- A set of written, printed, or blank pages fastened along one side and encased between protective covers.
- A printed or written literary work.
- A main division of a larger printed or written work: a book of the Old Testament.
- A volume in which financial or business transactions are recorded.
- Financial or business records considered as a group: checked the expenditures on the books.
- A libretto.
- The script of a play.
- The Bible.
- The Koran.
- A set of prescribed standards or rules on which decisions are based: runs the company by the book.
- Something regarded as a source of knowledge or understanding.
- The total amount of experience, knowledge, understanding, and skill that can be used in solving a problem or performing a task: We used every trick in the book to finish the project on schedule.
- Informal Factual information, especially of a private nature: What's the book on him?
- A packet of like or similar items bound together: a book of matches.
- A record of bets placed on a race.
- Games The number of card tricks needed before any tricks can have scoring value, as the first six tricks taken by the declaring side in bridge.
- To list or register in or as if in a book.
- To record charges against (a person) on a police blotter.
- Sports To record the flagrant fouls of (a player) for possible disciplinary action, as in soccer.
- To arrange for (tickets or lodgings, for example) in advance; reserve.
- To hire or engage: The manager booked a magic show for Saturday night.
- To allocate time for.
- To make a reservation: Book early if you want good seats.
- Of or relating to knowledge learned from books rather than actual experience: has book smarts but not street smarts.
- Appearing in a company's financial records: book profits.
- bring to book To demand an explanation from; call to account.
- in (one's) book In one's opinion: In my book they both are wrong.
- like a book Thoroughly; completely: I know my child like a book.
- one for the books A noteworthy act or occurrence.
- throw the book at To make all possible charges against (a lawbreaker, for example).
- throw the book at To reprimand or punish severely.