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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rhapsody \Rhap"so*dy\, n.; pl. Rhapsodies. [F. rhapsodie, L.
     rhapsodia, Gr. "rapsw,di`a, fr. "rapsw,do`s a rhapsodist;
     "ra`ptein to sew, stitch together, unite + 'w,dh` a song. See
     1. A recitation or song of a rhapsodist; a portion of an epic
        poem adapted for recitation, or usually recited, at one
        time; hence, a division of the Iliad or the Odyssey; --
        called also a book.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. A disconnected series of sentences or statements composed
        under excitement, and without dependence or natural
        connection; rambling composition. "A rhapsody of words."
        --Shak. "A rhapsody of tales." --Locke.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. (Mus.) A composition irregular in form, like an
        improvisation; as, Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsodies."
        [1913 Webster] Rhatany

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bell \Bell\, n. [AS. belle, fr. bellan to bellow. See Bellow.]
     1. A hollow metallic vessel, usually shaped somewhat like a
        cup with a flaring mouth, containing a clapper or tongue,
        and giving forth a ringing sound on being struck.
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: Bells have been made of various metals, but the best
           have always been, as now, of an alloy of copper and
           [1913 Webster]
     The Liberty Bell, the famous bell of the Philadelphia State
        House, which rang when the Continental Congress declared
        the Independence of the United States, in 1776. It had
        been cast in 1753, and upon it were the words "Proclaim
        liberty throughout all the land, to all the inhabitants
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     2. A hollow perforated sphere of metal containing a loose
        ball which causes it to sound when moved.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. Anything in the form of a bell, as the cup or corol of a
        flower. "In a cowslip's bell I lie." --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
     4. (Arch.) That part of the capital of a column included
        between the abacus and neck molding; also used for the
        naked core of nearly cylindrical shape, assumed to exist
        within the leafage of a capital.
        [1913 Webster]
     5. pl. (Naut.) The strikes of the bell which mark the time;
        or the time so designated.
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     Note: On shipboard, time is marked by a bell, which is struck
           eight times at 4, 8, and 12 o'clock. Half an hour after
           it has struck "eight bells" it is struck once, and at
           every succeeding half hour the number of strokes is
           increased by one, till at the end of the four hours,
           which constitute a watch, it is struck eight times.
           [1913 Webster]
     To bear away the bell, to win the prize at a race where the
        prize was a bell; hence, to be superior in something.
     To bear the bell, to be the first or leader; -- in allusion
        to the bellwether or a flock, or the leading animal of a
        team or drove, when wearing a bell.
     To curse by bell, book, and candle, a solemn form of
        excommunication used in the Roman Catholic church, the
        bell being tolled, the book of offices for the purpose
        being used, and three candles being extinguished with
        certain ceremonies. --Nares.
     To lose the bell, to be worsted in a contest. "In single
        fight he lost the bell." --Fairfax.
     To shake the bells, to move, give notice, or alarm. --Shak.
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     Note: Bell is much used adjectively or in combinations; as,
           bell clapper; bell foundry; bell hanger; bell-mouthed;
           bell tower, etc., which, for the most part, are
           [1913 Webster]
     Bell arch (Arch.), an arch of unusual form, following the
        curve of an ogee.
     Bell cage, or Bell carriage (Arch.), a timber frame
        constructed to carry one or more large bells.
     Bell cot (Arch.), a small or subsidiary construction,
        frequently corbeled out from the walls of a structure, and
        used to contain and support one or more bells.
     Bell deck (Arch.), the floor of a belfry made to serve as a
        roof to the rooms below.
     Bell founder, one whose occupation it is to found or cast
     Bell foundry, or Bell foundery, a place where bells are
        founded or cast.
     Bell gable (Arch.), a small gable-shaped construction,
        pierced with one or more openings, and used to contain
     Bell glass. See Bell jar.
     Bell hanger, a man who hangs or puts up bells.
     Bell pull, a cord, handle, or knob, connecting with a bell
        or bell wire, and which will ring the bell when pulled.
     Bell punch, a kind of conductor's punch which rings a bell
        when used.
     Bell ringer, one who rings a bell or bells, esp. one whose
        business it is to ring a church bell or chime, or a set of
        musical bells for public entertainment.
     Bell roof (Arch.), a roof shaped according to the general
        lines of a bell.
     Bell rope, a rope by which a church or other bell is rung.
     Bell tent, a circular conical-topped tent.
