from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or characteristic of an encyclopedia.
  • adjective Embracing many subjects; comprehensive.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to or of the nature of an encyclopedia; relating to all branches of knowledge.
  • Possessing wide and varied information; specifically, possessing an extensive but fragmentary knowledge of facts rather than a comprehensive understanding of principles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to, or of the nature of, an encyclopedia; broad in scope or content; embracing a wide range of subjects.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or relating to the characteristics of an encyclopedia; concerning all subjects, having comprehensive information or knowledge.
  • adjective lexicography Relating to or containing encyclopedic information rather than only linguistic or lexical information; about facts and concepts, and not only a word or term; including proper names, biographical and geographical information and illustrations.

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

  • adjective broad in scope or content


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

1824, encyclopedia +‎ -ic.


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