BOOK. s. [boc, Sax.] 1. A volume in which we read or write. 2. A particular part of a work. 3. The register in which a trader keeps an account. 4. In books. In kind remembrance. 5. Without book. By memory.

VOLUME. s. [volumen, Lat.] 1. Something rolled, or convolved. 2. As much as seems convolved at once. 3. A book.

WORK. S. [werk, Dutch.] 1. Toil; labour. 2. A slate of labour. 3. Bungling attempt. 4. Flowers or embroidery of the needle. 5. Any fabrick or compages of art. 6. Action; feat; deed. 7. Anything made. 8. Management, treatment.

COMPAGES. S. [Lat.] A substance of many parts united.

BOOKFUL. a. Crowded with undigested knowledge.

BOOKMATE. s. Schoolfellow.

—Brian Reed


Brian Reed is the Milliman Endowed Chair of Humanities and the Chair of the Department of English at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the author of three books, most recently Nobody’s Business: Twenty-First Century Avant-Garde Poetics (2013), and more than thirty articles and essays on modern and contemporary poetry and poetics.

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