Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An encyclopedia.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of cyclopaedia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The circle or compass of the arts and sciences (originally, of the seven so-called liberal arts and sciences); circle of human knowledge. Hence, a work containing, in alphabetical order, information in all departments of knowledge, or on a particular department or branch. See encyclopedia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A book containing accounts of the principal subjects in one branch of science, art, or learning in general: as, a cyclopedia of botany; a cyclopedia of mechanics.
  • n. In a broader sense, a book comprising accounts of all branches of learning; an encyclopedia. See encyclopedia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a reference work (often in several volumes) containing articles on various topics (often arranged in alphabetical order) dealing with the entire range of human knowledge or with some particular specialty

Etymologies

Short for encyclopedia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Strategies responding to early modern information overload, such as the cyclopedia, exit from the other side.

    Information, Culture, Policy, Education: Information design

  • By 1984 E. Frank Henriques, in "The Signet E.cyclopedia of Wine," had essentially downgraded it to a "good little Italian white wine."

    New Life for an Old Favorite: Soave

  • I'm flattered that you decided to do a biography of me and my band in your e-cyclopedia.

    Richard Morse: An Open Letter to Wikipedia

  • I have not been terribly interested in the Post/Baldridge/ et al. cyclopedia approaches how to set the table and arrange your guests ,and which forks and spoons to use when and how, which glasses for the reds, whites, burgundies, etc., is pretty ubiquitously available, in as little or much detail as one might desire but rather in deeper treatments of the underlying elements of gentlemanly and gentlewomanly character and conduct.

    The New Beginning

  • He had studied his Baedeker as club women study the cyclopedia.

    Our Mr. Wrenn

  • Before him, indeed, was a very lexicon of air, a dictionary or cyclopedia that would be hard to exhaust.

    Comanche Moon

  • And her cyclopedia article was probably as well written as most of its kind, so that a literal transcript of it could have done no harm either to the copyist or to her clubmates.

    A Librarian's Open Shelf

  • "Oh, no; this will be quite sufficient," and taking out pencil and paper the inquirer began to write rapidly with the cyclopedia propped before her.

    A Librarian's Open Shelf

  • No one could have detected the ghost of a smile on this one's face as she lifted the "M" volume of a cyclopedia from a shelf and placed it on the table before the seeker after knowledge.

    A Librarian's Open Shelf

  • "He called me up-stairs fifteen minutes ago," she added, "to have me get down the 'cyclopedia and find out when Confucius was born."

    Other People's Business The Romantic Career of the Practical Miss Dale

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