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Dictionaries & Glossaries

Compiled by John Gallwey
Institute of Transportation Studies
University of California, Berkeley

American Association of State Highway Officials. AASHO Highway Definitions.
Washington, DC: AASHTO, 1968. 29 pages.

American Concrete Institute. Committee 116. Cement and Concrete Terminology. Detroit, Michigan: The Institute, 2000. 73 pages.

American Concrete Institute. Concrete Terminology for the Legal Profession. Detroit, Michigan: The Institute, 1996. 109 pages.

Composed of two previously published ACI documents: Cement and Concrete Technology and Concrete Primer. A guide to professionals who work closely with the concrete industry. Basic reference manual of concrete terminology and principles in concrete materials, and serves to help legal professionals understand the concepts of concrete technology.

American Society of Civil Engineers. Definitions of Surveying and Associated Terms. New York, New York: The Society, 1978 (1989 printing). Rev. ed. 210 pages.

American Society of Civil Engineers. Glossary of the Mapping Sciences. New York, New York: The Society, 1994. 581 pages. ISBN: 0784400504.

Armitage, T. G. B. Road maintenance glossary. Wellington: Transit New Zealand, Road Research Unit, 1989. 34 pages.

Bon, Eric Serge. Dictionnaire du Génie Civil, de l'Architecture, et de la Construction: Matériaux et Technologies: Français-Anglais = A Dictionary of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Construction: Materials and Technologies: English-French. Paris: La Maison du dictionnaire, 2001. 1070 pages. ISBN: 2856080901.

Bougie-Lauzon, Suzanne. Lexique du Transport Routièr: Anglais-Français. Québec: Gouvernement du Québec, Office de la Langue Française, 1984. 208 pages. ISBN: 2550107713.

Deals primarily with trucking terms.

Boyce, Byrl N. (ed.). Real Estate Appraisal Terminology. Cambridge, Massachussetts: Ballinger Publishing Company, 1975- . Irregular.

Serial publication.

Coster, Jean de. Dictionary for Automotive Engineering: English, French, German = Dictionnaire du Génie Automobile: Anglais, Français, Allemand = Wörterbuch für Kraftfahrzeugtechnik: Englisch, Französisch, Deutsch. Munich, Germany: K.G. Saur, 2003. 5th rev. ed. 691 pages. ISBN: 3598116241.

Cox, Barbara, Jerry V. Cox and David Silver-Westrick. Prentice Hall Dictionary of Real Estate: a handy reference pocket edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 2001. 314 pages.  ISBN: 0130208353.

Cox, Linda with Alison Martin, Rosa Serratore. Australian Transport Index Thesaurus. Vermont South, Victoria: ARRB Ltd, 2004. Also available online from:; Accessed October 2007.

Compiled by members of the M.G. Lay Library, this is the thesaurus to the online Australian Transport Index. The Index itself can be accessed from:  

Engel, Mary Louise and Neil K. Van Allen. NHTSA/SASI Cooperative Thesaurus of Highway and Motor Vehicle Safety Literature. Washington, DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1973. 1036 pages.

Gutiérrez, Marcos F. Elsevier's dictionary of civil engineering: in four languages--English, German, Spanish, and French. Amsterdam; New York, New York: Elsevier, 1991. 392 pages. ISBN: 0444889876.

Hemphill, Thomas. The Essential Dictionary of Real Estate Terminology. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1982. 193 pages. ISBN: 013284513X.

Highway Research Board. Glossary of Pedologic Soils & Landform Terminology for Soil Engineers. Washington, DC: The Board, 1957 (1967 printing). 36 pages.

Highway Research Board. Joint Sealing: a Glossary. Washington, DC: The Board, 1970. 30 pages.

Highway Research Board. Standard Nomenclature & Definitions for Pavement Components & Deficiencies. Washington, DC: The Board, 1970. 29 pages. (Special Report no. 113)

Horticultural Research Institute. A Technical Glossary of Horticultural and Landscape Terminology. Washington, DC: The Institute, 1971. 109 pages.

Compiled by Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Pennsylvania State University, and others for the Horticultural Research Institute.

International Road Transport Union. Dictionary of Road Transport Terminology in Four Languages: English, French, German and Spanish. Amsterdam; New York, New York: Elsevier, 1988. 380 pages.

Quick reference work which ensures precise and up-to-date usage of technical terms for the road transport industry and for academic institutions where transport is studied and researched.

