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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of the books in a work of several volumes.
  • n. A book, especially a large or scholarly one.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One in a series of volumes.
  • n. A large or scholarly book.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. As many writings as are bound in a volume, forming part of a larger work; a book; -- usually applied to a ponderous volume.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A volume forming a part of a larger work; any volume, especially a ponderous one.
  • n. ⟨ See toom.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a (usually) large and scholarly book

Etymologies

French, from Latin tomus, from Greek tomos, a cutting, section, from temnein, to cut; see tem- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, from Latin tomus ("section of larger work"), from Ancient Greek τόμος (tomos, "section, roll of papyrus, volume"), from τέμνω (temnō, "I cut, separate"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "To those west of the Shannon the word (tome) has mysteriously and inexplicably been appointed a new and utterly unrelated meaning: cool, or deadly if you speak Finglas." from Tome Magazine

    August 7, 2011