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 for Compendium
From 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.
     [1913 Webster]
           A short system or compendium of a science. --I. Watts.
     Syn: See Abridgment.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a publication containing a variety of works [syn:
           collection, compendium]
      2: a concise but comprehensive summary of a larger work

From 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

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