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libra1

[lahy-bruh, lee-] /ˈlaɪ brə, ˈli-/
noun, plural librae
[lahy-bree, lee-brahy] /ˈlaɪ bri, ˈli braɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
the ancient Roman pound (containing 5053 grains or 327.4 grams).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin lībra

libra2

[lee-vrah] /ˈli vrɑ/
noun, plural libras
[lee-vrahs] /ˈli vrɑs/ (Show IPA)
1.
sol3 (def 2).
Origin
< Spanish < Latin lībra libra1

Libra

[lee-bruh, lahy-] /ˈli brə, ˈlaɪ-/
noun, genitive Librae
[lee-brahy, lahy-bree] /ˈli braɪ, ˈlaɪ bri/ (Show IPA),
for 1.
1.
Astronomy. the Balance, a zodiacal constellation between Virgo and Serpens.
2.
Astrology.
  1. the seventh sign of the zodiac: the cardinal air sign.
  2. Also, Libran. a person born under this sign, usually between September 23rd and October 22nd.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin lībra literally, pair of scales, libra1

sol3

[sohl, sol; Spanish sawl] /soʊl, sɒl; Spanish sɔl/
noun, plural sols Spanish, soles
[saw-les] /ˈsɔ lɛs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a bronze coin and monetary unit of Peru, equal to 100 centavos.
Abbreviation: S.
2.
Also called libra. a former gold coin of Peru.
Origin
1880-85; < American Spanish: sun, Spanish < Latin sōl
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British Dictionary definitions for librae

libra

/ˈlaɪbrə/
noun (pl) -brae (-briː)
1.
an ancient Roman unit of weight corresponding to 1 pound, but equal to about 12 ounces
Word Origin
C14: from Latin, literally: scales

Libra

/ˈliːbrə/
noun (Latin genitive) Librae (ˈliːbriː)
1.
(astronomy) a small faint zodiacal constellation in the S hemisphere, lying between Virgo and Scorpius on the ecliptic
2.
(astrology)
  1. Also called the Scales, the Balance. the seventh sign of the zodiac, symbol ♎, having a cardinal air classification and ruled by the planet Venus. The sun is in this sign between about Sept 23 and Oct 22
  2. a person born under this sign
adjective
3.
(astrology) born under or characteristic of Libra
Also (for senses 2b, 3) Libran (ˈlɪbrən)

sol1

/sɒl/
noun
1.
(music) another name for soh
Word Origin
C14: see gamut

sol2

/səʊl/
noun
1.
short for new sol
2.
a former French copper or silver coin, usually worth 12 deniers
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from Late Latin: solidus

sol3

/sɒl/
noun
1.
a colloid that has a continuous liquid phase, esp one in which a solid is suspended in a liquid
Word Origin
C20: shortened from hydrosol

sol4

/sɒl/
noun
1.
(astronomy) a solar day as measured on the planet Mars, equal to 24.65 hours
Word Origin
C20: from Latin sōl the sun

Sol

/sɒl/
noun
1.
the Roman god personifying the sun Greek counterpart Helios
2.
a poetic word for the sun
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Word Origin and History for librae
Libra
zodiac constellation, late 14c., from L. libra, lit. "pound, balance," from Mediterranean base *lithra- "a scale."
Sol
"the sun," mid-15c., from L. sol "the sun," from PIE *s(e)wol-, from base *saewel- "to shine, the sun" (cf. Skt. suryah, Avestan hvar "sun, light, heavens;" Gk. helios; Lith. saule; O.C.S. slunice; Goth. sauil, O.E. sol "sun," swegl "sky, heavens, the sun;" Welsh haul, O.Cornish heuul, Breton heol "sun;" O.Ir. suil "eye"). The PIE element -*el- in the root originally was a suffix and had an alternative form -*en-, yielding *s(u)wen-, source of Eng. sun (q.v.).
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librae in Medicine

sol (sôl, sōl)
n.
A colloidal dispersion of a solid in a liquid.

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librae in Science
Libra
  (lē'brə)   
A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Scorpius and Virgo. Libra (the Scales or Balance) is the seventh sign of the zodiac.
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Slang definitions & phrases for librae

SOL

adverb

Shit out of luck; ruined; kaput: If the press gets ahold of this, we're SOL

[WWI armed forces; fr shit out of luck]


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Related Abbreviations for librae

SOL

shit out of luck
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Encyclopedia Article for librae

libra

the basic Roman unit of weight; after 268 BC it was about 5,076 English grains or equal to 0.722 pounds avoirdupois (0.329 kg). This pound was brought to Britain and other provinces where it became the standard for weighing gold and silver and for use in all commercial transactions. The abbreviation lb for pound is derived from libra. One-twelfth of the libra, the Roman uncia, is the ancestor of the English ounce

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sol

in physical chemistry, a colloid (aggregate of very fine particles dispersed in a continuous medium) in which the particles are solid and the dispersion medium is fluid. If the dispersion medium is water, the colloid may be called a hydrosol; and if air, an aerosol. Lyophobic (Greek: "liquid-hating") sols are characterized by particles that are not strongly attracted to molecules of the dispersion medium and that are relatively easily coagulated and precipitated. Lyophilic ("liquid-loving") sols are more stable and more closely resemble true solutions. Many sols are intermediate between lyophobic and lyophilic types. Compare gel.

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