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lap Tweet Definition of lap Like Definition of lap on Facebook
  1. The loose part of a coat; the lower part of a garment that plays loosely; a skirt; an apron.
  2. An edge; a border; a hem, as of cloth.
  3. The part of the clothing that lies on the knees or thighs when one sits down; that part of the person thus covered; figuratively, a place of rearing and fostering; as, to be reared in the lap of luxury.
  4. The upper legs of a seated person.
The boy was sitting on his mother's
  1. (italbrac, archaic (17th century)), (euphemistic) The female pudenda.
verb (lap, p, ed)
  1. (transitive) To place or lay (something) so as to overlap another.
One laps roof tiles so that water can run off.
  1. (transitive) To polish, e.g., a surface, until smooth.
  2. (intransitive) To lie partly on or over something; to overlap.
  3. (transitive) To overtake a straggler in a race by completing one more lap than them.
lapel Tweet Definition of lapel Like Definition of lapel on Facebook
  1. each of the two triangular pieces of cloth on a suit which are folded back below the throat, leaving a triangular opening between.
lappet Tweet Definition of lappet Like Definition of lappet on Facebook
  1. A small decorative fold or flap, especially of lace or muslin, in a garment or headdress.
lay Tweet Definition of lay Like Definition of lay on Facebook
  1. Arrangement or relationship; layout; eg, the lay of the land.
  2. The direction a rope is twisted.
Worm and parcel with the ; turn and serve the other way.
  1. A casual sexual partner.
  2. A ballad or sung poem.
verb (lays, laying, laid)
  1. (transitive) To place something down in a position of rest.
  2. (context, transitive, archaic) To cause to subside or abate.
  3. (transitive) To leave something somewhere.
  4. (transitive) To prepare (e.g., the groundwork, the table).
  5. (transitive) To install certain building materials, laying one thing on top of another (e.g. lay brick, lay flooring.)
  6. (transitive) To produce and deposit (an egg).
  7. (transitive) To have sexual intercourse with someone, especially in a casual manner.
  8. (context, intransitive, non-standard, or, colloquial) To lie.
  1. Non-professional, not being a member of an organized institution (e.g. scientific lay person).
  2. Not belonging to the clergy.
layer Tweet Definition of layer Like Definition of layer on Facebook
  1. A single thickness of some material covering a surface
  2. A (usually) horizontal deposit; a stratum.
  3. A person who lays things, such as tiles.
  4. A hen kept to lay eggs.
  5. An item of clothing wear, worn under or over another.
layering Tweet Definition of layering Like Definition of layering on Facebook
  1. A method of plant propagation by rooting cuttings.
layette Tweet Definition of layette Like Definition of layette on Facebook
  1. a complete set of clothing etc for a new baby
  2. an ERO (equipment repair order) parts bin in the United States Marine Corps, when discussing maintenance management and repair parts management. When conducting maintenance on a piece of equipment, or vehicle, parts are ordered. When parts come in they are placed into the bins until all the parts arrive, and then they are signed for by a mechanic and applied to the equipment, or vehicle.
leather Tweet Definition of leather Like Definition of leather on Facebook
  1. A tough material produced from the skin of animals, by tanning or similar process, used e.g. for clothing.
  2. A piece of leather used for polishing.
  3. (colloquialism) A cricket ball or football.
  4. (plural: leathers) Leather clothing, often worn by motorcycle riders.
  5. (baseball) A good defensive play
Jones showed good to snare that liner.
verb (leathers, leathering, leathered)
  1. (rfv-sense) To polish or wipe with a leather.
  2. (rfv-sense) To beat or thrash with a leather.
  1. Made of leather.
  2. Referring to one who wears leather clothing (motorcycle jacket, chaps over 501 jeans, boots), especially as a sign of sadomasochistic homosexuality.
lederhosen Tweet Definition of lederhosen Like Definition of lederhosen on Facebook
noun (pluralonly)
  1. knee-breeches made of leather
leg Tweet Definition of leg Like Definition of leg on Facebook
  1. (anatomy) The limb of a human or animal that extends from the groin to the ankle.
