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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Encyclopedia  \En*cy`clo*pe"di*a\,  Encyclopaedia 
  \En*cy`clo*p[ae]"di*a\,  n.  [NL.,  fr  Gr  ?,  for  ?  ?,  instruction 
  in  the  circle  of  arts  and  sciences:  cf  F.  encyclop['e]die. 
  See  {Cyclopedia},  and  {Encyclical}.]  [Formerly  written 
  {encyclop[ae]dy}  and  {encyclopedy}.] 
  The  circle  of  arts  and  sciences;  a  comprehensive  summary  of 
  knowledge,  or  of  a  branch  of  knowledge;  esp.,  a  work  in  which 
  the  various  branches  of  science  or  art  are  discussed 
  separately,  and  usually  in  alphabetical  order  a  cyclopedia. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  encyclopaedia 
  n  :  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  [syn:  {encyclopedia}, 
  {cyclopedia},  {cyclopaedia}] 




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