/hand"book'/, n.
1. a book of instruction or guidance, as for an occupation; manual: a handbook of radio.
2. a guidebook for travelers: a handbook of Italy.
3. a reference book in a particular field: a medical handbook.
4. a scholarly book on a specific subject, often consisting of separate essays or articles: a handbook of lectures on criticism.
[trans. of G Handbuch]

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