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’
    • ‘Dictionaries range from language guides to handbooks of information arranged alphabetically on a range of topics.’
    • ‘Many other sourcebooks, handbooks, manuals, bibliographies, and topical encyclopedias, both general and specific, are available.’
    • ‘The sectional maps, airport facility guides, operating handbooks, etc. are still printed for a reason - safety.’
    • ‘Any level of arbitrariness in the information provided in handbooks would only cause noise in our analyses and hence render any detected relationships conservative.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, such handbooks make quickly sought information handy.’
    • ‘Presenting them with manuals and handbooks for use as reference and for discussion also contributes to successful communication and to understanding why.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well we learned how to use encyclopedias and almanacs and handbooks.’
    • ‘In the early 1950s, the publication of instructional television programming handbooks and production manuals was also a growing phenomenon.’
    • ‘In doing so, the author combines data found in previous handbooks with important new information derived from Japanese-language sources.’
    • ‘Amusingly, the audience got to choose between the actual book, a DIY handbook and a book about Heraldry.’
    • ‘However its plan and whatever its strategy, a handbook is a book of instruction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘York Marriott arranged a free training course in swimming pool management, while Norwich Union provided 500 employee handbooks for smaller companies.’
    • ‘Each chapter goes into details that warrant the use of this book as a handbook.’
    • ‘Although this book is called a handbook, it is clear that it is much more than that.’
    • ‘This expo is an ideal place to choose guides and handbooks for competitive examinations.’
    • ‘The information contained in handbooks of this type was clearly in considerable demand.’
    • ‘We have distributed handbooks for further information on this subject.’
    • ‘This cannot be a bad thing, as there are many biographies and handbooks that provide substantial factual information.’
    manual, instructions, instruction booklet, instruction manual, reference manual, abc, a to z, almanac, companion, directory, compendium
    guide, guidebook, travel guide, tourist guide, baedeker
    vade mecum
    enchiridion, promptuary, desk-book
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