compendium

[ kuhm-pen-dee-uhm ]
/ kəmˈpɛn di əm /

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.

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Also com·pend [kom-pend]. /ˈkɒm pɛnd/.

Origin of compendium

1575–85; <Latin: gain, saving, shortcut, abridgment, equivalent to com-com- + pend- (stem of pendere to cause to hang down, weigh) + -ium-ium

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British Dictionary definitions for compendium

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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