- a brief treatment or account of a subject, especially an extensive subject; concise treatise: a compendium of medicine.
- a summary, epitome, or abridgment.
- a full list or inventory: a compendium of their complaints.
Also com·pend [kom-pend] /ˈkɒm pɛnd/.
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Examples from the Web for compend
He is the compend of time; he is also the correlative of nature.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The author preferred to publish the entire Compend than merely a part of it.An Essay on Professional Ethics
So far as I am aware, there is no compend of information on the subject in any language so trustworthy and so judicious as this.History of Ancient Art
Franz von Reber
Perhaps it may be accounted for by the order of the compend of Christian ethics the writer was following.
An epitome, compend, or compendium is a condensed view of a subject, whether derived from a previous publication or not.English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
- British a book containing a collection of useful hints
- British a selection, esp of different games or other objects in one container
- a concise but comprehensive summary of a larger work
C16: from Latin: a saving, literally: something weighed, from pendere to weigh
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Word Origin and History for compend
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