book·​case | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌkās How to pronounce bookcase (audio) \

Definition of bookcase

: a piece of furniture consisting of shelves to hold books

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Look 2: Colorful Eclectic Want to create a bookcase that's the star of your space instead of the backdrop? Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Here's the Secret to Getting Perfectly Styled Bookshelves," 13 June 2019 Stylish, functional bookshelves, in the form of wall shelves and a large bookcase (not shown) are a place to store project materials as well as books. Washington Post, "Designing a bedroom for a tween boy: Goodbye toys, hello rocket-building space," 13 June 2019 Head to your hardware store’s earthquake prep section to find ways to bolt bookcases down and keep large objects from falling on you when the shaking comes. Karen Kaplan,, "Earthquake risk heightened in Southern California. Here’s why and what you can do," 6 July 2019 In terms of space requirements, these systems range in size from a narrow bookcase-size space for a modular system up to a laundry closet or small attic space for a bank of wired cells. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How To Live Off the Grid," 10 June 2019 Vertical farming refers to produce that's grown indoors, often in stacks that resemble a bookcase. Brittany Gibson, CNN, "This online grocer is backing Europe's biggest vertical farm," 10 June 2019 Use this sleek bookcase to corral excess books and decorative objects. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "18 Pieces from Walmart’s New MoDRN Collection That’ll Upgrade Every Room in Your Home," 20 May 2019 In the family room of a New York City apartment designed by Brad Ford, the sofa is by Flexform, the chairs are by Arflex, and the vintage Italian bookcase is from R.E. Steele Antiques. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Inside a Traditional Prewar Apartment with Unique, Handmade Accents," 13 Sep. 2018 That rules out towering bookcases and racks of audio equipment. Al Kemp, The Seattle Times, "How I came to grips with a downsized Christmas," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of bookcase

1698, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bookcase

: a piece of furniture with shelves to hold books


book·​case | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌkās How to pronounce bookcase (audio) \

Kids Definition of bookcase

: a set of shelves to hold books

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