tome

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Tome \Tome\ (t[=o]m), noun [F. tome (cf. It., Sp., & Pg. tomo), L. tomus, fr. Gr. ? a piece cut off, a part of a book, a volume, akin to ? to cup, and perhaps to L. tondere to shear, E. tonsure. Cf. {Anatomy}, {Atom}, {Entomology}, {Epitome}. ] As many writings as are bound in a volume, forming part of a larger work; a book; -- usually applied to a ponderous volume.

Tomes of fable and of dream. --Cowper.

A more childish expedient than that to which he now resorted is not to be found in all the tomes of the casuists. --Macaulay.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

tome

noun

1: a (usually) large and scholarly book


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