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L Tweet Definition of L Like Definition of L on Facebook
  1. (sports) The statistic for the number of losses by a team or player limited by some criteria (e.g. this season, at home, on turf)
  1. (alternative spelling of, el (elevated train))
    • 1925 February 21, "Co-operation" (cartoon), w:The New Yorker, The New Yorker, page 2,
laager Tweet Definition of laager Like Definition of laager on Facebook
  1. (South Africa) A defensive encampment encircled by armoured vehicles or wagons.
Labor Tweet Definition of Labor Like Definition of Labor on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (Australia) The w:Australian Labor Party, Australian Labor Party.
lad Tweet Definition of lad Like Definition of lad on Facebook
  1. A boy.
  2. A familiar term of address for a man.
  3. A groom who works with horses (also called stable-lad).
ladder Tweet Definition of ladder Like Definition of ladder on Facebook
  1. A frame usually portable, of wood, metal, or rope, for ascent and descent, consisting of two side pieces to which are fastened cross strips or rounds forming steps.
  2. That which resembles a ladder in form or use; hence, that by means of which one attains to eminence, e.g. the corporate ladder.
  1. (firefighting) To ascend a building or wall using a ladder.
    • 1998, John Norman, Fire Officer's Handbook of Tactics, ISBN 0912212721, page 164:
      "A good working knowledge of the ladder parts, how they work, their capacities, and proper usage are a must before anyone is sent out to a building."
lag Tweet Definition of lag Like Definition of lag on Facebook
  1. a gap; an interval created by something not keeping up
  2. (UK, slang) a prisoner, a criminal.
  3. (internet) bad connection, loss of connection
verb (lag, g, ed)
  1. to not keep up (the pace), to fall behind
  2. to cover (for example, pipes) with felt strips or similar material
adjective (lagg, er)
  • (rfv-inflection, lagger)
  1. late
lager Tweet Definition of lager Like Definition of lager on Facebook
  1. type of beer, brewed using a bottom-fermenting yeast
lair Tweet Definition of lair Like Definition of lair on Facebook
  1. A place inhabited by a wild animal, often a cave or a hole in the ground.
  2. (figuratively) A place inhabited by a criminal or criminals, or a superhero.
lash Tweet Definition of lash Like Definition of lash on Facebook
  1. The thong or braided cord of a whip, with which the blow is given.
I observed that your whip wanted a lash to it. — Addison.
  1. (obsolete) A leash in which an animal is caught or held; hence, a snare.
  2. A stroke with a whip, or anything pliant and tough.
The culprit received thirty-nine lashes.
  1. A stroke of satire or sarcasm; an expression or retort that cuts or gives pain; a cut.
The moral is a lash at the vanity of arrogating that to ourselves which succeeds well. — L"Estrange
  1. A hair growing from the edge of the eyelid; an eyelash.
  2. In carpet weaving, a group of strings for lifting simultaneously certain yarns, to form the figure.
  3. (Mid-Ulster, Northern Ireland dialect) Excellent, wonderful
We"re off school tomorrow, it"s gonna be lash!
That chinese (food) was lash!''
verb (lash, es)
  1. (transitive) To strike with a lash; to whip or scourge with a lash, or with something like one.
We lash the pupil, and defraud the ward. — Dryden
  1. (transitive) To strike forcibly and quickly, as with a lash; to beat, or beat upon, with a motion like that of a lash.
the whale lashes the sea with its tail.
And big waves lash the frighted shores. — Dryden
  1. (transitive) To throw out with a jerk or quickly.
He falls, and lashing up his heels, his rider throws. — Dryden
  1. (transitive) To scold; to berate; to satirize; to censure with severity.
to lash vice
  1. (transitive) To bind with a rope, cord, thong, or chain, so as to fasten.
to lash something to a spar
lash a pack on a horse's back
  1. (intransitive) To ply the whip; to strike.
  2. (intransitive) To utter censure or sarcastic language.
To laugh at follies, or to lash at vice. — Dryden
  1. (obsolete) remiss, Remiss, lax.
