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Random House Webster's Large Print Dictionary
Random House: 2002
ISBN: 0-375-70106-0
Genre: Reference

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - June 18, 2007

Approved by the National Association for Visually Handicapped (NAVH), the Random House Webster's Large Print Dictionary is an ideal reference book for anyone needing, or desirous of, a large print dictionary. This paperback volume contains more than 35,000 entries and features a pronunciation key, a list of the chief American holidays, a chart listing world time differences, and a short list of new words that have been added to the English language. A few of these new additions include: abs, e-mail, ergonomics, househusband, infomercial, politically correct, and superstore.

The entries in this dictionary are listed alphabetically, with the main entries printed to include syllable stress and divisions. In addition, each entry includes a short definition of the word, the parts-of-speech are labeled, and variants of the word are also listed. When applicable, pronunciation guidance is also included for difficult to pronounce words.

Here are some samples of typical entries:
kid, n., v., kidded, kidding. -n. 1. young goat. 2. leather from its skin. 3. Informal. child. -v. 4. Informal. fool; tease. -kid'der, n.
lic'it (lis'it), adj. lawful.
spin control, Slang. attempt to give a bias to news coverage.
The Random House Webster's Large Print Dictionary is an easy to use - and read - general dictionary that will be useful in the home and for younger students. The text is visually well organized, with the main entries in a bold, approximately 18-point font, and with the definitions in a slightly smaller non-bold font. The text is arranged with two columns of entries on each page, with a vertical line dividing the two columns. In addition, the text is printed on slightly off-white paper, thereby reducing glare. Overall, I found the Random House Webster's Large Print Dictionary to be an excellent, general dictionary that is easy to read, with suitably large print that will meet the needs of most visually impaired individuals seeking a basic large print dictionary.

A companion volume to this dictionary, the Random House Webster's Large Print Thesaurus is also available.


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