Definitions for octavoɒkˈteɪ voʊ, -ˈtɑ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

oc•ta•voɒkˈteɪ voʊ, -ˈtɑ-(n.; adj.)(pl.)-vos

  1. (n.)a book size of about 6 x 9 in. (16 x 23 cm), determined by printing on sheets folded to form 8 leaves or 16 pages. Symbol: 8vo, 8°

    Category: Printing

  2. a book of this size.

    Category: Printing

  3. (adj.)in octavo.

    Category: Printing

Origin of octavo:

1575–85; short for NL in octāvō in an eighth

Princeton's WordNet

  1. octavo, eightvo, 8vo(noun)

    the size of a book whose pages are made by folding a sheet of paper three times to form eight leaves

Wiktionary

  1. octavo(Noun)

    A sheet of paper 7 to 10 inches high and 4.5 to 6 inches wide, the size varying with the large original sheet used to create it. Made by folding the original sheet three times to produce eight leaves.

  2. octavo(Noun)

    A book of octavo pages.

Freebase

  1. Octavo

    Octavo is a technical term describing the format of a book, which refers to the size of leaves produced from folding a full sheet of paper on which multiple pages of text were printed to form the individual sections of a book. An octavo is a book or pamphlet made up of one or more full sheets of paper on which 16 pages of text were printed, which were then folded three times to produce eight leaves. Each leaf of an octavo book thus represents one eighth the size of the original sheet. Other common book formats are folios and quartos. Octavo is also used as a general description of size of books that are about 8 to 10 inches tall, and as such does not necessarily indicate the actual printing format of the books, which may even be unknown as is the case for many modern books. These terms are discussed in greater detail in Book sizes.


Translations for octavo

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

eighth(noun)

one of eight equal parts

They each received an eighth of the money.

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