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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Examples of handbook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lawsuit also claimed Whitefield Academy violated its handbook, which says high school students face numerous disciplinary options, including detention, disciplinary referrals and suspension, before expulsion. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 9 Sep. 2022 Evanston requires a job description for all personnel changes, as stated in its employee handbook. Corey Schmidt, Chicago Tribune, 30 Aug. 2022 Hamilton Southeastern Public Schools has since updated a microaggression section to their handbook, causing some parents to push back at the June 8 school board meeting at which the measure was approved. Fox News, 24 Aug. 2022 His message to the Bruins sounds more like something out of a psychologist’s handbook than a coach’s playbook. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2022 To promote transparency, GitLab provides an evolving 2,000-page handbook, meant to serve as a searchable document for workers’ questions. Danielle Abril, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Sep. 2022 Among Robinson’s literary antecedents for The High Sierra is an unpublished handbook that Kenneth Rexroth wrote for the Works Progress Administration, or WPA, circa 1939, called Camping in the Western Mountains. Verlyn Klinkenborg, The Atlantic, 21 July 2022 Congress was debating this amendment in the summer of 1976, exactly when the LDS Church first issued its handbook supplement detailing exceptions for rape and medical emergencies. The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 June 2022 Though Gross' handbook postdates Holmes, there's no evidence to support the popular claim that he was directly inspired by him -- or vice versa. Roy Schwartz, CNN, 20 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of handbook

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

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“Handbook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handbook. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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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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