text·​book | \ ˈteks(t)-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce textbook (audio) \

Definition of textbook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a book used in the study of a subject: such as
a : one containing a presentation of the principles of a subject
b : a literary work relevant to the study of a subject



Definition of textbook (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, suggesting, or suitable to a textbook especially : classic a textbook example of bureaucratic waste

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Examples of textbook in a Sentence

Noun one shelf in my bookcase is crammed full of my old college textbooks Adjective a textbook example of a film that captures the feel of the novel on which it is based
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Narratives on some topics in black history are more similar than different across the states, despite the use of different textbooks. NBC News, "Is Black History Month still relevant? 'Absolutely yes,' one historian says," 12 Feb. 2020 Today, these things stand as a kind of textbook of how the citizens of Campania, the region over which Vesuvius loomed, lived in the late first century. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "The Terror and the Fascination of Pompeii," 10 Feb. 2020 In addition to the youth speakers, Scot Duncan, a professor at Birmingham-Southern College and author of a textbook about Alabama’s biodiversity spoke to the impacts climate change is projected to have on Alabama. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Global climate strike movement reaches Alabama," 20 Sep. 2019 His first goal was one straight out of the Auba textbook, while his second - getting himself on the end of a Maitland-Niles cross - came as a result of his positional sense and desire to get there first. SI.com, "Watford 2-2 Arsenal: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Hornets Second Half Fightback Stings Gunners," 15 Sep. 2019 Much of what the researchers discovered might have come straight out of an economics textbook. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "Wall Street Has It Wrong. You’re a Smart Investor.," 22 Feb. 2019 While most seasons see an influenza A strain burst on the scene early, with a B strain coming in late and causing far fewer cases, this season is not proceeding according to the textbooks. Popular Science, "You can get the flu twice in one year," 29 Jan. 2020 The insistence that an elderly white man’s socialist revolution will better address my 21st-century black feminist gender concerns is textbook white liberal paternalism. Time, "It Matters That Elizabeth Warren Is a Woman. Why Do So Many on the Left Insist That It Doesn't?," 16 Jan. 2020 Add all of them to your arsenal, follow these guidelines, and be prepared to break the rules because many largemouths haven’t read the same textbooks as the rest of us. Pete Robbins, Field & Stream, "3 Bass Lures You Should Never Go Fishing Without," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of textbook


1779, in the meaning defined above


1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of textbook was in 1779

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“Textbook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/textbook. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of textbook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a book about a particular subject that is used in the study of that subject especially in a school



English Language Learners Definition of textbook (Entry 2 of 2)

: very typical


text·​book | \ ˈtekst-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce textbook (audio) \

Kids Definition of textbook

: a book used in the study of a subject

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