Dictionary: BOODH'IST – BOOK'-OATH

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A follower of Gaudama.

BOOK, n. [Sax. boc, a book and the beech-tree; Goth. boka; Icelandic, book; D. boek, a book, and the mast of beech; beuke, a beech-tree; G. buch, a book, and buche, a beech; Dan. bog; Sw. bok; Russ. buk; Gypsy, buchos. Like the Latin liber, book, signifies primarily bark and beech, the tree being probably named from its bark.]

  1. A general name of every literary composition which is printed; but appropriately, a printed composition bound; a volume. The name is given also to any number of written sheets when bound or sewed together, and to a volume of blank paper, intended for any species of writing, as for memorandums, for accounts, or receipts.
  2. A particular part of a literary composition; a division of a subject in the same volume.
  3. A volume or collection of sheets in which accounts are kept; a register of debts and credits, receipts and expenditures, &c. In books, in kind remembrance; in favor. I was so much in his books, that at his decease he left me his lamps. – Addison. Without book, by memory; without reading; without notes; as, a sermon was delivered without book. This phrase is used also in the sense of without authority; as, a man asserts without book.

BOOK, v.t.

To enter, write, or register in a book.

BOOK-AC-COUNT', n. [book and account.]

An account or register of debt or credit in a book.

BOOK'BIND-ER, n. [book and bind.]

One whose occupation is to bind books.


The art or practice of binding books; or of sewing the sheets, and covering them with leather or other material.

BOOK'ED, pp.

Written in a book; registered.

BOOK'FUL, a. [book and full.]

Full of notions gleaned from books; crowded with undigested learning. – Pope.

BOOK'ING, ppr.

Registering in a book.


Given to reading; fond of study; more acquainted with books than with men. – Shak.


In the way of being addicted to books or much reading. – Thurlow.


Addictedness to books; fondness for study. – Whitlock.

BOOK'-KEEP-ER, n. [book and keep.]

One who keeps accounts, or the accounts of another; the officer who has the charge of keeping the books and accounts in a public office.

BOOK'-KEEPING, n. [book and keep.]

The art of recording mercantile transactions in a regular and systematic manner; the art of keeping accounts in such a manner, that a man may know the true state of his business and property, or of his debts and credits, by an inspection of his books. The books for this purpose are, 1. a Waste Book, or blotter, in which are registered all accounts or transactions in the order in which they take place; 2. the Journal, which contains the accounts transferred from the waste book, in the same order, but expressed in a technical style; 3. the Ledger, in which articles of the same kind are collected together, from the journal, and arranged under proper titles. In addition to these, several others are used; as, cash-book; book of charges of merchandise; book of house-expenses invoice-book; sales-book; bill-book; receipt-book; letter-book; pocket-book; the use of which may be understood from the names. – Encyc.

BOOK'LAND, or BOCK'LAND, n. [book and land.]

In old English laws, charter land, held by deed under certain rents and free-services, which differed nothing from free socage lands. This species of tenure has given rise to the modern freeholds. – Blackstone.

BOOK'LEARN-ED, a. [book and learn.]

Versed in books; acquainted with books and literature; a term sometimes implying an ignorance of men, or of the common concerns of life. – Dryden.


Learning acquired by reading; acquaintance with books and literature; sometimes implying want of practical knowledge. – Sidney.

BOOK'LESS, a. [book and less.]

Without books; unlearned. – Shenstone.


A rage for possessing books; bibliomany.


The practice of writing and publishing books.

BOOK'-MAN, n. [book and man.]

A man whose profession is the study of books. – Shak.

BOOK'-MATE, n. [book and mate.]

A school-fellow. – Shak.


Love of books.


A particular kind of muslin.


The oath made on the book, or Bible. – Shak.