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Meaning of book by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • enPR: bo͝ok, IPA: /bʊk/, X-SAMPA: /bUk/
    • plural
    • Rhymes: -ʊk

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English book, from Old English bōc, first and third person singular preterite of bacan ( “to bake” ). Cognate with Scots beuk ( “baked” ), German buk ( “baked” ) and probably Albanian bukë ( “bread, baked dough” ). More at bake .



    1. ( UK dialectal, Northern England ) Alternative simple past of bake .

    Etymology 2

    From Middle English book, from Old English bōc ( “a book, a document, register, catalog, a legal document, a bill of divorce, a charter, a title deed, conveyance, a volume, literary work, pages, main division of a work” ), from Proto-Germanic *bōks ( “beech, book” ), from Proto-Indo-European *bheh₁g̑ós ( “beech” ). Cognate with Scots buik, beuk ( “book” ), West Frisian boek ( “book” ), Dutch boek ( “book” ), German Buch ( “book” ), Swedish bok ( “book” ). Related also to Latin fāgus ( “beech” ), Russian бук ( buk, “beech” ), Albanian bung ( “chestnut, oak” ), Ancient Greek φηγός ( phēgós, “oak” ), Armenian bown ( “trunk” ), Kurdish bûz ( “elm” ). More at beech, buckwheat .

    The sense development of beech to book is explained by the fact that smooth gray beech bark was commonly used as bookfell.[1]


    A hard-cover 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. If initially blank, commonly referred to as a notebook .
      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 .
      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 .
    4. 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. 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
    6. The script of a musical .
    7. ( usually in the plural: ) Records of the accounts of a business .
    8. A long document stored ( as data ) that is or will become a book; an e-book .
    9. ( law ) A colloquial reference to 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. ( poker slang ) four of a kind
    11. ( sports ) A document, held by the referee, of the incidents happened in the game .
    12. ( sports, by extension ) A list of all players who have been booked ( received a warning ) in a game.
    Derived terms
    See also

    See also

    • Weisenberg, Michael ( 2000 ) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523


    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
    2. ( law enforcement, transitive ) To penalise ( someone ) for an offence .
      The police booked him for driving too fast
    3. ( sports ) To issue with a caution, usually a yellow card, or a red card if a yellow card has already been issued .
    4. ( intransitive, slang ) To travel very fast .
      He was really booking, until he passed the speed trap .
    5. ( transitive ) To write down .
      They booked that message from the hill
    6. ( transitive, law ) 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 .
    7. ( intransitive, slang ) To leave .
      He was here earlier, but he booked .
    Derived terms



    See also

    1. ^ J.P. Mallory, Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture, s.v. "beech" ( London: Fitroy-Dearborn, 1997 ), 58 .

Explanation of book by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. engage for a performance

    2. Her agent had booked her for several concerts in Tokyo
    3. record a charge in a police register

    4. The policeman booked her when she tried to solicit a man
    5. arrange for and reserve ( something for someone else ) in advance

    6. The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family
    7. register in a hotel booker

    1. physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together

    2. he used a large book as a doorstop
    3. a number of sheets ( ticket or stamps etc. ) bound together on one edge

    4. he bought a book of stamps
    5. a major division of a long written composition

    6. the book of Isaiah
    7. a written work or composition that has been published ( printed on pages bound together )

    8. I am reading a good book on economics
    9. the sacred writings of the Christian religions

    10. the sacred writings of Islam revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina

    11. a compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone

    12. his name is in all the record books
    13. a written version of a play or other dramatic composition

    14. a collection of rules or prescribed standards on the basis of which decisions are made

    15. they run things by the book around here
    16. a collection of playing cards satisfying the rules of a card game

    17. a record in which commercial accounts are recorded

    18. they got a subpoena to examine our books

    Definition of book by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Book ( bk ), n. [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.]
      1. 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.

      ☞ When blank, it is called a blank book. When printed, the term often distinguishes a bound volume, or a volume of some size, from a pamphlet.

      ☞ It has been held that, under the copyright law, a book is not necessarily a volume made of many sheets bound together; it may be printed on a single sheet, as music or a diagram of patterns. Abbott.

      2. 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. Milton.

      3. A part or subdivision of a treatise or literary work; as, “the tenth book of “Paradise Lost”.”

      4. 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”.

