encyclopedia
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  • (Canada) IPA: /ənˌsəɪ.kləˈpi.di.ə/
  • (British, America) IPA: /ɪnˌsaɪ.kləˈpi(ː).di.ə/
Noun

encyclopedia (plural encyclopedias)

  1. A comprehensive reference work (often spanning several printed volumes) with articles (usually arranged in alphabetical order, or sometimes arranged by category) on a range of subjects, sometimes general, sometimes limited to a particular field.
    I only use the library for the encyclopedia, as we’ve got most other books here.
    His life's work was a four-volume encyclopedia of aviation topics.
  2. (dated) The circle of arts and sciences; a comprehensive summary of knowledge, or of a branch of knowledge.
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