reference book

Definitions of reference book
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n a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts

Synonyms:
book of facts, reference, reference work
Examples:
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
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
dictionary, lexicon
a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them
onomasticon
a list of proper nouns naming persons or places
vocabulary
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
manual
a small handbook
bible
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
almanac
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
ephemeris
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:
book
a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together)

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