Definition of handbook in English:



  • A book giving information such as facts on a particular subject or instructions for operating a machine.

    ‘a handbook of poisonous plants’
    ‘the handbook says an alkaline battery should be good for around 2000 hours of continuous performance’
    • ‘However its plan and whatever its strategy, a handbook is a book of instruction.’
    • ‘Dictionaries range from language guides to handbooks of information arranged alphabetically on a range of topics.’
    • ‘Sadly the libraries that used to be the basis of that educational effort have disappeared and Resource Centres substituted, largely a compilation of works of reference and technical handbooks.’
    • ‘Well we learned how to use encyclopedias and almanacs and handbooks.’
    • ‘Each chapter goes into details that warrant the use of this book as a handbook.’
    • ‘We have distributed handbooks for further information on this subject.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, such handbooks make quickly sought information handy.’
    • ‘Many other sourcebooks, handbooks, manuals, bibliographies, and topical encyclopedias, both general and specific, are available.’
    • ‘York Marriott arranged a free training course in swimming pool management, while Norwich Union provided 500 employee handbooks for smaller companies.’
    • ‘Presenting them with manuals and handbooks for use as reference and for discussion also contributes to successful communication and to understanding why.’
    • ‘Any level of arbitrariness in the information provided in handbooks would only cause noise in our analyses and hence render any detected relationships conservative.’
    • ‘The sectional maps, airport facility guides, operating handbooks, etc. are still printed for a reason - safety.’
    • ‘In the early 1950s, the publication of instructional television programming handbooks and production manuals was also a growing phenomenon.’
    • ‘Although this book is called a handbook, it is clear that it is much more than that.’
    • ‘This cannot be a bad thing, as there are many biographies and handbooks that provide substantial factual information.’
    • ‘This expo is an ideal place to choose guides and handbooks for competitive examinations.’
    • ‘Amusingly, the audience got to choose between the actual book, a DIY handbook and a book about Heraldry.’
    • ‘In doing so, the author combines data found in previous handbooks with important new information derived from Japanese-language sources.’
    • ‘The information contained in handbooks of this type was clearly in considerable demand.’
    • ‘You will need to bring your own history and philosophy to the task, and don't forget to dip into the enemy's operational handbooks and read between the lines of their public pronouncements.’
    manual, instructions, instruction booklet, instruction manual, reference manual, abc, a to z, almanac, companion, directory, compendium
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