalin, and Kennedy, to Blair, Clinton and Mandela, A Dictionary of Political Biography covers all the major figures in world politics of the twentieth century. Compiled by an expert team of contributors under the editorship of Dennis Kavanagh, this new dictionary contains over 1,000 entries which describe and assess the lives of the men and women who have shaped political events across the world. Each entry includes an account of the background, career, and achievements of the individual concerned, balancing fact with critical appraisal.Including entries on Idi Amin, Yasser Arafat, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Slobadan Milosevic, Francois Mitterrand, Mary Robinson, and Mao Zedong, A Dictionary of Political Biography is an indispensable and authoritative reference for anyone interested in twentieth-century history and politics.

A Dictionary of Proverbs

by John Simpson Jennifer Speake

This unique and authoritative dictionary contains over 1,100 of the most widely used proverbs in English and uses research from the Oxford English Corpus, the world's largest language databank. This edition has been revised and fully updated and includes numerous entirely new entries. It also features expanded coverage of foreign language proverbs currently in use in English. With an emphasis on examples of usage, including the earliest written evidence of its use, this A-Z guideprovides a thorough - and fascinating - history for every entry. Arranged in A-Z format and with a useful thematic index, A Dictionary of Proverbs is ideal for browsing and perfectly suited for quick reference. Look up your old favourites, learn punchy new expressions to get your point across, and findthe answer to that crossword clue. Seeing is believing: find proverbs relevant to every aspect of life in this entertaining and informative collection.

Dictionary of Psychology

by J. P. Chaplin

Written in clear, precise, jargon-free language, this complete, up-to-date dictionary includes definitions of psychology terms and those from related disciplines including psychoanlysis, psychiatry and biology as well as parapsychology.From the Paperback edition.

Dictionary of Qualitative Inquiry

by Thomas A. Schwandt

Schwandt provides description and references for many terms used in qualitative inquiry.

Dictionary of Satanism

by Wade Baskin

A handy, comprehensive guide to a wide range of topics relating to the awesome power and cult of Satan, in myriad forms and under many different names, from ancient times to the present. Distilled from hundreds of reliable sources, both religious and secular, the entries include men and movements, orders and objects, rites, rituals, incantations, events, legends, and occult practices that have fascinated the mind of man through the ages. It also contains entries relating to a host of unorthodox beliefs and irrational acts, such as the murder of Sharon Tate, which have only recently come to light. The simple manner in which even the most abstruse topics are handled is certain to open the mysterious world of darkness to readers with no prior knowledge of the occult and to intrigue and inform those who seek to extend their knowledge of the subject. Wade Baskin (1924-1974) was an American author and translator. Known for his extensive list of books on the occult and for his studies of linguistics and philosophy, Baskin also taught at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where he was inducted into the Faculty Hall of Fame. He was the editor of Classics in Education.

A Dictionary of Science (4th edition)

by Alan Isaacs John Daintith Elizabeth Martin

Now in its fourth edition, this bestselling dictionary contains 9,000 entries on all aspects of science. Ideal for both students and non-scientists, it provides comprehensive coverage of biology (including human biology), chemistry, physics, the earth sciences, and astronomy. Short biographies of leading scientists Full-page illustrated features on such subjects as El Nino, the Solar System, and Genetically Modified Organisms Chronologies of specific scientific subjects including plastics, electronics, and cell biology 'The book will appeal not just to scientists and science students but also to the interested lay person. And it passes the most difficult test of any dictionary--it is well worth browsing through.' New Scientist 'All entries are clear and brief, written in no-nonsense prose A handy reference work.' TES 'Handy and readable for scientists aged nine to ninety' Nature

A Dictionary of Shakespeare

by Stanley Wells

Compiled by the general editor of The Oxford Shakespeare, and one of the best-known authorities on the playwright's works, this dictionary offers information on all aspects of Shakespeare, both in his own time and in later ages. The wide-ranging entries cover Shakespeare's plays, as well as everything from famous actors, writers, and directors connected with Shakespeare, to theatres, historical figures and places of particular interest relating to his life and work. The dictionary also includes box features of passages on Shakespeare by other famous authors, from Dr. Johnson and Jane Austin to Bernard Levin and Virginia Woolf. Ideal reference for the student, actor, or director, and fascinating browsing for the general reader interested in Shakespeare's life and work.

