• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Compend A compendium; an epitome; a summary. "A compend and recapitulation of the Mosaical law."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n compend Same as compendium.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Compend a shortening or abridgment: a book or treatise containing the substance of a larger one: an epitome: an abstract
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. compendium, what is weighed together, or saved (opp. to dispendium)—com, together, pendĕre, to weigh.


In literature:

He is the compend of time; he is also the correlative of nature.
"Essays, First Series" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The knowledge then of Jesus Christ is a true and full compend of all saving knowledge.
"Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life" by John Brown (of Wamphray)
He is the compend of time; he is also the correlative of nature.
"An English Grammar" by W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
Every occupation, trade, art, transaction, is a compend of the world and a correlative of every other.
"Essays" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
They have studied a brief Compend of History in Arabic, and have continued Arithmetic and English.
"The Women of the Arabs" by Henry Harris Jessup
Among these latter I chanced one day to take down Whelpley's Compend of History.
"Confessions of Boyhood" by John Albee
A Compend of the General Claims Made by Professional Hypnotists.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
The Persian version of Qadiri (a compend of Nachschabi's) is the one most frequently translated.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
Dr. Samuel Miller's, in Sparks's 'Library of American Biography,' is mainly a brief compend.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 13" by Various
"A Review of Edwards's" by Henry Tappan