1. [syn: collection, compendium]
2. a concise but comprehensive summary of a larger work;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Compendium \Com*pen"di*um\, n.; pl. E. Compendiums, L.
Compendia. [L. compendium that which is weighed, saved, or
shortened, a short way, fr. compendere to weigh; com- +
pendere to weigh. See Pension, and cf. Compend.]
A brief compilation or composition, containing the principal
heads, or general principles, of a larger work or system; an
abridgment; an epitome; a compend; a condensed summary.
A short system or compendium of a science. --I. Watts.
Syn: See Abridgment.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a publication containing a variety of works [syn:
2: a concise but comprehensive summary of a larger work
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
35 Moby Thesaurus words for "compendium":
Baedeker, abbreviation, abbreviature, abrege, abridgment, abstract,
brief, capsule, compend, condensation, condensed version,
conspectus, digest, draft, enchiridion, epitome, guide, guidebook,
head, manual, outline, overview, pandect, precis, review, rubric,
shortened version, skeleton, sketch, survey, syllabus, synopsis,
thumbnail sketch, topical outline, vade mecum