A Dictionary of Sociology

by Gordon Marshall

This is the most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of sociology available in a single volume. Compiled by an expert team of sociologists under the editorship of Gordon Marshall, this new edition has been fully revised and updated. Ideal for those new to the subject, it will also be invaluable to more advanced students as well as teachers. Over 2500 entries Wide-ranging - includes major concepts from related disciplines; International coverage of terms, methods, and concepts; Biographical entries on major figures; Related terms from psychology, economics, anthropology, philosophy, and political science; Contains many substantial entries which are particularly helpful for students. The revision extends coverage of areas such as cultural studies and identity, mass media, nationalism, and developments in sociological research in the US. New entries include: administrative theory, broken window thesis, child abuse, consumer society, cultural studies, diaspora, Hans Eysenck, Goldthorpe Class Scheme, hooliganism, Internet, Japanization, McDonaldization, multi-level models, quality of life, reflexive modernization, sequence analysis,sustainable development, and victimology.

A Dictionary of Space Exploration

by E. Julius Dasch

This fascinating dictionary covers the exciting world of space exploration and every aspect of the technology involved. Containing over 2,500 entries it defines the jargon used in space exploration including such weird and wonderful terms as 'cherry picker' and 'burp firing'. All the entries are fully cross-referenced for ease of use, and important entries, such as the entry on the Apollo project, are presented as detailed feature articles. In addition to the main entries and definitions, the book also contains links to over 250 space-related websites, and a comprehensive chronology of space exploration. The entries are supported by over 50 photographs, illustrations and diagrams. Written by a team of experts, the entries have been edited by Dr E. Julius Dasch, former manager of the NASA National Space Grant Program. This authoritative, comprehensive and readable dictionary is essential reading for anyone with an interest in astronomy and space travel.

Dictionary of Statistics & Methodology: A Nontechnical Guide for the Social Sciences

by W. Paul Vogt

This reference provides definitions of commonly used statistical terms in easily-understood language.

A Dictionary of Superstitions

by Iona Opie Moira Tatem Editors

The vast subject of 'superstitions', taken by us to include divinations, spells, cures, charms, signs and omens, rituals, and taboos, has never before been systematically organized. In this dictionary the editors have assembled chiefly those superstitions from Great Britain and Eire which survived into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with a preponderance of the everyday, domestic beliefs with which most readers will be familiar. They have been arranged alphabetically according to their central idea or object, and illustrated with a selection of quotations chronologically ordered to show the history and development of each belief. The quotations are from a wide range of sources: diaries, letters, local histories and glossaries, works of literature, folklore publications, journals, and newspapers.

A Dictionary of the Bible

by W. R. F. Browning

This revised edition is the most authoritative, accessible, and up-to-date dictionary of the Bible available in paperback. As well as providing helpful information about important places and personalities, it is particularly concerned to expound the themes and doctrines of the Bible and to indicate their status in the light of modern scholarship. With entries ranging from earthquakes and mice to feminism and the Dead Sea Scrolls, the dictionary is a lively and absorbing reference work for all readers of the Bible. -Over 2,000 entries from Adam to Zechariah -Clear explanations of technical terms, methods of interpretation, and critical analysis, as well as notes on leading biblical scholars and their contributions -Broad coverage includes the books of the Bible, people and places, customs, religions and worship, history, and theology -Takes into account the work of Christian scholars of all denominations and Jewish scholars

A Dictionary of Twentieth-Century World History

by Jan Palmowski

Biographies of world leaders such as Stalin, Kennedy, Thatcher, Yeltsin, Mandela, Rabin, and Netanyahu, as well as political events and movements, key battles, and devastating world events like the Chernobyl disaster are subjects of some of the 2,500 entries. Comprehensive attention is paid to major treaties and political agreements such as Maastricht, the Anglo-Irish Agreement, and the Dayton Accords. Several useful tables are provided, including lists of office-holders and winners of the Nobel peace prize. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

A Dictionary of Weather

by Storm Dunlop

An authoritative and comprehensive dictionary of weather, forecasting, and climate terms with illustrative examples of specific events and extremes. Find out where and when the world's largest hailstone fell or where the highest temperature was recorded using the list of weather records, and check climate data for different weather types from around the world. Key terms from the related fields of oceanography, hydrology, and climatology are also covered as well as biographical information on important people in the development of meteorology. This is an essential reference source for both professional meteorologists as well as amateurs looking to increase their knowledge of the field.

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