Handbook definitions

hănd'bo͝ok'
A concise manual or reference book providing specific information or instruction about a subject or place.
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A book in which off-track bets are recorded.
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A place where off-track bets are taken.
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A compact reference book on some subject; manual of facts or instructions.
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A book in which bets are recorded, as on horse races.
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A topically organized book of reference on a certain field of knowledge, disregarding the size of it.
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Origin of handbook

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.