textbook

noun
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

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

Think of the dry, informative diagrams in your high school biology textbook. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "A different sort of scan in ‘The Beautiful Brain’," 6 June 2018 Don't toss out your particle physics textbooks just yet. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Reports of sterile neutrino’s resurrection may be greatly exaggerated," 4 June 2018 Chris Cormier, one of the dead boys’ friends, had chucked his textbook at the blackboard. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award finalist: "Lost Causes" by Dana Berube," 2 June 2018 Newton dedicates at least two hours a night to practicing mixing, shaking, stirring and pouring at home, and another hour or so studying her textbook. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Copper & Kings wants to help low-wage workers. How? Superb cocktails," 29 May 2018 But he’s been given a robotic gold-finding contraption that wasn’t in any of his textbooks, a machine created by a man everyone here calls the Doctor. Genesee Keevil, Popular Mechanics, "The Rush: What the World's Greatest Gold Prospector Knows," 17 May 2018 But the trade-off is: Your school is unfunded, your teachers’ pay is frozen, your classrooms are crowded, your textbooks are 25 years old. Margaret Newkirk, Bloomberg.com, "The Kochs Helped Slash State Taxes. Now Teachers Are in the Streets," 16 May 2018 West’s apparent ignorance of this country’s past is tied, in part, to the fact that so many of our textbooks are saturated with revisionist history. Clint Smith, The New Republic, "Wake Up, Mr. West!," 3 May 2018 His textbook for undergraduate and graduate students, Extrasolar Planetsand Astrobiology, won the 2012 Chambliss Prize of the AAS. Steve Mirsky, Scientific American, "Come On and Zoom (through the Universe)," 11 Nov. 2017

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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 How to pronounce textbook (audio) \

Kids Definition of textbook

: a book used in the study of a subject

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