Merriam-Webster Ships Collegiate Dictionary, Electronic Edit

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Recognizing the ever-growing need for fast and reliable access to information about our language, Merriam-Webster has released Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Electronic Edition. It is available for Windows and Macintosh on disk and CD-ROM.

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Electronic Edition, based on the best-selling Tenth Edition of the Collegiate Dictionary and containing more than 160,000 entries, features sophisticated search capabilities, spelling correction, and electronic cross-referencing. The dictionary is easily accessed so that information about spelling and meanings of words can be found quickly. In addition to its treatment of the general vocabulary, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Electronic Edition includes coverage for more than 6000 biographical entries, 9000 geographical entries, 3000 abbreviations, and 600 foreign words and phrases, as well as assistance for word puzzle enthusiasts.

"Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary is appropriate for research or reference use and suited to the needs of everyone from academics and professionals to students and puzzle enthusiasts," said Thomas E. Stanley, publisher of Merriam-Webster Inc. "Although companies that produce reference works have frequently licensed their books to software developers, Merriam-Webster chose to develop the electronic edition of the dictionary internally to retain creative control and to ensure an information-rich yet easily accessible dictionary. Nothing has been sacrificed from the book and much has been added in terms of ease of use."

The most common function of a dictionary is to provide correct spellings for words. But how do users look up a word they don't know how to spell? With Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Electronic Edition, as the user starts to type, a box opens on the screen that shows the words that begin with the typed letters and then homes in on the desired word as the user adds more letters. …