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

  • n. A book containing religious prayers.
  • n. The Book of Common Prayer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A book containing religious prayers
  • n. The Book of Common Prayer
  • n. A small holystone

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a book containing devotional prayers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A book of forms for public or private devotion, consisting chiefly or solely of forms for prayers. See Book of Common Prayer, under prayer.
  • n. Nautical, a small stone used in scrubbing the deck and other woodwork of a vessel: so called from its shape and size. Compare holystone.

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

  • n. a book containing prayers
  • n. a book containing prayers


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  • This Pian Breviary (Breviarium Pianum), while still remaining the official prayer book of the Universal Church, has undergone certain slight alterations in the course of time, and these must here be noted, but without reference to the new feasts of saints which have been added to the Calendar century by century, even though they occupy a not inconsiderable space in the ecclesiastical disposition of the year.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • There was alsoe a ffine prayer book or Mass book of Q. Marias, this was in the new part of the Library which was neately wanscoated and adorned.

    Through England on a Side Saddle in the Time of William and Mary

  • Externally and internally, his life had changed dramatically since that silver hair had flagged him down, and though the next day was Christmas, it was not upon the pigs roasting in Lord Aelfric's ovens nor the epiphanies marinating in the prayer book of the priest that he dwelled, but upon his path from kingship to peasantry and upon what future twists that road might take.

    La insistencia de J├╝rgen Fauth


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