What does bible mean?

Definitions for bible
ˈbaɪ bəlbible

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Bible, Christian Bible, Book, Good Book, Holy Scripture, Holy Writ, Scripture, Word of God, Wordnoun

    the sacred writings of the Christian religions

    "he went to carry the Word to the heathen"

  2. biblenoun

    a book regarded as authoritative in its field


  1. biblenoun

    A comprehensive manual that describes something. (e.g., handyman's bible).

  2. biblenoun

    A holystone.

  3. Biblenoun

    The Christian holy book.

  4. Biblenoun

    The Jewish holy book that was largely incorporated into the Christian Bible.

  5. Biblenoun

    The analogous holy book of another religion.

  6. Biblenoun

    A specific version, edition, translation, or copy of any of the above.

  7. Etymology: See bible.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Biblenoun

    The sacred volume in which are contained the revelations of God.

    Etymology: from βἴϐλιον, a book; called, by way of excellence, The Book.

    If we pass from the apostolic to the next ages of the church, the primitive christians looked on their bibles as their most important treasure. Government of the Tongue, § 3.

    We must take heed how we accustom ourselves to a slight and irreverent use of the name of God, and of the phrases and expressions of the holy bible, which ought not to be applied upon every slight occasion. John Tillotson, sermon i.

    In questions of natural religion, we should confirm and improve, or connect our reasonings, by the divine assistance of the bible. Isaac Watts, Logick.


  1. Bible

    The Bible (from Koine Greek τὰ βιβλία, tà biblía, "the books") is a collection of religious texts or scriptures sacred to Christians, Jews, Samaritans, Rastafari and others. They generally consider the Bible to be a product of divine inspiration and a record of the relationship between God and humans. The Bible appears in the form of an anthology, a compilation of texts of a variety of forms that are all linked by the belief that they collectively contain the word of God. These texts include theologically-focused historical accounts, hymns, parables, didactic letters, erotica, sermons, poetry, and prophecies. Those books included in the Bible by a tradition or group are called canonical, indicating that the tradition/group views the collection as the true representation of God's word and will. A number of Biblical canons have evolved, with overlapping and diverging contents from denomination to denomination. The Hebrew Bible overlaps with the Greek Septuagint and the Christian Old Testament. The Christian New Testament is a collection of writings by early Christians, believed to be mostly Jewish disciples of Christ, written in first-century Koine Greek. Among Christian denominations there is some disagreement about what should be included in the canon, primarily about the biblical apocrypha, a list of works that are regarded with varying levels of respect. Attitudes towards the Bible also differ among Christian groups. Roman Catholics, high church Anglicans, Methodists and Eastern Orthodox Christians stress the harmony and importance of both the Bible and sacred tradition, while many Protestant churches focus on the idea of sola scriptura, or scripture alone. This concept rose to prominence during the Reformation, and many denominations today support the use of the Bible as the only infallible source of Christian teaching. Others though, advance the concept of prima scriptura in contrast.The Bible has had a massive influence on literature and history, especially in the Western world, where the Gutenberg Bible was the first book printed using movable type. According to the March 2007 edition of Time, the Bible "has done more to shape literature, history, entertainment, and culture than any book ever written. Its influence on world history is unparalleled, and shows no signs of abating." With estimated total sales of over 5 billion copies, it is widely considered to be the best-selling book of all time. As of the 2000s, it sells approximately 100 million copies annually.


  1. bible

    The Bible is a collection of religious texts or scriptures sacred in Christianity, Judaism, Samaritanism, and other faiths. It is divided into two main sections: the Old Testament, which includes religious texts and stories shared with Judaism, and the New Testament, which details the teachings, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Composed by various authors over a period of centuries, the Bible serves as a significant source of theology, morality, rituals, and guidance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Biblenoun

    a book

  2. Biblenoun

    the Book by way of eminence, -- that is, the book which is made up of the writings accepted by Christians as of divine origin and authority, whether such writings be in the original language, or translated; the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments; -- sometimes in a restricted sense, the Old Testament; as, King James's Bible; Douay Bible; Luther's Bible. Also, the book which is made up of writings similarly accepted by the Jews; as, a rabbinical Bible

  3. Biblenoun

    a book containing the sacred writings belonging to any religion; as, the Koran is often called the Mohammedan Bible

  4. Biblenoun

    a book with an authoritative exposition of some topic, respected by many who are experts in the field

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bible

    bī′bl, n. the sacred writings of the Christian Church, consisting of the Old and New Testaments.—adj. Bib′lical, of or relating to the Bible: scriptural.—adv. Bib′lically.—ns. Bib′licism, biblical doctrine, learning, or literature; Bib′licist, Bīb′list, one versed in biblical learning: one who makes Scripture the sole rule of faith. [Fr.—Low L. biblia, fem. sing., earlier neut. pl., from Gr. ta biblia, lit. 'the books,' esp. the canonical books of Scripture, biblion, a book, dim. of biblos, papyrus, paper.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. bible

    1. One of a small number of fundamental source books such as Knuth, K&R, or the Camel Book. 2. The most detailed and authoritative reference for a particular language, operating system, or other complex software system.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Bible

    The book composed of writings generally accepted by Christians as inspired by God and of divine authority. (Webster, 3d ed)

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bible

    A hand-axe. Also, a squared piece of freestone to grind the deck with sand in cleaning it; a small holy-stone, so called from seamen using them kneeling.

Editors Contribution

  1. biblenoun

    A Bureau internationally binding light executively.

    The Bible is verbally connected to a person, place, or thing.

    Etymology: Torah

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on February 12, 2024  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BIBLE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bible is ranked #7119 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bible surname appeared 4,700 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Bible.

    81.7% or 3,842 total occurrences were White.
    8.7% or 412 total occurrences were Black.
    3.1% or 146 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.9% or 138 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.8% or 136 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.5% or 26 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bible' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4776

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bible' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3004

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bible' in Nouns Frequency: #1783

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bible in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bible in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of bible in a Sentence

  1. Nick Hall:

    I think weve taught people that go to church to love good music and good preaching, but most of us have not been taught to love the Bible and read the Bible on our own. Its almost like this foundational part of our faith that were missing.

  2. Evan Edgar:

    Education - The ability to quote Shakespeare without crediting it to the Bible.

  3. Chad Carswell:

    Christ tells me 365 times in the Bible, ‘Do not fear’ — so obviously he meant it.

  4. G.K. Chesterton:

    The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.

  5. Eyal Poleg:

    We know virtually nothing about This Bible – whose preface was written by Henry VIII Henry VIII – outside of the surviving copies.

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