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book (fig. and allusive uses of 2 are freq.)
1. writing, document 1H4 III. i. 224 “By that time will our book, I think, be drawn.”
2. volume or literary work read or consulted (freq.); fig. John II. i. 485 “this book of beauty” (= Bianca), Rom. I. iii. 87 “This precious book of love, this unbound lover” (=Paris); 2H4 III. i. 45 “the book of fate,” R2 I. iii. 202 “the book of life,” Sonn. xxv. 11 “from the book of honour razed quite” ; phrases “by the book,” according to prescription, with due formality AYL. V. iv. 95, Rom. I. v. 114; cf. III. i. 108; “without book,” from memory, by rote Tw.N. I. iii. 29, Troil. II. i. 20 “learn a prayer without book.”
3. the Bible Wiv. I. iv. 152, LLL. IV. iii. 250 “who can give an oath? where is a book?.” Hence book-oath 2H4 II. i. 115. Also=religious office-book John III. iii. 12 “Bell, book, and candle.”
4. =account-book Lr. III. iv. 98 “keep . . . thy pen from lender's books,” Cym. III. iii. 26 “keeps his book uncross'd” ;=memorandum-book, note-book, or book of records, often fig. 1H6 II. iv. 101 “I'll note you in my book of memory,” 2H6 I. i. 101 “Blotting your names from books of memory,” Cor. V. ii. 15 “I have been The book of his good acts,” Ham. I. v. 103, Per. I. i. 94; (hence) “in” a person's “book(s”=in favour with him Ado I. i. 80, Shr. II. i. 223, 2H4 II. ii. 51 “in the devil's book.”
5. by extension of sense 2 = (i) rigmarole, screed Ado I. i. 317 [309] “a of words”; (ii) study, learning, instruction Tp. III. i. 94 “I'll to my ,” AYL. II. i. 16 “tongues in trees, b-s in the running brooks,” H8 I. i. 122 “A beggar's Outworths a noble's blood.”
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