textbook

noun
text·​book | \ˈteks(t)-ˌbu̇k \

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

textbook

adjective

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

White women educators censored textbooks and downplayed the role of slavery in the Civil War as a way to infuse the public education curriculum with white supremacist politics. Treva B. Lindsey, Vox, "The betrayal of white women voters: in pivotal state races, they still backed the GOP," 9 Nov. 2018 Even in the days before #MeToo, President Clinton’s behavior across widely disparate levels of power was recognized as textbook exploitation. WSJ, "Bill, Hill and Monica in the #MeToo Universe," 26 Oct. 2018 That same year, textbook company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt was called out for its own oversimplification and distorted romanization of the slave experience. Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Racism and Patriarchy Is Taught at School," 16 Oct. 2018 Despite working in a high-paying district, Garelli teaches from 2009 textbooks and has large class sizes, and her school has one counselor for more than 1,900 kids. Jessica Militare, Glamour, "What's Next For America's Teacher Walkout Movement?," 27 Aug. 2018 If all goes according to plan, DART would slam a spacecraft into the 500-foot-wide (150 m) moon of the asteroid (65803) Didymos in October 2022, in a test of the textbook kinetic-impactor deflection strategy. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Asteroid Billiards: This Wild Idea to Protect Earth Just Might Work," 24 Aug. 2018 Up until that point, the service seemed to be very textbook. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why Sarah Ferguson Winked at Prince Andrew During Their Royal Wedding," 17 Aug. 2018 The eccentric and introverted Magizoologist is now famous across the wizarding world for his textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”: Everything We Know So Far About the Sequel," 23 July 2018 Likewise, the desert, its coyotes and tall tales about the American West were now transporting a Manhattan kid to a world he had only seen in textbooks. Joe Drape, New York Times, "On an Arizona Road Trip, Miles of Family Firsts," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of textbook

Noun

1779, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1905, in the meaning defined above

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textbook

noun

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

textbook

adjective

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

: very typical

textbook

noun
text·​book | \ˈtekst-ˌbu̇k \

Kids Definition of textbook

: a book used in the study of a subject

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