     Bell trap, a kind of bell shaped stench trap.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Book \Book\ (b[oo^]k), n. [OE. book, bok, AS. b[=o]c; akin to
     Goth. b[=o]ka a letter, in pl. book, writing, Icel. b[=o]k,
     Sw. bok, Dan. bog, OS. b[=o]k, D. boek, OHG. puoh, G. buch;
     and fr. AS. b[=o]c, b[=e]ce, beech; because the ancient
     Saxons and Germans in general wrote runes on pieces of
     beechen board. Cf. Beech.]
     1. A collection of sheets of paper, or similar material,
        blank, written, or printed, bound together; commonly, many
        folded and bound sheets containing continuous printing or
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: When blank, it is called a blank book. When printed,
           the term often distinguishes a bound volume, or a
           volume of some size, from a pamphlet.
           [1913 Webster]
     Note: It has been held that, under the copyright law, a book
           is not necessarily a volume made of many sheets bound
           together; it may be printed on a single sheet, as music
           or a diagram of patterns. --Abbott.
           [1913 Webster]
     2. A composition, written or printed; a treatise.
        [1913 Webster]
              A good book is the precious life blood of a master
              spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a
              life beyond life.                     --Milton.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. A part or subdivision of a treatise or literary work; as,
        the tenth book of "Paradise Lost."
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     4. A volume or collection of sheets in which accounts are
        kept; a register of debts and credits, receipts and
        expenditures, etc.; -- often used in the plural; as, they
        got a subpoena to examine our books.
     Syn: ledger, leger, account book, book of account. [1913
          Webster + WordNet 1.5]
     5. Six tricks taken by one side, in the game of bridge or
        whist, being the minimum number of tricks that must be
        taken before any additional tricks are counted as part of
        the score for that hand; in certain other games, two or
        more corresponding cards, forming a set.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
     6. (Drama) a written version of a play or other dramatic
        composition; -- used in preparing for a performance.
     Syn: script, playscript.
          [WordNet 1.5]
     7. a set of paper objects (tickets, stamps, matches, checks
        etc.) bound together by one edge, like a book; as, he
        bought a book of stamps.
        [WordNet 1.5]
     8. a book or list, actual or hypothetical, containing records
        of the best performances in some endeavor; a recordbook;
        -- used in the phrase
     one for the book or
     one for the books.
     Syn: record, recordbook.
     9. (Sport) the set of facts about an athlete's performance,
        such as typical performance or playing habits or methods,
        that are accumulated by potential opponents as an aid in
        deciding how best to compete against that athlete; as, the
        book on Ted Williams suggests pitching to him low and
     10. (Finance) same as book value.
     11. (Stock market) the list of current buy and sell orders
         maintained by a stock market specialist.
     12. (Commerce) the purchase orders still outstanding and
         unfilled on a company's ledger; as, book to bill ratio.
     Note: Book is used adjectively or as a part of many
           compounds; as, book buyer, bookrack, book club, book
           lore, book sale, book trade, memorandum book, cashbook.
           [1913 Webster]
     Book account, an account or register of debt or credit in a
     Book debt, a debt for items charged to the debtor by the
        creditor in his book of accounts.
     Book learning, learning acquired from books, as
        distinguished from practical knowledge. "Neither does it
        so much require book learning and scholarship, as good
        natural sense, to distinguish true and false." --Burnet.
     Book louse (Zool.), one of several species of minute,
        wingless insects injurious to books and papers. They
        belong to the Pseudoneuroptera.
     Book moth (Zool.), the name of several species of moths,
        the larv[ae] of which eat books.
     Book oath, an oath made on The Book, or Bible.
     The Book of Books, the Bible.
     Book post, a system under which books, bulky manuscripts,
        etc., may be transmitted by mail.
     Book scorpion (Zool.), one of the false scorpions
        ({Chelifer cancroides) found among books and papers. It
        can run sidewise and backward, and feeds on small insects.
     Book stall, a stand or stall, often in the open air, for
        retailing books.
     Canonical books. See Canonical.
     In one's books, in one's favor. "I was so much in his
        books, that at his decease he left me his lamp."
     To bring to book.
         (a) To compel to give an account.
         (b) To compare with an admitted authority. "To bring it
             manifestly to book is impossible." --M. Arnold.
     by the book, according to standard procedures; using the
        correct or usual methods.
     cook the books, make fallacious entries in or otherwise
        manipulate a financial record book for fraudulent
     To curse by bell, book, and candle. See under Bell.
     To make book (Horse Racing), to conduct a business of
        accepting or placing bets from others on horse races.
