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Dr Craven responds: While researching my article, I looked at my Concise Oxford Dictionary and noted the two definitions of 'billion, viz.
The point is underlined by some of the words included in the first Concise Oxford Dictionary, which celebrates its century this year.
The concise Oxford Dictionary tells us that this means: "In the year of our Lord, in the year of the Christian era.
The Concise Oxford Dictionary helps here: "To make possible, to give (a person etc) the means or authority to do something".
Any word found in the Concise Oxford Dictionary (Tenth Edition) is eligible with the following exceptions: proper nouns; plural nouns, pronouns and possessives; third person singular verbs; hyphenated words; contractions and abbreviations; vulgar slang words; variant spellings of the same word (where another variant is also eligible).
1986 The concise Oxford dictionary of English etymology.
HumanWare, a manufacturer of assistive technology, has released the Concise Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus for use with the BrailleNote family of braille notetaker products.
Even as late as 1977, the respected German critic Horst Koegler, in his invaluable reference book The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Ballet, could write, "The Royal Ballet is now considered among the foremost ballet companies of the world, and because of its large and supremely balanced repertory and its wealth of highly individual first-class dancers, many people consider it as the leading company in international terms.