hand·​book | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce handbook (audio) \

Definition of handbook

1a : a book capable of being conveniently carried as a ready reference : manual
b : a concise reference book covering a particular subject
2a : a bookmaker's book of bets
b : a place where bookmaking is carried on

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Synonyms for handbook


manual, primer, text, textbook

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Shreya also told Quartz in early May that an employee handbook, which details rules for workplace conduct, was being written. Aria Thaker, Quartz at Work, "How Indian media company Homegrown imploded in the wake of #MeToo," 11 June 2019 When Lion Air Flight 610 crashed, killing 189 people last October, pilots frantically looked through a handbook, searching for a way to override the plane's automatic aircraft nose down feature, triggered by inaccurate sensor readings. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Lion Air Pilots Had Less Than a Minute to Avert Fatal Crash," 27 Mar. 2019 Among the materials in Szewczuk’s possession was the White Resistance Manual — a white supremacist handbook — and the al Qaeda Training Manual, the Press Association said. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Bloody picture of Prince Harry leads to jail for computer science student," 19 June 2019 The Notion community is quite active in contributing different use cases (or templates as Notion calls them) for others to adapt for themselves, including job hunt trackers, mood boards, culture handbooks, and investment dashboards. Khe Hy, Quartz at Work, "Five “creator” apps that have captured Silicon Valley’s attention," 19 June 2019 Among the materials in Szewczuk's possession was the White Resistance Manual -- a white supremacist handbook -- and the al Qaeda Training Manual, PA said. Matthew Robinson, CNN, "Far-right teen who branded Prince Harry 'race traitor' jailed for four years," 18 June 2019 With no handbook guiding them, managers are without rules to rely on. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, "Experienced employee keeps getting rejected for new job: Ask HR," 11 June 2019 Check your employment contract, company handbook or intranet for details about compassionate leave. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Took a Week of Bereavement Leave from Work to Process Her 2007 Breakup with Prince William," 8 June 2019 Council has since approved a handbook allowing for some payment of overtime to salaried workers. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish described a deputy internal auditor as ‘gotcha guy’ during closed-door meeting, sources say," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of handbook

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of handbook was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of handbook

: a small book that gives useful information about a particular subject


hand·​book | \ ˈhand-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce handbook (audio) \

Kids Definition of handbook

: a book of facts usually about one subject

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