book

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v book engage for a performance "Her agent had booked her for several concerts in Tokyo"
    • v book record a charge in a police register "The policeman booked her when she tried to solicit a man"
    • v book arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance "reserve me a seat on a flight","The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family","please hold a table at Maxim's"
    • v book register in a hotel booker
    • n book physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together "he used a large book as a doorstop"
    • n book a number of sheets (ticket or stamps etc.) bound together on one edge "he bought a book of stamps"
    • n book a major division of a long written composition "the book of Isaiah"
    • n book a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together) "I am reading a good book on economics"
    • n Book the sacred writings of the Christian religions "he went to carry the Word to the heathen"
    • n Book the sacred writings of Islam revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina
    • n book a compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone "Al Smith used to say, `Let's look at the record'","his name is in all the record books"
    • n book a written version of a play or other dramatic composition; used in preparing for a performance
    • n book a collection of rules or prescribed standards on the basis of which decisions are made "they run things by the book around here"
    • n book a collection of playing cards satisfying the rules of a card game
    • n book a record in which commercial accounts are recorded "they got a subpoena to examine our books"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The mother shows the Book of Proverbs to her child The mother shows the Book of Proverbs to her child
They lost every book they had, owin' to a axident on their journey They lost every book they had, owin' to a axident on their journey
He found the next place we entered full of dangers to his pocket-book He found the next place we entered full of dangers to his pocket-book
FromMy Book of Favourite Fairy Tales FromMy Book of Favourite Fairy Tales
Front cover of the book Front cover of the book
Image of books's cover Image of books's cover
Detail of Book Trough Detail of Book Trough
Book Trough Complete Book Trough Complete

