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book 1

a. A set of written, printed, or blank pages fastened along one side and encased between protective covers.
b. An e-book or other electronic resource structured like a book.
a. A printed or written literary work: Did you ever finish writing that book?
b. A main division of a larger printed or written work: a book of the Old Testament.
a. A volume in which financial or business transactions are recorded.
b. books Financial or business records considered as a group: checked the expenditures on the books.
a. A libretto.
b. The script of a play.
5. Book
a. The Bible.
b. The Koran.
a. A set of prescribed standards or rules on which decisions are based: runs the company by the book.
b. Something regarded as a source of knowledge or understanding.
c. 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.
d. Informal Factual information, especially of a private nature: What's the book on him?
7. A pack of like or similar items bound together: a book of matches.
8. A record of bets placed on a race.
9. 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.
v. booked, book·ing, books
a. To arrange for or purchase (tickets or lodgings, for example) in advance; reserve.
b. To arrange a reservation, as for a hotel room, for (someone): Book me into the best hotel in town.
c. To hire or engage: booked a band for Saturday night.
a. To list or register in a book: booked the revenue from last month's sales.
b. To list or record appointments or engagements in: A calendar that was booked solid on Tuesday.
c. To record information about (a suspected offender) after arrest in preparation for arraignment, usually including a criminal history search, fingerprinting, and photographing.
d. Sports To record the flagrant fouls of (a player) for possible disciplinary action, as in soccer.
3. To designate a time for; schedule: Let's book a meeting for next month.
4. To be hired for or engaged in: The actor has booked his next movie with that director.
To make a reservation: Book early if you want good seats.
1. Of or relating to knowledge learned from books rather than actual experience: has book smarts but not street smarts.
2. 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
1. To make all possible charges against (a lawbreaker, for example).
2. To reprimand or punish severely.

[Middle English bok, from Old English bōc; see bhāgo- in Indo-European roots.]

book′er n.
Synonyms: book, bespeak, engage, reserve
These verbs mean to cause something to be set aside in advance, as for one's use or possession: will book a hotel room; made sure their selections were bespoken; engaged a box for the opera season; reserving a table at a restaurant.
Word History: From an etymological perspective, book and beech are branches of the same tree. The Germanic root of both words is *bōk-, ultimately from an Indo-European root meaning "beech tree." The Old English form of book is bōc, from Germanic *bōk-ō, "written document, book." The Old English form of beech is bēce, from Germanic *bōk-jōn, "beech tree," because the early Germanic peoples used strips of beech wood to write on. A similar semantic development occurred in Latin. The Latin word for book is liber, whence library. Liber, however, originally meant "bark"—that is, the smooth inner bark of a tree, which the early Romans likewise used to write on.

book 2

intr.v. booked, book·ing, books
Informal To move or travel rapidly: We booked along at a nice clip.

[Perhaps shortening and alteration (influenced by book) of boogie.]


1. (Professions) a person who hires performers or performance companies
2. (Accounting & Book-keeping) a bookkeeper
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.booker - someone who engages a person or company for performances
agent - a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations
impresario, promoter, showman - a sponsor who books and stages public entertainments
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At intervals the measurer went his round from bin to bin, accompanied by the booker, who entered first in his own book and then in the hopper's the number of bushels picked.
Hopkins, so Booker Washington became a peculiarly receptive pupil of his.
A panel of judges nominated five other books for the prize in addition to Rushdie's: "Disgrace" by South African-born JM Coetzee, which won the 1999 Booker; "The Siege of Krishnapur" by the late-British writer JG Farrell (the Booker winner in 1973); "The Conservationist" by South African novelist Nadine Gordimer (1974); Australian author Peter Carey's "Oscar and Lucinda" (1988) and "The Ghost Road" by British writer Pat Barker, the 1995 winner.
Noah Booker is an amiable man with dirty hands and a chortling laugh similar to the snaggletooth tiger cartoon character.
As a large bus outside the downtown Newark reception hall cranks out B-list disco hits, hundreds of low rollers coming to the $50-a-plate Cory Booker fundraiser inch through a maze of velvet rope to sign in and pass before a pair of unidentified "consultants" standing at the door with a television camera.
Dunston celebrated a double victory out of six participants at the Booker Show, in Consett.
For Gaston, business success enabled him to advance the same philosophy of racial equality as his hero, Booker T.
TEMECULA - James ``Lights Out'' Toney said he injured his left triceps in the first round Thursday night, but he still was more than good enough to pound out a lopsided 12-round decision over Rydell Booker in front of an announced crowd of 3,000 at Pechanga Resort & Casino.
Huggins, and Zane Booker gave outstanding performances that helped give meaning to so-so choreography.
In 2003, men comprised 11 percent of CNAs in long term care, which is up from 9 percent last year, said John Booker, chairman of the media and public relations committee for the National Direct Care Alliance in Washington D.
Managing director Steve Booker paid tribute to the team that won the award - CPD's executive committee made up of directors and senior controllers, including Dave Thatcher, Nash Patel, Julia Lucas, Kevin Soffe, Paul Booker and Maria Sopwith.
This year's Trojan Horse trio were Cory Booker, unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Newark, New Jersey, and triumphant congressional candidates Arthur Davis, in Alabama, and Denise Majette, in Georgia.