Book

Definition of Book

Pronunciation: bŎkt
one for the book or one for the books.
n.1.A collection of sheets of paper, or similar material, blank, written, or printed, bound together; commonly, many folded and bound sheets containing continuous printing or writing.
2.A composition, written or printed; a treatise.
A good book is the precious life blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.
- Milton.
3.A part or subdivision of a treatise or literary work; as, the tenth book of "Paradise Lost."
4.A volume or collection of sheets in which accounts are kept; a register of debts and credits, receipts and expenditures, etc.; - often used in the plural; as, they got a subpoena to examine our books.
5.Six tricks taken by one side, in the game of bridge or whist, being the minimum number of tricks that must be taken before any additional tricks are counted as part of the score for that hand; in certain other games, two or more corresponding cards, forming a set.
6.(Drama) a written version of a play or other dramatic composition; - used in preparing for a performance.
7.a set of paper objects (tickets, stamps, matches, checks etc.) bound together by one edge, like a book; as, he bought a book of stamps.
8.a book or list, actual or hypothetical, containing records of the best performances in some endeavor; a recordbook; - used in the phrase
9.(Sport) the set of facts about an athlete's performance, such as typical performance or playing habits or methods, that are accumulated by potential opponents as an aid in deciding how best to compete against that athlete; as, the book on Ted Williams suggests pitching to him low and outside.
10.(Finance) same as book value.
11.(Stock market) the list of current buy and sell orders maintained by a stock market specialist.
12.(Commerce) the purchase orders still outstanding and unfilled on a company's ledger; as, book to bill ratio.
Book account
an account or register of debt or credit in a book.
Book debt
a debt for items charged to the debtor by the creditor in his book of accounts.
Book learning
learning acquired from books, as distinguished from practical knowledge.
Book louse
(Zool.) one of several species of minute, wingless insects injurious to books and papers. They belong to the Pseudoneuroptera.
- Burnet.
Book moth
(Zool.) the name of several species of moths, the larvæ of which eat books.
Book oath
an oath made on The Book, or Bible.
The Book of Books
the Bible.
Book post
a system under which books, bulky manuscripts, etc., may be transmitted by mail.
Book scorpion
(Zool.) one of the false scorpions (Chelifer cancroides) found among books and papers. It can run sidewise and backward, and feeds on small insects.
Book stall
a stand or stall, often in the open air, for retailing books.
Canonical books
See Canonical.
In one's books
in one's favor.
To bring to book
a - To compel to give an account.
- Addison.
b - To compare with an admitted authority.
by the book
according to standard procedures; using the correct or usual methods.
- M. Arnold.
cook the books
make fallacious entries in or otherwise manipulate a financial record book for fraudulent purposes.
To curse by bell, book, and candle
See under Bell.
To make book
(Horse Racing) to conduct a business of accepting or placing bets from others on horse races.
To make a book
(Horse Racing) to lay bets (recorded in a pocket book) against the success of every horse, so that the bookmaker wins on all the unsuccessful horses and loses only on the winning horse or horses.
off the books
not recorded in the official financial records of a business; - usually used of payments made in cash to fraudulently avoid payment of taxes or of employment benefits.
one for the book
something extraordinary, such as a record-breaking performance or a remarkable accomplishment.
To speak by the book
to speak with minute exactness.
to throw the book at
to impose the maximum fine or penalty for an offense; - usually used of judges imposing penalties for criminal acts.
Without book
a - By memory.
b - Without authority.
to write the book
to be the leading authority in a field; - usually used in the past tense; as, he's not just an average expert, he wrote the book.
v. t.1.To enter, write, or register in a book or list.
[imp. & p. p. Booked (bŎkt); p. pr. & vb. n. Booking.]
Let it be booked with the rest of this day's deeds.
- Shak.
2.To enter the name of (any one) in a book for the purpose of securing a passage, conveyance, or seat; to reserve{2}; also, to make an arrangement for a reservation; as, to be booked for Southampton; to book a seat in a theater; to book a reservation at a restaurant.
3.To mark out for; to destine or assign for; as, he is booked for the valedictory.
Here I am booked for three days more in Paris.
- Charles Reade.
4.to make an official record of a charge against (a suspect in a crime); - performed by police.

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