a room where books are kept
"they had brandy in the library"
a collection of literary documents or records kept for reference or borrowing
library, depository library(noun)
a depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study
library, program library, subroutine library(noun)
(computing) a collection of standard programs and subroutines that are stored and available for immediate use
a building that houses a collection of books and other materials
An institution which holds books and/or other forms of stored information for use by the public or qualified people. It is usual, but not a defining feature of a library, for it to be housed in rooms of a building, to lend items of its collection to members either with or without payment, and to provide various other services for its community of users.
A collection of books or other forms of stored information. An individual may refer to his collection of books and other items as his library.
An equivalent collection of analogous information in a non-printed form, e.g. record library
A collection of software subprograms that provides functionality, to be incorporated into or used by a computer program.
Origin: librarie, from librarie, from librairie, from librarium, from librarius, from liber, probably derived from a Proto-Indo-European base *. Displaced native bochus (from bochus).
a considerable collection of books kept for use, and not as merchandise; as, a private library; a public library
a building or apartment appropriated for holding such a collection of books
Origin: [OE. librairie, F. librairie bookseller's shop, book trade, formerly, a library, fr. libraire bookseller, L. librarius, from liber book; cf. libraria bookseller's shop, librarium bookcase, It. libreria. See Libel.]
In computer science, a library is a collection of implementations of behavior, written in terms of a language, that has a well-defined interface by which the behavior is invoked. In addition, the behavior is provided for reuse by multiple independent programs. A program invokes the library-provided behavior via a mechanism of the language. For example, in a simple imperative language such as C, the behavior in a library is invoked by using C's normal function-call. What distinguishes the call as being to a library, versus being to another function in the same program, is the way that the code is organized in the system. Library code is organized in such a way that it can be used by multiple programs that have no connection to each other, while code that is part of a program is organized to only be used within that one program. This distinction can gain a hierarchical notion when a program grows large, such as a multi-million-line program. In that case, there may be internal libraries that are reused by independent sub-portions of the large program. The distinguishing feature is that a library is organized for the purposes of being reused by independent programs or sub-programs, and the user only needs to know the interface, and not the internal details of the library.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
lī′brar-i, n. a building or room containing a collection of books: a collection of books.—ns. Librā′rian, the keeper of a library; Librā′rianship. [L. librarium—liber, a book.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
A place where the dead lie.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
From Fr. _libre_, meaning free, and proper name ANDY. Something free from Andy Carnegie.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Library' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1246
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Library' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1611
Rank popularity for the word 'Library' in Nouns Frequency: #428
The numerical value of Library in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of Library in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
A scholar is just a library's way of making another library.
Life is a library owned by an author. It has a few books which he wrote himself, but most of them were written for him.
Just the omission of Jane Austen's books alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that hadn't a book in it.
Personally, I'd like to see the National Library of Wales or the British Library put in a bid, to stop it from leaving the country, if possible.
I got Bush's campaign people out in my hometown, and I have a library out there, OK? I got a library out there. So they've been living in this library trying to dig up all this stuff against me.
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- bibliotecaCatalan, Valencian
- knihovna, fonotékaCzech
- Bibliothek, Archiv, BüchereiGerman
- βιβλιοθήκη, δισκοθήκηGreek
- biblioteko, libraroEsperanto
- biblioteca, libreríaSpanish
- äänilevystö, kirjasto, ohjelmakirjasto, levystöFinnish
- leabharlannScottish Gaelic
- lioarlan, thie lioaragh, lioar-hashtManx
- पुस्तकालय, लाइब्रेरीHindi
- könyvtár, programkönyvtárHungarian
- bókahús, bókasafn, bókhlaðaIcelandic
- biblioteca, banca dati, libreria, archivioItalian
- 双書, 図書館, ライブラリーJapanese
- 장서, 圖書館, 도서관, 라이브러리Korean
- BibliothéikLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- whare pukapukaMāori
- perpustakaan, kutubkhanah, siri, koleksiMalay
- bibliotheek, boekerij, boekenkastDutch
- naaltsoos bá hooghanNavajo, Navaho
- biblioteka, księgozbiór, biblioteczkaPolish
- biblioteca, arquivoPortuguese
- knjížnica, biblioteka, библиотека, књи́жницаSerbo-Croatian
- පුස්තකාලයSinhala, Sinhalese
- หอสมุด, ห้องสมุดThai
- aklatan, silid-aklatanTagalog
- كۇتۇپخاناUyghur, Uighur
- thư việnVietnamese
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