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Book, n. Etym: [OE. book, bok, AS. b; akin to Goth. b a letter, in pl. book, writing, Icel. b, Sw. bok, Dan. bog, OS. b, D. boek, OHG. puoh, G. buch; and fr. AS. b, b, beech; because the ancient Saxons and Germans in general wrote runes on pieces of beechen board. Cf. Beech.]

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.

Note: When blank, it is called a blank book. When printed, the term often distinguishes a bound volume, or a volume of some size, from a pamphlet.

Note: It has been held that, under the copyright law, a book is not necessarily a volume made of many sheets bound together; it may be printed on a single sheet, as music or a diagram of patterns. Abbott.

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.

5. Six tricks taken by one side, in the game of whist; in certain other games, two or more corresponding cards, forming a set.

Note: Book is used adjectively or as a part of many compounds; as, book buyer, bookrack, book club, book lore, book sale, book trade, memorandum book, cashbook. 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. "Neither does it so much require book learning and scholarship, as good natural sense, to distinguish true and false." Burnet.

-- Book louse (Zoöl.), one of several species of minute, wingless

insects injurious to books and papers. They belong to the Pseudoneuroptera.

-- Book moth (Zoöl.), 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 (Zoöl.), 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. "I was so much in his books, that

at his decease he left me his lamp." Addison.

-- To bring to book. (a) To compel to give an account. (b) To

compare with an admitted authority. "To bring it manifestly to book is impossible." M. Arnold.

-- To course by bell, book, and candle. See under Bell.
-- 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.

-- To speak by the book, to speak with minute exactness.
-- Without book. (a) By memory. (b) Without authority.

Book Book, v. t. [imp & p. p. Booked; p. pr. & vb. n. Booking.]

1. To enter, write, or register in a book or list. 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; as, to be booked for Southampton; to book a seat in a theater.

3. To mark out for; to destine or assign for; as, he is booked for the valedictory. [Colloq.] Here I am booked for three days more in Paris. Charles Reade.


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---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Book - This word has a comprehensive meaning in Scripture. In the Old Testament it is the rendering of the Hebrew word sepher, which properly means a "writing," and then a "volume" (Exodus 17:14; Deuteronomy 28:58; Deuteronomy 29:20; Job 19:23) or "roll of a book" (Jeremiah 36:2, Jeremiah 36:4). Books were originally written on skins, on linen or cotton cloth, and on Egyptian papyrus, whence our word "paper." The leaves of the book were generally written in columns, designated by a Hebrew word properly meaning "doors" and "valves" (Jeremiah 36:23, R.V., marg. "columns"). Among the Hebrews books were generally rolled up like our maps, or if very long they were rolled from both ends, forming two rolls (Luke 4:17). Thus they were arranged when the writing was on flexible materials; but if the writing was on tablets of wood or brass or lead, then the several tablets were bound together by rings through which a rod was passed. A sealed book is one whose contents are secret (Isaiah 29:11; Revelation 5:1). To "eat" a book (Jeremiah 15:16; Ezekiel 2:8; Ezekiel 3:1; Revelation 10:9) is to study its contents carefully. The book of judgment (Daniel 7:10) refers to the method of human courts of justice as illustrating the proceedings which will take place at the day of God's final judgment. The book of the wars of the Lord (Numbers 21:14), the book of Jasher (Joshua 10:13), and the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah and Israel (2 Chronicles 25:26), were probably ancient documents known to the Hebrews, but not forming a part of the canon. The book of life (Psalms 69:28) suggests the idea that as the redeemed form a community or citizenship (Philippians 3:20; Philippians 4:3), a catalogue of the citizens' names is preserved (Luke 10:20; Revelation 20:15). Their names are registered in heaven (Luke 10:20; Revelation 3:5). The book of the covenant (Exodus 24:7), containing Ex. 20:22-23:33, is the first book actually mentioned as a part of the written word. It contains a series of laws, civil, social, and religious, given to Moses at Sinai immediately after the delivery of the decalogue. These were written in this "book."

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