book

For a lot of kids, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was their first experience of really falling in love with a book, or a collection of printed words or illustrations bound together.

Book is a widely-known word with a whole lot of less well-known meanings. The noun book can refer to a bunch of pages bound together, as in a book you read, but also a book of tickets or stamps, a section of a larger work of literature (like a book of the Bible), or the written script of a stage play. Book can also be a verb meaning "to record information about a criminal suspect" or "to reserve," which you could use to say, "Let's book a room at the nicest hotel in Maui this winter."

Primary Meanings of book

1.
n
physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together
2.
nv
a record in which commercial accounts are recorded
arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
3.
n
a collection of playing cards satisfying the rules of a card game
Full Definitions of book
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n physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together

“he used a large book as a doorstop”
Synonyms:
volume
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album
a book of blank pages with pockets or envelopes; for organizing photographs or stamp collections etc
coffee-table book
an elaborate oversize book suitable for displaying on a coffee table
folio
a book (or manuscript) consisting of large sheets of paper folded in the middle to make two leaves or four pages
hardback, hardcover
a book with cardboard or cloth or leather covers
journal
a record book as a physical object
novel
a printed and bound book that is an extended work of fiction
order book
a book in which customers' orders are entered; usually makes multiple copies of the order
paper-back book, paperback, paperback book, soft-cover, soft-cover book, softback, softback book
a book with paper covers
picture book
a book consisting chiefly of pictures
sketch block, sketch pad, sketchbook
a book containing sheets of paper on which sketches can be drawn
notebook
a book with blank pages for recording notes or memoranda
autograph album
an album for autographs
coloring book
a picture book with line drawings intended to be colored with crayons by children
daybook, ledger
an accounting journal as a physical object
diary
a personal journal (as a physical object)
phonograph album, record album
an album for holding phonograph records
photograph album
an album for photographs
pocket book, pocket edition, pocketbook
pocket-sized paperback book
scrapbook
an album into which clippings or notes or pictures can be pasted
stamp album
an album for stamps
commonplace book
a notebook in which you enter memorabilia
jotter
a small notebook for rough notes
playbook
a notebook containing descriptions and diagrams of the plays that a team has practiced (especially an American football team)
Type of:
product, production
an artifact that has been created by someone or some process

n a number of sheets (ticket or stamps etc.) bound together on one edge

“he bought a book of stamps”
Type of:
product, production
an artifact that has been created by someone or some process

n a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together)

“I am reading a good book on economics”
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Das Kapital
a book written by Karl Marx (1867) describing his economic theories
Erewhon
a satirical novel written by Samuel Butler (1872) describing a fictitious land
Utopia
a book written by Sir Thomas More (1516) describing the perfect society on an imaginary island
Oxford English Dictionary
an unabridged dictionary constructed on historical principles
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authority
an authoritative written work
curiosa
books on strange or unusual subjects (especially erotica)
formulary, pharmacopeia
(pharmacology) a book containing a compilation of pharmaceutical products with their formulas and methods of preparation
trade book, trade edition
a book intended for general readership
bestiary
a medieval book (usually illustrated) with allegorical and amusing descriptions of real and fabled animals
catechism
an elementary book summarizing the principles of a Christian religion; written as questions and answers
pop-up, pop-up book
a book (usually for children) that contains one or more pages such that a three-dimensional structure rises up when a page is opened
storybook
a book containing a collection of stories (usually for children)
tome
a (usually) large and scholarly book
booklet, brochure, folder, leaflet, pamphlet
a small book usually having a paper cover
school text, schoolbook, text, text edition, textbook
a book prepared for use in schools or colleges
workbook
a student's book or booklet containing problems with spaces for solving them
copybook
a book containing models of good penmanship; used in teaching penmanship
appointment book, appointment calendar
a book containing a calendar and space to keep a record of appointments
catalog, catalogue
a book or pamphlet containing an enumeration of things
phrase book
a book containing common expressions in a foreign language along with their translations
playbook
a book containing the scripts of one or more dramatic plays
prayer book, prayerbook
a book containing prayers
book of facts, reference, reference book, reference work
a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts
review copy
a copy of a newly published book that is sent for review to a writer or periodical
songbook
a book containing a collection of songs
yearbook
a book published annually by the graduating class of a high school or college usually containing photographs of faculty and graduating students
last word
an authoritative statement
best seller, bestseller
a book that has had a large and rapid sale
cookbook, cookery book
a book of recipes and cooking directions
instruction book
a book of directions for using or operating some piece of equipment
blue book
a blue booklet used in universities for writing examinations
ticket book
a book of tickets that can be torn out and used
crammer
a textbook designed for cramming
introduction
a basic or elementary instructional text
primer
an introductory textbook
reader
one of a series of texts for students learning to read
breviary
(Roman Catholic Church) a book of prayers to be recited daily certain priests and members of religious orders
missal
(Roman Catholic Church) a book containing all the prayers and responses needed to celebrate Mass throughout the year
Book of Psalms, Psalter
a collection of Psalms for liturgical use
hymnal, hymnary, hymnbook
a songbook containing a collection of hymns
source book
a collection of historically important documents published together as a book
wordbook
a reference book containing words (usually with their meanings)
enchiridion, handbook, vade mecum
a concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or location
directory
an alphabetical list of names and addresses
annual, yearbook, yearly
a reference book that is published regularly once every year
atlas, book of maps, map collection
a collection of maps in book form
cyclopaedia, cyclopedia, encyclopaedia, encyclopedia
a reference work (often in several volumes) containing articles on various topics (often arranged in alphabetical order) dealing with the entire range of human knowledge or with some particular specialty
course catalog, course catalogue, prospectus
a catalog listing the courses offered by a college or university
Type of:
publication
a copy of a printed work offered for distribution

