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

There aren’t enough textbooks or desks; students in the early grades must sit on the floor. Sarah Butrymowicz, Marie Claire, "Refugee Girls Want to Change the World. Will We Let Them?," 7 Jan. 2019 Thomas Morris takes a delightful romp through a myriad of entertaining, arcane and obscure medical anecdotes plucked from 18th- and 19th-century newspapers, journals and textbooks. Adrian Woolfson, WSJ, "‘The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth’ Review: Desperate Remedies," 12 Dec. 2018 The lessons taught at these schools come from three Christian publishing companies whose textbooks are popular on many of about 2,000 campuses that accept, and often depend on, nearly $1 billion in state scholarships, or vouchers. Annie Martin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Scholarship programs at private schools need change, lawmakers say," 8 June 2018 Its resources are scant in comparison: Lines of mismatched chairs and shampoo bowls surround tables and bookshelves filled with VHS beauty videos and textbooks that appear to be decades old. refinery29.com, "Makeup in Lockup: Beauty, Power, & Danger in Women's Prisons," 2 June 2018 The address hosted many business, including a warehouse/distribution center for Howard W. Sams Co., which published technical training manuals and textbooks. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Double 8 grocery stores: Here's what they are now," 1 May 2018 Despite the limits, a handful of determined professors have stepped up, without textbooks or well-trod academic territory, and created courses to try to ensure that the next generation is prepared to match the public's interest. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Universities meet growing demand with Weed 101," 20 Apr. 2018 But the eight clergy came off looking bad for posterity, their names attached to the top of King's elegant document when it was reprinted in history and literary textbooks. Greg Garrison, AL.com, "MLK wrote his 'Letter from Birmingham Jail' 55 years ago," 16 Apr. 2018 Many consider De Sedibus to be the first pathology textbook and Morgagni to be the father of pathologic anatomy. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 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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