[kuh m-pen-dee-uh m]
- 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/.
Origin of compendium
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1. survey, digest, conspectus.
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From the 1780s on, cups with brass syringes began to appear in compendia of instruments.
There is a large number of small treatises and compendia of Florentine history of the guide-book description.
- 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 compendia
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