Definition of reference book in English:

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reference book


1A book intended to be consulted for information on specific matters.
Example sentences
  • It is of considerable value as a reference book - to be consulted for specific information on the general content, hierarchy and location of sources.
  • The principal use for this book is as a reference book and a guide to sources, unless one is offering a course on legal history, the history of international law and practice, peace keeping, or some such kindred subject.
  • It is less a book to be read through from start to finish than a guide book to be read in conjunction with the Confessions or a reference book to be consulted on specific topics.
2South African historical another term for pass1 (sense 3 of the noun).

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