reference book

Definitions of reference book
  1. noun
    a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts
    synonyms: book of facts, reference, reference work
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    Oxford English Dictionary
    an unabridged dictionary constructed on historical principles
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    cookbook, cookery book
    a book of recipes and cooking directions
    instruction book
    a book of directions for using or operating some piece of equipment
    source book
    a collection of historically important documents published together as a book
    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
    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
    dictionary, lexicon
    a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them
    a list of proper nouns naming persons or places
    a listing of the words used in some enterprise
    gloss, glossary
    an alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge; usually published as an appendix to a text on that field
    synonym finder, thesaurus
    a book containing a classified list of synonyms
    a small handbook
    a book regarded as authoritative in its field
    guide, guidebook
    something that offers basic information or instruction
    ready reckoner, reckoner
    a handbook of tables used to facilitate computation
    phone book, phonebook, telephone book, telephone directory
    a directory containing an alphabetical list of telephone subscribers and their telephone numbers
    an annual publication containing tabular information in a particular field or fields arranged according to the calendar of a given year
    almanac, farmer's calendar
    an annual publication including weather forecasts and other miscellaneous information arranged according to the calendar of a given year
    an annual publication containing astronomical tables that give the positions of the celestial bodies throughout the year
    dialect atlas, linguistic atlas
    an atlas showing the distribution of distinctive linguistic features
    book of knowledge
    an elementary encyclopedia dealing with general knowledge
    blue book
    a register of persons who are socially prominent
    type of:
    a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together)
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