What does library mean?

Definitions for library
ˈlaɪˌbrɛr i, -brə ri, -bri; ˈlaɪ brɛr i; ˈlaɪ bə ri; ˈlaɪ bri; ˈlaɪ bɛr ili·brary

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word library.

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

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.

    Etymology: librarie, from librarie, from librairie, from librarium, from librarius, from liber, probably derived from a Proto-Indo-European base *. Displaced native bochus (from bochus).

  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.

    Etymology: librarie, from librarie, from librairie, from librarium, from librarius, from liber, probably derived from a Proto-Indo-European base *. Displaced native bochus (from bochus).

  3. library(Noun)

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

    Etymology: librarie, from librarie, from librairie, from librarium, from librarius, from liber, probably derived from a Proto-Indo-European base *. Displaced native bochus (from bochus).

  4. library(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Library(noun)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Library

    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. librariumliber, a book.]

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.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Library

    From the Latin librarium, a bookcase, through liber, a book.

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

How to pronounce library?

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How to say library in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of library in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of library in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of library in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Borelli:

    Basically youd build a big center and it would be a research facility for professional historians in the future and it would be something that would bring really a world-class academic institution to a part of the city that has a shortage of public colleges and universities, whether liberals like it or not, Trumps archives are going to be housed in a library somewhere, probably in his home state. So this is a positive thing. Its a positive thing for the south side of Chicago, theyre getting the BarackObama library, and I would hope that more people here in New York City would be receptive to this.

  2. Simeon Strunsky:

    If you want to understand democracy, spend less time in the library with Plato and more time in the buses with people.

  3. Terry Wyatt/Getty Images:

    I didnt have children because I believed that God didnt mean for me to have kids so everybodys kids could be mine, so I could do things like Imagination Library because if I hadnt had the freedom to work, I wouldnt have done all the things Ive done, i wouldnt be in a position to do all of the things Im doing now.

  4. Michelle Lee:

    Many of the teens at the Riverside Library who attend my job-hunt talk did not know what would be appropriate to wear for job interviews, or did not have proper attire.

  5. Douglas Bradburn:

    Right now the vast majority of the manuscript of George Washington is in the Library of Congress, but in fact about half of it is scattered all over the world.

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