• WordNet 3.6
    • n handbook a concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or location
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Handbook A book containing reference information for a specific field; as, the Handbook of Chemistry.
    • Handbook A book of reference, to be carried in the hand; a manual; a guidebook.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n handbook A small book or treatise, properly such as may easily be held in the hand; specifically, a manual or compendium, or a guide-book for travellers: as, handbooks of science; a handbook of Italy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Handbook a manual or book of reference: a guide-book for travellers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Hand, + book,; cf. AS. handbōc, or G. handbuch,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hand; in all Teut. tongues, perh. rel. to Goth. hinthan, to seize.


In literature:

There is great want of a good Handbook of Literature, with the prices of the different books.
"How to Form a Library, 2nd ed" by H. B. Wheatley
It is more than a mere handbook.
"The Age of Pope" by John Dennis
The drive from Tuddenham to Woodbridge, says Mr. Taylor, in his 'Ipswich Handbook,' is perhaps unequalled in Suffolk.
"East Anglia Personal Recollections and Historical Associations" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Athletic Handbook for the Philippine Public Schools.
"Philippine Mats" by Hugo H. Miller
A handbook for musical students.
"The Mechanism of the Human Voice" by Emil Behnke
I have a legal handbook.
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
A Handbook for Amateur and Practical Gardeners.
"The Girls and I" by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
Cooke, M. C. Handbook of British Fungi.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
"Twentieth Century Inventions" by George Sutherland
Smaller handbooks covering the whole period are: A.U.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various

In news:

Arkansas Healthy Children Handbook Now Online.
State wellness officials say an electronic edition of the Arkansas Healthy Children Handbook launched Monday.
However, a researcher or specialist developing new techniques, or applying new techniques, relies on handbooks providing overviews and the status of specialised fields.
Aggregates Handbook , 2nd edition, available Nov 1.
Handbook on Mast, Rigging & Sails Published Soon.
Groups Promote EMS Medical Directors Handbook .
A Handbook of Key Terms.
Important Information About This Handbook .
OETA Employee Handbook read only final 7.12.doc.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has released its 2012 VA Health Benefits Handbook .
A Worst-Case Scenario Handbook for the European Debt Crisis.
Robert Lanham, author of the satirical 2003 book "The Hipster Handbook," said early clips of the shows lacked the sophistication and wit of other hipster -baiting projects, notably the IFC series "Portlandia.".
Chiropractic Chapter in Veterans' Health Handbook.
NYSUT Handbook for Laid-Off and Retrenched Employees.

In science:

Abramowitz M., Stegun I.A., 1965, Handbook of Mathematical Functions.
Application of random walk theory to the first order Fermi acceleration in shock waves
Holtzman et al. 1995), and charge transfer efficiency as recommended by the HST Data Handbook.
HST study of the LMC compact star forming region N83B
Molev, Yangians and applications, in “Handbook of Algebra”, Vol. 3, (M.
Twisted superYangians and their representations
In Handbook of Logic in Computer Science, volume 2.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
Odlyzko, Internet growth: Is there a "Moore's Law" for data traffic?, Handbook of Massive Data Sets, J.
Mapping the Gnutella Network: Properties of Large-Scale Peer-to-Peer Systems and Implications for System Design