a support placed at the end of a row of books to hold them upright, usually used in pairs.
one of two things occurring or located at either end of something else: two events that served as bookends to my career.
verb (used with object)
to occur or be located at the beginning and end of: His term in office was bookended by crises.

1905–10; book + end1 Unabridged
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a support placed at the end of a row of books to keep them upright (on a shelf or table) 
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Example sentences
Those two references seem to bookend a fundamental question about the impulse of faith.
There's been a lot of talk this past week about the two horses which bookend the field.
The show, she says, will open and close with comedy segments that will bookend an appearance by one celebrity or author a night.
Vertical supply and exhaust-service cores bookend each suite.
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