  2. (obsolete) relaxed, Relaxed.
  3. soft, Soft, watery, wet.
    • 1658: Fruits being unwholesome and before the fourth or fifth Yeare. " Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 211)
lashings Tweet Definition of lashings Like Definition of lashings on Facebook
  1. (plural of, lashing)
lave Tweet Definition of lave Like Definition of lave on Facebook
  1. (obsolete) The remainder; what is left.
    • 1885, Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 12.
    • : Then they set upon us and slew some of my slaves and put the to flight.
verb (lav, ing)
  1. (archaic) To wash.
    • 1789, William Lisle Bowles, 'Sonnet I' from Fourteen Sonnets, 1789.
    • : the tranquil tide, / That laves the pebbled shore.
    • 2006, Cormac McCarthy?, The Road, London: Picador, 2007, p. 38.
    • : The boy walked out and squatted and laved up the dark water.
lay-by Tweet Definition of lay-by Like Definition of lay-by on Facebook
  1. An area at the side of a road for drivers to stop in, with larger ones possibly having facilities like food vendors or public telephones.
  2. A method of retail purchase where the customer chooses goods and the shop sets them aside and lets the customer pay them off over time, with the customer receiving them when fully paid.
1930: Avail yourself of our Lay-By Service — Hordern Brothers (a Sydney retailer) advertisement, 16 October 1930.
1931: enables you to secure Sale Bargains without the necessity of paying in full at once. Leave a deposit, pay the balance as it suits you, and on the completion of payments the goods will be delivered in the usual way. No interest is charged. — Anthony Hordern (another Sydney retailer), advertisement describing what they called their D.P.S., January 1931
Both quoted in Sidney J. Baker, The Australian Language, second edition, 1966, chapter X, section 2, page 206.
lead Tweet Definition of lead Like Definition of lead on Facebook
  1. (context, uncountable, element) A heavy, pliable, inelastic metal element, having a bright, bluish color, but easily tarnished; both malleable and ductile, though with little tenacity. It is easily fusible, forms alloys with other metals, and is an ingredient of solder and type metal. Atomic number 82, Atomic weight 206.4, Specific Gravity 11.37, Symbol Pb (from Latin plumbum).
  2. (countable) A plummet or mass of lead, used in sounding at sea.
  3. A thin strip of type metal, used to separate lines of type in printing.
  4. Sheets or plates of lead used as a covering for roofs.
  5. (context, in plural leads) A roof covered with lead sheets or terne plates.
  • I would have the tower two stories, and goodly leads upon the top. " Bacon
    1. (countable) A cylinder of black lead or plumbago used in pencils.
  1. (transitive) To cover, fill, or affect with lead; as, continuous firing leads the grooves of a rifle.
  2. (context, transitive, printing) To place leads between the lines of; as, to lead a page; leaded matter.
  1. (not comparable) foremost, Foremost.
The contestants are all tied; no one has the lead position.
leer Tweet Definition of leer Like Definition of leer on Facebook
  1. a sly or lecherous look
let Tweet Definition of let Like Definition of let on Facebook
  1. A hindrance.
...without let or hindrance (on all commonwealth passports)
  1. (context, tennis) The hindrance caused by the net during serve, only if the ball falls legally.
verb (lets, letting, let, or rarely letten)
  1. To allow.
  2. To put up for rent.
letter Tweet Definition of letter Like Definition of letter on Facebook
  1. A symbol in an alphabet.
  2. A written message. See also note.
  3. (US, uncountable) A size of paper, 8½ inch, in í� 11 in (215.9 millimetre, mm í� 279.4 mm, US paper sizes rounded to the nearest 5 mm)
  4. (Canada, uncountable) A size of paper, 215 mm í� 280 mm
letterpress Tweet Definition of letterpress Like Definition of letterpress on Facebook
  1. The printing process in which ink is applied to the top surface of a raised image area, which is then pressed against paper to transfer the image.
  2. (printing) : printing directly from type, in distinction from printing from plates.
