(Li"bel*ant) n. One who libels; one who institutes a suit in an ecclesiastical or admiralty court.
[Written also libellant.] Cranch.
(Li"bel*er) n. One who libels. [Written also libeller.] " Libelers of others." Buckminster.
(Li"bel*ist) n. A libeler.
(||Li *bel"la) n. [L., dim. of libra balance. See Level, n.]
1. A small balance.
2. A level, or leveling instrument.
(Li*bel"lu*lid) n. (Zoöl.) A dragon fly.
(Li*bel"lu*loid) a. [NL. Libellula, the name of the typical genus + -oid.] (Zoöl.) Like or pertaining
to the dragon flies.
(Li"bel*ous) a. Containing or involving a libel; defamatory; containing that which exposes some
person to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule; as, a libelous pamphlet. [Written also libellous.] Li"bel*ous*ly,
Liber cells, elongated woody cells found in the liber.
(||Li"ber) n. [L. See Libel.] (Bot.) The inner bark of plants, lying next to the wood. It usually
contains a large proportion of woody, fibrous cells, and is, therefore, the part from which the fiber of the
plant is obtained, as that of hemp, etc.
(Lib"er*al) a. [F. libéral, L. liberalis, from liber free; perh. akin to libet, lubet, it pleases, E. lief.
1. Free by birth; hence, befitting a freeman or gentleman; refined; noble; independent; free; not servile or
mean; as, a liberal ancestry; a liberal spirit; liberal arts or studies. " Liberal education." Macaulay. " A
liberal tongue." Shak.
2. Bestowing in a large and noble way, as a freeman; generous; bounteous; open-handed; as, a liberal
giver. " Liberal of praise." Bacon.
Infinitely good, and of his goodMilton.
As liberal and free as infinite.
3. Bestowed in a large way; hence, more than sufficient; abundant; bountiful; ample; profuse; as, a liberal
gift; a liberal discharge of matter or of water.
His wealth doth warrant a liberal dower.Shak.
4. Not strict or rigorous; not confined or restricted to the literal sense; free; as, a liberal translation of a
classic, or a liberal construction of law or of language.
5. Not narrow or contracted in mind; not selfish; enlarged in spirit; catholic.
6. Free to excess; regardless of law or moral restraint; licentious. " Most like a liberal villain." Shak.
7. Not bound by orthodox tenets or established forms in political or religious philosophy; independent in
opinion; not conservative; friendly to great freedom in the constitution or administration of government; having