book

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun a multimedia title. The name comes from the fact that most multimedia titles are arranged as a series of different pages which together form a book.

Accounting

  • noun a set of sheets of paper attached together
  • noun a statement of a dealer’s exposure to the market, i.e. the amount which he or she is due to pay or has borrowed

Commerce

  • verb to order or to reserve something

Forex

  • (written as Book)
    The official summary of a Forex trader's open positions.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a collection of pages containing text and sometimes pictures, bound together inside a cover

Law

  • verb to charge someone with a crime

Media Studies

  • noun a publication in book form, such as a magazine or brochure

Slang

  • adjective cool. When using predictive text in text messaging, an attempt to enter ‘cool’ will prompt the option ‘book’, hence its ironic substitution by teenagers also in speech.
  • verb to depart, leave. A fashionable term of the 1990s in black street usage and also heard among white adolescents. A variety of euphemisms (like its contemporaries bail, bill, jam and jet) for ‘run away’ are essential to the argot of gang members and their playground imitators. The origin of this usage is not certain; it may derive from an earlier phrase ‘book it’, meaning that someone has to return home quickly in order to record a transaction.

Sports

  • verb to penalise a player for a serious offence and make a note of his or her name.

Origin & History of “book”

Book is widespread throughout the Germanic languages. German has buch, e.g., Dutch bock, and Swedish bok. there point to a prehistoric Germanic *bōks, which was probably related to *bōkā ‘beech’, the connection being that the early Germanic peoples used beechwood tablets for writing runic inscriptions on. The original meaning of the word in Old English (bōc) was simply ‘written document or record’, but by the 9th century it had been applied to a collection of written sheets fastened together.
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