The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bible \Bi"ble\ (b[imac]"b'l), n. [F. bible, L. biblia, pl., fr.
Gr. bibli`a, pl. of bibli`on, dim. of bi`blos, by`blos, book,
prop. Egyptian papyrus.]
1. A book. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
2. 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
3. A book containing the sacred writings belonging to any
religion; as, the Koran is often called the Mohammedan
4. (Fig.) a book with an authoritative exposition of some
topic, respected by many who are experts in the field.
Bible Society, an association for securing the
multiplication and wide distribution of the Bible.
Douay Bible. See Douay Bible.
Geneva Bible. See under Geneva.