     To make a book (Horse Racing), to lay bets (recorded in a
        pocket book) against the success of every horse, so that
        the bookmaker wins on all the unsuccessful horses and
        loses only on the winning horse or horses.
     off the books, not recorded in the official financial
        records of a business; -- usually used of payments made in
        cash to fraudulently avoid payment of taxes or of
        employment benefits.
     one for the book, one for the books, something
        extraordinary, such as a record-breaking performance or a
        remarkable accomplishment.
     To speak by the book, to speak with minute exactness.
     to throw the book at, to impose the maximum fine or penalty
        for an offense; -- usually used of judges imposing
        penalties for criminal acts.
     Without book.
         (a) By memory.
         (b) Without authority.
     to write the book, to be the leading authority in a field;
        -- usually used in the past tense; as, he's not just an
        average expert, he wrote the book.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Book \Book\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Booked (b[oo^]kt); p. pr. &
     vb. n. Booking.]
     1. To enter, write, or register in a book or list.
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              Let it be booked with the rest of this day's deeds.
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     2. To enter the name of (any one) in a book for the purpose
        of securing a passage, conveyance, or seat; to reserve[2];
        also, to make an arrangement for a reservation; as, to be
        booked for Southampton; to book a seat in a theater; to
        book a reservation at a restaurant.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
     3. To mark out for; to destine or assign for; as, he is
        booked for the valedictory. [Colloq.]
        [1913 Webster]
              Here I am booked for three days more in Paris.
        [1913 Webster]
     4. to make an official record of a charge against (a suspect
        in a crime); -- performed by police.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a written work or composition that has been published
           (printed on pages bound together); "I am reading a good
           book on economics"
      2: physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound
         together; "he used a large book as a doorstop" [syn: book,
      3: a compilation of the known facts regarding something or
         someone; "Al Smith used to say, `Let's look at the record'";
         "his name is in all the record books" [syn: record, record
         book, book]
      4: a written version of a play or other dramatic composition;
         used in preparing for a performance [syn: script, book,
      5: a record in which commercial accounts are recorded; "they got
         a subpoena to examine our books" [syn: ledger, leger,
         account book, book of account, book]
      6: a collection of playing cards satisfying the rules of a card
      7: a collection of rules or prescribed standards on the basis of
         which decisions are made; "they run things by the book around
         here" [syn: book, rule book]
      8: the sacred writings of Islam revealed by God to the prophet
         Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina [syn: Koran,
         Quran, al-Qur'an, Book]
      9: the sacred writings of the Christian religions; "he went to
         carry the Word to the heathen" [syn: Bible, Christian
         Bible, Book, Good Book, Holy Scripture, Holy Writ,
         Scripture, Word of God, Word]
      10: a major division of a long written composition; "the book of
      11: a number of sheets (ticket or stamps etc.) bound together on
          one edge; "he bought a book of stamps"
      v 1: engage for a performance; "Her agent had booked her for
           several concerts in Tokyo"
      2: arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in
         advance; "reserve me a seat on a flight"; "The agent booked
         tickets to the show for the whole family"; "please hold a
         table at Maxim's" [syn: reserve, hold, book]
      3: record a charge in a police register; "The policeman booked
         her when she tried to solicit a man"
      4: register in a hotel booker

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  265 Moby Thesaurus words for "book":
     Holy Writ, Scripture, Spenserian stanza, accuse, airing, allege,
     ante, antistrophe, arraign, article, back matter, balance,
     balance the books, bandying, bespeak, bet, bill, booklet, brief,
     bring accusation, bring charges, bring to book, broadcast,
     broadcasting, brochure, bruiting, bruiting about, budget, burden,
     calendar, canto, capitalize, carry, carry over, carve,
     cast up accounts, catalog, chalk, chalk up, chapter, charge,
     charge off, check in, chorus, chronicle, chunk, circulation, cite,
     clause, close out, close the books, codex, column, compendium,
     complain, continuity, couplet, credit, cue, cut, debit, denounce,
     denunciate, diffusion, display, dissemination, distich, docket,
     earmark, employ, engage, engrave, enlist, enroll, enscroll, enter,