  2. A part of garment, such as a pair of trousers/pants, that covers a leg.
  3. A stage of a journey.
  4. (context, nautical) A distance that a sailing vessel does without changing the sails from one side to the other.
  5. (nautical) One side of a multiple-sided (often a triangle) course in a sailing race.
  6. A single game or match played in a tournament or other sporting contest.
  7. one of the two sides of a right triangle that is not the hypotenuse
verb (leg, g, ing)
  1. To put a series of three or more options strikes into the stock market.
  2. To remove the legs from an animal carcass.
  3. To build legs onto a platform or stage for support.
legging Tweet Definition of legging Like Definition of legging on Facebook
  1. A covering, usually of leather, worn from knee to ankle.
  2. Tight fitting leg coverings worn, for example, to gym.
  3. One of the legs of a pair of trousers.
    • Take the and turn up the cuff.
      1. The process of putting a series of three or more options strikes into the stock market.
    • 2000 McGraw? Hill Professional: Michael Williams & Amy Hoffman: Fundamentals of Options Market P128. "As a practical matter, you cannot put on these positions simultaneously at reasonable prices. In order to achieve these positions at a reasonable risk/reward profile, you must put the positions in a series of separate trades. This process is called ".
  1. (present participle of, leg)
Leghorn Tweet Definition of Leghorn Like Definition of Leghorn on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Leghorn chicken)
  1. A breed of mostly white poultry.
    • "Among the light breeds there are probably more good strains of White than any other variety. The Brown is not quite so popular but is capable of high yields ". The Black is another breed which has enjoyed popularity." See ref. p. 42.
proper noun 
  1. (dated) the town of Livorno in Italy
leisure Tweet Definition of leisure Like Definition of leisure on Facebook
  1. freedom, Freedom provided by the cessation of activities.
  2. time, Time free from work or duties.
    • 1924: ARISTOTLE. Metaphysics. Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Available at: <>. Book 1, Part 1.
    • : This is why the mathematical arts were founded in Egypt; for there the priestly caste was allowed to be at .
leisurewear Tweet Definition of leisurewear Like Definition of leisurewear on Facebook
  1. Clothing worn for leisure and/or as general casual wear.
length Tweet Definition of length Like Definition of length on Facebook
  1. The measurement of distance along the longest dimension of an object.
  2. (Horse racing) The length of a horse, used to indicate the distance between horses at the end of a race.
  3. (mathematics) See magnitude.
  4. (cricket) the distance down the pitch that the ball bounces on its way to the batsman
leopard Tweet Definition of leopard Like Definition of leopard on Facebook
  1. A large wild cat with a spotted coat, Panthera pardus, indigenous to Africa and Asia.
leotard Tweet Definition of leotard Like Definition of leotard on Facebook
  1. a skin-tight one-piece garment with long sleeves and no legs; worn by dancers and acrobats etc.
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.
line Tweet Definition of line Like Definition of line on Facebook
noun (rfex)
  1. A rope, cord, string, or thread; a slender, strong cord, or a cord of any thickness; a hawser.
(rfdate) Who so layeth lines for to latch fowls. " Piers Plowman
fishing , anchor , clothes, tow
  1. A path through two or more points (see also segment); a continuous mark.
    • 1816: w:Percy Shelley, Percy Shelley, The Daemon of the World
    • : The atmosphere in flaming sparkles flew; / And where the burning wheels / Eddied above the mountain"s loftiest peak / Was traced a of lightning.
      1. A more or less threadlike mark of a pen, pencil, or graver; any long mark.
      a chalk
      1. (geometry) An infinitely extending one-dimensional figure that has no curvature; one that has length but not breadth or thickness.
      2. (context, geometry, informal) A line segment; a continuous finite segment of such a figure.
      3. A row of letters, text, words, etc, written or printed, as on paper or a CRT screen; especially a row of words extending across a page or column.
    • 1609: w:Shakespeare, Shakespeare, s:The Sonnets/71, Sonnet 71
    • : Nay if you read this , remember not, / The hand that writ it.
