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1book

noun \ˈbk\

: a set of printed sheets of paper that are held together inside a cover : a long written work

: a long written work that can be read on a computer

: a set of sheets of paper that are inside a cover and that you can write information on

Full Definition of BOOK

1
a :  a set of written sheets of skin or paper or tablets of wood or ivory
b :  a set of written, printed, or blank sheets bound together into a volume
c :  a long written or printed literary composition
d :  a major division of a treatise or literary work
e :  a record of a business's financial transactions or financial condition —often used in plural <the books show a profit>
f :  magazine 4a
g :  e-book
2
capitalized :  bible 1
3
:  something that yields knowledge or understanding <the great book of nature> <her face was an open book>
4
a (1) :  the total available knowledge and experience that can be brought to bear on a task or problem <tried every trick in the book> (2) :  inside information or analysis <the book on him is that he can't hit a curveball>
b :  the standards or authority relevant in a situation <run by the book>
5
a :  all the charges that can be made against an accused person <threw the book at him>
b :  a position from which one must answer for certain acts :  account <bring criminals to book>
6
a :  libretto
b :  the script of a play
c :  a book of arrangements for a musician or dance orchestra :  musical repertory
7
:  a packet of items bound together like a book <a book of stamps> <a book of matches>
8
a :  bookmaker
b :  the bets registered by a bookmaker; also :  the business or activity of giving odds and taking bets
9
:  the number of tricks a cardplayer or side must win before any trick can have scoring value
book·ful \ˈbk-ˌfl\ noun
in one's book
:  in one's own opinion
in one's good books
:  in favor with one
one for the book
:  an act or occurrence worth noting
on the books
:  on the records

Examples of BOOK

  1. The shelves in his office are filled with books.
  2. That's one of the best books I've read in a long time.
  3. a novelist who has written some wonderful books
  4. The library has many dictionaries and other reference books.
  5. the books of the Bible
  6. a story that is told in the Book of Job

Origin of BOOK

Middle English, from Old English bōc; akin to Old High German buoh book, Gothic boka letter
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Publishing Terms

annotate, dreadful, emend, expurgate, factoid, jump, lobster shift, redaction, referee

2book

adjective

: learned from reading books and not from experience

Full Definition of BOOK

1
:  derived from books and not from practical experience <book learning>
2
:  shown by books of account <book assets>

Examples of BOOK

  1. His schooling provided him with extensive book knowledge.
  2. She had plenty of book learning but no hands-on experience.

First Known Use of BOOK

13th century

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis

3book

verb

: to make arrangements so that you will be able to use or have (something, such as a room, table, or seat) at a later time

: to make arrangements for (someone) to do, use, or have something at a later time

: to schedule a performance or appearance by (someone, such as a musician)

Full Definition of BOOK

transitive verb
1
a :  to register (as a name) for some future activity or condition (as to engage transportation or reserve lodgings) <he was booked to sail on Monday>
b :  to schedule engagements for <book the band for a week>
c :  to set aside time for
d :  to reserve in advance <book two seats at the theater> <were all booked up>
2
a :  to enter charges against in a police register
b of a referee :  to note the name or number of (as a soccer player) for a serious infraction of the rules
intransitive verb
1
:  to make a reservation <book through your travel agent>
2
chiefly British :  to register in a hotel —usually used with in
3
slang :  leave, go; especially :  to depart quickly
book·able \ˈb-kə-bəl\ adjective, chiefly British
book·er noun

Examples of BOOK

  1. They booked two seats at the theater.
  2. They booked tickets for a direct flight from London to New York.
  3. I booked a table at our favorite restaurant.
  4. She booked through her travel agent.
  5. We will need to book early.
  6. She booked me on a flight from Oslo to Paris.
  7. He was booked to sail on Monday.
  8. The band was booked to play at the reception.

First Known Use of BOOK

1807

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