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[tekst-boo k] /ˈtɛkstˌbʊk/
a book used by students as a standard work for a particular branch of study.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or seemingly suitable for inclusion in a textbook; typical; classic:
a textbook case.
Origin of textbook
1720-30; text + book Unabridged
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  • Over in the plant lab, hands-on exhibits take basic botany lessons out of the textbook realm.
  • Formerly, science was taught by the textbook method, while now the laboratory method is employed.
  • In textbook economics, this should have had no impact on spending.
  • Others are huge-about the size of a large textbook-with a big speaker and controls.
  • The textbook instructions for such studies are merely to sit and observe.
  • And now it is a textbook example of how the world's poor are often left without basic health services.
  • There, he set about to transform a village that could have been a textbook case of rural dysfunction.
  • It's also a textbook example of how that complex works.
  • They're having a press conference now, and in many ways, it's a textbook case of what not to do.
  • textbook charts trace a progression upwards on the evolutionary scale from the four legged to the two legged among us.
British Dictionary definitions for textbook


  1. a book used as a standard source of information on a particular subject
  2. (as modifier): a textbook example
Derived Forms
textbookish, adjective
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Word Origin and History for textbook

also text-book, 1779, from text (n.) + book (n.).

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