By David Grambs, Ellen S. Levine

ISBN-10: 0393346161

ISBN-13: 9780393346169

The unequalled guide―and excellent gift―for stymied scribes and dealing wordsmiths all over the place, now accelerated and updated.

a unique and fundamental reference instrument, The Describer's Dictionary―now increased and updated―has served for over two decades because the go-to source for writers who're made up our minds to seize the realm in precisely the proper phrases.

The dictionary makes use of a distinct opposite definition-to-term structure that makes it effortless to 0 in at the time period you are looking. flip to the recent part on sensory impressions, for instance, to discover bright phrases for "loud or jarring," corresponding to "grating," "harsh," "piercing," "blaring," "thunderous," "cacophonous," and "raucous." And on the finish of every part dozens of illustrative passages via outstanding fiction and nonfiction authors―including Donna Tartt, Michael Lewis, Zadie Smith, Khaled Hosseini, and Paul Theroux―bring the terminology to life.

New during this edition:

• 1000s of extra definitions, phrases, and synonyms

• Brand-new different types, together with "Physical States and Symptoms," "Temperament and Behavior," "Rooms and inside Spaces," "Weather and Forces of Nature," and "The sun System"

• Over four hundred new quotations from books, periodicals, and electronic media via tested and emerging literary stars

• An index of the greater than six hundred authors quoted within the book

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Cut into an octagon with two long sides, it was shaped rather like the plaque at the bottom of a painting. Events within this emerald were circular and never-ending. ” He looked at it malignantly. Then he smiled, for he noticed that the High had today accidentally assumed the shape of a gigantic dog’s head. Rising from the Pacific waters it looked out stupidly across the continent. The blunt nose just touched Denver; the top of the head was in British Columbia. A small circle over southern Idaho supplied an eye; three concentric ovals pointing southwest from the California coast furnished a passable ear.

These we took to be the ruins of an ancient civilization. If we went up to the top of the quarry, we could ease ourselves a quarter of the way down its face on our toes along a diagonal cranny, till we came to a shallow cave, just deep enough for the two of us to sit in. —MARILYNNE ROBINSON, Housekeeping Fish scientists describe white sharks as traumatogenic to humans, meaning capable of causing an injury. The largest grow to nearly twenty feet and weigh five thousand pounds, about the same as a Lincoln Navigator.

RICHARD PRESTON, The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story Earth flows move slower than debris flows and mudflows. They usually have a spoon-shaped sliding surface with a crescent-shaped cliff at the upper end and a tongue-shaped bulge at the lower end. . —PETER W. BIRKELAND AND EDWIN E. LARSON, Putnam’s Geology If we look through a window at a mass of buildings, or any external objects, and observe that part of the glass to which each object, line, or point, appears opposite, we find that their apparent situation is very different from their real.

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