Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Boohoo noun (Zoology) The sailfish; -- called also woohoo .
[ Middle English book
, Anglo-Saxon bōc
; akin to Goth. bōka
a letter, in plural book, writing, Icelandic bōk
, Swedish bok
, Danish bog
, Old Saxon bōk
, Dutch boek
, Old High German puoh
, German buch
; and from Anglo-Saxon bōc
, beech; because the ancient Saxons and Germans in general wrote runes on pieces of beechen board. Confer 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 writing.
» 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. » 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. 2. A composition, written or printed; a treatise.
A good book is the precious life blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life. 3. A part or subdivision of a treatise or literary work; as, the tenth book of "Paradise Lost." 4. A volume or collection of sheets in which accounts are kept; a register of debts and credits, receipts and expenditures, etc. 5. Six tricks taken by one side, in the game of whist; in certain other games, two or more corresponding cards, forming a set.
is used adjectively or as a part of many compounds; as, book
trade, memorandum book
, cash book
. Book account
, an account or register of debt or credit in a book.
-- 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 (Zoology)
, one of several species of minute, wingless insects injurious to books and papers. They belong to the Pseudoneuroptera .
-- Book moth (Zoology)
, the name of several species of moths, the larvæ 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 (Zoology)
, 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." Addison.
-- 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.
-- To curse by bell, book, and candle
. See under Bell .
-- 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.
-- To speak by the book
, to speak with minute exactness.
-- Without book
. (a) By memory. (b) Without authority.
Book transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Booked
; present participle & verbal noun Booking
.] 1. To enter, write, or register in a book or list.
Let it be booked with the rest of this day's deeds. 2. To enter the name of (any one) in a book for the purpose of securing a passage, conveyance, or seat; as, to be booked for Southampton; to book a seat in a theater. 3. To mark out for; to destine or assign for; as, he is booked for the valedictory.
Here I am booked for three days more in Paris.
1. A kind of muslin used for the covers of books. 2. A kind of thin white muslin for ladies' dresses.
Book-learned adjective Versed in books; having knowledge derived from books.
[ Often in a disparaging sense.]
Whate'er these book-learned blockheads say,
Solon's the veriest fool in all the play.
Bookbinder noun One whose occupation is to bind books.
Bookbindery noun A bookbinder's shop; a place or establishment for binding books.
Bookbinding noun The art, process, or business of binding books.
Bookcase noun A case with shelves for holding books, esp. one with glazed doors.
Bookcraft noun Authorship; literary skill.
1. Registered. 2. On the way; destined. [ Colloq.]
Booker noun One who enters accounts or names, etc., in a book; a bookkeeper.
Bookful noun As much as will fill a book; a book full. Shak. -- adjective Filled with book learning. [ R.] "The bookful blockhead." Pope.
1. A prompter at a theater. [ Obsolete] Beau. & Fl. 2. A support for a book, holding it open, while one reads or copies from it.
Booking clerk A clerk who registers passengers, baggage, etc., for conveyance, as by railway or steamship, or who sells passage tickets at a booking office.
1. An office where passengers, baggage, etc., are registered for conveyance, as by railway or steamship. 2. An office where passage tickets are sold. [ Eng.]
1. Given to reading; fond of study; better acquainted with books than with men; learned from books. "A bookish man." Addison. " Bookish skill." Bp. Hall. 2. Characterized by a method of expression generally found in books; formal; labored; pedantic; as, a bookish way of talking; bookish sentences. -- Book"ish*ly , adverb -- Book"ish*ness , noun
Bookkeeper noun One who keeps accounts; one who has the charge of keeping the books and accounts in an office.
Bookkeeping noun The art of recording pecuniary or business transactions in a regular and systematic manner, so as to show their relation to each other, and the state of the business in which they occur; the art of keeping accounts. The books commonly used are a daybook , cashbook , journal , and ledger . See Daybook , Cashbook , Journal , and Ledger . Bookkeeping by single entry
, the method of keeping books by carrying the record of each transaction to the debit or credit of a single account.
-- Bookkeeping by double entry
, a mode of bookkeeping in which two entries of every transaction are carried to the ledger, one to the Dr., or left hand, side of one account, and the other to the Cr., or right hand, side of a corresponding account, in order tha... the one entry may check the other; -- sometimes called, from the place of its origin, the Italian method .
Bookland, Bockland noun [ Anglo-Saxon b...cland ; b...c book + land land.] (O. Eng. Law) Charter land held by deed under certain rents and free services, which differed in nothing from free socage lands. This species of tenure has given rise to the modern freeholds.
Bookless adjective Without books; unlearned. Shenstone.
Booklet noun A little book. T. Arnold.
Bookmaker noun 1. One who writes and publishes books; especially, one who gathers his materials from other books; a compiler. 2. (Horse Racing) A betting man who "makes a book." See To make a book , under Book , noun
; plural Bookmen A studious man; a scholar. Shak.
Bookmark noun Something placed in a book to guide in finding a particular page or passage; also, a label in a book to designate the owner; a bookplate.
