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Dictionary Day: Volume XI, “A”

The Dictionary Project is an exploration of The Century Dictionary and Cylopedia, a twelve-volume set printed in New York in 1901. The Project runs from October 2014 to September 2015, and matches volume numbers to calendar months. Volume XI is one of two New Volumes published in 1909, eight years after the original ten-volume set came out. Volume XI covers new terms from A – L.

The Prefatory Note for this volume notes in its opening paragraphs that English vocabulary has grown at a prodigious rate since the original dictionary was published, no dictionary of a living language is ever complete, they’ve been accruing and cataloging new words, and what lies within the pages of the two New Volumes is mostly scientific and technical terms. But we mustn’t let that stop us, so let’s have a squizz, shall we?

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