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

  • n. A small counter where books are sold.
  • n. A bookrack.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small stall where books are sold
  • n. A rack for holding books; a bookrack
  • n. A stand, made for holding books open

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A place or stand for the sale of books in the streets; a bookstall.
  • n. A stand to hold books for reading or reference.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stand or support to hold books for reading or reference.
  • n. A stand or frame for containing books offered for sale on the streets, etc.
  • n. A set of shelves for books.


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