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book definition

Overview

This page has 30 definitions of book in English, Limburgan, Limburger, Limburgish, and Mansaka. Book is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use book in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

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English book definition

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle English booke, book, bok, from Old English bōc, from Proto-West Germanic *bōk, from Proto-Germanic *bōks. Eclipsed non-native Middle English livret, lyveret (book, booklet) from Old French livret (book, booklet). Bookmaker sense by clipping.

Alternative forms

Noun

A hard-cover book.
The coat of arms of Oxford (like several other universities) depicts a book.

book (plural books)

  1. A collection of sheets of paper bound together to hinge at one edge, containing printed or written material, pictures, etc.
    • 1610 – 1611, William Shakespeare, The Tempest 1.2:
      Knowing I loved my books, he furnished me / From mine own library with volumes that / I prize above my dukedom.
    • 1962, James East Irby translating Luis Borges as "The Library of Babel":
      I repeat: it suffices that a book be possible for it to exist. Only the impossible is excluded. For example: no book can be a ladder, although no doubt there are books which discuss and negate and demonstrate this possibility and others whose structure corresponds to that of a ladder.
    • 1983, Steve Horelick & al., "Reading Rainbow":
      I can be anything.
      Take a look!
      It's in a book:
      A reading rainbow.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, page 51:
      Trefusis's quarters could be described in one word. Books. Books and books and books. And then, just when an observer might be lured into thinking that that must be it, more books... Trefusis himself was highly dismissive of them. ‘Waste of trees,’ he had once said. ‘Stupid, ugly, clumsy, heavy things. The sooner technology comes up with a reliable alternative the better... The world is so fond of saying that books should be “treated with respect”. But when are we told that words should be treated with respect?’
    She opened the book to page 37 and began to read aloud.
    He was frustrated because he couldn't find anything about dinosaurs in the book.
  2. A long work fit for publication, typically prose, such as a novel or textbook, and typically published as such a bound collection of sheets, but now sometimes electronically as an e-book.
    I have three copies of his first book.
  3. A major division of a long work.
    Genesis is the first book of the Bible.
    Many readers find the first book of A Tale of Two Cities to be confusing.
    Synonyms: tome, volume
  4. (gambling) A record of betting (from the use of a notebook to record what each person has bet).
    I'm running a book on who is going to win the race.
  5. (informal) A bookmaker (a person who takes bets on sporting events and similar); bookie; turf accountant.
  6. A convenient collection, in a form resembling a book, of small paper items for individual use.
    a book of stamps
    a book of raffle tickets
    Synonym: booklet
  7. (theater) The script of a musical or opera.
    Synonym: libretto
  8. (usually in the plural) Records of the accounts of a business.
    Synonyms: account, record
  9. (law, colloquial) A book award, a recognition for receiving the highest grade in a class (traditionally an actual book, but recently more likely a letter or certificate acknowledging the achievement).
  10. (whist) Six tricks taken by one side.
  11. (poker slang) four of a kind[2]
  12. (sports) A document, held by the referee, of the incidents happened in the game.
  13. (sports, by extension) A list of all players who have been booked (received a warning) in a game.
    • 2011 March 2, Andy Campbell, “Celtic 1 - 0 Rangers”, in BBC[1]:
      Celtic captain Scott Brown joined team-mate Majstorovic in the book and Rangers' John Fleck was also shown a yellow card as an ill-tempered half drew to a close.
  14. (cartomancy) The twenty-sixth Lenormand card.
  15. (figuratively) Any source of instruction.
  16. (with "the") The accumulated body of knowledge passed down among black pimps.
    • 1974, Adrienne Lanier Seward, The Black Pimp as a Folk Hero (page 11)
      The Book is an oral tradition of belief in The Life that has been passed down from player to player from generation to generation.
    • 1994, Antiquarian Book Monthly (volume 21, page 36)
      On the other hand The Book is an oral tradition containing the rules and principles to be adopted by a pimp who wishes to be a player.
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Translations

See book/translations § Noun.

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Etymology 2

From Middle English booken, boken, from Old English bōcian, ġebōcian, from the noun (see above).

Verb

book (third-person singular simple present books, present participle booking, simple past and past participle booked)

  1. (transitive) To reserve (something) for future use.
    I want to book a hotel room for tomorrow night.
    I can book tickets for the concert next week.
    • 2020 December 2, Paul Bigland, “My weirdest and wackiest Rover yet”, in Rail, page 68:
      I haven't booked, so I don't have a clue as to whether the service will be busy or not. Supposedly, reservations are compulsory, but I want to find out what would happen if you just turn up.
    Synonym: reserve
  2. (transitive) To write down, to register or record in a book or as in a book.
    They booked that message from the hill
    Synonyms: make a note of, note down, record, write down
  3. (law enforcement, transitive) To record the name and other details of a suspected offender and the offence for later judicial action.
    The police booked him for driving too fast.
  4. (sports) To issue with a caution, usually a yellow card, or a red card if a yellow card has already been issued.
  5. (intransitive, slang) To travel very fast.
    He was really booking, until he passed the speed trap.
    Synonyms: bomb, hurtle, rocket, speed, shoot, whiz
  6. To record bets as bookmaker.
  7. (transitive, law student slang) To receive the highest grade in a class.
    The top three students had a bet on which one was going to book their intellectual property class.
  8. (intransitive, slang) To leave.
    He was here earlier, but he booked.
Derived terms
Terms derived from the verb “book”
Translations

See book/translations § Verb.

Etymology 3

From Middle English book, bok, from Old English bōc, from Proto-Germanic *bōk, first and third person singular indicative past tense of Proto-Germanic *bakaną (to bake).

Verb

book

  1. (Britain dialectal, Northern England) simple past tense of bake

References

  1. ^ Book” in John Walker, A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary [] , London: Sold by G. G. J. and J. Robinſon, Paternoſter Row; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1791, →OCLC, page 118, column 2.
  2. ^ Weisenberg, Michael (2000) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. →ISBN

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Limburgish book definition

Etymology

From Middle Dutch boec, from Old Dutch buok, from Proto-Germanic *bōks.

Pronunciation

Noun

book n (plural beuk)

  1. book

Mansaka book definition

Noun

book

  1. piece

Middle English book definition

Etymology 1

From Old English bōc.

Noun

book (plural books)

  1. Alternative form of booke

Etymology 2

From Old English būc.

Noun

book (plural books)

  1. Alternative form of bouk

Norwegian Bokmål book definition

Verb

book

  1. imperative of booke