     enumerate, envoi, epode, evulgation, fascicle, fasten on,
     fasten upon, file, fill out, finger, folder, folio, front matter,
     gathering, grave, handbook, hang something on, hazard, heptastich,
     hexastich, hire, impanel, impeach, imply, impute, incise, index,
     indict, inform against, inform on, inscribe, insert, insinuate,
     installment, inventory, issuance, issue, itemize, jot down,
     journalize, keep books, keep score, laws, lay charges, leaflet,
     libretto, line, line up, lines, list, livraison, lodge a complaint,
     lodge a plaint, log, lyrics, magazine, make a memorandum,
     make a note, make an entry, make out, manual, mark down,
     matriculate, measure, minute, monograph, monostich, note,
     note down, novel, number, octastich, octave, octet, order,
     ottava rima, page, pamphlet, paperback, paragraph, parlay, part,
     passage, pentastich, periodical, phrase, pigeonhole, pin on,
     place upon record, play, playbook, poll, post, post up, preengage,
     prefer charges, press charges, printing, program, promulgation,
     propagation, publication, publishing, put down, put in writing,
     put on paper, put on report, put on tape, quatrain, record,
     recruit, reduce to writing, refrain, register, regulations, report,
     reproach, reserve, retain, rhyme royal, scenario, scene plot,
     schedule, score, script, scroll, section, sentence, septet, serial,
     sestet, set down, sextet, sheet, shooting script, shot, side,
     sign on, sign up, sign up for, signature, slate, soft-cover,
     spread, spreading, spreading abroad, stake, stanza, stave, strain,
     strike a balance, strophe, syllable, tabulate, take down,
     take into employment, take on, take to task, tally, tape,
     tape-record, task, taunt with, tax, telecasting, tercet,
     terza rima, tetrastich, text, textbook, ticket, tome, tract,
     treatise, triplet, tristich, twit, ventilation, verse, videotape,
     volume, wager, words, work, write, write down, write in, write out,
     write up

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     1.  e-book.
     2. book titles.
     3.  MacBook.
     4. O'Reilly and Associates.

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     This word has a comprehensive meaning in Scripture. In the Old
     Testament it is the rendering of the Hebrew word _sepher_, which
     properly means a "writing," and then a "volume" (Ex. 17:14;
     Deut. 28:58; 29:20; Job 19:23) or "roll of a book" (Jer. 36:2,
       Books were originally written on skins, on linen or cotton
     cloth, and on Egyptian papyrus, whence our word "paper." The
     leaves of the book were generally written in columns, designated
     by a Hebrew word properly meaning "doors" and "valves" (Jer.
     36:23, R.V., marg. "columns").
       Among the Hebrews books were generally rolled up like our
     maps, or if very long they were rolled from both ends, forming
     two rolls (Luke 4:17-20). Thus they were arranged when the
     writing was on flexible materials; but if the writing was on
     tablets of wood or brass or lead, then the several tablets were
     bound together by rings through which a rod was passed.
       A sealed book is one whose contents are secret (Isa. 29:11;
     Rev. 5:1-3). To "eat" a book (Jer. 15:16; Ezek. 2:8-10; 3:1-3;
     Rev. 10:9) is to study its contents carefully.
       The book of judgment (Dan. 7:10) refers to the method of human
     courts of justice as illustrating the proceedings which will
     take place at the day of God's final judgment.
     The book of the wars of the Lord (Num. 21:14), the book of
     Jasher (Josh. 10:13), and the book of the chronicles of the
     kings of Judah and Israel (2 Chr. 25:26), were probably ancient
     documents known to the Hebrews, but not forming a part of the
       The book of life (Ps. 69:28) suggests the idea that as the
     redeemed form a community or citizenship (Phil. 3:20; 4:3), a
     catalogue of the citizens' names is preserved (Luke 10:20; Rev.
     20:15). Their names are registered in heaven (Luke 10:20; Rev.
       The book of the covenant (Ex. 24:7), containing Ex.
     20:22-23:33, is the first book actually mentioned as a part of
     the written word. It contains a series of laws, civil, social,
     and religious, given to Moses at Sinai immediately after the
     delivery of the decalogue. These were written in this "book."

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  BOOK. A general name given to every literary composition which is printed; 
  but appropriately to a printed composition bound in a volume. 
       2. The copyright, (q. v.) or exclusive right to print and publish a 
  book, may be secured to the author and his assigns for the term of twenty-
  eight years; and, if the author be living, and a citizen of the United 
  States, or resident therein, the same right shall be continued to him for 
  the further term of fourteen years, by complying with the conditions of the 
  act of Congress; one of which is, that he shall, within three months after 
  publication, deliver, or cause to be delivered, a copy of the same to the 
  clerk of the said district. Act of February 3, 1831. 4 Sharsw. cont. of 
  Story's L. U. S. 2223. 

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