- The definition of book is a story or collection of stories that can be read.
An example of book is a novel by John Grisham.
- To book is defined as to make reservations for something in advance.
An example of book is when you buy airline ticket reservations.
A stack of books.
- a number of sheets of paper, parchment, etc. with writing or printing on them, fastened together along one edge, usually between protective covers
- a literary or scientific work, anthology, etc. so prepared, distinguished by length and form from a magazine, tract, etc.
- any of the main divisions of a long written or printed work, as of the Bible
- a set of blank or ruled sheets or printed forms bound in a tablet, for the entry of accounts, records, notes, etc.: an account book
- the records or accounts, as of a business, kept in such a book or books
- something regarded as a subject for study: the book of life
- the body of facts, traits, or circumstances connected with a person or subject, esp. as being understandable, evident, etc. [an open book] or obscure, done with, etc.: a closed book
- studies; lessons
- the words of an opera or musical play; libretto
- the script of a play
- a booklike package, as of matches or tickets
- a list or record of bets taken and the odds given, as by bookmakers on horse races
- Slang bookmaker (sense )
- Bridge a certain number of tricks that must be won before additional tricks count in the score; specif., the first six tricks won by the declarer
Origin of bookMiddle English bok ; from Old English boc, plural bec ; from Proto-Germanic an unverified form bokiz, beech, beechwood tablets carved with runes ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhagos, beech from source beech, Classical Greek phagos, Classical Latin fagus
- to record in a book; list
- to engage ahead of time, as rooms, transportation, performers or performances, etc.
- to record charges against on a police record
- to take (bets) as a bookmaker
bring to book
- to force to explain; demand an accounting from
- to reprimand
by the book
close the book on
- to put an end to
- to put an end to further consideration, discussion, etc. of
close the books
in one's book
in one's good (or bad) books
in the book☆
know (or read) like a book
one for the books☆
on the books
- listed; enrolled
throw the book at☆
- Slang to place every possible pertinent charge against (an accused person)
- to deal out the maximum in punishment, penalty, etc. to
write the book onInformal
- to be the definitive authority or expert on
- to be the embodiment of: she wrote the book on selfishness
- a. A set of written, printed, or blank pages fastened along one side and encased between protective covers.b. An e-book or other electronic resource structured like a book.
- a. A printed or written literary work: Did you ever finish writing that book?b. A main division of a larger printed or written work: a book of the Old Testament.
- a. A volume in which financial or business transactions are recorded.b. books Financial or business records considered as a group: checked the expenditures on the books.
- a. A libretto.b. The script of a play.
- Booka. The Bible.b. The Koran.
- a. A set of prescribed standards or rules on which decisions are based: runs the company by the book.b. Something regarded as a source of knowledge or understanding.c. 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.d. Informal Factual information, especially of a private nature: What's the book on him?
- A pack of like or similar items bound together: a book of matches.
- A record of bets placed on a race.
- 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.
verbbooked, book·ing, books
- a. To arrange for or purchase (tickets or lodgings, for example) in advance; reserve.b. To arrange a reservation, as for a hotel room, for (someone): Book me into the best hotel in town.c. To hire or engage: booked a band for Saturday night.
- a. To list or register in a book: booked the revenue from last month's sales.b. To list or record appointments or engagements in: A calendar that was booked solid on Tuesday.c. To record information about (a suspected offender) after arrest in preparation for arraignment, usually including a criminal history search, fingerprinting, and photographing.d. Sports To record the flagrant fouls of (a player) for possible disciplinary action, as in soccer.
- To designate a time for; schedule: Let's book a meeting for next month.
- To be hired for or engaged in: The actor has booked his next movie with that director.
- Of or relating to knowledge learned from books rather than actual experience: has book smarts but not street smarts.
- Appearing in a company's financial records: book profits.
Origin of bookMiddle English bok, from Old English bōc; see bhāgo- in Indo-European roots.
intransitive verbbooked, book·ing, books
Origin of bookPerhaps shortening and alteration (influenced by book1) of boogie.
- A collection of sheets of paper bound together to hinge at one edge, containing printed or written material, pictures, etc.
- She opened the book to page 37 and began to read aloud.
- He was frustrated because he couldn't find anything about dinosaurs in the book.
- A long work fit for publication, typically prose, such as a novel or textbook, and typically published as such a bound collection of sheets.
- I have three copies of his first book.
- A major division of a long work.
- Genesis is the first book of the Bible.
- Many readers find the first book of A Tale of Two Cities to be confusing.
- A record of betting (from the use of a notebook to record what each person has bet).
- I'm running a book on who is going to win the race.
- A convenient collection, in a form resembling a book, of small paper items for individual use.
- a book of stamps
- a book of raffle tickets
- The script of a musical.
- (usually in the plural) Records of the accounts of a business.
- A long document stored (as data) that is or will become a book; an e-book.
- (law) 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).
- (whist) Six tricks taken by one side.
- (poker slang) four of a kind
- (sports) A document, held by the referee, of the incidents happened in the game.
- (sports, by extension) A list of all players who have been booked (received a warning) in a game.
(third-person singular simple present books, present participle booking, simple past and past participle booked)
- To reserve (something) for future use.
- I want to book a hotel room for tomorrow night
- I can book tickets for the concert next week.
- To write down, to register or record in a book or as in a book.
- They booked that message from the hill
- (law enforcement) To record the name and other details of a suspected offender and the offence for later judicial action.
- The police booked him for driving too fast.
- (sports) To issue with a caution, usually a yellow card, or a red card if a yellow card has already been issued.
- (intransitive, slang) To travel very fast.
- He was really booking, until he passed the speed trap.
- To record bets as bookmaker.
- (law student slang) To receive the highest grade in a class.
- The top three students had a bet on which one was going to book their intellectual property class.
- (intransitive, slang) To leave.
- He was here earlier, but he booked.
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.
|Cognate with Scots buik, beuk (“book”), West Frisian boek (“book”), German Low German Book, Dutch Low Saxon book, Dutch boek (“book”), German Buch (“book”), Danish bog, Swedish bok (“book”). Related also to Latin fāgus (“beech”), Russian бук (buk, “beech”), Albanian bung (“chestnut, oak”), Ancient Greek φηγός (phēgós, “oak”), Armenian բուն (bun, “trunk”), Kurdish bûz (“elm”). More at beech, buckwheat.|
The sense development of beech to book is explained by the fact that smooth gray beech bark was commonly used as bookfell.
- (UK dialectal, Northern England) Simple past tense of bake.
book - Investment & Finance Definition
- A trader’s positions, or list of investments.
- A broker’s or investment manager’s list of clients, which is called a book of business.
book - Legal Definition