noun. ['ɪnˌsaɪkləˈpiːdiːə, ɪnˌsaɪkloʊˈpiːdiːə'] 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.
- reference work
- book of facts
- book of knowledge
- reference book
- encyclopaedia (Latin)
- ἐγκύκλιος παιδεία (Ancient Greek (to 1453))
Words that Rhyme with Encyclopedia
Example sentences of the word encyclopedia
Newspaper articles, feature stories in magazines and encyclopedia entries mark nonfiction's smaller structures.
2. Noun, singular or mass
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Quotes containing the word encyclopedia
1. God doesn't expect us to be a walking encyclopedia of biblical knowledge. He wants us to know Him, to be in a relationship with Him. This means not only hearing but allowing our understanding of God to change the way we live. Like the wise builder who laid the foundation of his house on the rock, we learn to let our knowledge of God change us.
- Tyler Edwards, Zombie Church: Breathing Life Back Into the Body of Christ
2. The Encyclopedia--the advance artillery of reason, the armada of philosophy, the siege engine of the enlightenment...
- Peter Prange, The Philosopher's Kiss: A Novel