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reference library

noun

Simple Definition of reference library

  • : a collection of books often about a particular subject

  • : a library that lets you use books while you are there but does not allow you to take the books home

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of reference library

  1. 1 :  a collection of books often about a particular subject

  2. 2 :  a library that lets people use books on the premises but does not allow books to be taken out

Word by Word Definitions

referenceplay
  1. :  the act of referring or consulting

    :  a bearing on a matter :  relation

    : :  something that refers: as

  1. :  used or usable for reference

    :  constituting a standard for measuring or constructing

  1. :  to supply with references

    :  to cite in or as a reference

    :  to put in a form (as a table) adapted to easy reference

libraryplay
  1. :  a place in which literary, musical, artistic, or reference materials (as books, manuscripts, recordings, or films) are kept for use but not for sale

    :  a collection of such materials

    :  a collection resembling or suggesting a library


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