from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A comprehensive digest or complete treatise.
- n. A complete body of laws; a legal code.
- n. A digest of Roman civil law, compiled for the emperor Justinian in the sixth century A.D. and part of the Corpus Juris Civilis. Also called Digest.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A treatise or similar work that is comprehensive as to a particular topic.
- n. A comprehensive collection of codes or laws.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A treatise which comprehends the whole of any science.
- n. The digest, or abridgment, in fifty books, of the decisions, writings, and opinions of the old Roman jurists, made in the sixth century by direction of the emperor Justinian, and forming the leading compilation of the Roman civil law.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A digest or comprehensive treatise; a treatise containing the whole of any science.
- n. Specifically plural [capitalized] A collection of Roman civil law made by the emperor Justinian in the sixth century, containing decisions or judgments of lawyers, to which the emperor gave the force and authority of law.
Latin pandectēs, encyclopedia, from Greek pandektēs, all-receiving : pan-, pan- + dektēs, receiver (from dekhesthai, to receive, accept; see dek- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin pandectēs ("book that contains everything"), from Ancient Greek πανδέκτης (pandektēs, "all-receiver, encyclopedia"), from πᾶν (pan, "all") (equivalent to English pan-) + δέκτης (dektēs, "receiver"). (Wiktionary)