The Describer's Dictionary: A Treasury of Terms & Literary Quotations (Expanded Second Edition)
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The unmatched guide―and perfect gift―for stymied scribes and working wordsmiths everywhere, now expanded and updated.
A singular and indispensable reference tool, The Describer's Dictionary―now expanded and updated―has served for over twenty years as the go-to resource for writers who are determined to capture the world in just the right words.
The dictionary uses a unique reverse definition-to-term format that makes it easy to zero in on the term you're seeking. Turn to the new section on sensory impressions, for example, to find vivid terms for "loud or jarring," such as "grating," "harsh," "piercing," "blaring," "thunderous," "cacophonous," and "raucous." And at the end of each section dozens of illustrative passages by notable fiction and nonfiction authors―including Donna Tartt, Michael Lewis, Zadie Smith, Khaled Hosseini, and Paul Theroux―bring the terminology to life.
New in this edition:
• Hundreds of additional definitions, terms, and synonyms
• Brand-new categories, including "Physical States and Symptoms," "Temperament and Behavior," "Rooms and Interior Spaces," "Weather and Forces of Nature," and "The Solar System"
• Over 400 new quotations from books, periodicals, and digital media by established and rising literary stars
• An index of the more than 600 authors quoted in the book
ERNEST HEMINGWAY, Death in the Afternoon Sometimes the ice is black and glossy, blasted smooth by the endless wind, with only a few swaths of snow lying on it. Sometimes it is hummocky, with drifts of snow sheltered behind the hummocks. Sometimes it is ridged and buckled from the enormous strains of the wind, the currents and the line of advancing bergs. RICHARD BROWN, Voyage of the Iceberg Although on a hilltop, the fortress has a comparatively low-lying profile and is sunk into an
JEAN M. AUEL, The Mammoth Hunters Some of the much-moved bluestones were reset in a circle around the five trilithons, while those that had been elegantly smoothed were arranged in a horseshoe inside the trilithons. The tallest of them was erected near the centre. A circle inside a circle, a horseshoe within a horseshoe, a central pillar. AUBREY BURL, Rings of Stone A fleet of barges were coming lazily on, some sideways, some head first, some stern first; all in a wrong-headed,
COOPER, The Pioneers The traveler from the coast, who, after plodding northward for a score of miles over calcareous downs and corn-lands, suddenly reached the verge of one of these escarpments, is surprised and delighted to behold, extended like a map beneath him, a country differing absolutely from that which he has passed through. Behind him the hills are open, the sun blazes down upon fields so large as to give an unenclosed character to the landscape, the lanes are white, the hedges low
of Paradise painted by a small child. The deep Sea-arm round the island forms an ideal harbour; the land is made out of whitish coral-cliff grown with broad green mango trees and fantastic bald grey Baobab trees. The Sea at Mombasa is as blue as a cornflower, and, outside the inlet to the harbour, the long breakers of the Indian Ocean draw a thin crooked white line, and give out a low thunder even in the calmest weather. ISAK DINESEN, Out of Africa There is no trail up this gray valley,
small stream streamlet, brooklet, rivulet, rill, runnel, burn winding stream meander, serpentine winding stream dividing around a neck of land oxbow river or stream feeding a larger river tributary, feeder open stretch of river reach river’s upper tributaries headwaters onrushing or raging stream torrent turbulent and rock-obstructed part of a river rapid, rapids steep rapids cataract abrupt or steep river descent chute narrow channel or strait with swift and dangerous waters