[kuh m-pen-dee-uh m] /kəmˈpɛn di əm/

noun, plural compendiums, compendia
[kuh m-pen-dee-uh] /kəmˈpɛn di ə/ (Show IPA)
a brief treatment or account of a subject, especially an extensive subject; concise treatise:
a compendium of medicine.
a summary, epitome, or abridgment.
a full list or inventory:
a compendium of their complaints.
noun (pl) -diums, -dia (-dɪə)
(Brit) a book containing a collection of useful hints
(Brit) a selection, esp of different games or other objects in one container
a concise but comprehensive summary of a larger work

1580s, from Latin compendium “a shortening, saving,” literally “that which is weighed together,” from compendere “to weigh together,” from com- “together” (see com-) + pendere “to weigh” (see pendant). Borrowed earlier as compendi (mid-15c.).


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