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Includes growing set of research tools: Gateway to the Classics ; Quotable Quotes; Timelines and more.
A search and directory site featuring Encyclopædia Britannica, the Web's best sites, news, magazines and more. Includes the 32-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica, Britannica Student Encyclopedia, and Britannica Concise Encyclopedia. as well as access to research tools, Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and thesaurus, and multimedia.
Each entry is defined and has an example sentence showing the idiom used in context. Most entries offer an explanation of the idiom's literal meaning or origin and include information about its first appearance in English. 2003
This newly updated edition of America's favorite dictionary features revised biographical and geographical entries as well as up-to-date charts and tables for topics such as world currencies and chemical elements. 2006
Roget's II: The New Thesaurus combines the most useful features of a thesaurus and a dictionary; each entry, from aback to zoom, contains a short definition as well as a comprehensive list of synonyms for the headword. This up-to-date database also features extensive, and useful, cross-references.