• (British) IPA: /ˈlaɪbɹi/
    • (RP) IPA: /ˈlaɪbɹəɹi/
  • (America)
    • (GA) IPA: /ˈlaɪˌbɹɛɹi/, /ˈlaɪbɹəɹi/
    • (non-standard) IPA: /ˈlaɪˌbɛɹi/

library (plural libraries)

  1. An institution which holds books and/or other forms of media for use by the public or qualified people often lending them out, as well as providing various other services for its users.
    Synonyms: bookhouse
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  2. (by extension) Any institution that lends out its goods for use by the public or a community.
  3. A collection of books or other forms of stored information.
  4. An equivalent collection of analogous information in a non-printed form, e.g. record library.
  5. A room dedicated to storing books.
  6. (computer programming) A collection of software routines that provide functionality to be incorporated into or used by a computer program.
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    • 2014, John Paul Mueller, Jeff Cogswell, C++ All-in-One For Dummies, John Wiley & Sons (ISBN 9781118823781), page gbooks N5otBAAAQBAJ:
      A static library is much like any other library in that it contains a bunch of code for your application to use.
  7. A collection of DNA material from a single organism or relative to a single disease.
  8. (card games) The deck or draw pile.
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