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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English bible, from Middle Latin biblia (book) (misinterpreted as a feminine from earlier Latin neuter plural biblia (books)), from Ancient Greek βιβλία (biblía, books), plural of βιβλίον (biblíon, small book), originally a diminutive of βίβλος (bíblos, book), from βύβλος (búblos, papyrus) (from the ancient Phoenician city of Byblos which exported this writing material).

Old English used biblioþēce (from βιβλιοθήκη) and ġewritu (> English writs) for "the Scriptures".

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈbaɪbəl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪbəl

NounEdit

bible (plural bibles)

  1. An exemplar of the Bible.
  2. A comprehensive manual that describes something. (e.g., handyman’s bible).
    • 1995, Gary Wolf, "The Curse of Xanadu", Wired Magazine
      Computer Lib was written as a popular primer, but its most profound effect was on computer programmers, who needed little persuasion about the value of computers. Its tone – energetic, optimistic, inexhaustible, confused – matched theirs exactly. Having set out to appeal to the general public, Nelson managed to publish an insider's bible and highly intimate guide to hacker culture.
  3. (nautical) Synonym of holystone: a piece of sandstone used for scouring wooden decks on ships.
  4. (at certain US universities) A compilation of problems and solutions from previous years of a given course, used by some students to cheat on tests or assignments.
    • 1965, Matt Fichtenbaum and Dan Murphy, “The Institute Screw” in The Broadside of Boston, vol. III, No. 22:
      My friend’s a genius, he will give me problems one through nine.
      The bible of a sophomore will have the needed lines.
  5. Omasum, the third compartment of the stomach of ruminants
    Synonyms: psalterium, omasum, manyplies, fardel

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bible f

  1. Bible

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bible f (plural bibles)

  1. bible (comprehensive text)

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French bible, from Medieval Latin biblia, from biblia), from Ancient Greek βιβλία (biblía).

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bible

  1. The Bible (Christian holy book); a copy of the Bible.
  2. (rare) The Koran (Muslim holy book).

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bible

  1. Any book that is of extensive length.
  2. A compendium, collection, or storehouse of books.

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