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan."
    • Book a book or list, actual or hypothetical, containing records of the best performances in some endeavor; a recordbook; -- used in the phrase one for the book or one for the books.
    • Book A collection of sheets of paper, or similar material, blank, written, or printed, bound together; commonly, many folded and bound sheets containing continuous printing or writing.
    • Book A composition, written or printed; a treatise. "A good book is the precious life blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life."
    • Book A part or subdivision of a treatise or literary work; as, the tenth book of “Paradise Lost.”
    • Book a set of paper objects (tickets, stamps, matches, checks etc.) bound together by one edge, like a book; as, he bought a book of stamps.
    • Book A volume or collection of sheets in which accounts are kept; a register of debts and credits, receipts and expenditures, etc.; -- often used in the plural; as, they got a subpoena to examine our books .
    • Book (Drama) a written version of a play or other dramatic composition; -- used in preparing for a performance.
    • Book (Finance) same as book value.
    • Book Six tricks taken by one side, in the game of bridge or whist, being the minimum number of tricks that must be taken before any additional tricks are counted as part of the score for that hand; in certain other games, two or more corresponding cards, forming a set.
    • Book (Stock market) the list of current buy and sell orders maintained by a stock market specialist.
    • Book (Commerce) the purchase orders still outstanding and unfilled on a company's ledger; as, book to bill ratio.
    • Book (Sport) the set of facts about an athlete's performance, such as typical performance or playing habits or methods, that are accumulated by potential opponents as an aid in deciding how best to compete against that athlete; as, the book on Ted Williams suggests pitching to him low and outside.
    • Book To enter the name of (any one) in a book for the purpose of securing a passage, conveyance, or seat; to reserve{2}; also, to make an arrangement for a reservation; as, to be booked for Southampton; to book a seat in a theater; to book a reservation at a restaurant.
    • Book To enter, write, or register in a book or list. "Let it be booked with the rest of this day's deeds."
    • Book to make an official record of a charge against (a suspect in a crime); -- performed by police.
    • Book To mark out for; to destine or assign for; as, he is booked for the valedictory. "Here I am booked for three days more in Paris."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word "nerd" was first coined by Dr. Suess in the book "If I Ran to the Zoo."
    • n book A writing; a written instrument or document, especially one granting land; a deed. The use of books or written charters was introduced in Anglo-Saxon times by the ecclesiastics, as affording more permanent and satisfactory evidence of a grant or conveyance of land than the symbolical or actual delivery of possession before witnesses, which was the method then in vogue.
    • n book A treatise, written or printed on any material, and put together in any convenient form, as in the long parchment rolls of the Jews, in the bundles of bamboo tablets in use among the Chinese before the invention of paper, or in leaves of paper bound together, as is usual in modern times; a literary composition, especially one of considerable length, whether written or printed.
    • n book Specifically, the Bible.
    • n book A collection of written or printed sheets fastened or bound together, especially one larger than a pamphlet; a volume: as, this book is one of a set or series.
    • n book A particular subdivision of a literary composition; one of the larger divisions used in classifying topics, periods, etc.
    • n book Figuratively, anything that serves for the recording of facts or events: as, the book of Nature.
    • n book A number of sheets of blank writing-paper bound together and used for making entries: as, a note- or memorandum-book; specifically, such a book used for recording commercial or other transactions: as, a day-book, a cash-book, a minute-book, etc.
    • n book The words of an opera; a libretto (which see).
    • n book In betting, an arrangement of bets recorded in a book; a list of bets made against a specific result in a contest of any kind: as, to make a book; a thousand-dollar book. See book-maker, 3.
    • n book In whist, six tricks taken by either side.
    • n book A pile or package of tobacco-leaves, arranged with all the stems in the same direction.
    • n book A package of gold-leaf, consisting of twenty-five leaves laid between sheets of folded paper stitched at the back. The leaves are usually 3⅜ inches square. Often abbreviated to bk.
    • n book A book compiled by order of the visitors of monasteries under Henry VIII., containing a detailed account of the alleged abuses in religious houses, to blacken them and to hasten their dissolution. This book disappeared not long after the accomplishment of its purpose.
    • n book A book kept at some universities as a register of faults and misdemeanors; hence, to be in one's black books, to be in disfavor with one.
    • n book An ancient book of admiralty law, always held to be of very high authority, compiled in the fourteenth century.
    • n book A book treating of necromancy, or the black art.
    • n book In the United States, a book containing the names and salaries of all the persons in the employment of the government.
    • n book The book containing the regulations for the government of the United States navy.
    • n book Without authority: as, something asserted without book.
    • book To convey by book or charter.
    • book To enter, write, or register in a book; record.
    • book To enter in a list; enroll; enlist for service.
    • book To engage or secure beforehand by registry or payment, as a seat in a stage-coach or a box at the opera.
    • book To deliver, and pay for the transmission of, as a parcel or merchandise: as, the luggage was booked through to London.
    • book To reserve accommodation for; receive, and undertake to forward: as, at that office passengers (or parcels) were booked to all parts of the world.
    • book To make into a book, as gold-leaf, tobacco-leaves, etc.
    • book To register one's name for the purpose of securing something in advance; put one's name down for something: as, to book for the play; I booked through to London.
    • book In Scotland, to register in the Session record as a preliminary to the proclamation of the banns of marriage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In February 1878, the first telephone book was published in New Haven, Connecticut. The book was one page long and had fifty names in it.
    • n Book book a collection of sheets of paper bound together, either printed, written on, or blank: a literary composition: a division of a volume or subject: the Bible: a betting-book, or record of bets made with different people: :
    • v.t Book to write in a book
    • n Book book (fig.) any source of instruction: the libretto of an opera, &c.
    • n Book book (pl.) formal accounts of transactions, as minutes of meetings, records kept of his business by a merchant
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Quotations

  • George Burns
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    “How can I die? I'm booked.”
  • Amos Bronson Alcott
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    “Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.”
  • Italo Calvino
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    “A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”
  • Mortimer J. Adler
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    “In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”
  • Amos Bronson Alcott
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    “That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.”
  • W. H. Auden
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    “A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.”

