[ kuhm-pen-dee-uhm ]
/ kəmˈpɛn di əm /
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noun, plural com·pen·di·ums, com·pen·di·a [kuhm-pen-dee-uh]. /kəmˈpɛn di ə/.
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.
OTHER WORDS FOR compendium
1 survey, digest, conspectus.
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Also com·pend [kom-pend]. /ˈkɒm pɛnd/.
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How to use compendium in a sentence
How to Be Inappropriateby Daniel Nester A TMI compendia of inappropriate and humorous nonfiction.This Week's Hot Reads|The Daily Beast|November 2, 2009|DAILY BEAST
From the 1780s on, cups with brass syringes began to appear in compendia of instruments.
Ibi mare increscens nunc eructat: nunc in sinum suum revolutum, navium fert compendia, commercia plurimorum.Account of a Tour in Normandy, Vol. II. (of 2)|Dawson Turner
There is a large number of small treatises and compendia of Florentine history of the guide-book description.
I am sure it would not, as they are no men, but incarnate compendia, abstractions made concrete.Thoughts Out of Season (Part II)|Friedrich Nietzsche
The second volume contains minor works which are the barest compendia of facts taken from well-known sources.
British Dictionary definitions for compendium
/ (kəmˈpɛndɪəm) /
noun plural -diums or -dia (-dɪə)
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
Word Origin for compendium
C16: from Latin: a saving, literally: something weighed, from pendere to weigh
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