Kondo, Kohji. Elsevier's Dictionary of Automobile Engineering: in Five Languages English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish. Amsterdam; New York, New York: Elsevier, 1977. 639 pages. ISBN: 0444415904.

Kurtz, Jean-Paul. Dictionary of Civil Engineering: English-French. New York, New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2004. 1515 pages. ISBN: 0306483173.

Logie, Gordon. Glossary of Transport: English, French, Italian, Dutch, German, Swedish. Amsterdam, Netherlands & New York, New York: Elsevier, 1980. 296 pages. ISBN: 0444417311.

Loo, Shirley. Transportation: an Alphabetical Microthesaurus of Terms Selected from the Legislative Indexing Vocabulary. Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service, 1988. 56 pages.

Minnick, Roy. Glossaries for Surveyors. Rancho Cordova, California: Landmark Enterprises, 1989. 607 pages. ISBN: 0910845360.

National Safety Council. Committee on Motor Vehicle Traffic Accident Classification. Manual on Classification of Motor Vehicle Traffic Accidents. Chicago, Illinois: The Council, 1997. 6th ed. 32 pages. Also available online from:; Accessed October 2007.

Neuendorf, Klaud K. E., James P. Mehl, Jr. and Julia A Jackson (ed.). Glossary of Geology. Alexandria, Virginia: American Geological Institute, 2005. 5th ed. 779 pages. ISBN: 0922152764.

Nokela, I., S. Lyly and E. Aho. Liikennetekniikan Sanasto: Suomi-Ruotsi-Englanti-Saksa = Vocabulary of Transportation Engineering: Finnish-Swedish-English-German. Otaniemi, Finland: Helsingin Teknillinen Korkeakoulu, 1980. 298 pages. ISBN: 9517516223.

Emphasis on highways with some terminology on public transport.

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Road Transport Research Programme. Documentation Internationale de Recherche Routière (DIRR): Thesaurus, 1985 = International Road Research Documentation (IRRD): Thesaurus, 1985 = Internationale Dokumentation Strasse (IDS): Thesaurus, 1985. Paris, France: OECD, 1985. 2 vols.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Road Transport Research Programme. International Road Research Documentation (IRRD) Thesaurus: Numerical List and English Arrowed Diagrams. Paris, France: OECD, 1985. 348 pages.

Major glossary of highway and traffic terms.

Organization of American States. Vocabulario Vial. Washington, D.C.: The Organization, 1981. 207 pages.

Glossary of road terms in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

Paulus, A. Civil Engineering in French: A Guide to the Language and Practice of Civil Engineering in French-Speaking Countries. London: Thomas Telford, 1982. 192 pages. ISBN: 072770138X/

Overall focus on civil engineering, with information on roads, construction, materials, and design.

PIARC Commission on Terminology. Dictionnaire Technique Routier = Technical Dictionary of Road Terms. Paris: PIARC, 1997. 7th ed. 192 pages.

Roads and Transportation Association of Canada. Bilingual Glossary of Canadian Highway Construction Terms = Vocabulaire Bilingue des Termes Employés dans la Construction Routière Canadienne. Ottawa, Ont.: The Association, 1971. 222 pages.

Slagle, Geoffrey G. (ed.). Data Element Dictionary for Traffic Records Systems. Arlington, Virginia: American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, 1998. 3rd  ed. Various pagings.

Common names, abbreviations, definitions, uses, sources and synonyms of data elements transmitted and communicated by state and local records systems.

Society of Automotive Engineers. SAE Motor Vehicle Safety and Environmental Terminology. Warrendale, Pennsylvania: The Society, 1995. 328 pages.

Stamp, L. Dudley and Audrey N. Clark. (eds.) A Glossary of Geographical Terms: Based on a List Prepared by a Committee of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. London; New York: Longman, 1979. 3rd ed. 571 pages. ISBN: 0582352584.

Prepared in cooperation with the Research Committee of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

Statistical Office of the European Communities. Glossary for transport statistics. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 1994. ISBN: 9282674363.

Vollmer, Ernst. Encyclopaedia of Hydraulics, Soil and Foundation Engineering. Amsterdam; New York, New York: Elsevier, 1967. 398 pages.

Webster, L. F. The Contractor’s Dictionary of Equipment, Tools, and Techniques: for civil engineering, construction, forestry, open-pit mining, and public works. New York, New York: Wiley, 1995 (1997 printing). 666 pages. ISBN: 0471181153.

Webster, L. F. The Wiley Dictionary of Civil Engineering and Construction. New York, New York: Wiley, 1997. 666 pages. ISBN: 0471181153