- 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.
- boojum tree,
- book bag,
- book burning,
- book club,
- book clubs,
- book end
- 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
Examples from the Web for 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|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Completed in 1953 and composed with standard line breaks and punctuation, the book was completely ignored upon submission.
Perhaps, as Dwight Garner wrote, Steinberg just needed an idea for a book.
Fred Logevall at Cornell won the Pulitzer Prize and is a diplomatic historian; he just started a book on Kennedy.
Seeing that they looked at the book, I turned the page quickly to hide the note.Eastern Nights - and Flights|Alan Bott
And in the book it said, "It can be maintained that the evil of pride consists in being out of proportion to the universe."Tremendous Trifles|G. K. Chesterton
The omission of the book numbered 88 will also have been remarked.Immortal Memories|Clement Shorter
On the hand lying upon the book there fell a bright sunbeam.Christian Gellert's Last Christmas|Berthold Auerbach
The Book of Jonah was written directly in rebuke of one form of Jewish exclusiveness.Expositor's Bible: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther|Walter Adeney
- 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.