Definitions for Libraryˈlaɪˌbrɛr i, -brə ri, -bri; ˈlaɪ brɛr i; ˈlaɪ bə ri; ˈlaɪ bri; ˈlaɪ bɛr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

li•brar•y*ˈlaɪˌbrɛr i, -brə ri, -bri; ˈlaɪ brɛr i; ˈlaɪ bə ri; ˈlaɪ bri; ˈlaɪ bɛr i(n.)(pl.)-brar•ies.

  1. a place, as a building or set of rooms, containing books, recordings, or other reading, viewing, or listening materials arranged and cataloged in a fixed way. such a place together with the staff maintaining it, as a public facility funded by a government, as part of a school, business, etc., or as a private establishment.

    Category: Library Science

  2. any collection of books, or the space containing them.

    Category: Library Science

  3. any set of items resembling a library in appearance, organization, or purpose:

    a library of computer software.

    Category: Library Science

  4. a series of books of similar character or alike in size, binding, etc., issued by a single publishing house.

* Pron: library, with two barely separated r-sounds, is particularly vulnerable to dissimilation - the tendency for neighboring like sounds to become unlike, or for one of them to disappear altogether. The pronunciationtherefore, while still the most common, is frequently reduced by educated speakers, both in the U.S. and in England, to the dissimilatedorA third dissimilated formis more likely to be heard from less educated or very young speakers and is often criticized. See colonel, February.

Origin of library:

1300–50; ME libraire < MF librairie < ML librāria, n. use of fem. of L librārius (adj.) of books

Princeton's WordNet

  1. library(noun)

    a room where books are kept

    "they had brandy in the library"

  2. library(noun)

    a collection of literary documents or records kept for reference or borrowing

  3. library, depository library(noun)

    a depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study

  4. library, program library, subroutine library(noun)

    (computing) a collection of standard programs and subroutines that are stored and available for immediate use

  5. library(noun)

    a building that houses a collection of books and other materials

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. library(noun)ˈlaɪˌbrɛr i, -brə ri, -bri

    a place people can borrow books from, find out information, etc.

    the public library; a college library

  2. libraryˈlaɪˌbrɛr i, -brə ri, -bri

    a room in a building or house where books are kept

    the law firm's library

Wiktionary

  1. library(Noun)

    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.

  2. library(Noun)

    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.

  3. library(Noun)

    An equivalent collection of analogous information in a non-printed form, e.g. record library

  4. library(Noun)

    A collection of software subprograms that provides functionality, to be incorporated into or used by a computer program.

  5. 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).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Library(noun)

    a considerable collection of books kept for use, and not as merchandise; as, a private library; a public library

  2. Library(noun)

    a building or apartment appropriated for holding such a collection of books

Freebase

  1. Library

    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.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. library

    A place where the dead lie.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. LIBRARY

    From Fr. _libre_, meaning free, and proper name ANDY. Something free from Andy Carnegie.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Library' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1246

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Library' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1611

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Library' in Nouns Frequency: #428


Translations for Library

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

library(noun)

(a building or room containing) a collection of books, tapes, videos etc

He works in the public library; She has a fine library of books about art.

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