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lib

[lib] /lɪb/
noun, Informal.
1.
liberation (def 2):
women's lib; gay lib.
2.
a libber.
Origin of lib
1965-1970
First recorded in 1965-70; by shortening

lib.1

1.
book.
Origin
From the Latin word liber

lib.2

1.
2.

Lib.

1.

ad lib

[ad lib, ad] /æd ˈlɪb, ˈæd/
noun
1.
something improvised in speech, music, etc.:
Was that joke part of your speech or an ad lib?
adverb
2.
at one's pleasure; without restriction.
3.
freely; as needed; without stint:
Water can be given to the patients ad lib.
Origin
First recorded in 1810-20; See origin at ad libitum

ad lib.

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British Dictionary definitions for lib

lib

/lɪb/
noun
1.
(informal, sometimes derogatory) short for liberation (sense 2)

lib.

abbreviation
1.
librarian
2.
library

Lib.

abbreviation
1.
Liberal
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Word Origin and History for lib
n.

1969, American English, shortening of liberation, used with possessives, originally in Women's Lib. Colloquial shortening libber for liberationist is attested from 1971.

ad lib

1811, shortened from Latin ad libitum "at one's pleasure, as much as one likes" (c.1600), from libere "to please" (see libido). First recorded as one word 1919 (v.), 1925 (n.).

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lib in Medicine

ad lib. abbr.
Latin ad libitum (freely, as desired)

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Slang definitions & phrases for lib

lib

noun

Liberation, esp as the aim of various movements: animal lib (1960s+)

Related Terms

gay lib, men's lib

ad lib

adverb

: They danced ad lib until the conductor found his place again

modifier

: an ad-lib gag/ a quick ad-lib put-down

noun phrase

A passage or comment, etc, given spontaneously: He forgot his lines and did a stupid ad lib

verb phrase

To speak, play, dance, or otherwise perform a passage not in one's prescribed plan, often with an original and spontaneous effect: The Senator ad lib-bed for ten minutes waiting for the President to show

[fr Latin ad libitum, ''as one wishes'']

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