  3. a machine used for such printing.
leucotome Tweet Definition of leucotome Like Definition of leucotome on Facebook
  1. (medicine) an instrument used to perform a leucotomy
  • 1970: All sorts of rubbish is lying in the sand: a typewriter with half the keys missing (he picks out fragmentary sentences, sometimes these seem to mean something), a smashed neurosurgical unit (he pockets a handful of leucotomes, useful for self-defence). " JG Ballard, The Atrocity Exhibition
Levant Tweet Definition of Levant Like Definition of Levant on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. the countries bordering the eastern Mediterranean Sea variously:
a. Syria, Israel, Jordan, Gaza
b. Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Gaza, Egypt.
c. Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Gaza, Egypt.
lich Tweet Definition of lich Like Definition of lich on Facebook
  1. (archaic) corpse, Corpse or dead body.
  2. (context, fantasy, roleplay) A reanimated corpse or undead being, particularly one skilled in wizardry or magical arts.
lido Tweet Definition of lido Like Definition of lido on Facebook
  1. A part of the sea by a beach sectioned off for swimming and other aquatic activities.
  2. An outdoor swimming pool.
lie-in Tweet Definition of lie-in Like Definition of lie-in on Facebook
  1. A period spent lying in bed for longer than usual after one has woken up.
    As I didn't have to go to work, I decided to have a lie-in.
lifesaver Tweet Definition of lifesaver Like Definition of lifesaver on Facebook
  1. Someone or something that saves lives
Lincoln green Tweet Definition of Lincoln green Like Definition of Lincoln green on Facebook
  1. (colour) a bright green colour.
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  1. (colour) of a bright green colour.
lion Tweet Definition of lion Like Definition of lion on Facebook
noun (pl2=lion)
(wikispecies, Panthera leo)
  1. A large cat, Panthera leo, native to Africa, India and formerly to much of Europe. The term may apply to the species as a whole, to individuals, or to male individuals. It also applies to related species like mountain lions.
  2. (heraldiccharge): A stylized representation of a large cat, used on a coat of arms.
    • The arms of the University of the West Indies are Barry wavy of six Argent and Azure an open Book proper bound Gules garnished Or on a Chief of the third a Lion passant guardant Erminois. Crest: A Pelican proper. (in other words a spotted lion lying down). See talk page.
      1. A Chinese foo dog.
      2. (idiomatic) An individual who shows strength and courage, attributes associated with the lion.
    • It was said of Edward Plantaganet that 'he was a for pride and ferocity but a pard for inconstancy and changeableness, not keeping his word or promise but excusing himself with fair words'. 2003 Peter Armstrong & Angus McBride? Stirling Bridge & Falkirk 1297-98: William Wallace's Rebellion.
      1. A famous person.
lionize Tweet Definition of lionize Like Definition of lionize on Facebook
verb (lionizes, lionizing, lionized)
  1. (transitive) To treat (a person) as if he were important, or a celebrity.
  2. (transitive) To visit famous places in order to revere them.
  3. (intransitive) To behave as a lion.
liquorice allsorts Tweet Definition of liquorice allsorts Like Definition of liquorice allsorts on Facebook
  1. A confection made of liquorice, coconut and aniseed.
livery Tweet Definition of livery Like Definition of livery on Facebook
noun (liveries)
  1. Any distinctive uniform worn by a group, such as the uniform worn by chauffeurs and male servants.
By wearing , the brewers publicly expressed guild association and solidarity; - J. M. Bennett
  1. (archaic) the rental of horses and/or carriages; the rental of canoes; the care and/or boarding of horses for money.
  2. The delivery of property from one owner to the next.
  3. The paint scheme of an aircraft or airline.
  4. A taxicab or limousine.
verb (liveries, liverying, liveried)
  1. (archaic) To clothe in.
He liveried his servents in the most modest of clothing
lob Tweet Definition of lob Like Definition of lob on Facebook
  1. (ball sports) A pass or stroke which arches high into the air.
The guard launched a desperate over the outstretched arms of the defender.
verb (lobs, lobbing, lobbed)
  1. To throw or hit a ball into the air in a high arch.
The guard lobbed a pass just over the defender.
