- the customers served by each registered representative in a brokerage house.
- a loose-leaf binder kept by a specialist to record orders to buy and sell stock at specified prices.
- a set of rules, conventions, or standards: The solution was not according to the book but it served the purpose.
- the telephone book: I've looked him up, but he's not in the book.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to study hard, as a student before an exam: He left the party early to book.
- to leave; depart: I'm bored with this party, let's book.
- to work as a bookmaker: He started a restaurant with money he got from booking.
- to accept or place the bets of others, as on horse races, especially as a business.
- to wager; bet: You can make book on it that he won't arrive in time.
- to sentence (an offender, lawbreaker, etc.) to the maximum penalties for all charges against that person.
- to punish or chide severely.
- from memory.
- without authority: to punish without book.
Origin of book
Synonyms for book
Antonyms for book
Related Words for bookessay, album, novel, publication, dictionary, pamphlet, text, work, manual, textbook, fiction, volume, edition, magazine, booklet, brochure, writing, copy, tome, paperback
Examples from the Web for book
Contemporary Examples of book
Yet this, in the end, is a book from which one emerges sad, gloomy, disenchanted, at least if we agree to take it seriously.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
At some point during his busy schedule, Israel found the time to write a book, titled The Global War on Morris.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
Completed in 1953 and composed with standard line breaks and punctuation, the book was completely ignored upon submission.The Lost Novel of Nobel-Winner José Saramago
January 5, 2015
Perhaps, as Dwight Garner wrote, Steinberg just needed an idea for a book.Was ‘The Book of Mormon’ a Great American Novel?
January 4, 2015
Fred Logevall at Cornell won the Pulitzer Prize and is a diplomatic historian; he just started a book on Kennedy.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
Historical Examples of book
Tis none other that the Dean sets forth, ay, and the book that I have here.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Of course they did not use the letters which have been used to print this book.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
"That's what your romantic boy out of a book has done," said Charles Merchant.Way of the Lawless
I have not read his book, but its consequences speak for it.
The distinctive principle of the book was that the State had a conscience.
- a written work or composition, such as a novel, technical manual, or dictionary
- (as modifier)the book trade; book reviews
- (in combination)bookseller; bookshop; bookshelf; bookrack
- enrolled as a member
- registered or recorded
- to charge with every relevant offence
- to inflict the most severe punishment on
Word Origin for book
Old English boc "book, writing, written document," traditionally from Proto-Germanic *bokiz "beech" (cf. German Buch "book" Buche "beech;" see beech), the notion being of beechwood tablets on which runes were inscribed, but it may be from the tree itself (people still carve initials in them). The Old English word originally meant any written document. Latin and Sanskrit also have words for "writing" that are based on tree names ("birch" and "ash," respectively). Meaning "libretto of an opera" is from 1768. A betting book is from 1856.
Old English bocian "to grant or assign by charter," from book (n.). Meaning "to enter into a book, record" is early 13c. Meaning "to enter for a seat or place, issue (railway) tickets" is from 1841; "to engage a performer as a guest" is from 1872. Related: Booked; booking.
see balance the books; black book; bring to book; by the book; closed book; close the books; cook the books; crack a book; hit the books; in one's book; in someone's bad graces (books); judge a book by its cover; know like a book; make book; nose in a book; one for the books; open book; take a leaf out of someone's book; throw the book at; wrote the book on.