closed book

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n closed book something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained "how it got out is a mystery","it remains one of nature's secrets"
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Quotations

  • Amos Bronson Alcott
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    “That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.”

Idioms

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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Usage

In literature:

The paper was a leaf torn from a note-book and closely covered on both sides with small, uneven writing done with a sharp black pencil.
"The Powers and Maxine" by Charles Norris Williamson
Pupils should not be allowed to form the bad habit of reading with the book held close to the eyes.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
Finally, as we close the book, we are conscious of a powerful and enduring impression of reality.
"English Literature" by William J. Long
I stood close to the old boat, and Jack put his hand in mine, and let me look at his hymn-book as he sang.
"Christie, the King's Servant" by Mrs. O. F. Walton
The clocks had struck eleven, and I closed my books.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol III" by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
Close the book, and punctuate what you have written.
"De La Salle Fifth Reader" by Brothers of the Christian Schools
Compare the closing sentences of the preceding book.
"Dio's Rome, Volume V., Books 61-76 (A.D. 54-211)" by Cassius Dio
It was like the first half-day to children, when school has closed and books are brought home for the long vacation.
"A Summer in Leslie Goldthwaite's Life." by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
The emotional side of life has always been a closed book to me, one I disdained to read.
"Bambi" by Marjorie Benton Cooke
It was a closed book, a balanced account.
"Big Timber" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
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In poetry:

The cold wind strips the yellow leaf,
The stars are twinkling faintly o'er us;
All nature wears her garb of grief;
While day's fair book is closed before us.
"Autumn: Saturday Evening" by John Bowring
Perfume this book of mine, O blood-red roses!
Lave subtly with your waters every line, Potomac!
Give me of you, O spring, before I close, to put between its
pages!
"By Broad Potomac's Shore" by Walt Whitman
But when she closed her tired eyes
she dreamed of Paradise
before God had garrisoned it
with armed cherubim.
Often she fell asleep and the Book
slipped from her lap.
"Lost Paradise" by Jaroslav Seifert
The clear, bright atmosphere through which he looks
Is one by no dim, close horizon bound;
The power shed as flame from noble books
Hath made for him a larger world around.
"William Bede Dalley" by Henry Kendall
I wait for the day when dear hearts shall discover,
While dear hands are laid on my head;
“The child is a woman, the book may close over,
For all the lessons are said.”
"Songs Of Seven (complete)" by Jean Ingelow
And Mother tells the servants that of course they must contrive
To manage all the househod things from four till half-past five,
For we really cannot suffer interruption from the cook,
When we cuddle close together with the happy Fairy-book.
"The Fairy Book" by Norman Rowland Gale

In news:

A while back the subject of old Matchbox, and Hot Wheel cars was discussed Here are pics of the ones I have from the late 50's, early 60s that are now worth close to $2500-3000, according to the collector book.
Book closes on Guy Craft .
Skinny British socialite and style icon Daphne Guinness gets up close and personal in her new book, which accompanies her exhibition at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
Jon Gosselin secretly gave the author of a controversial new anti-Kate book computer hard drive s containing his then-wife's personal journal and confidential information, a source close to the situation tells RadarOnline.com exclusively.
There is evidence of how Commodores' improvement has closed book on coaching tenures More.
The memorable cover shot of Jim Fixx's The Complete Book of Running came at the close of the previous minimalist era.
As 2011 hurtles to a close, we bring out a selection of books to go for.
Ricardo Santos / AP The B Dalton Book Store at Mall del Norte in Laredo , Texas, is closing.
Jon Gosselin secretly gave the author of a controversial new anti-Kate book computer hard drives containing his then-wife's personal journal and confidential information, a source close to the situation tells RadarOnline.com exclusively.
WVU closes book on fraudulent awarding of MBA .
With retail books closed prior to Hurricane Sandy's arrival in the Northeast, most retailers experienced same-store sales gains for the month of October, some with stronger showings than others.
Image1- Nicholas Wishek: Obama's closed-book presidency.
Reports say the pop superstar is close to signing a book deal with an imprint of HarperCollins.
WASHINGTON The US government says it is selling its remaining shares of American International Group (AIG) stock, moving to close the books on the government's biggest bailout during the 2008 financial crisis.
Close to one in three teens and young adults get arrested by age 23, suggests a new study that finds more of them are being booked now than in the 1960s.
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In science:

The book closing move will preserve the 3-manifold if (i) the two boundary faces in question are not the only faces in that boundary component, and (ii) the two vertices opposite the common edge between these faces are not already identified.
Computational topology with Regina: Algorithms, heuristics and implementations
Otherwise undo the book openings and continue. (4) If a book closing move can be performed, then do it and return to step (1).
Computational topology with Regina: Algorithms, heuristics and implementations
Note that the powercounting described here is closely related to the notion of superficial degree of divergence described in most Quantum Field Theory books see e.g. [25, 43].
Chiral Perturbation Theory Beyond One Loop
This is the most important chapter of this book, because here we describe in detail our non-perturbative method for including the non-linear terms in the expansion of the energy dispersion for wave-vectors close to the Fermi surface into the bosonization procedure.
Bosonization of Interacting Fermions in Arbitrary Dimensions
An open book decomposition, or just open book, of a closed oriented 3-manifold M is an identification of M with M(Σ,φ) for some (Σ, φ) as above.
Lectures on Contact Geometry in Low-Dimensional Topology
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