Pronunciation: (lī'bul), [key]
—n., v., -beled, -bel•ing or (esp. Brit.) -belled, -bel•ling.
a. defamation by written or printed words, pictures, or in any form other than by spoken words or gestures.
b. the act or crime of publishing it.
c. a formal written declaration or statement, as one containing the allegations of a plaintiff or the grounds of a charge.
2. anything that is defamatory or that maliciously or damagingly misrepresents.
1. to publish a libel against.
2. to misrepresent damagingly.
3. to institute suit against by a libel, as in an admiralty court.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.