Facts on File Visual Dictionary
1 volume: General Index, Thematic Indexes, Specialized indexes, Selective bibliography
Dictionaries do not just define terms with words. In some cases, as the old saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This dictionary, found in the reference section, demonstrates the truth of that saying. The only words found in this book are those in the introduction and the ones used as labels for the illustrations that comprise most of the book. In here, one can find illustrations of a wide variety of items ranging from the constellations of the northern and southern hemispheres, to the structure of a flower or fruit, architectural terms, tools used in different trades, clothing, weapons, measuring devices and much more. The terms are arranged into categories in the Table of Contents for easy reference. The general index at the end lists all of the objects illustrated in the book (there are 9 different illustrations of a “claw”). The thematic index is a listing of terms by broad topics using the categories found in the table of contents and the specialized indexes are more narrowly defined listings of objects (e.g., automobiles, plumbing, sewing) These illustrations would be useful as in papers or for showing the details of something discussed or described in a talk or just to find out what a “coulter” is on a piece of agricultural equipment or what the differences are between a “plain weave”, “twill weave” and “satin weave” in weaving.