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blue book

or bluebook

noun
1.
a register or directory of socially prominent persons.
2.
any register or directory, as of major companies or officials.
3.
a blank book used in taking college examinations, usually with a blue cover.
4.
a British parliamentary or other publication bound in a blue cover.
5.
(initial capital letters) Trademark. a reference manual listing the current market value of used cars by model and year of manufacture.
6.
a similar manual listing the market value of other items, appliances, etc.
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  • She was in the chair once more as he came alongside of her; but the blue book had slipped to the ground.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener Leslie Moore
  • With a word of thanks he moved off down the deck, the blue book in his hands.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener Leslie Moore
  • We look in vain for his name in the Wisconsin blue book, or among the list of office holders.

    Fifty Years In The Northwest William Henry Carman Folsom
  • The blue book got a few marks, it is true, but not so many as at first.

    Captain Horace Sophie May
  • The signing of the treaty then took place, the translation of which is given in the blue book.

    Native Races and the War Josephine Elizabeth Butler
  • It was either 142 or 242; but to make sure he decided to look it up in a blue book.

    Harvard Stories Waldron Kintzing Post
  • It was a blue book, not quite so large as the story of Aladdin, but in every way handsomer.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • There's the 'blue book' on the mantel staring at me for a warning.

    A Cadet's Honor Upton Sinclair
blue book in Technology


1. Informal name for one of the four standard references on the page-layout and graphics-control language PostScript. The other three official guides are known as the Green Book, the Red Book, and the White Book.
["PostScript Language Tutorial and Cookbook", Adobe Systems, Addison-Wesley 1985, (ISBN 0-201-10179-3)].
2. Informal name for one of the three standard references on Smalltalk. This book also has green and red siblings.
["Smalltalk-80: The Language and its Implementation", David Robson, Addison-Wesley 1983, (ISBN 0-201-11371-63)].
3. Any of the 1988 standards issued by the ITU-T's ninth plenary assembly. These include, among other things, the X.400 electronic mail specification and the Group 1 through 4 fax standards.
See also book titles.
[Jargon File]
(1995-10-12)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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