- book [book]n.[ME bok < OE boc, pl. bec < PGmc * bokiz, beech, beechwood tablets carved with runes < IE * bhagos, beech > BEECH, Gr phagos, L fagus]1.a) a number of sheets of paper, parchment, etc. with writing or printing on them, fastened together along one edge, usually between protective coversb) a literary or scientific work, anthology, etc. so prepared, distinguished by length and form from a magazine, tract, etc.2. any of the main divisions of a long written or printed work, as of the Bible3.a) a set of blank or ruled sheets or printed forms bound in a tablet, for the entry of accounts, records, notes, etc. [an account book]b) [usually pl.] the records or accounts, as of a business, kept in such a book or books4. something regarded as a subject for study [the book of life]5. the body of facts, traits, or circumstances connected with a person or subject, esp. as being understandable, evident, etc. [an open book] or obscure, done with, etc. [a closed book]6. [pl.] studies; lessons7.a) the words of an opera or musical play; libretto: distinguished from SCOREb) the script of a play8. a booklike package, as of matches or tickets9.a) a list or record of bets taken and the odds given, as by bookmakers on horse racesb) Slang BOOKMAKER (sense 2)10. Bridge a certain number of tricks that must be won before additional tricks count in the score; specif., the first six tricks won by the declarervt.1. to record in a book; list2. to engage ahead of time, as rooms, transportation, performers or performances, etc.3. to record charges against on a police record4. to take (bets) as a bookmakeradj.in, from, or according to books or accounts——————bring to book1. to force to explain; demand an accounting from2. to reprimand——————by the bookaccording to the rules; in the prescribed or usual way——————close the book on1. to put an end to2. to put an end to further consideration, discussion, etc. of——————close the booksBookkeeping to make no further entries, balance the books, and draw up statements from them——————in one's bookin one's opinion——————in one's good books or in one's bad booksin (or out of) one's favor, or good graces——————☆ in the bookin all that is known and practiced in connection with a particular activity [to know every trick in the book]——————keep booksto keep a record of business transactions——————know like a book or read like a bookto know well or fully——————☆ make bookSlang to make or accept a bet or bets——————☆ one for the booksInformal something notably surprising, shocking, or unexpected——————on the books1. recorded2. listed; enrolled——————the Bookthe Bible——————the bookInformal any set of rules, pronouncements, etc. regarded as authoritative——————☆ throw the book at1. Slang to place every possible pertinent charge against (an accused person)2. to deal out the maximum in punishment, penalty, etc. to——————write the book on Informal1. to be the definitive authority or expert on2. to be the embodiment of [she wrote the book on selfishness]bookern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.