This dictionary explains the meanings of references and allusions that are likely to be encountered in modern English. Drawing on the resources of the Oxford English Corpus, illustrative examples are provided for almost every entry. Fully cross-referenced and with a thematic index, it is ideal for browsing or quick reference.
This concise version contains brief biographies of important authors, plot summaries of individual works, descriptions of important literary movements, and a wealth of information on other aspects of American literary life and history from the Colonial period to the modern era.
Baroque to postmodernism, batik to mezzotint, and canvas to porcelain, this dictionary provides succinct and accessible explanations of over 1900 terms used in the wide variety of visual media that make up the art world.
Authoritative and reliable, this is the ideal reference guide for students of mathematics at school or at university. Many entries have been added for this new edition and the dictionary covers both pure and applied mathematics as well as statistics.
An authoritative and up-to-date dictionary of music, this title covers a range of musical terms from allegro to zingaro, and musical works from 'Aida' to 'Zauberflote', as well as composers, librettists, musicians, singers, and orchestras.
Written by a team of leading political scientists, this is an authoritative and up-to-date dictionary of politics. It provides coverage of political thinkers and concepts and discusses new topics such as Guantanamo Bay.
Based on the acclaimed 'Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church', this is a guide for both students and the general reader. It contains over 5,000 entries, and is suitable for those with an interest in Christianity.
This authoritative A-Z covers over 3,700 clear and concise entries on all aspects of accounting, from financial accounting and direct taxation to auditing and corporate finance. It includes feature entries on key areas (e.g. bankruptcy law and the FTSE share indexes), as well as recommended web links for many entries.
This collection of fascinating, mysterious, and revealing tales captures the immense sweep and diversity of African mythology. The stories touch on virtually every aspect of belief: gods and goddesses, epic heroes and divine tricksters, along with epics of the world's origins, the struggle between the human and the divine, and much more.
Containing over 5000 entries from Aalto to ziggurat, this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date dictionary of architecture. Written in a clear and concise style, it is an invaluable work of reference for both students of architecutre and the general reader, as well as professional architects.
Fully revised and updated for the sixth edition, this market-leading dictionary is the perfect guide for anyone studying biology at school or university. With 5,500 entries, it provides comprehensive coverage of biology, biophysics, and biochemistry.
This dictionary includes 10,000 A-Z entries on all areas of biomedicine. It also covers terms from related areas, including anatomy, genetics, pathology, pharmacology, and clinical medicine. Fully cross-referenced and with web links, this is a clear and authoritative guide to an increasingly important area of medicine.
This reference covers all aspects of the history of Britain from 55 BC to the present day. Over 3600 entries describe the people and events that have shaped domestic, political, social and cultural life in Britain over the past two millennia.
The sixth edition of this established and authoritative dictionary is expanded to embrace recent developments. It provides comprehensive coverage of computer applications in industry, the office, science, education, and the home.
This dictionary includes country entries for every country in the world as well as coverage of great battles, major world events, and key historical figures. It is essential reading for all with an nterest in history and current affairs.
With over 750 authoritative entries covering all areas of critical theory, this dictionary is an essential reference work for anyone needing a clear guide to theory, from feminism to globalization, from Marxism to psychoanalysis.
'A Dictionary of Dentistry' provides over 4500 definitions covering all the important terms used in dentistry. It is an ideal guide for dental practitioners and students but also as a reference source for medical practitioners and members of the public.
This dictionary provides wide-ranging coverage of ecology and the environmental sciences. It contains 5,000 entries on subjects including plant and animal physiology, animal behaviour, evolution, environmental pollution and conservation.
Wide-ranging and authoritative, this third edition covers all aspects of economics, including economic theory as well as applied micro and macroeconomics. It is a useful dictionary for professional economists as well as students and teachers of economics, business and finance.
Education is of relevance to everyone, but it involves specialized terminology which may be unfamiliar or opaque. This UK-focused dictionary - with 1,250 authoritative entries - provides clear and accessible definitions of the terms organizations, qualifications, statutes, and much more, involved in education today.
