- a book, especially a very heavy, large, or learned book.
- a volume forming a part of a larger work.
Origin of tome
- a combining form with the meanings “cutting instrument” (microtome; osteotome), “segment, somite” (sclerotome), used in the formation of compound words.
Origin of -tome
Examples from the Web for tome
When I see Oliona back at her flat she brings out a tome of Pushkin.Russia’s Gold Digger Academy
November 11, 2014
The 468-page tome purports to be a definitive account of the comedian's life and career.Hannibal Buress Says Bill Cosby Is a Rapist: A History of Sexual Assault Allegations
October 21, 2014
He had some help, too—the entire cast and crew of The Princess Bride contributed cherished memories to the tome.Cary Elwes, aka Westley, Shares Inconceivable Tales From the Making of ‘The Princess Bride’
September 17, 2014
David Foster Wallace even named a chapter in his tome Brief Interviews with Hideous Men “Signifying Nothing.”James Franco and Scott Haze on 'The Sound and the Fury' and Gawker 'Outing' Them As A 'Couple'
September 6, 2014
Franco optioned the tome back in March 2011, and will star and direct the flick.James Franco Shot His New Movie at the Venice Film Festival and I Was in It
September 5, 2014
But presently he will chance upon some tome whose appeal is irresistible.The Book-Hunter at Home
P. B. M. Allan
When the boys came in, the little girl said, shyly, "Tome and tell me about the nets."A Sailor's Lass
Hystoriale: But this tyme is so tore (inconvenient), and we no tome have .The Bruce
Beausobre in his History of Manicheanism, tome 2, book 4, chap.Pagan Origin of Partialist Doctrines
John Claudius Pitrat
Here, as you see me now, in tropical but dripping diffidence, I am the author of that tome.Kilo
Ellis Parker Butler
- a large weighty book
- one of the several volumes of a work
- indicating an instrument for cuttingosteotome
Word Origin and History for tome
1510s, from Middle French tome, from Latin tomus "section of a book, tome," from Greek tomos "volume, section of a book," originally "section, piece cut off," from temnein "to cut," from PIE *tom-/*tem- "to cut" (cf. second element in Latin aestimare "to value, appraise," Old Church Slavonic tina "to cleave, split," Middle Irish tamnaim "I cut off," Welsh tam "morsel"). Originally "a single volume of a multi-volume work;" sense of "a large book" is attested from 1570s.
- Part; area; segment:dermatome.
- Cutting instrument:microtome.