book scorpion


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Scorpion \Scor"pi*on\, n. [F., fr. L. scorpio, scorpius, Gr. ?,
   perhaps akin to E. sharp.]
   1. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of pulmonate arachnids
      of the order Scorpiones, having a suctorial mouth, large
      claw-bearing palpi, and a caudal sting.
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   Note: Scorpions have a flattened body, and a long, slender
         post-abdomen formed of six movable segments, the last
         of which terminates in a curved venomous sting. The
         venom causes great pain, but is unattended either with
         redness or swelling, except in the axillary or inguinal
         glands, when an extremity is affected. It is seldom if
         ever destructive of life. Scorpions are found widely
         dispersed in the warm climates of both the Old and New
         Worlds.
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   2. (Zool.) The pine or gray lizard (Sceloporus undulatus).
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   3. (Zool.) The scorpene.
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   4. (Script.) A painful scourge.
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            My father hath chastised you with whips, but I will
            chastise you with scorpions.          --1 Kings xii.
                                                  11.
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   5. (Astron.) A sign and constellation. See Scorpio.
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   6. (Antiq.) An ancient military engine for hurling stones and
      other missiles.
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   Book scorpion. (Zool.) See under Book.

   False scorpion. (Zool.) See under False, and {Book
      scorpion}.

   Scorpion bug, or Water scorpion (Zool.) See Nepa.

   Scorpion fly (Zool.), a neuropterous insect of the genus
      Panorpa. See Panorpid.

   Scorpion grass (Bot.), a plant of the genus Myosotis.
      Myosotis palustris is the forget-me-not.

   Scorpion senna (Bot.), a yellow-flowered leguminous shrub
      (Coronilla Emerus) having a slender joined pod, like a
      scorpion's tail. The leaves are said to yield a dye like
      indigo, and to be used sometimes to adulterate senna.

   Scorpion shell (Zool.), any shell of the genus Pteroceras.
      See Pteroceras.

   Scorpion spiders. (Zool.), any one of the Pedipalpi.

   Scorpion's tail (Bot.), any plant of the leguminous genus
      Scorpiurus, herbs with a circinately coiled pod; -- also
      called caterpillar.

   Scorpion's thorn (Bot.), a thorny leguminous plant
      (Genista Scorpius) of Southern Europe.

   The Scorpion's Heart (Astron.), the star Antares in the
      constellation Scorpio.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Book \Book\ (b[oo^]k), n. [OE. book, bok, AS. b[=o]c; akin to
   Goth. b[=o]ka a letter, in pl. book, writing, Icel. b[=o]k,
   Sw. bok, Dan. bog, OS. b[=o]k, D. boek, OHG. puoh, G. buch;
   and fr. AS. b[=o]c, b[=e]ce, beech; because the ancient
   Saxons and Germans in general wrote runes on pieces of
   beechen board. Cf. Beech.]
   1. A collection of sheets of paper, or similar material,
      blank, written, or printed, bound together; commonly, many
      folded and bound sheets containing continuous printing or
      writing.
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   Note: When blank, it is called a blank book. When printed,
         the term often distinguishes a bound volume, or a
         volume of some size, from a pamphlet.
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   Note: It has been held that, under the copyright law, a book
         is not necessarily a volume made of many sheets bound
         together; it may be printed on a single sheet, as music
         or a diagram of patterns. --Abbott.
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   2. A composition, written or printed; a treatise.
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            A good book is the precious life blood of a master
            spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a
            life beyond life.                     --Milton.
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   3. A part or subdivision of a treatise or literary work; as,
      the tenth book of "Paradise Lost."
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   4. A volume or collection of sheets in which accounts are
      kept; a register of debts and credits, receipts and
      expenditures, etc.; -- often used in the plural; as, they
      got a subpoena to examine our books.

   Syn: ledger, leger, account book, book of account. [1913
        Webster + WordNet 1.5]

   5. Six tricks taken by one side, in the game of bridge or
      whist, being the minimum number of tricks that must be
      taken before any additional tricks are counted as part of
      the score for that hand; in certain other games, two or
      more corresponding cards, forming a set.
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   6. (Drama) a written version of a play or other dramatic
      composition; -- used in preparing for a performance.

   Syn: script, playscript.
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   7. a set of paper objects (tickets, stamps, matches, checks
      etc.) bound together by one edge, like a book; as, he
      bought a book of stamps.
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   8. a book or list, actual or hypothetical, containing records
      of the best performances in some endeavor; a recordbook;
      -- used in the phrase

   one for the book or

   one for the books.

   Syn: record, recordbook.
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   9. (Sport) the set of facts about an athlete's performance,
      such as typical performance or playing habits or methods,
      that are accumulated by potential opponents as an aid in
      deciding how best to compete against that athlete; as, the
      book on Ted Williams suggests pitching to him low and
      outside.
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   10. (Finance) same as book value.
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   11. (Stock market) the list of current buy and sell orders
       maintained by a stock market specialist.
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   12. (Commerce) the purchase orders still outstanding and
       unfilled on a company's ledger; as, book to bill ratio.
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   Note: Book is used adjectively or as a part of many
         compounds; as, book buyer, bookrack, book club, book
         lore, book sale, book trade, memorandum book, cashbook.
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   Book account, an account or register of debt or credit in a
      book.

   Book debt, a debt for items charged to the debtor by the
      creditor in his book of accounts.

   Book learning, learning acquired from books, as
      distinguished from practical knowledge. "Neither does it
      so much require book learning and scholarship, as good
      natural sense, to distinguish true and false." --Burnet.

   Book louse (Zool.), one of several species of minute,
      wingless insects injurious to books and papers. They
      belong to the Pseudoneuroptera.

   Book moth (Zool.), the name of several species of moths,
      the larv[ae] of which eat books.

   Book oath, an oath made on The Book, or Bible.

   The Book of Books, the Bible.

   Book post, a system under which books, bulky manuscripts,
      etc., may be transmitted by mail.

   Book scorpion (Zool.), one of the false scorpions
      (Chelifer cancroides) found among books and papers. It
      can run sidewise and backward, and feeds on small insects.
      

   Book stall, a stand or stall, often in the open air, for
      retailing books.

   Canonical books. See Canonical.

   In one's books, in one's favor. "I was so much in his
      books, that at his decease he left me his lamp."
      --Addison.

   To bring to book.
       (a) To compel to give an account.
       (b) To compare with an admitted authority. "To bring it
           manifestly to book is impossible." --M. Arnold.

   by the book, according to standard procedures; using the
      correct or usual methods.

   cook the books, make fallacious entries in or otherwise
      manipulate a financial record book for fraudulent
      purposes.

   To curse by bell, book, and candle. See under Bell.

   To make book (Horse Racing), to conduct a business of
      accepting or placing bets from others on horse races.

   To make a book (Horse Racing), to lay bets (recorded in a
      pocket book) against the success of every horse, so that
      the bookmaker wins on all the unsuccessful horses and
      loses only on the winning horse or horses.

   off the books, not recorded in the official financial
      records of a business; -- usually used of payments made in
      cash to fraudulently avoid payment of taxes or of
      employment benefits.

   one for the book, one for the books, something
      extraordinary, such as a record-breaking performance or a
      remarkable accomplishment.

   To speak by the book, to speak with minute exactness.

   to throw the book at, to impose the maximum fine or penalty
      for an offense; -- usually used of judges imposing
      penalties for criminal acts.

   Without book.
       (a) By memory.
       (b) Without authority.

   to write the book, to be the leading authority in a field;
      -- usually used in the past tense; as, he's not just an
      average expert, he wrote the book.
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