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  1. A thesaurus is a reference book in which words with similar meanings are grouped together. thesauruses thesauri a book in which words are put into groups with other words that have similar meanings (thesaurus)
  2. A controlled vocabulary within a circumscribed subject field used to organize material or information Consists of a syndetic structure that attempts to perform for the field in question the same function that conventional subject heading lists serve for the whole body of recorded knowledge (thesaurus)
  3. A controlled vocabulary of terms or concepts that are structured hierarchically (parent/child relationships) or as equivalences (synonyms), and related terms (associative) See also Subject headings and glossary (thesaurus)
  4. A list of all the subjects headings or descriptors used in a particular database or catalogue, see also Subject Headings (thesaurus)
  5. A list of words that are applicable to a specific subject area; usually is a controlled vocabulary list (thesaurus)
  6. A controlled vocabulary with a syndetic structure within a circumscribed subject field used to organize material or information (thesaurus)
  7. When an index or database uses Controlled Vocabulary (a standardized word or phrase list), the thesaurus is an alphabetical listing of the terms currently in use The thesaurus will also show relationships between terms such as synonymous or related terms, hierarchical arrangements (broader terms, narrower terms), and provide references from terms not currently in use to acceptable terms, including older words or phrases that are no longer used (thesaurus)
  8. controlled vocabulary; list of standardized subject terms associated with a particular database or index (thesaurus)
  9. a list of all the subject headings or descriptors used in a particular database, catalog, or index ** (thesaurus)
  10. a list of descriptors/subject headings A thesaurus tells you which words to use in a catalogue, database, or periodical index A thesaurus may lead you to other, related topics (thesaurus)
  11. A list of all the subject headings or descriptors used in a particular database, catalog, or index (thesaurus)
  12. (1) A list of categorized terms, such as synonyms and related words; (2) a listing of suject headings used in a particular database or other resource (See also Descriptor , Subject Heading) (thesaurus)
  13. A list of synonyms a search engine can use to find matches for particular words if the words themselves don't appear in documents (thesaurus)
  14. dictionary of synonyms; dictionary; storehouse, repository, location where valuable documents or artwork is stored, treasury place where valuable articles are stored isim (thesaurus)
  15. A list of selected words or concepts for a particular database A thesaurus is used to identify descriptors or subject headings specific to the database being searched (thesaurus)
  16. a list of terms and concepts that provide a standard vocabulary of words to use in searching a certain database (thesaurus)
  17. A treasury or storehouse; hence, a repository, especially of knowledge; often applied to a comprehensive work, like a dictionary or cyclopedia (thesaurus)
  18. Refers to a book and a database feature The book lists alternate terms with similar meanings to the one you look up In a database, a thesaurus uses the terms you choose to search on to lead you to other terms you may not have considered (related terms) While the book-type thesaurus presents you with a larger variety of words to choose from, the goal of a database thesaurus is to "funnel" your search into the unique, official language of the database "subject headings" For example, a database thesaurus might suggest that you use "automobiles" instead of the words car, cars, autos, vehicles, etc (thesaurus)
  19. a list of all the subject headings or descriptors used in a particular database, catalog, or index Some examples are Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors, Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, and Library of Congress Subject Headings (thesaurus)
  20. In some search tools, the terms you choose to search on can lead you to other terms you may not have thought of Different search tools have different ways of presenting this information, sometimes with suggested words you may choose among and sometimes automatically The terms are based on the terms in the results of your search, not on some dictionary-like thesaurus (thesaurus)

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