This guide covers every aspect of the financial world, from international to personal finance, including banking, insurance stocks & shares, takeovers & mergers, commodities, international trade, and government finance.
This comprehensive dictionary provides a fascinating collection of linguistic, historical, and associated information about some 6000 names, making it an ideal reference for linguists and family historians, as well as a source for choosing baby names.
For anyone who enjoys food and would like a handy, non-technical guide to the terms they encounter on food labels, in advertising, or in the media, this dictionary contains over 6000 entries on food and nutrition.
Containing 6,400 fully revised and updated entries on all aspects of physical and human geography, this is a comprehensive dictionary which includes feature panels on key areas and recommended web links for many entries.
With almost 2800 entries on all aspects of Hinduism, this is an up-to-date and comprehensive dictionary covering all the major Hindu practices, texts, beliefs, religious sites, and teachers over a period spanning 3500 years. An invaluable first port of call for anyone seeking information about Indian religions and culture.
Written in a clear and jargon-free style, this dictionary is useful to anyone without a legal qualification who comes into contact with the law in the United Kingdom or any Commonwealth country where the legal system is founded on English law.
This succinct dictionary covers every aspect of criminal law including pathology, forensic medicine, commerce and trade criminology, and psychology. It is a useful reference for trainee and practising police officers, and other professionals needing clear definitions of law enforcement terms.
This dictionary covers over 1700 names of streets, places, and areas of Greater London. It explains the linguistic and historical origins of these place-names and their significance, from Celtic and Roman times to the present day.
This updated dictionary of modern and contemporary art contains over 2,000 entries on a vast range of subjects, including movements, styles, techniques, artists, critics, schools, and galleries. Fascinating, comprehensive, and authoritative, it is a useful A-Z guide for art students and teachers, artists, and art lovers.
This dictionary provides comprehensive coverage of the ever-expanding vocabulary of the nursing professions in an authoritative and accessible way. A must-have for all nurses students of nursing, medical practitioners and professionals including midwives and health visitors.
A reference work containing over 2500 A-Z entries on operatic characters. Includes synopses for over 200 operas and operettas as well as feature articles written by well-known personalities from the world of opera, including Placido Domingo and Dame Janet Baker.
Fully revised, with many new entries and biographies of key scientists, this book covers all the commonly encountered terms and concepts in physics, as well as key terms from maths astrophysics and physical chemistry.
A comprehensive paperback dictionary of botany, this edition provides over 5500 concise entries and includes coverage of biochemistry, plant physiology, cytology, ecology, genetics evolution, biogeography, Earth history, and the Earth sciences.
This papal who's who contains updated biographical accounts of all the popes from St Peter to Pope Benedict XVI. Arranged chronologically it provides a continuous history of the papacy as well as their irregularly elected rivals. It is fully indexed for quick reference and includes recommended further reading.
This dictionary of sociology provides over 2500 entries. It includes coverage of the major concepts from related disciplines and international coverage of terms, methods, and concepts, as well as biographical entries on major figures.
This is a definitive A-Z guide to sports studies, containing over 1,100 authoritative entries. This wide-ranging dictionary covers the social, political, economic, and cultural theory of sport and includes biographies, web links, and appendices.
Written by authorities in the field, this dictionary provides concise, jargon-free definitions of all the terms likely to be encountered by students of statistics. Anyone who comes into contact with statistical terms will find this dictionary useful.
This is an authoritative and accessible guide to the books of the Bible, containing information about important places and personalities. It also aims to expound the Bible's themes customs and doctrines.
This dictionary of weather, forecasting, and climate terms has illustrative examples of specific events and extremes. Key terms and biographical information on important people in the development of meteorology are also included.
As well as over 4000 clear and concise entries, this dictionary also contains biographies of key figures in world history. Other useful features include: subject entries on religious and political movements, maps, and full international coverage.