      Syn. -- ledger, leger, account book, book of account.
      5. 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.

      6. ( Drama ) a written version of a play or other dramatic composition; -- used in preparing for a performance.
      Syn. -- script, playscript.

      7. 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”.

      8. 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.
      Syn. -- record, recordbook.

      9. ( 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”.

      10. ( Finance ) same as book value.

      11. ( Stock market ) the list of current buy and sell orders maintained by a stock market specialist.

      12. ( Commerce ) the purchase orders still outstanding and unfilled on a company's ledger; as, “book to bill ratio”.

      ☞ Book is used adjectively or as a part of many compounds; as, book buyer, bookrack, book club, book lore, book sale, book trade, memorandum book, cashbook.

      Book account, an account or register of debt or credit in a book. -- Book debt, a debt for items charged to the debtor by the creditor in his book of accounts. -- Book learning, learning acquired from books, as distinguished from practical knowledge. “Neither does it so much require book learning and scholarship, as good natural sense, to distinguish true and false.” Burnet. -- Book louse ( Zool. ), one of several species of minute, wingless insects injurious to books and papers. They belong to the Pseudoneuroptera. -- Book moth ( Zool. ), the name of several species of moths, the larvæ of which eat books. -- Book oath, an oath made on The Book, or Bible. -- The Book of Books, the Bible. -- Book post, a system under which books, bulky manuscripts, etc., may be transmitted by mail. -- Book scorpion ( Zool. ), one of the false scorpions ( Chelifer cancroides ) found among books and papers. It can run sidewise and backward, and feeds on small insects. -- Book stall, a stand or stall, often in the open air, for retail
      ing books. -- Canonical books. See Canonical. -- In one's books, in one's favor. “I was so much in his books, that at his decease he left me his lamp.” Addison. -- To bring to book. To compel to give an account. To compare with an admitted authority. “To bring it manifestly to book is impossible.” M. Arnold. -- by the book, according to standard procedures; using the correct or usual methods. -- cook the books, make fallacious entries in or otherwise manipulate a financial record book for fraudulent purposes. -- To curse by bell, book, and candle. See under Bell. -- To make book ( Horse Racing ), to conduct a business of accepting or placing bets from others on horse races. -- To make a book ( Horse Racing ), to lay bets ( recorded in a pocket book ) against the success of every horse, so that the bookmaker wins on all the unsuccessful horses and loses only on the winning horse or horses. -- off the books, not recorded in the official financial records of a business; -- usually used of payments
      made in cash to fraudulently avoid payment of taxes or of employment benefits. -- one for the book, one for the books, something extraordinary, such as a record-breaking performance or a remarkable accomplishment. -- To speak by the book, to speak with minute exactness. -- to throw the book at, to impose the maximum fine or penalty for an offense; -- usually used of judges imposing penalties for criminal acts. -- Without book. By memory. Without authority. -- to write the book, to be the leading authority in a field; -- usually used in the past tense; as, “he's not just an average expert, he wrote the book”.

    2. Book, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Booked ( bkt ); p. pr. & vb. n. Booking.]
      1. To enter, write, or register in a book or list.

      Let it be booked with the rest of this day's deeds. Shak.

      2. To enter the name of ( any one ) in a book for the purpose of securing a passage, conveyance, or seat; to reserve2; 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”.

      3. To mark out for; to destine or assign for; as, “he is booked for the valedictory”. [Colloq.]

      Here I am booked for three days more in Paris. Charles Reade.

      4. To make an official record of a charge against ( a suspect in a crime ); -- performed by police.

    3. Rhapsody n.; pl. Rhapsodies [F. rhapsodie, L. rhapsodia, Gr. ῥαψῳδία, fr. ῥαψῳδός a rhapsodist; ῥάπτειν to sew, stitch together, unite + ᾠδή a song. See Ode.]
      1. A recitation or song of a rhapsodist; a portion of an epic poem adapted for recitation, or usually recited, at one time; hence, a division of the Iliad or the Odyssey; -- called also a book.

      2. A disconnected series of sentences or statements composed under excitement, and without dependence or natural connection; rambling composition. “A rhapsody of words.” Shak. “A rhapsody of tales.” Locke.

      3. ( Mus. ) A composition irregular in form, like an improvisation; as, “Liszt's “Hungarian Rhapsodies”.”