The tennis player lobbed the ball, which was a costly mistake.
local Tweet Definition of local Like Definition of local on Facebook
  1. A person who lives nearby.
It's easy to tell the locals from the tourists.
  1. A branch of a an nationwide organization such as a trade union.
I'm in the TWU, too. Local 6.
  1. (rail transport) A train that stops at all, or almost all, stations between its origin and destination, including very small ones.
The expresses skipped my station, so I had to take a local.
  1. One's nearest or regularly frequented public house or bar.
  1. From or in a nearby location
We prefer local produce.
locum Tweet Definition of locum Like Definition of locum on Facebook
noun (locums)<ref name="Cham-pl">The Chambers Dictionary (1998)</ref>
  1. (context, UK, infomal) Abbreviated form of locum tenens
    1. English, locum tenens.<ref name="COED-pron&def">The Concise Oxford English Dictionary Eleventh Edition</ref>
lode Tweet Definition of lode Like Definition of lode on Facebook
  1. (obsolete) A way or path; a road.
  2. A loadstone.
  3. A vein of metallic ore that lies within definite boundaries, or within a fissure.
  4. (context, by extension) A rich source of supply.
loo Tweet Definition of loo Like Definition of loo on Facebook
  1. (context, colloquial, UK, Australian English) toilet
lookout Tweet Definition of lookout Like Definition of lookout on Facebook
  1. A vantage point with a view of the surrounding area.
  2. A person on watch for approaching enemy, police etc.
The raid failed when the lookout noticed the enemy group.
lordship Tweet Definition of lordship Like Definition of lordship on Facebook
  1. The state or condition of being a lord; hence (with his or your), a title applied to a lord (except an archbishop or duke, who is called Grace) or a judge (in Great Britain), etc.
  2. Seigniory; domain; the territory over which a lord holds jurisdiction; a manor.
What lands and lordships for their owner know My quondam barber. -Dryden.
  1. Dominion; power; authority.
They which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise over them. -Mark x. 42.
  1. Formal form of address to a judge.
"May I ask that the order be granted, if your so pleases?"
Lot Tweet Definition of Lot Like Definition of Lot on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. nephew, Nephew of Abraham in the book of Genesis.
low Tweet Definition of low Like Definition of low on Facebook
  1. Something that is low.
  2. A depressed mood or situation.
He is in a right now
  1. (intransitive) To moo.
The cattle were lowing.
  1. In a position comparatively close to the ground.
  2. Small in height.
  3. depressed, Depressed, sad.
lubra Tweet Definition of lubra Like Definition of lubra on Facebook
  1. (Australian, now racially offensive) A female Aboriginal Australian
  • 1988: We went into the house and Roy called out, "Alice, boil "im billy, make some tea," and a few minutes later a comely young appeared, a huge teapot in one hand and a plate with a big brownie on it. " Tom Cole, Hell West and Crooked
lurch Tweet Definition of lurch Like Definition of lurch on Facebook
  1. A sudden or unsteady movement.
verb (lurch, es)
  1. Make such a movement; stagger.
lustre Tweet Definition of lustre Like Definition of lustre on Facebook
  1. (alternative spelling of, luster) shine, Shine, sheen gleam or polish.
The brass had a characteristic that practically glowed when it was freshly cleaned.
  1. By extension, interest, attractiveness, or splendor.
After so many years in the same field, the job had lost its luster.
  1. refinement, Refinement, polish, or quality.
He spoke with all the a seasoned enthusiast should have.
lustrum Tweet Definition of lustrum Like Definition of lustrum on Facebook
  1. a period of five years
  • 1985: Q. Now, sir, if you would be so kind as to guess upon his age. A. Forty five years are certain. I would guess a more. " John Fowles, A Maggot
layabout Tweet Definition of layabout Like Definition of layabout on Facebook
  1. a lazy person
lido Tweet Definition of lido Like Definition of lido on Facebook
  1. A part of the sea by a beach sectioned off for swimming and other aquatic activities.
  2. An outdoor swimming pool.

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