from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The sacred book of Christianity, a collection of ancient writings including the books of both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
  • noun The Hebrew Scriptures, the sacred book of Judaism.
  • noun A particular copy of a Bible.
  • noun A book or collection of writings constituting the sacred text of a religion.
  • noun A book considered authoritative in its field.
  • noun A document containing in-depth details about a movie or television series that writers and production staff consult in order to avoid continuity errors.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The Book, or rather the Books (see etym.), by way of eminence; the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.
  • noun Hence Any book or collection of religious writings received by its adherents as a divine revelation: as, the Koran is the Bible of the Mohammedans; the Mormon Bible.
  • noun [lowercase] Any great book.
  • noun [lowercase] A medieval military engine for throwing large stones.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A book.
  • noun The Book by way of eminence, -- that is, the book which is made up of the writings accepted by Christians as of divine origin and authority, whether such writings be in the original language, or translated; the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments; -- sometimes in a restricted sense, the Old Testament. Also, the book which is made up of writings similarly accepted by the Jews.
  • noun A book containing the sacred writings belonging to any religion.
  • noun a book with an authoritative exposition of some topic, respected by many who are experts in the field.
  • noun an association for securing the multiplication and wide distribution of the Bible.
  • noun See Douay Bible.
  • noun See under Geneva.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun The Christian holy book.
  • proper noun The Jewish holy book that was largely incorporated into the Christian Bible.
  • proper noun The analogous holy book of another religion.
  • noun A specific version, edition, translation, or copy of one of the above-mentioned texts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the sacred writings of the Christian religions
  • noun a book regarded as authoritative in its field


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin biblia, from Greek, pl. of biblion, book, diminutive of biblos, papyrus, book, from Bublos, Byblos.]

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