A book is a set of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of ink, paper, parchment, or other materials, usually fastened together to hinge at one side. A single sheet within a book is called a leaf, and each side of a leaf is called a page. A set of text-filled or illustrated pages produced in electronic format is known as an electronic book, or e-book.

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  1. A collection of sheets of paper bound together to hinge at one edge, containing printed or written material, pictures, etc.
    She opened the book to page 37 and began to read aloud.
    He was frustrated because he couldn't find anything about dinosaurs in the book.
  2. A long work fit for publication, typically prose, such as a novel or textbook, and typically published as such a bound collection of sheets.
    I have three copies of his first book.
  3. A major division of a long work.
    Genesis is the first book of the Bible.
    Many readers find the first book of A Tale of Two Cities to be confusing.
  4. A record of betting (from the use of a notebook to record what each person has bet).
    I'm running a book on who is going to win the race.
  5. A convenient collection, in a form resembling a book, of small paper items for individual use.
    a book of stamps
    a book of raffle tickets
  6. The script of a musical.
  7. Records of the accounts of a business.
  8. A long document stored (as data) that is or will become a book; an e-book.
  9. A colloquial reference to a book award, a recognition for receiving the highest grade in a class (traditionally an actual book, but recently more likely a letter or certificate acknowledging the achievement).
  10. Six tricks taken by one side.
  11. four of a kind
  12. A document, held by the referee, of the incidents happened in the game.
  13. A list of all players who have been booked (received a warning) in a game.


  1. To reserve (something) for future use.
    I want to book a hotel room for tomorrow night
    I can book tickets for the concert next week
  2. To penalise (someone) for an offence.
    The police booked him for driving too fast
  3. To issue with a caution, usually a yellow card, or a red card if a yellow card has already been issued.
  4. To travel very fast.
    He was really booking, until he passed the speed trap.
  5. To write down.
    They booked that message from the hill
  6. To receive the highest grade in a class.
    The top three students had a bet on which one was going to book their intellectual property class.
  7. To leave.
    He was here earlier, but he booked.

Verb (etymology 2)

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