noun, plural compendiums, compendia [kuhm-pen-dee-uh] .
a brief treatment or account of a subject, especially an extensive subject; concise treatise: a compendium of medicine.
a summary, epitome, or abridgment.
a full list or inventory: a compendium of their complaints.
Also, compend [kom-pend] .

1575–85; < Latin: gain, saving, shortcut, abridgment, equivalent to com- com- + pend- (stem of pendere to cause to hang down, weigh) + -ium -ium

1. survey, digest, conspectus. Unabridged
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compendium (kəmˈpɛndɪəm)
n , pl -diums, -dia
1.  (Brit) a book containing a collection of useful hints
2.  (Brit) a selection, esp of different games or other objects in one container
3.  a concise but comprehensive summary of a larger work
[C16: from Latin: a saving, literally: something weighed, from pendere to weigh]

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Word Origin & History

1589, from L. compendium "a shortening, saving," lit. "that which is weighed together," from L. compendere "to weigh together," from com- "together" + pendere "to weigh" (see pendant).
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Example sentences
Now a fondly compiled compendium of the nebulous world's facts and fancies
  redresses the balance.
Every page of this quirky compendium catalogs something fascinating,
  surprising, or serendipitous.
It provides a compendium of links to articles about the field as well.
Every morning, the app creates a compendium of the days events based on the
  topics you've chosen.
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