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tome

 (tōm)
n.
1. One of the books in a work of several volumes.
2. A book, especially a large or scholarly one.

[French, from Latin tomus, from Greek tomos, a cutting, section, from temnein, to cut; see tem- in Indo-European roots.]
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tome

(təʊm)
n
1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a large weighty book
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) one of the several volumes of a work
[C16: from French, from Latin tomus section of larger work, from Greek tomos a slice, from temnein to cut; related to Latin tondēre to shear]
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tome

(toʊm)

n.
1. a book, esp. a very heavy, large, or learned book.
2. a volume forming a part of a larger work.
[1510–20; < French < Latin tomus < Greek tómos slice, piece, papyrus roll, derivative of témnein to cut]

-tome

a combining form with the meanings “cutting instrument” (microtome), “segment, somite” (dermatome).
[< Greek -tomos -cutting]
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tome

- Comes from Greek tomos, "roll of papyrus," and was originally a word for one volume of a larger work.
See also related terms for papyrus.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tome - a (usually) large and scholarly booktome - a (usually) large and scholarly book
book - a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together); "I am reading a good book on economics"
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tome

noun book, work, title, volume, opus, publication a hefty legal tome
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tome

noun
A printed and bound work:
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Translations
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tome

[təʊm] N (hum) → mamotreto m
a weighty tomeun pesado mamotreto
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tome

[ˈtəʊm] ngros m livre
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tome

ndickes Buch, Wälzer m (inf)
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tome

[təʊm] ntomo (hum) → librone m
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References in classic literature ?
The man's face seemed tome to be refined and even pleasant.
It is a heavy tome of over seven hundred pages, painfully careful and accurate, and startlingly original.
Here, on the cushion, lay a folio tome, probably of the Chronicles of England, or other such substantial literature; even as, in our own days, we scatter gilded volumes on the centre table, to be turned over by the casual guest.
Gilbert laid down the ponderous medical tome over which he had been poring until the increasing dusk of the March evening made him desist.
Half an hour later I was seated in the newspaper office with a huge tome in front of me, which had been opened at the article "Weissmann versus Darwin," with the sub heading, "Spirited Protest at Vienna.
I snuffed it off, and, very ill at ease under the influence of cold and lingering nausea, sat up and spread open the injured tome on my knee.
So, I made a rush towards the bookcase nearest me, and, without stopping further to consider matters, seized hold of the first dusty tome upon which my hands chanced to alight, and, reddening and growing pale by turns, and trembling with fear and excitement, clasped the stolen book to my breast with the intention of reading it by candle light while my mother lay asleep at night.
Tomes, who has specially studied this family, that many of the same species have enormous ranges, and are found on continents and on far distant islands.
Consider the whole machinery of the civil law made necessary by these processes; the libraries of ponderous tomes, the courts and juries to interpret them, the lawyers studying to circumvent them, the pettifogging and chicanery, the hatreds and lies!
In many dark old tomes she met with chapters full of romance and poetry.
There was daylight enough for me in the drawing-room below; and there I would sit immersed in criminous tomes weakly fascinated until I shivered and shook in my stocking soles.
Among other volumes of verse on the top shelf of the bookcase, of which I used to look at the outside without penetrating deeply within, were Pope's translation of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and Dryden's Virgil, pretty little tomes in tree-calf, published by James Crissy in Philadelphia, and illustrated with small copper-plates, which somehow seemed to put the matter hopelessly beyond me.