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Abbreviations Dictionary

10th Edition

By Dean A. Stahl, Karen Landen

CRC Press

2,172 pages

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Hardback: 9780849390036
pub: 2001-03-23
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Published in 2001: Abbreviations, nicknames, jargon, and other short forms save time, space, and effort - provided they are understood. Thousands of new and potentially confusing terms become part of the international vocabulary each year, while our communications are relayed to one another with increasing speed. PDAs link to PCs. The Net has grown into data central, shopping mall, and grocery store all rolled into one. E-mail is faster than snail mail, cell phones are faster yet - and it is all done 24/7.

Longtime and widespread use of certain abbreviations, such as R.S.V.P., has made them better understood standing alone than spelled out. Certainly we are more comfortable saying DNA than deoxyribonucleic acid - but how many people today really remember what the initials stand for? The Abbreviations Dictionary, Tenth Edition gives you this and other information from Airlines of the World to the Zodiacal Signs.


"…this volume is essential. Its worth is enhanced by a listing of nicknames and appellations that are otherwise likely to be incomprehensible to foreigners…an essential addition to public, academic, and corporate reference libraries."

-The San Diego Union

"This book has it all…besides being informative, the book is interesting and fun."

-Veterinary and Human Toxicology

"This is a useful book and should appeal to the individual or library acquisitions director with a limited budget."


"An up-to-date source for locating some of the most elusive segments of our language."


"[This] compilation of abbreviations, acronyms, eponyms, terms, etc., is an excellent source for information that is not found in other works."

-Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association

"The classic status of this title endures: abbreviations are again joined by a dazzling array of acronyms, contractions, initials, nicknames, short forms, signs and symbols. Its 15,000 new terms swell the dictionary to nearly 300,000 entries…excellent and unique…"

--S. Swanson, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, CHOICE, October 2001, Vol. 39 No. 2

Table of Contents



How to Use this Book

A to Z





Computer Terminology


Criminalistic and Data-Processing Terms

Genealogical Terms

Geographical Equivalents

Government Agencies

Historical, Musical, and Mythological Characters


Legal, Medical, Military, and Scientific Terms

Short Forms

Signs and Symbols


Airlines of the World

Air-Pollution Index

Airports of the World

American States and Capitals

Astronomical Constellations, Stars, and Symbols

Bafflegab Divulged

Bell Code from Bridge or Pilothouse to Engine Room

Birthstones-Ancient and Modern

British Counties Abbreviated

Canadian Provinces

Capitals of Nations, Provinces, Places, and States

C-B (Citizens' Band) Radio Frequency Short-Wave Call Signs

Chemical Element Symbols, Atomic Numbers, and Discovery Data

Civil and Military Time Systems Compared

Climatic Region Symbols

Corrections Facilities and Criminalistic Terms

Currencies of the World

Diacritical and Punctuation Marks

Dysphemistic Place-Names

Earthquake Data (Richter Scale)

Eponyms, Nicknames, and Geographical Names

Fishing Port Registration Symbols (Great Britain and Ireland)

Greek Alphabet

International Civil Aircraft Markings

International Conversions Simplified

International Radio Alphabet and Code

International Vehicle License Letters

International Yacht Racing Union Nationality Codes

Inventions and Inventors

Irish Counties Abbreviated

Mexican State Names and Abbreviations

Musical Nicknames and Superlatives

National Capitals

National Holidays

National Parks

Numbered Abbreviations


Oldest American Settlements


Ports of the World

Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States

Principles, Laws, Rules, Theories, and Doctrines

Proofreaders' Marks

Railroad Conductors' Cord-Pull Signals Plus Engineers' Whistle Signals

Railroads of the World

Roman Numerals

Rules of the Road-at Sea

Russian Alphabet

Ship's Bell Time Signals

Signs and Symbols Frequently Used (including Emoticons)

States, Nations, and Territories

Steamship Lines


U.S. Naval Ship Symbols

Vehicle Registration Symbols (Index Markers)

Weather Symbols (Beaufort Scale)

Wedding Anniversary Symbols

Winds and Rains of the World

Zip-Coded Automatic Data-Processing Abbreviations

Zodiacal Signs

About the Authors

Dean Stahl and Karen Kerchelich

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)