Definition of notebook in US English:



  • 1A small book with blank or ruled pages for writing notes in.

    ‘he copied the number into his notebook’
    • ‘Already I'd filled many a page in my notebooks with my rants and raves about it.’
    • ‘I took out my book for social and placed my Spanish and math books and notebooks into my locker.’
    • ‘She hurriedly started pulling notebooks and books off of the top shelf, almost at random.’
    • ‘The falling leaves land on her books, notebooks, school bag and hair as if each leaf knows its final destination.’
    • ‘He started talking, and the students all began jotting down notes in their notebooks.’
    • ‘In our notebook were pages of names and phone numbers of friends he wished to be contacted on his demise.’
    • ‘When at art college I much preferred flicking through people's notebooks and sketch books than their finished pieces.’
    • ‘They talked more for another hour, their notebooks and books completely forgotten.’
    • ‘Vicki struggled open another box of books and notebooks as she tried to forget that it had been fun.’
    • ‘Books are open on every surface, and there are many pages of notebooks strewn around.’
    • ‘She entrusted a huge collection of books, documents, notebooks and other items from her news days to the center.’
    • ‘Crosswell had begun his own football novel, three handwritten pages in a notebook.’
    • ‘The Toronto officers did not record the interview other than handwritten notes in their notebooks.’
    • ‘I got all of my books and notebooks out and looked at Mr. Walker, who was doing attendance.’
    • ‘While she was opening her books and notebooks the girl didn't stop staring at him.’
    • ‘I had no backpack, had no textbooks, had no notes, had no notebooks, had no nothing.’
    • ‘Now the notebooks and books stood neatly stacked on a shelf on top of the desk.’
    • ‘I picked up all my books and notebooks in a daze, and was nearly out of the classroom when I felt a tug on my sleeve.’
    • ‘Well, with that out of the way, please take out your notebooks for some notes.’
    • ‘Along the shelves were various other notebooks containing the notes of later hunters.’
    notepad, exercise book, register, logbook, log, diary, daybook, journal, commonplace book, memorandum book, record book, personal organizer
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    1. 1.1 A laptop computer, especially a small, slim one.
      • ‘In short, it's easy to grasp what makes a Centrino notebook different from other laptops.’
      • ‘The company is to develop and supply Bluetooth technology for use in Compaq notebooks and desktops.’
      • ‘You only have to look at the increasing number of Centrino-based notebooks arriving through our doors to realise that.’
      • ‘Cellphones today have the same computing power as notebooks did a few years ago.’
      • ‘These memory module types are rarely used in desktop computers and never in notebooks.’
      • ‘Shares in makers of panels used as computer screens in notebooks, desktop monitors and mobile phones rose.’
      • ‘Data loss associated with notebooks and portable computers is even more drastic.’
      • ‘Again, traditionally, the desktop line has been fitted with new CPUs ahead of the notebooks.’
      • ‘IBM's putting Linux on notebooks showed how Linux was moving to the desktop market.’
      • ‘Compaq's professional computers and notebooks will survive, but under the HP name.’
      • ‘Power notebooks and laptops are also the fastest growing area and they will also need electronics which will monitor and control the heat.’
      • ‘He said that a majority of Tosh notebooks would have IBM drives inside them.’
      • ‘While Wi-Fi is becoming a standard feature on notebooks, network coverage is anything but ubiquitous.’
      • ‘This game is clearly intended for value-oriented computers or even notebooks.’
      • ‘Some PDAs and notebooks will offer only Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, but the vast majority will offer both.’
      • ‘Next, use the hardware profile to tell the computer it's a notebook with a docking station.’
      • ‘Dell will now load the software onto notebooks at the customer's discretion, it says.’
      • ‘The joint venture's portfolio ranges from mainframes to notebooks.’
      • ‘However, notebooks and laptops haven't had the luxury of big drives until recently.’
      • ‘Their specialisms suggest the PC giant is buying desktops, notebooks and servers, respectively.’