n a major division of a long written composition

“the book of Isaiah”
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Book of Genesis
the first book of the Old Testament: tells of Creation; Adam and Eve; the Fall of Man; Cain and Abel; Noah and the flood; God's covenant with Abraham; Abraham and Isaac; Jacob and Esau; Joseph and his brothers
Book of Exodus
the second book of the Old Testament: tells of the departure of the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt led by Moses; God gave them the Ten Commandments and the rest of Mosaic law on Mount Sinai during the Exodus
Book of Leviticus
the third book of the Old Testament; contains Levitical law and ritual precedents
Book of Numbers
the fourth book of the Old Testament; contains a record of the number of Israelites who followed Moses out of Egypt
Book of Deuteronomy
the fifth book of the Old Testament; contains a second statement of Mosaic law
Book of Joshua
a book in the Old Testament describing how Joshua led the Israelites into Canaan (the Promised Land) after the death of Moses
Book of Judges
a book of the Old Testament that tells the history of Israel under the leaders known as judges
Book of Ruth
a book of the Old Testament that tells the story of Ruth who was not an Israelite but who married an Israelite and who stayed with her mother-in-law Naomi after her husband died
1 Samuel
the first of two books in the Old Testament that tell of Saul and David
II Samuel
the second of two books of the Old Testament that tell of Saul and David
1 Kings
the first of two Old Testament books telling the histories of the kings of Judah and Israel
II Kings
the second of two Old Testament books telling the histories of the kings of Judah and Israel
1 Chronicles
the first of two Old Testament books telling the history of Judah and Israel until the return from the Babylonian Captivity in 536 BC
II Chronicles
the second of two Old Testament books telling the history of Judah and Israel until the return from the Babylonian Captivity in 536 BC
Book of Ezra
an Old Testament book telling of a rabbi's efforts in the 5th century BC to reconstitute Jewish law and worship in Jerusalem after the Babylonian Captivity
Book of Nehemiah
an Old Testament book telling how a Jewish official at the court of Artaxerxes I in 444 BC became a leader in rebuilding Jerusalem after the Babylonian Captivity
Book of Esther
an Old Testament book telling of a beautiful Jewess who became queen of Persia and saved her people from massacre
Book of Job
a book in the Old Testament containing Job's pleas to God about his afflictions and God's reply
Book of Psalms
an Old Testament book consisting of a collection of 150 Psalms
Book of Proverbs
an Old Testament book consisting of proverbs from various Israeli sages (including Solomon)
Book of Ecclesiastes
an Old Testament book consisting of reflections on the vanity of human life; is traditionally attributed to Solomon but probably was written about 250 BC
Canticle of Canticles
an Old Testament book consisting of a collection of love poems traditionally attributed to Solomon but actually written much later
Book of Isaiah
an Old Testament book consisting of Isaiah's prophecies
Book of Jeremiah
a book in the Old Testament containing the oracles of the prophet Jeremiah
Book of Lamentations
an Old Testament book lamenting the desolation of Judah after the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC; traditionally attributed to the prophet Jeremiah
Book of Ezekiel
an Old Testament book containing Ezekiel's prophecies of the downfall of Jerusalem and Judah and their subsequent restoration
Book of the Prophet Daniel
an Old Testament book that tells of the apocalyptic visions and the experiences of Daniel in the court of Nebuchadnezzar
Book of Hosea
an Old Testament book telling Hosea's prophecies
Book of Joel
an Old Testament book telling Joel's prophecies
Book of Amos
an Old Testament book telling Amos's prophecies
Book of Obadiah
an Old Testament book telling Obadiah's prophecies; the shortest book in the Christian Bible
Book of Jonah
a book in the Old Testament that tells the story of Jonah and the whale
Book of Micah
an Old Testament book telling the prophecies of Micah foretelling the destruction of Jerusalem
Book of Nahum
an Old Testament book telling Nahum's prophecy of the fall of Nineveh
Book of Habakkuk
an Old Testament book telling Habakkuk's prophecies
Book of Zephaniah
an Old Testament book telling the prophecies of Zephaniah which are concerned mainly with the approaching judgment by God upon the sinners of Judah
Book of Haggai
an Old Testament book telling the prophecies of Haggai which are concerned mainly with rebuilding the temples after the Babylonian Captivity
Book of Zachariah
an Old Testament book telling the prophecies of Zechariah which are concerned mainly with the renewal of Israel after the Babylonian Captivity
Book of Malachi
an Old Testament book containing the prophecies of Malachi
Gospel According to Matthew
one of the Gospels in the New Testament; includes the Sermon on the Mount
