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A simple sheet-metal bookend


book +‎ end



bookend (plural bookends)

  1. A heavy object or moveable support placed at one or both ends of a row of books for the purpose of keeping them upright.
  2. (figuratively) Something that comes before, after, or at both sides of something else.
    • 2012, Kelly Fiveash, “Snooper's-charter plans are just misunderstood, sniffles tearful May”, in The Register[1]:
      The cabinet minister's appearance served as something of a bookend to her grilling by the Home Affairs select committee in April this year []
    • 2017, Douglas Brode; Shea T. Brode; Cynthia J. Miller, The American Civil War on Film and TV, page 214:
      In both Episode 1 and Episode 9, which serve as bookends, Burns found fascinating footage of a 1938 event at which President Franklin Roosevelt spoke to living veterans who wore the Blue and the Gray; []
    • 2022 September 19, Alan Cowell, “From Coronation to Funeral: Bookends to the Life of a Queen, and a Generation”, in The New York Times[2], →ISSN:
      And it seemed, perhaps fancifully, that those two moments had become the bookends of a generation and of a nation’s frayed sense of equilibrium.



bookend (third-person singular simple present bookends, present participle bookending, simple past and past participle bookended)

  1. (transitive) To come before and after, or at both sides of.
    • 2006, Henry Owings & Patton Oswalt, The Overrated Book[3], →ISBN, page 105:
      Side one has good songs bookended by better songs.
    • 2015 October 4, Mark Kermode, “Macbeth review – a spittle-flecked Shakespearean war film”, in The Observer[4]:
      The tale is bookended by battles – faces meatily pummelled, bones crunchily broken and throats spurtingly sliced as offstage conflicts are placed centre-screen.
    • 2021 February 10, Dr Joseph Brennan, “Versatile and functional funiculars”, in RAIL, number 924, page 61:
      Yes, there are leisure lines to be enjoyed - in the Welsh 'Queen' resorts of Llandudno and Aberystwyth, or the steamer jewel of Douglas on the Isle of Man, where dramatic mountain and hill inclines were overcome and bookended with amusements and culinary amenities for the enjoyment of visitors.