Tome definition

tōm
Frequency:
A book, especially a large or scholarly one.
noun
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2
One of the books in a work of several volumes.
noun
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3
Part; area; segment.

Dermatome.

suffix
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3
Section, division.

Dermatome.

affix
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2
Cutting instrument.

Microtome.

suffix
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0
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A book, esp. a large, scholarly or ponderous one.
noun
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A large or scholarly book.

The professor pulled a dusty old tome from the bookshelf.

noun
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(obs.) Any volume of a work of several volumes.
noun
5
4
Cutting instrument.

Microtome.

affix
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1
The definition of a tome is a large academic book.

An example of a tome is a very complex, complete physics text book.

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One in a series of volumes.
noun
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tome
Plural:
tomes

Origin of tome

  • Gr < tomon < tomos: see tome

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • French from Latin tomus from Greek tomos a cutting, section from temnein to cut tem- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • New Latin -tomus from Greek -tomos a cutting from tomos tome

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French, from Latin tomus (“section of larger work"), from Ancient Greek τόμος (tomos, “section, roll of papyrus, volume"), from τέμνω (temnō, “I cut, separate").

    From Wiktionary