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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".



bible (plural bibles)

  1. 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.
  2. (nautical) A holystone.
  3. (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.

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bible f

  1. Bible


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  • bible in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • bible in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989




bible f (plural bibles)

  1. bible (comprehensive text)

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