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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Recent Examples on the Web Poll worker training materials, like handbooks or training videos. Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, "We’ve Reported on Elections for Years. Here’s How Reporters Can Hold Officials Accountable.," 16 Mar. 2020 There’s no handbook or crash course for surviving lung cancer, so the best way to be prepared is to listen to survivors and their family members. Kate Watson, Allure, "4 Things They Don't Tell You About Having Lung Cancer," 1 Oct. 2019 An inmate handbook for the facility from 2014 states that medical personnel are always available. Fox News, "Ohio inmate alleges COVID-19 outbreak in prison, lack of testing, threats of retaliation," 5 Apr. 2020 Ostensibly universal, Damron’s handbook, first published in 1964 and still released annually, was actually directed toward a specific—and secretive—audience. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Interactive Map Visualizes the Queer Geography of 20th-Century America," 9 Mar. 2020 Oates quotes from classic handbooks of acting by Konstantin Stanislavsky and his disciple Michael Chekhov, who was a nephew of the playwright. Elaine Showalter, The New Yorker, "Joyce Carol Oates’s “Blonde” Is the Definitive Study of American Celebrity," 13 Apr. 2020 Schools could face serious consequences for breaking the no-contact period, as outlined in Bylaw 11 of the OHSAA handbook. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Thinking of breaking OHSAA-issued no-contact period? Here are the penalties for doing so," 17 Mar. 2020 The academy’s student rules and regulations handbook says they are prohibited from engaging in conduct that disrupts the safety of the class or creates an unnecessary risk of injury. oregonlive, "After-hours incident in dorm of state’s basic police academy leaves recruit hospitalized with serious injuries," 26 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, Salzburg were not in the clear either, with Jesse Marsch's side hit with a fine of €3,250 for the 'throwing of objects' by their fans during the encounter, which is also a breach of Article 16 (2) of the handbook. SI.com, "UEFA Fine Liverpool €10,000 for 'Field Invasion' During Champions League Clash With RB Salzburg," 17 Oct. 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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“Handbook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handbook. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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