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textbook (plural textbooks)
- A coursebook, a formal manual of instruction in a specific subject, especially one for use in schools or colleges.
- text-book (obsolete)
formal manual of instruction
- Of or pertaining to textbooks or their style, especially in being dry and pedagogical; textbooky, textbooklike.
- 1917, George Ransom Twiss, A textbook in the principles of science teaching:
- It is likely to kill interest, and give both teacher and pupils a didactic, textbook attitude at the very beginning.
- 2000, Okasha El Daly, Janet Starkey, Desert travellers: from Herodotus to T.E. Lawrence:
- They are mentioned in his flat, textbook voice, alongside schoolroom descriptions of topography and assessments of economic significance.
- 2004, David Henn, Old Spain and new Spain: the travel narratives of Camilo José Cela:
- ...a kind of descriptive account or a social, geographical, anthropological, or historical commentary that may at times have a certain textbook tone to it.
- Having the typical characteristics of some class of phenomenon, so that it might be included as an example in a textbook.
- 1997, Alexander De Waal, Famine crimes: politics and the disaster relief industry in Africa:
- It was a textbook case of how prompt government action could avert a major crisis.
- 2003, Felice Picano, A house on the ocean, a house on the bay:
- Every night had been clear and star-studded, the progression of the moon through its phases absolutely textbook, its dance with the planets visible in the ecliptic...
- 2003, Robert J Art, Patrick M Cronin, The United States and coercive diplomacy:
- In many ways the Korean nuclear crisis is a textbook example of coercive diplomacy — its strengths as well as the risks inherent in such a strategy.
- 2020 December 11, Patricia Mazzei, “A State Scientist Questioned Florida’s Virus Data. Now Her Home’s Been Raided.”, in The New York Times, →ISSN:
- “That’s textbook bad security practice, and this is an example of why — it’s cumbersome to revoke access and hard to attribute actions to the responsible people,” said J. Alex Halderman, a computer science and engineering professor at the University of Michigan.
- 2022 July 27, Dr Joseph Brennan, “Bridge disasters that spanned an Empire”, in RAIL, number 962, page 58:
- In Scotland, the Tay [bridge] fell (in part) as textbook testament to the brittleness of cast iron.
- For quotations using this term, see Citations:textbook.
of or pertaining to textbooks or their styles
having the typical characteristics of some class of phenomenon