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English noun: book

1. book (communication) a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together)


SamplesI am reading a good book on economics.


Broader (hypernym)publication


Narrower (hyponym)appointment book, appointment calendar, authority, bestiary, book of facts, booklet, brochure, catalog, catalogue, catechism, copybook, curiosa, folder, formulary, leaflet, pamphlet, pharmacopeia, phrase book, playbook, pop-up, pop-up book, prayer book, prayerbook, reference, reference book, reference work, review copy, school text, schoolbook, songbook, storybook, text, text edition, textbook, tome, trade book, trade edition, workbook, yearbook


Instance hyponymCapital, Das Kapital, Erewhon, Utopia


Part holonymrunning head, running headline, signature

2. book (artifact) physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together


SamplesHe used a large book as a doorstop.


Synonymsvolume


Broader (hypernym)product, production


Narrower (hyponym)album, coffee-table book, folio, hardback, hardcover, journal, notebook, novel, order book, paper-back book, paperback, paperback book, picture book, sketch block, sketch pad, sketchbook, soft-cover, soft-cover book, softback, softback book


Part holonymback, backbone, binding, book binding, cover, fore edge, foredge, spine

3. book (communication) a compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone


SamplesAl Smith used to say, `Let's look at the record'.
His name is in all the record books.


Synonymsrecord, record book


Broader (hypernym)fact


Narrower (hyponym)card, logbook, scorecard, won-lost record

4. book (communication) a written version of a play or other dramatic composition; used in preparing for a performance


Synonymsplayscript, script


Broader (hypernym)dramatic composition, dramatic work


Narrower (hyponym)continuity, dialog, dialogue, libretto, prompt copy, promptbook, scenario, screenplay, shooting script

5. book (possession) a record in which commercial accounts are recorded


SamplesThey got a subpoena to examine our books.


Synonymsaccount book, book of account, ledger, leger


Broader (hypernym)record


Narrower (hyponym)cost ledger, daybook, general ledger, journal, subsidiary ledger


Member holonymaccounting, accounting system, method of accounting

6. book (group) a collection of playing cards satisfying the rules of a card game


Broader (hypernym)accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection


Domain categorycard game, cards

7. book (group) a collection of rules or prescribed standards on the basis of which decisions are made


SamplesThey run things by the book around here.


Synonymsrule book


Broader (hypernym)accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection


Part holonymprescript, rule, rule

8. Book (communication) the sacred writings of Islam revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina


Synonymsal-Qur'an, Koran, Quran


Instance hypernymreligious text, religious writing, sacred text, sacred writing


Part holonymsura

9. Book (communication) the sacred writings of the Christian religions


SamplesHe went to carry the Word to the heathen.


SynonymsBible, Christian Bible, Good Book, Holy Scripture, Holy Writ, Scripture, Word, Word of God


Broader (hypernym)religious text, religious writing, sacred text, sacred writing


Narrower (hyponym)family Bible


Instance hyponymAmerican Revised Version, American Standard Version, Authorized Version, Douay Bible, Douay Version, Douay-Rheims Bible, Douay-Rheims Version, King James Bible, King James Version, New English Bible, Revised Standard Version, Revised Version, Rheims-Douay Bible, Rheims-Douay Version, Vulgate


Part holonymNew Testament, Old Testament, Testament, text


Domain category memberscovenant, demythologise, demythologize, eisegesis, exegesis, Gabriel, Noachian deluge, Noah and the Flood, Noah's flood, the Flood

10. book (communication) a major division of a long written composition


SamplesThe book of Isaiah.


Broader (hypernym)section, subdivision


Narrower (hyponym)Epistle


Instance hyponym1 Chronicles, 1 Esdras, 1 Kings, 1 Maccabees, 1 Samuel, 2 Chronicles, 2 Esdras, 2 Kings, 2 Maccabees, 2 Samuel, Abdias, Acts, Acts of the Apostles, Additions to Esther, Aggeus, Amos, Apocalypse, Baruch, Bel and the Dragon, Ben Sira, Book of Amos, Book of Baruch, Book of Daniel, Book of Deuteronomy, Book of Ecclesiastes, Book of Esther, Book of Exodus, Book of Ezekiel, Book of Ezra, Book of Genesis, Book of Habakkuk, Book of Haggai, Book of Hosea, Book of Isaiah, Book of Jeremiah, Book of Job, Book of Joel, Book of Jonah, Book of Joshua, Book of Judges, Book of Judith, Book of Lamentations, Book of Leviticus, Book of Malachi, Book of Micah, Book of Nahum, Book of Nehemiah, Book of Numbers, Book of Obadiah, Book of Proverbs, Book of Psalms, Book of Revelation, Book of Ruth, Book of Susanna, Book of the Prophet Daniel, Book of Tobit, Book of Zachariah, Book of Zephaniah, Canticle of Canticles, Canticles, Daniel, Deuteronomy, Ecclesiastes, Ecclesiasticus, Epistle of Jeremiah, Esther, Exodus, Ezechiel, Ezekiel, Ezra, Genesis, Gospel According to John, Gospel According to Luke, Gospel According to Mark, Gospel According to Matthew, Gospel of Luke, Habacuc, Habakkuk, Haggai, Hosea, I Chronicles, I Esdra, I Kings, I Maccabees, I Samuel, II Chronicles, II Esdras, II Kings, II Maccabees, II Samuel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Job, Joel, John, Jonah, Joshua, Josue, Judges, Judith, Lamentations, Letter of Jeremiah, Leviticus, Luke, Malachi, Malachias, Mark, Matthew, Micah, Micheas, Nahum, Nehemiah, Numbers, Obadiah, Prayer of Azariah and Song of the Three Children, Proverbs, Psalms, Revelation, Revelation of Saint John the Divine, Ruth, Sirach, Song of Solomon, Song of Songs, Sophonias, Susanna, Tobit, Wisdom, Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach, Wisdom of Solomon, Zacharias, Zechariah, Zephaniah


Part meronymtext, textual matter

11. book (artifact) a number of sheets (ticket or stamps etc.) bound together on one edge


SamplesHe bought a book of stamps.


Broader (hypernym)product, production


English verb: book

1. book (cognition) engage for a performance


SamplesHer agent had booked her for several concerts in Tokyo.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)schedule

2. book (social) arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance


SamplesReserve me a seat on a flight.
The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family.
Please hold a table at Maxim's.


Synonymshold, reserve


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bespeak, call for, quest, request


Narrower (hyponym)hold open, keep, keep open, save


Entailprocure, secure


Verb groupreserve

3. book (social) record a charge in a police register


SamplesThe policeman booked her when she tried to solicit a man.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP


Broader (hypernym)enter, put down, record


Narrower (hyponym)fine, ticket

4. book (social) register in a hotel booker


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)register









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