Bookmate noun [ Book + mate .] A schoolfellow; an associate in study.
Bookmonger noun A dealer in books.
Bookplate noun A label, placed upon or in a book, showing its ownership or its position in a library.
Bookseller noun One who sells books.
Bookselling noun The employment of selling books.
; plural Bookshelves A shelf to hold books.
Bookshop noun A bookseller's shop. [ Eng.]
Bookstall noun A stall or stand where books are sold.
1. A place or stand for the sale of books in the streets; a bookstall. 2. A stand to hold books for reading or reference.
Bookstore noun A store where books are kept for sale; -- called in England a bookseller's shop.
1. Work done upon a book or books (as in a printing office), in distinction from newspaper or job work. 2. Study; application to books.
Bookworm noun 1. (Zoology) Any larva of a beetle or moth, which is injurious to books. Many species are known. 2. A student closely attached to books or addicted to study; a reader without appreciation.
I wanted but a black gown and a salary to be as mere a bookworm as any there.
Booky adjective Bookish.
; plural Boolies
[ Ir. buachail
cow + giolla
boy.] A company of Irish herdsmen, or a single herdsman, wandering from place to place with flocks and herds, and living on their milk, like the Tartars; also, a place in the mountain pastures inclosed for the shelter of cattle or their keepers.
[ Obsolete] [ Written also boley
[ Dutch boom
tree, pole, beam, bar. See Beam
.] 1. (Nautical) A long pole or spar, run out for the purpose of extending the bottom of a particular sail; as, the jib boom , the studding-sail boom , etc. 2. (Mech.) A long spar or beam, projecting from the mast of a derrick, from the outer end of which the body to be lifted is suspended. 3. A pole with a conspicuous top, set up to mark the channel in a river or harbor.
[ Obsolete] 4. (Mil. & Naval) A strong chain cable, or line of spars bound together, extended across a river or the mouth of a harbor, to obstruct navigation or passage. 5. (Lumbering) A line of connected floating timbers stretched across a river, or inclosing an area of water, to keep saw logs, etc., from floating away. Boom iron
, one of the iron rings on the yards through which the studding-sail booms traverse.
-- The booms
, that space on the upper deck of a ship between the foremast and mainmast, where the boats, spare spars, etc., are stowed. Totten.
Boom (bōm) transitive verb (Nautical) To extend, or push, with a boom or pole; as, to boom out a sail; to boom off a boat.
(bōm) intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Boomed present participle & verbal noun Booming
.] [ Of imitative origin; confer Middle English bommen
to hum, Dutch bommen
to drum, sound as an empty barrel, also W. bwmp
a hollow sound; aderyn y bwmp
, the bird of the hollow sound, i. e., the bittern. Confer Bum
, intransitive verb
, intransitive verb
] 1. To cry with a hollow note; to make a hollow sound, as the bittern, and some insects.
At eve the beetle boometh 2. To make a hollow sound, as of waves or cannon.
Athwart the thicket lone.
Alarm guns booming through the night air. 3. To rush with violence and noise, as a ship under a press of sail, before a free wind.
She comes booming down before it. 4. To have a rapid growth in market value or in popular favor; to go on rushingly.
1. A hollow roar, as of waves or cannon; also, the hollow cry of the bittern; a booming. 2. A strong and extensive advance, with more or less noisy excitement; -- applied colloquially or humorously to market prices, the demand for stocks or commodities and to political chances of aspirants to office; as, a boom in the stock market; a boom in coffee. [ Colloq. U. S.]
Boom transitive verb To cause to advance rapidly in price; as, to boom railroad or mining shares; to create a "boom" for; as to boom Mr. C. for senator. [ Colloq. U. S.]
Boomdas noun [ Dutch boom tree + das badger.] (Zoology) A small African hyracoid mammal ( Dendrohyrax arboreus ) resembling the daman.
Boomer noun 1. One who, or that which, booms. 2. (Zoology) A North American rodent, so named because it is said to make a booming noise. See Sewellel . 3. (Zoology) A large male kangaroo. 4. One who works up a "boom".
[ Slang, U. S.]
Boomerang noun A very singular missile weapon used by the natives of Australia and in some parts of India. It is usually a curved stick of hard wood, from twenty to thirty inches in length, from two to three inches wide, and half or three quarters of an inch thick. When thrown from the hand with a quick rotary motion, it describes very remarkable curves, according to the shape of the instrument and the manner of throwing it, often moving nearly horizontally a long distance, then curving upward to a considerable height, and finally taking a retrograde direction, so as to fall near the place from which it was thrown, or even far in the rear of it.
Booming adjective 1. Rushing with violence; swelling with a hollow sound; making a hollow sound or note; roaring; resounding.
O'er the sea-beat ships the booming waters roar. 2. Advancing or increasing amid noisy excitement; as, booming prices; booming popularity.
[ Colloq. U. S.]
Booming noun The act of producing a hollow or roaring sound; a violent rushing with heavy roar; as, the booming of the sea; a deep, hollow sound; as, the booming of bitterns. Howitt.
Boomkin noun (Nautical) Same as Bumkin .