Part of speech: noun

A work containing information on all subjects, or exhaustive of one subject.

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Usage examples "encyclopedia":

  1. Then every one would romp home to look in the Encyclopedia of Authors and find out who in the world Wyclif was. - "More Fables", George Ade.
  2. Albania, so far as I am aware, is the only country where you can buy a wife on the instalment plan, just as you would buy a piano or an encyclopedia or a phonograph. - "The New Frontiers of Freedom from the Alps to the Ægean", Edward Alexander Powell.
  3. There sat Walter, as always in his free time after dinner, completely absorbed in the great encyclopedia of agriculture, so full of zeal for study that every now and then he would pass his hand through his hair in a preoccupied way and without looking up- he hadn't so much time to spare, Heavens! - "The Song of Songs", Hermann Sudermann.