Definitions

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

  • n. A set of written, printed, or blank pages fastened along one side and encased between protective covers.
  • n. A printed or written literary work.
  • n. A main division of a larger printed or written work: a book of the Old Testament.
  • n. A volume in which financial or business transactions are recorded.
  • n. Financial or business records considered as a group: checked the expenditures on the books.
  • n. A libretto.
  • n. The script of a play.
  • n. The Bible.
  • n. The Koran.
  • n. A set of prescribed standards or rules on which decisions are based: runs the company by the book.
  • n. Something regarded as a source of knowledge or understanding.
  • n. The total amount of experience, knowledge, understanding, and skill that can be used in solving a problem or performing a task: We used every trick in the book to finish the project on schedule.
  • n. Informal Factual information, especially of a private nature: What's the book on him?
  • n. A packet of like or similar items bound together: a book of matches.
  • n. A record of bets placed on a race.
  • n. Games The number of card tricks needed before any tricks can have scoring value, as the first six tricks taken by the declaring side in bridge.
  • transitive v. To list or register in or as if in a book.
  • transitive v. To record charges against (a person) on a police blotter.
  • transitive v. Sports To record the flagrant fouls of (a player) for possible disciplinary action, as in soccer.
  • transitive v. To arrange for (tickets or lodgings, for example) in advance; reserve.
  • transitive v. To hire or engage: The manager booked a magic show for Saturday night.
  • transitive v. To allocate time for.
  • intransitive v. To make a reservation: Book early if you want good seats.
  • adj. Of or relating to knowledge learned from books rather than actual experience: has book smarts but not street smarts.
  • adj. Appearing in a company's financial records: book profits.
  • idiom bring to book To demand an explanation from; call to account.
  • idiom in (one's) book In one's opinion: In my book they both are wrong.
  • idiom like a book Thoroughly; completely: I know my child like a book.
  • idiom one for the books A noteworthy act or occurrence.
  • idiom throw the book at To make all possible charges against (a lawbreaker, for example).
  • idiom throw the book at To reprimand or punish severely.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A collection of sheets of paper bound together to hinge at one edge, containing printed or written material, pictures, etc.
  • n. A long work fit for publication, typically prose, such as a novel or textbook, and typically published as such a bound collection of sheets.
  • n. A major division of a long work.
  • n. A record of betting (from the use of a notebook to record what each person has bet).
  • n. A convenient collection, in a form resembling a book, of small paper items for individual use.
  • n. The script of a musical.
  • n. Records of the accounts of a business.
  • n. A long document stored (as data) that is or will become a book; an e-book.
  • n. 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).
  • n. A document, held by the referee, of the incidents happened in the game.
  • n. A list of all players who have been booked (received a warning) in a game.
  • v. To reserve (something) for future use.
  • v. To penalise (someone) for an offence.
  • v. To issue with a caution, usually a yellow card, or a red card if a yellow card has already been issued.
  • v. To travel very fast.
  • v. To write down.
  • v. To receive the highest grade in a class.
  • v. To leave.
  • v. Alternative simple past of bake.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A composition, written or printed; a treatise.
  • n. A part or subdivision of a treatise or literary work.”
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. a written version of a play or other dramatic composition; -- used in preparing for a performance.
  • n. a set of paper objects (tickets, stamps, matches, checks etc.) bound together by one edge, like a book.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. same as book value.
  • n. the list of current buy and sell orders maintained by a stock market specialist.
  • n. the purchase orders still outstanding and unfilled on a company's ledger.
  • transitive v. To enter, write, or register in a book or list.
  • transitive v. To enter the name of (any one) in a book for the purpose of securing a passage, conveyance, or seat; to reserve{2}; also, to make an arrangement for a reservation.
  • transitive v. To mark out for; to destine or assign for.
  • transitive v. to make an official record of a charge against (a suspect in a crime); -- performed by police.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To convey by book or charter.
  • To enter, write, or register in a book; record.
  • To enter in a list; enroll; enlist for service.
  • To engage or secure beforehand by registry or payment, as a seat in a stage-coach or a box at the opera.
  • To deliver, and pay for the transmission of, as a parcel or merchandise: as, the luggage was booked through to London.
  • To reserve accommodation for; receive, and undertake to forward: as, at that office passengers (or parcels) were booked to all parts of the world.
  • To make into a book, as gold-leaf, tobacco-leaves, etc.
  • To register one's name for the purpose of securing something in advance; put one's name down for something: as, to book for the play; I booked through to London.
  • In Scotland, to register in the Session record as a preliminary to the proclamation of the banns of marriage.
  • n. A writing; a written instrument or document, especially one granting land; a deed.
  • n. A treatise, written or printed on any material, and put together in any convenient form, as in the long parchment rolls of the Jews, in the bundles of bamboo tablets in use among the Chinese before the invention of paper, or in leaves of paper bound together, as is usual in modern times; a literary composition, especially one of considerable length, whether written or printed.
  • n. Specifically, the Bible.
  • n. A collection of written or printed sheets fastened or bound together, especially one larger than a pamphlet; a volume: as, this book is one of a set or series.
  • n. A particular subdivision of a literary composition; one of the larger divisions used in classifying topics, periods, etc.
  • n. Figuratively, anything that serves for the recording of facts or events: as, the book of Nature.
  • n. A number of sheets of blank writing-paper bound together and used for making entries: as, a note- or memorandum-book; specifically, such a book used for recording commercial or other transactions: as, a day-book, a cash-book, a minute-book, etc.
  • n. The words of an opera; a libretto (which see).
  • n. In betting, an arrangement of bets recorded in a book; a list of bets made against a specific result in a contest of any kind: as, to make a book; a thousand-dollar book. See book-maker, 3.
  • n. In whist, six tricks taken by either side.
  • n. A pile or package of tobacco-leaves, arranged with all the stems in the same direction.
  • n. A package of gold-leaf, consisting of twenty-five leaves laid between sheets of folded paper stitched at the back. The leaves are usually 3⅜ inches square. Often abbreviated to bk.
  • n. A book compiled by order of the visitors of monasteries under Henry VIII., containing a detailed account of the alleged abuses in religious houses, to blacken them and to hasten their dissolution. This book disappeared not long after the accomplishment of its purpose.
  • n. A book kept at some universities as a register of faults and misdemeanors; hence, to be in one's black books, to be in disfavor with one.
  • n. An ancient book of admiralty law, always held to be of very high authority, compiled in the fourteenth century.
  • n. A book treating of necromancy, or the black art.
  • n. In the United States, a book containing the names and salaries of all the persons in the employment of the government.
  • n. The book containing the regulations for the government of the United States navy.
  • n. Without authority: as, something asserted without book.

