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

These included interventions such as adding more teachers to reduce class sizes, or paying for more textbooks. The Economist, "Universal lessons," 5 July 2018 Despite the raises, teachers walked off the job anyway, demanding more school funding for textbooks, classroom supplies and smaller class sizes. Washington Post, "Angry Republican teachers create split inside Oklahoma GOP," 21 June 2018 His insistence that the original video is being taken out of context is a textbook example of claiming plausible deniability, one where anyone who is frightened, hurt, or offended by his comments is simply missing a joke. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Disney remixer Pogo can’t walk back his homophobic comments on YouTube," 1 June 2018 What teachers wanted: Kentucky teachers also wanted more funding to pay for textbooks, technology and school programs. Holly Yan, CNN, "Here's what teachers accomplished with their protests this year," 29 May 2018 In 2014 and 2016, the SBOE considered MAS proposals and put out calls for MAS textbooks without a mention of its objections to the accepted nomenclature. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Mexican American Studies scholars waging fight against SBOE this week," 27 May 2018 The way Kim speaks to Kris about his toothbrushing is apparently a textbook example of one of the horsemen: Criticism. Jessica Bloom, The Cut, "I Think About This a Lot: Kim Kardashian Brushing Her Teeth," 21 May 2018 Funding for textbooks is going up by $11 million from $40 million to $51.1 million, a 27 percent increase. Trisha Powell Crain, AL.com, "A closer look at Alabama's $6.63 billion education budget, largest in a decade," 3 Apr. 2018 The package includes a $6,100 average pay raise for teachers along with $33 million for textbooks and $18 million in additional school funding. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "What You Need to Know about Teachers on Strike in 2018," 3 Apr. 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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