Idioms

Bring someone to book - If somebody is brought to book, they are punished or made to account for something they have done wrong.
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By the book - If you do something by the book, you do it exactly as you are supposed to.
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Close the book - If you close the book on something, you end it completely.
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Closed book to me - If a subject is a closed book to you, it is something that you don't understand or know anything about.
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Cook the books - If people cook the books, they keep false accounts to make money illegally or avoid paying tax.
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Don't judge a book by the cover - This idiom means that you should not judge something or someone by appearances, but should look deeper at what is inside and more important.
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Every trick in the book - If you try every trick in the book, you try every possible way, including dishonesty and deceit, to get what you want.
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Hit the books - If you hit the books, you study or read hard.
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In my bad books - If you are in someone's bad books, they are angry with you. Likewise, if you are in their good books, they are pleased with you.
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In my book - This idiom means 'in my opinion'.
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In my good books - If someone is in your good books, you are pleased with or think highly of them at the moment.
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Oldest trick in the book - The oldest trick in the book is a well-known way of deceiving someone, though still effective.
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Open book - If a person is an open book, it is easy to know what they think or how they feel about things.
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Take a leaf out of someone's book - If you take a leaf out of someone's book, you copy something they do because it will help you.
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Throw the book at someone - If you throw the book at someone, you punish them as severely as possible.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. book, bok, AS. bōc,; akin to Goth. bōka, a letter, in pl. book, writing, Icel. bōk, Sw. bok, Dan. bog, OS. bōk, D. boek, OHG. puoh, G. buch,; and fr. AS. bōc, bēce, beech; because the ancient Saxons and Germans in general wrote runes on pieces of beechen board. Cf. Beech
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bóc, a book, the beech; Ger. buche, the beech, buch, a book, because the Teutons first wrote on beechen boards.

Usage

In literature:

The startled lad stifled a cry and hastily thrust the book beneath his pillow.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
As long as books have existed there have been book collectors.
"How to Form a Library, 2nd ed" by H. B. Wheatley
She laid the wet notes in a book, and again set about her washing.
"The Humors of Falconbridge" by Jonathan F. Kelley
I saw her smiling to herself over the book.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
I want you to understand about this South Sea Book.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
She did not buy her cookery book at Cole's Book Arcade: he doesn't sell books showing how to cook Kittens.
"Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1" by Edward William Cole
To-night you will receive my book of philosophy, and likewise books for the Review.
"Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest" by George Borrow
The book is written to preserve a record and this involves the preservation of the book itself.
"Books Before Typography" by Frederick W. Hamilton
With the History Books of the Bible, the Books of the Prophets are closely interwoven.
"The Bible in its Making" by Mildred Duff
As the Bible is one book made up of sixty-six books, so the Prayer Book is one book made up of six books.
"The Church: Her Books and Her Sacraments" by E. E. Holmes
Proverbs existed before books.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
Books of cut-outs are also made, in which the books are intact after the cut-outs have been removed.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
I read about them in a book once; but the things that get into books have always eluded me.
"Aliens" by William McFee
This book begins with the same expression as the book of Joshua.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
Hone's old shop reminds us of the delightful books he published, aided by Lamb and Leigh Hunt.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
This was the first book printed at the Kelmscott Press in two colours, and the first book in which the smaller printer's mark appeared.
"The Art and Craft of Printing" by William Morris
Evan's sincerity and energy were telling on the books, too.
"A Canadian Bankclerk" by J. P. Buschlen
But my idea I am convinced is the best, and would make the book truly, not fashionably pretty.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
She got up and went to the bookcase to look at the books.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
The book holds the same place in rabbinical literature as the Book of Proverbs in the Bible.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
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In poetry:

read books
see my friends
get pissed-off
have a Pepsi disappear
"10 Things I Do Every Day" by Ted Berrigan
On the printed page
She need never look,
The changing sky
Is her Holy Book.
"The Gypsy Woman" by Ethel Clifford
Tell me a thing
that you've often seen
yet if put in a book
it makes you turn green!
"Conundrums" by D H Lawrence
My dreams are as a closed up book,
(Drearily.)
Upon whose clasp of love I look,
Wearily.
"Woman’s Portion" by Madison Julius Cawein
The good book say
"Turn the other cheek,"
But that warn't no turning
To my boy Joe Meek.
"The Ballad Of Joe Meek" by Sterling A Brown
Calicoes and furs,
Pocket-books and scarfs,
Razor strops and knives
(Patterns in check…
"The Ghetto" by Lola Ridge

In news:

