Definitions of encyclopedia

  1. The circle of the arts and sciences; a descriptive dictionary of the arts, sciences, and literature; a summary of the whole fleid of knowledge. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. A work containing information on all subjects, or exhaustive of one subject. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. A circle of instruction; an alphabetical summary of every branch of knowledge. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for encyclopedia

  1. He had at this time commenced a work,- an Encyclopedia Ecclesiastica, as he called it,- on which he laboured to the moment of his death. – Autobiography of Anthony Trollope by Anthony Trollope
  2. That some one was Captain Sutter, who looked in his encyclopedia probably the only one in the territory at that time, and by comparing the weight of the metal with the weight of an equal bulk of water found its specific gravity, which proved it to be gold. – History of California by Helen Elliott Bandini