a written or printed work of fiction or nonfiction, usually on sheets of paper fastened or bound together within covers.
a number of sheets of blank or ruled paper bound together for writing, recording business transactions, etc.
a division of a literary work, esp. one of the larger divisions.
Biblethe Book, the Bible.
Music and Dancethe text or libretto of an opera, operetta, or musical.
Businessbooks. See book of account.
Music and Dance[Jazz.]the total repertoire of a band.
Show Businessa script or story for a play.
Sporta record of bets, as on a horse race.
Games[Cards.]the number of basic tricks or cards that must be taken before any trick or card counts in the score.
a set or packet of tickets, checks, stamps, matches, etc., bound together like a book.
anything that serves for the recording of facts or events:The petrified tree was a book of Nature.
Sporta collection of facts and information about the usual playing habits, weaknesses, methods, etc., of an opposing team or player, esp. in baseball:The White Sox book on Mickey Mantle cautioned pitchers to keep the ball fast and high.
Stock Exchange, Business
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 pile or package of leaves, as of tobacco.
Mineralogya thick block or crystal of mica.
a magazine: used esp. in magazine publishing.
BusinessSee book value.
Slang Termsbookmaker (def. 1).
Idiomsbring to book, to call to account; bring to justice:Someday he will be brought to book for his misdeeds.
Idiomsby the book, according to the correct or established form; in the usual manner:an unimaginative individual who does everything by the book.
Businessclose the books, to balance accounts at the end of an accounting period; settle accounts.
Idioms, Informal Termscook the books,[Informal.]See cook (def. 10).
Idiomsin one's bad books, out of favor; disliked by someone:He's in the boss's bad books.
Idiomsin one's book, in one's personal judgment or opinion:In my book, he's not to be trusted.
Idiomsin one's good books, in favor; liked by someone.
Idiomslike a book, completely; thoroughly:She knew the area like a book.
Business, Idiomsmake book:
to accept or place the bets of others, as on horse races, esp. as a business.
to wager; bet:You can make book on it that he won't arrive in time.
Business, Idiomsoff the books, done or performed for cash or without keeping full business records: esp. as a way to avoid paying income tax, employment benefits, etc.:Much of his work as a night watchman is done off the books.
Idiomsone for the book or books, a noteworthy incident; something extraordinary:The daring rescue was one for the book.
Businesson the books, entered in a list or record:He claims to have graduated from Harvard, but his name is not on the books.
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.
Informal Terms, Idioms, Lawthrow the book at:
to sentence (an offender, lawbreaker, etc.) to the maximum penalties for all charges against that person.
to punish or chide severely.
without authority:to punish without book.
Idiomswrite the book, to be the prototype, originator, leader, etc., of:So far as investment banking is concerned, they wrote the book.
to enter in a book or list; record; register.
to reserve or make a reservation for (a hotel room, passage on a ship, etc.):We booked a table at our favorite restaurant.
to register or list (a person) for a place, transportation, appointment, etc.:The travel agent booked us for next week's cruise.
Show Businessto engage for one or more performances.
Lawto enter an official charge against (an arrested suspect) on a police register.
Businessto act as a bookmaker for (a bettor, bet, or sum of money):The Philadelphia syndicate books 25 million dollars a year on horse racing.
to register one's name.
to engage a place, services, etc.
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.
book in, to sign in, as at a job.
book out, to sign out, as at a job.
book up, to sell out in advance:The hotel is booked up for the Christmas holidays.
of or pertaining to a book or books:the book department; a book salesman.
derived or learned from or based on books:a book knowledge of sailing.
Businessshown by a book of account:The firm's book profit was $53,680.
bef. 900; Middle English, Old English bōc; cognate with Dutch boek, Old Norse bōk, German Buch; akin to Gothic boka letter (of the alphabet) and not of known relation to beech, as is often assumed
39.See corresponding entry in Unabridged reserve, schedule, bill, slate, program.