Gospel According to Mark
the shortest of the four Gospels in the New Testament
Gospel According to Luke
one of the four Gospels in the New Testament; contains details of Jesus's birth and early life
Gospel According to John
the last of the four Gospels in the New Testament
Acts of the Apostles
a New Testament book describing the development of the early church from Christ's Ascension to Paul's sojourn at Rome
Revelation of Saint John the Divine
the last book of the New Testament; contains visionary descriptions of heaven and of conflicts between good and evil and of the end of the world; attributed to Saint John the Apostle
Additions to Esther
an Apocryphal book consisting of text added to the Book of Esther
Prayer of Azariah and Song of the Three Children
an Apocryphal book consisting of text added to the Book of Daniel
Book of Susanna
an Apocryphal book consisting of text added to the Book of Daniel
Bel and the Dragon
an Apocryphal book consisting of text added to the Book of Daniel
Book of Baruch
an Apocryphal book ascribed to Baruch
Epistle of Jeremiah
an Apocryphal book consisting of a letter ascribed to Jeremiah to the Jews in exile in Babylon warning them against idolatry
Book of Tobit
an Apocryphal book that was a popular novel for several centuries
Book of Judith
an Apocryphal book telling how Judith saved her people
1 Esdras
an Apocryphal book consisting of a compilation from I Chronicles and II Chronicles and Ezra and Nehemiah
II Esdras
an Apocryphal book of angelic revelations
Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach
an Apocryphal book mainly of maxims (resembling Proverbs in that respect)
Wisdom of Solomon
an Apocryphal book consisting mainly of a meditation on wisdom; although ascribed to Solomon it was probably written in the first century BC
1 Maccabees
an Apocryphal book describing the life of Judas Maccabaeus
II Maccabees
an Apocryphal book describing the life of Judas Maccabaeus
Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans
a New Testament book containing an exposition of the doctrines of Saint Paul; written in AD 58
First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians
a New Testament book containing the first epistle from Saint Paul to the church at Corinth
Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians
a New Testament book containing the second epistle from Saint Paul to the church at Corinth
Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians
a New Testament book containing the epistle from Saint Paul to the Galatians
Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians
a New Testament book containing the epistle from Saint Paul to the Ephesians which explains the divine plan for the world and the consummation of this in Christ
Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians
a New Testament book containing an epistle from Saint Paul to the church at Philippi in Macedonia
Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Colossians
a New Testament book containing an epistle from Saint Paul to the Colossians in ancient Phrygia
First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians
a New Testament book containing Saint Paul's first epistle to the Thessalonians
Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians
a New Testament book containing Saint Paul's second epistle to the Thessalonians
First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Timothy
a New Testament book containing Saint Paul's first epistle to Timothy; contains advice on pastoral matters
Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Timothy
a New Testament book containing Saint Paul's second epistle to Timothy; contains advice on pastoral matters
Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Titus
a New Testament book containing Saint Paul's epistle to Titus; contains advice on pastoral matters
Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Philemon
a New Testament book containing an epistle from Saint Paul to Philemon asking Philemon to forgive the slave for escaping
Epistle to the Hebrews
a New Testament book traditionally included among the epistle of Saint Paul but now generally considered not to have been written by him
Epistle of James
a New Testament book attributed to Saint James the Apostle
First Epistle of Peter
the first New Testament book traditionally attributed to Saint Peter the Apostle
Second Epistle of Peter
the second New Testament book traditionally attributed to Saint Peter the Apostle
First Epistle of John
the first New Testament epistle traditionally attributed to Saint John the Apostle
Second Epistel of John
the second New Testament epistle traditionally attributed to Saint John the Apostle
Third Epistel of John
the third New Testament epistle traditionally attributed to Saint John the Apostle
Epistle of Jude
a New Testament book attributed to Saint Jude
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Epistle
a book of the New Testament written in the form of a letter from an Apostle
Type of:
section, subdivision
a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)

