phonebook

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phone +‎ book

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phonebook ‎(plural phonebooks)

  1. A directory of all the phone numbers used in a district.
    • 2007 June 13, Virginia Heffernan, “Doing the People's Business, in All Its Somnolent Glory”, in New York Times[1]:
      One even proposes, in a workaday monotone, that the first hundred people in any Idaho phonebook could do just as well as the legislators at making decisions in the capital.
  2. (by extension) A large lookup table.
    • 2007 July 9, John Markoff, “Fixing Typos by Web Users, Without Raising Hackles”, in New York Times[2]:
      He does this by using the Domain Name System, or DNS, which is the phonebook for the Internet.

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