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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Compendium  \Com*pen"di*um\,  n.;  pl  E.  {Compendiums},  L. 
  {Compendia}.  [L.  compendium  that  which  is  weighed,  saved,  or 
  shortened,  a  short  way  fr  compendere  to  weigh;  com-  + 
  pendere  to  weigh.  See  {Pension},  and  cf  {Compend}.] 
  A  brief  compilation  or  composition,  containing  the  principal 
  heads,  or  general  principles,  of  a  larger  work  or  system;  an 
  abridgment;  an  epitome;  a  compend;  a  condensed  summary. 
  A  short  system  or  compendium  of  a  science.  --I.  Watts. 
  Syn:  See  {Abridgment}.