from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A concise manual or reference book providing specific information or instruction about a subject or place.
- n. Games A book in which off-track bets are recorded.
- n. Games A place where off-track bets are taken.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A topically organized book of reference on a certain field of knowledge, disregarding the size of it.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A book of reference, to be carried in the hand; a manual; a guidebook.
- n. A book containing reference information for a specific field.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or location
1814, from hand + book, or perhaps a reintroduction of Old English handbōc "handbook", or a loan-translation of German Handbuch "handbook". Compare Dutch handboek, Danish håndbog, Swedish handbok. (Wiktionary)