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

  • n. a number of sheets (ticket or stamps etc.) bound together on one edge
  • n. a collection of playing cards satisfying the rules of a card game
  • n. a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together)
  • n. the sacred writings of Islam revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina
  • n. a record in which commercial accounts are recorded
  • n. a major division of a long written composition
  • v. engage for a performance
  • v. record a charge in a police register
  • v. register in a hotel booker
  • n. a written version of a play or other dramatic composition; used in preparing for a performance
  • v. arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
  • n. the sacred writings of the Christian religions
  • n. a compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone
  • n. physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together
  • n. a collection of rules or prescribed standards on the basis of which decisions are made

Etymologies

Middle English bok, from Old English bōc.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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”), *bʰeh₂ǵos. (Wiktionary)
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 (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Invented quirky "compromise sales of your own book" tactic number three by recommending somebody else's book* entirely... this, to said group of American tourists after getting caught inhaling pages of

    péquenaud - French Word-A-Day

  • Thus in the example, "John tore the leaves of Sarah's book," the distinction between _book_ which represents only one object and _leaves_ which represent two or more objects of the same kind is called _Number_; the distinction of sex between _John_, a male, and _Sarah_, a female, and

    How to Speak and Write Correctly

  • No. At Nazareth, when he read his text in the book of Esaias, he _closed his book_, and discoursed to the people.

    The Divine Right of Church Government by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London

  • Similarly, in the sentence, _The book THAT I WANT is that red-backed history_, the restrictive relative clause is, _that I want_, and limits the application of _book_.

    Practical Grammar and Composition

  • My sole reason for writing this book and placing it before the public is to call the public's attention to _another book_, wherein is contained the Christ truth, the understanding of which will free you from all your troubles.

    The Pastor's Son

  • The book contains all the essentials pertaining to the training and instruction of COMPANY officers, noncommissioned officers and privates, and the officer who masters its contents and who makes his COMPANY proficient in the subjects embodied herein, will be in every way qualified, _without the assistance of a single other book_, to command with credit and satisfaction, in peace and in war, a COMPANY that will be an

    Manual of Military Training Second, Revised Edition

  • Now, bookmen are capable of understanding things about books which cannot be put into words; they are not like mere subscribers to circulating libraries; for them a book is not just a book -- it is a _book_.

    Mental Efficiency And Other Hints to Men and Women

  • It is striking to make the discovery that John's little book has _a distinctive message as a book_.

    Quiet Talks on John's Gospel

  • Mr. Lowell himself is, in his verse-books, poetical, if not a poet -- and certainly this little book we are talking of is grateful enough in some ways -- you would call it a _pretty book_ -- would you not?

    The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846

  • Book written in Heaven, too good for the Earth; as a well-written book, or indeed as a _book_ at all; and not a bewildered rhapsody;

    Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History

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    April 29, 2010

  • "A reader acts toward books as a citizen toward men; he does not live with all his contemporaries, he chooses a few friends." -Voltaire

    May 1, 2009

  • Penny Arcade (03/09/09):

    "Book is the new wireless platform that never needs to be charged."

    April 3, 2009

  • “I see you have books under your arm, brother. It is indeed a rare pleasure these days to come across somebody that still reads, brother.” Anthony Burgess. A Clockwork Orange.

    August 15, 2008

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    July 22, 2008

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    July 22, 2008

  • You could reverse it. Koob is pretty cool.

    July 17, 2008

  • I like books. Though I am not sure if I like the word book itself.... I think we need a new cool name to call books.

    July 17, 2008

  • cool

    May 6, 2008

  • The first book was printed in the 15th century. See Gutenberg Bible.

    October 1, 2007

  • How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.
    Henry David Thoreau

    December 8, 2006