I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English bōc; akin to Old High German buoh book, Gothic boka letter Date: before 12th century 1. a. a set of written sheets of skin or paper or tablets of wood or ivory b. a set of written, printed, or blank sheets bound together into a volume c. a long written or printed literary composition d. a major division of a treatise or literary work e. a record of a business's financial transactions or financial condition — often used in plural <
the books show a profit
f. magazine 4a g. e-book 2. capitalized bible 1 3. something that yields knowledge or understanding <
the great book of nature
her face was an open book
4. a. (1) the total available knowledge and experience that can be brought to bear on a task or problem <
tried every trick in the book
(2) inside information or analysis <
the book on him is that he can't hit a curveball
b. the standards or authority relevant in a situation <
run by the book
5. a. all the charges that can be made against an accused person <
threw the book at him
b. a position from which one must answer for certain acts ; account <
bring criminals to book
6. a. libretto b. the script of a play c. a book of arrangements for a musician or dance orchestra ; musical repertory 7. a packet of items bound together like a book <
a book of stamps
a book of matches
8. a. bookmaker b. the bets registered by a bookmaker; also the business or activity of giving odds and taking bets 9. the number of tricks a cardplayer or side must win before any trick can have scoring value • bookful noun II. adjective Date: 13th century 1. derived from books and not from practical experience <
book learning
2. shown by books of account <
book assets
III. verb Date: 1807 transitive verb 1. a. to register (as a name) for some future activity or condition (as to engage transportation or reserve lodgings) <
he was booked to sail on Monday
b. to schedule engagements for <
book the band for a week
c. to set aside time for d. to reserve in advance <
book two seats at the theater
were all booked up
2. a. to enter charges against in a police register b. of a referee to note the name or number of (as a soccer player) for a serious infraction of the rules intransitive verb 1. to make a reservation <
book through your travel agent
2. chiefly British to register in a hotel — usually used with in 3. slang leave, go; especially to depart quickly • bookable adjective, chiefly Britishbooker noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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