Excerpt from The Imperial Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1: A Complete Encyclopedic Lexicon, Literary, Scientific, and Technological; A-Depascent
This New Edition has been in preparation for above ten years, and so greatly has the vocabulary been augmented, and so e... xtensive and important are the changes result ing from the revision, that the imperial dictionary, as now issued, may justly claim to be considered substantially a new work.
The words or separate entries comprised in it will be increased by about a third, being now estimated in all at - a larger number than is contained in any other similar Dictionary.
As a Literary Dictionary it is intended to supply a key to the written works in the language, and an aid to the use of the language itself, by registering and explain ing the various meanings which are or have been attached to words by writers both new and old, by explaining idiomatic phrases and peculiar constructions, by distinguish ing obsolete from current meanings and usages, and by carefully distinguishing between words closely synonymous in signification. And as the real meanings of words and the grammatical constructions into which they enter are generally most clearly shown by means of illustrative quotations, vast numbers of these are given, many thousands of them being inserted in the present edition for the first time.
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