Ad lib
Abbreviation for the Latin "ad libitum" meaning "at pleasure" and "at one's pleasure, as much as one desires, to the full extent of one's wishes." Sometimes seen on a prescription or doctor's order. For example, during an overnight fast when the patient is not to eat any food but can have water, the doctor's order might read: "Water ad lib" (water as desired).
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Abbreviation for L. ad libitum, freely, as desired.
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as desired [Lat. ad libitum]

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ad lib (')ad-'lib adv without restraint or imposed limit: as much or as often as is wanted <the animals were given water ad lib (Science)> often used in writing prescriptions

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  • ad|lib — «ad LIHB», verb, libbed, lib|bing, adjective, adverb, noun. Informal. –v.i., v.t. to make up as one goes along; improvise (words, music, or gestures not in a script or score); extemporize: »The actor forgot some of his lines and had to adlib his… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ad-lib — ad libs, ad libbing, ad libbed also ad lib 1) VERB If you ad lib something in a play or a speech, you say something which has not been planned or written beforehand. [V n] He began comically ad libbing a script... [V way prep] Audiences giggled… …   English dictionary

  • ad-lib — ad libber, n. /ad lib , ad /, v., ad libbed, ad libbing, adj. v.t. 1. to improvise all or part of (a speech, a piece of music, etc.): to ad lib one s lines. v.i. 2. to act, speak, etc., without preparation: Throughout the play he had to ad lib… …   Universalium

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  • ad-lib — [ˌæd ˈlıb] v past tense and past participle ad libbed present participle ad libbing [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: ad lib without any preparation (19 21 centuries), from Modern Latin ad libitum according to desire ] [I and T] to say things that you… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ad-lib — ☆ ad lib [ad΄lib′ ] Informal vt., vi. ad libbed, ad libbing [< AD LIBITUM] to improvise (words, gestures, etc. not in a prepared speech, script, etc.); extemporize n. the act of ad libbing or an ad libbed remark: also ad lib adj. spoken or… …   English World dictionary

  • Ad-lib — ad libitum (Kurzform: ad lib.) stammt aus dem Lateinischen und bedeutet „nach Gutdünken, nach Belieben“. Musik In der Musik steht die Bezeichnung für eine Spielanweisung, die dem Interpreten große Freiheit in der Gestaltung des Werks gewährt.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ad lib — ad libitum (Kurzform: ad lib.) stammt aus dem Lateinischen und bedeutet „nach Gutdünken, nach Belieben“. Musik In der Musik steht die Bezeichnung für eine Spielanweisung, die dem Interpreten große Freiheit in der Gestaltung des Werks gewährt.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ad lib. — ad libitum (Kurzform: ad lib.) stammt aus dem Lateinischen und bedeutet „nach Gutdünken, nach Belieben“. Musik In der Musik steht die Bezeichnung für eine Spielanweisung, die dem Interpreten große Freiheit in der Gestaltung des Werks gewährt.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • ad lib. — ad lib. 〈Abk. für lat.〉 ad libitum * * * ad lib. = ↑ ad libitum. * * * ad lib. = ad libitum …   Universal-Lexikon

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