English - Etymology
From Middle English bible, from Middle Latin biblia (“book”) (misinterpreted as a feminine from earlier Latin neuter plural biblia (“books”)), from Ancient Greek βιβλία (biblía, “books”), plural of βιβλίον (biblíon, “small book”), originally a diminutive of βίβλος (bíblos, “book”), from βύβλος (búblos, “papyrus”) (from the ancient Phoenician city of Byblos which exported this writing material).
English - Pronunciation
English - Noun
A comprehensive manual that describes something. (e.g., handyman’s bible).
1995, Gary Wolf, "The Curse of Xanadu", Wired Magazine
- Computer Lib was written as a popular primer, but its most profound effect was on computer programmers, who needed little persuasion about the value of computers. Its tone – energetic, optimistic, inexhaustible, confused – matched theirs exactly. Having set out to appeal to the general public, Nelson managed to publish an insider's bible and highly intimate guide to hacker culture.
- 1995, Gary Wolf, "The Curse of Xanadu", Wired Magazine
- (nautical) A holystone.
French - Noun
- bible (comprehensive text)