Definition of Encyclopaedia

1. Noun. A reference work (often in several volumes) containing articles on various topics (often arranged in alphabetical order) dealing with the entire range of human knowledge or with some particular specialty.


Definition of Encyclopaedia

1. Noun. (chiefly UK) A reference work (often in several volumes) containing in-depth articles on various topics (often arranged in alphabetical order or by category) dealing with a wide range of subjects or with some particular specialty ¹

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Definition of Encyclopaedia

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Medical Definition of Encyclopaedia

1. Works containing information articles on subjects in every field of knowledge, usually arranged in alphabetical order, or a similar work limited to a special field or subject. (12 Dec 1998)

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Literary usage of Encyclopaedia

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1. Methods and Aims in the Study of Literature: A Series of Extracts and by Lane Cooper (1915)
"It would be a great error to regard an encyclopaedia [or circle of learning] as such ... Whereas the encyclopaedia has a purely theoretical, scientific aim, ..."

2. The Historians' History of the World: A Comprehensive Narrative of the Rise by Henry Smith Williams (1907)
"The encyclopaedia was not allo\ved but it was tolerated. ... Diderot in his article concerning the encyclopaedia discovers the secret of his tactics, ..."

3. Diderot and the Encyclopædists by John Morley (1897)
"(We wholly misjudge the encyclopaedia, if we treat it either as literature or ... x The attitude of the encyclopaedia to religion is almost universally ..."

4. Diderot and the Encyclopædists by John Morley (1884)
"We wholly misjudge the encyclopaedia, if we treat it either as literature or philosophy. The attitude of the encyclopaedia to religion is almost universally ..."

5. The London Magazine by John Scott, John Taylor (1827)
"The London encyclopaedia, which is not finished. Rees's encyclopaedia, which is finished. The Edinburgh encyclopaedia, by Brewster, &c. which is not ..."

6. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"encyclopaedia is often used to mean a book which is, or professes to be, a complete or very full collection or treatise relating to some particular subject, ..."

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