Lawrence-Lightfoot closes a book about closing the book.
The Denver Book Mall has more than two dozen booksellers all housed in a big, bright storefront on Broadway's book row.
Use your favorite books to inspire book club refreshments.
Among other major themes highlighted at the fair were the Maple Spring, Children's Books, Quebec's literary identity, Livres comme l'air amnesty for political prisoners and the evolution of Quebec's book profession.
If you have an e-book reader or plan to splurge on one, you can load it up with free books.
The library has launched a new e-books website where you may download books from the online catalog to your Kindle, iPad, Nook, or other eReader device.
Down East Books is proud to announce that Many Hands, written by Hampden resident, Angeli Perrow and illustrated by Heather Austin, was unanimously chosen as the 2010 Lupine Award Winner in the picture book category.
Formerly half of the experimental collage-pop duo the Books, Nick Zammuto leads a new quartet that goes by his surname and takes the fundamental elements of the Books to a new dimension.
The people who worry about the future of books and reading—myself and thousands upon thousands of other book lovers —may have less to worry about than they think.
Courtesy photo Sindy Nagel, Kalamazoo author, will be holding book signings throughout November to sell her inspirational book ' Manna for Today'.
KALAMAZOO, MI— Book signings are being held in November for local author Sindy Nagel's first book, Manna for Today, an inspirational book.
Adam Mahr, Kristin Manion and David Ochsman hosted Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States at Mahr's A Mano on Book Hill for a reception and book signing on May 9.
The author joined us to talk about where the idea for the book came from, what she thinks about her characters and how she hopes people learn something from the book.
Over the past decade and a half, Daniel Mendelsohn 's reviews for The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review have earned him a reputation as "one of the greatest critics of our time" ( Poets & Writers ).
The Book Industry Study Group has published Development, Use, and Modification of Book Product Metadata , a report on how publishers, retailers and other vendors in the digital supply chain create and use metadata .
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In science:

The help system will be written in a hyper-linked book format complete with a table of contents, an index, and a search engine.
A GRB Tool Shed
An important point is that the random matrix must have the same symmetries as the original Hamilton matrix. A collection of early papers on RMT can be found in the book by Porter , and the standard reference on RMT is the book by Mehta .
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Book: Hierarchic Concept of Matter and Field.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
The (cid:12)rst version of this book appeared as Logik der Forschung,  .
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
This is the standard approximated expression for a decay process which can be found in several text books on quantum mechanics .
Perturbative method for generalized spectral decompositions
Friedel sum rule relates the density of states inside a fixed potential scatterer to the scattering phase shifts . A deduction of the sum rule can be found in many text books [6,7] and intuitively it can be understood as follows.
Violation of general Friedel sum rule in mesoscopic systems
Korn, Mathematical Handbook for Scientists and Engineers. (MacGraw Hill Book Company Inc. 1961).
A class of colliding waves in metric-affine gravity, nonmetricity and torsion shock waves
In his 1957 book, Dufay questioned whether interstellar space outside dark clouds and nebulae should be considered perfectly transparent.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
The first parts of the statements (a), (c), and (f ) can be found in Iokhvidov’s book as Excercise 8 on pp. 133–134; in the interest of completeness we prove these statements as well.
A note on interpolation in the generalized Schur class
An explicit proof that releasing the request of an ideal measurement does not allow to circumvent the measurement problem can be found in the well known book by d’Espagnat ; however, his proof is much more complex and much less general than the one we are going to present here.
A General Argument Against the Universal Validity of the Superposition Principle
As can be seen in the forthcoming book , in the limit q → 1 the model becomes the model of random permutations.
Combinatorics of geometrically distributed random variables: Value and position of large left-to-right maxima
The questions raised or answered in this book do not seem to include those considered here.
Probability density of determinants of random matrices
With respect to the former essentially the same idea is found in the book by MacLane and Birkhoff, but instead of rendering a quaternion as a complex pair (a, b) they denote it by a + bj , which in our notation becomes (a, 0) + (b, 0) × j .
Bicomplex algebra and function theory
Fulkerson, Flows in Networks, (Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1962) see also any standard book on graph theory and flow problems. A. V.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
Lyons, R. and Peres, Y. (2001) Probability on Trees and Networks (a book), Cambridge University Press, in progress.
Fast graphs for the random walker
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