- a book of instruction or guidance, as for an occupation; manual: a handbook of radio.
- a guidebook for travelers: a handbook of Italy.
- a reference book in a particular field: a medical handbook.
- a scholarly book on a specific subject, often consisting of separate essays or articles: a handbook of lectures on criticism.
Origin of handbook
Examples from the Web for handbook
The Jewish/Israel lobby will have to throw away its handbook.Why I Like Naftali Bennett
January 17, 2013
In the 1970s, he wrote a book called Handbook on Abortion, which he updated and republished in seven editions over the years.Todd Akin Finds a Friend in Dr. John Willke, a Pro-Life ‘Founding Father’
August 21, 2012
Comics were my handbook, my point of entry into American culture.New Yorker Covers You Weren’t Meant to See
May 7, 2012
He is the author, most recently, of Why We're Liberals: A Handbook for Restoring America's Important Ideals.The President Vs. the Press
March 25, 2009
She is currently working on her third book, a novel called THE SOCIAL CLIMBER'S HANDBOOK.Who Killed the Yummy Mummy?
January 8, 2009
As far as possible mere matters of opinion have been excluded from this handbook.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
At all events here it is—this program or handbook of the beliefs for a people.The Ghost in the White House
Gerald Stanley Lee
Well, it's loitering in a gambling resort and playing the handbook.Spring Street
James H. Richardson
"So the Handbook tacticians knew what they were about," Stryker said minutes later.Control Group
For details as to these matters, see my Handbook of Astronomy, 4th ed., vol.The Story of Eclipses
- a reference book listing brief facts on a subject or place or directions for maintenance or repair, as of a cara tourists' handbook
Word Origin and History for handbook
Old English handboc; see hand (n.) + book (N.). It translates Latin manualis, and was displaced in Middle English by manual (from French), and later in part by enchiridion (from Greek). Reintroduced 1814, but execrated through much of 19c. as "that very ugly and very unnecessary word" [Trench].