encyclopedic

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1824, encyclopedia +‎ -ic.

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encyclopedic (comparative more encyclopedic, superlative most encyclopedic)

  1. Of or relating to the characteristics of an encyclopedia; concerning all subjects, having comprehensive information or knowledge.
  2. (lexicography) Relating to or containing descriptive information rather than only linguistic or lexical information; about facts and concepts, and not only a word or term; including proper names, biographical and geographical information and illustrations.
    • 2001, Sidney I. Landau, Dictionaries: The Art and Craft of Lexicography, 2nd ed, Scribner:
      [p 151] Although separate encyclopedic sections have nothing to do with the dictionary proper, there are no compelling logical reasons for condemning them.
      [p 212] Terms derived from names fall into three categories. Some, like Chomskyan, refer to a person and the work done by that person, or to a place or a person from that place (Virginian, Londoner), and should be defined only in relation to the person or place. They are essentially encyclopedic entries and, if the dictionary contains an entry for the person or place in question, could well be run on without a separate definition.
      [p 359] The difficulty of distinguishing between lexical units and items in a nomenclature is especially nettlesome in specialized dictionaries, which are by their nature more encyclopedic than general dictionaries.
    • 2018, James Lambert, “Setting the Record Straight: An In-depth Examination of Hobson-Jobson”, in International Journal of Lexicography, volume 31, number 4, DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/ijl/ecy010, page 490:
      Thus there are 3751 lexical items covered in total. Taking into account polysemy, there are 4315 separate senses. Of these, 1021 terms are proper nouns. Thus 23.7% of the lexis covered consists of encyclopaedic material.

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  • “encyclopedic dictionary” in R.R.K. Hartmann and Gregory James, Dictionary of Lexicography, Routledge, 1998.
  • “encyclopedic information” in R.R.K. Hartmann and Gregory James, Dictionary of Lexicography, Routledge, 1998.
  • “encyclopedic lexicography” in R.R.K. Hartmann and Gregory James, Dictionary of Lexicography, Routledge, 1998.