Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A movement that seeks to achieve equal rights for a group; liberation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A potion; magic potion; charm.
  • abbr. liberal
  • abbr. liberation
  • abbr. library
  • v. To geld; castrate; emasculate (usually said of animals).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To castrate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To castrate.
  • An abbreviation of librarian;
  • of library;
  • of the Latin libra, pound.
  • n. A basket.
  • n. An abbreviation of liber, 2.

Etymologies

Abbreviation for various words beginning in lib-. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English libbe, from Old English lybb ("medicine, drug, potion, poison, charm"), from Proto-Germanic *lubjan (“wort, herb, drug, poison”), from Proto-Indo-European *lewbʰ-, *lewb- (“to peel, break, damage”), from Proto-Indo-European *lew- (“to cut, remove, prune, separate”). Cognate with German Luppe, Lüppe ("salve, ointment, plant juice, medicine, magic"), Icelandic lyf ("medicine, drug"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English libben, related to Dutch lubben ("to castrate, emasculate"), Dutch libbe ("a steer"), lubbert ("a eunuch"). Further relation uncertain. Possibly related to Old English *lybbian (“to doctor”), from lybb (see above); or perhaps related to Old English lappa, læppa ("lappet, piece, section, lobe, portion, district"). More at lop. (Wiktionary)

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  • lib - to sleep.

    July 31, 2009