n a compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone

“his name is in all the record books
Synonyms:
record, record book
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logbook
a book in which the log is written
won-lost record
(sports) a record of win versus losses
card, scorecard
(golf) a record of scores (as in golf)
bell book
a logbook in which all orders concerning the main engines of a ship are recorded
Type of:
fact
a statement or assertion of verified information about something that is the case or has happened

n a collection of rules or prescribed standards on the basis of which decisions are made

“they run things by the book around here”
Synonyms:
rule book
Type of:
accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
several things grouped together or considered as a whole

n a written version of a play or other dramatic composition; used in preparing for a performance

Synonyms:
playscript, script
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prompt copy, promptbook
the copy of the playscript used by the prompter
continuity
a detailed script used in making a film in order to avoid discontinuities from shot to shot
dialog, dialogue
the lines spoken by characters in drama or fiction
libretto
the words of an opera or musical play
scenario
an outline or synopsis of a play (or, by extension, of a literary work)
screenplay
a script for a film including dialogue and descriptions of characters and sets
shooting script
the final detailed script for making a movie or TV program
duologue
a part of the script in which the speaking roles are limited to two actors
Type of:
dramatic composition, dramatic work
a play for performance on the stage or television or in a movie etc.
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n a record in which commercial accounts are recorded

“they got a subpoena to examine our books
Synonyms:
account book, book of account, ledger, leger
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cost ledger
ledger showing the accumulated costs classified in various ways
general ledger
the ledger that contains all of the financial accounts of a business; contains offsetting debit and credit accounts (including control accounts)
subsidiary ledger
details of an account supporting the amount stated in the general ledger
daybook, journal
a ledger in which transactions have been recorded as they occurred
Type of:
record
a document that can serve as legal evidence of a transaction

v arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance

“The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family”
Synonyms:
hold, reserve
reserve
obtain or arrange (for oneself) in advance
Types:
hold open, keep, keep open, save
retain rights to
Type of:
bespeak, call for, quest, request
express the need or desire for; ask for

v engage for a performance

“Her agent had booked her for several concerts in Tokyo”
Type of:
schedule
plan for an activity or event

v register in a hotel booker

Type of:
register
record in writing; enter into a book of names or events or transactions

v record a charge in a police register

“The policeman booked her when she tried to solicit a man”
Types:
fine, ticket
issue a ticket or a fine to as a penalty
amerce
punish by a fine imposed arbitrarily by the discretion of the court
Type of:
enter, put down, record
make a record of; set down in permanent form
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n a collection of playing cards satisfying the rules of a card game

Type of:
accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
several things grouped together or considered as a whole

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