      1. A sentence of dialogue in a script or screenplay, or delivered by an actor or performer.
      (rfdate) It"s a small part, I have 12 lines in the movie. " Geneveve Bujold in Earthquake
      1. The official, stated position (or set of positions) of an individual or group, particularly a political or religious faction.
      Remember, your answers must match the party .
      (rfdate) Their is gone out through all the earth. " Ps. xix. 4
      1. A letter, a written form of communication.
      Drop me a .
      1. The wire connecting one telegraphic station with another, a telephone or internet cable between two points: a telephone or network connection.
      I tried to make a call, but the was dead.
      a dedicated
      a shared
      1. A more-or-less straight sequence of people, objects, etc., often waiting to be processed or deal with, dealt with, a queue; a continued series or rank.
      The forms on the right.
      There is a of houses.
      1. (military) A row of men who are abreast of one another, whether side by side or some distance apart; opposed to column. .]]
    • 1817: w:Percy Shelley, Percy Shelley, s:The Revolt of Islam, The Revolt of Islam
    • : A band of brothers gathering round me, made, / Although unarmed, a steadfast front, ... now the / Of war extended, to our rallying cry / As myriads flocked in love and brotherhood to die.
      (rfdate) Unite thy forces and attack their lines. " Dryden
      1. (military) The regular infantry of an army, as distinguished from militia, guards, volunteer corps, cavalry, artillery, etc.
      2. (context, military) A trench or rampart.
    • 1917, w:John Masefield, John Masefield, The Old Front Line
    • : This description of the old front line, as it was when the Battle of the Somme began, may some day be of use. ... It is hoped that this description of the will be followed by an account of our people's share in the battle.
      1. The products or services sold by a business.
      of business
      1. From the services a business sells, the business itself.
      How many buses does the have?
      The air is in danger of bankruptcy.
      A ship of the .
      1. (context, fencing, "line of engagement") The position in which the fencers hold their swords.
      2. (graphtheory) An edge of a graph.
      3. (cricket) The horizontal path of a ball towards the batsman (see also length).
      4. (context, baseball, slang, 1800s, "the line") The batter"s box.
      5. (obsolete) flax, Flax; linen, particularly the longer fiber of flax.
      (rfdate) Garments made of . " Spenser
      1. The course followed by anything in motion; hence, a road or route.
      The arrow descended in a curved .
      w:Antarctica, The place is remote from lines of travel.
      1. direction, Direction
      the of sight or the of vision
      1. (poetic) A verse, or the words which form a certain number of foot, feet, according to the measure.
      (rfdate) In the preceding Ulysses speaks of Nausicaa. " Broome
      1. Course of conduct, thought, occupation, or policy; method of argument; department of industry, trade, or intellectual activity.
      (rfdate) He is uncommonly powerful in his own , but it is not the of a first-rate man. " Coleridge
      1. The exterior limit of a figure, plat, or territory; a boundary; a contour; an outline; a demarcation.
    • 1674 " w:John Milton, John Milton, s:Paradise Lost, Paradise Lost, book IV
    • : Eden stretchd her Line / From Auran Eastward to the Royal Towrs / Of great Seleucia,
      1. A threadlike crease marking the face or the hand; hence, characteristic mark.
      (rfdate) Though on his brow were graven lines austere. " Byron
      (rfdate) He tipples palmistry, and dines On all her fortune-telling lines. " Cleveland
      1. lineament, Lineament; feature; figure (of one's body).
    • circa, c 1609: W:Shakespeare, Shakespeare, s:The Tragedy of Cymbeline, The Tragedy of Cymbeline
    • : I mean, the lines of my body are as well drawn as his.
      1. A series or succession of ancestors or descendants of a given person; a family or race; compare lineage.
    • 14th century, c: w:Geoffrey Chaucer, Geoffrey Chaucer s:The Canterbury Tales, The Canterbury Tales
    • : Of his lineage am I, and his offspring / By very ,
    • circa, c 1604: w:Shakespeare, Shakespeare, s:Macbeth, Macbeth
    • : They hail'd him father to a of kings.
    • 1651: w:Thomas Hobbes, Thomas Hobbes, s:Leviathan, Leviathan
    • : The rest of the history of the Old Testament derives the succession of the of David to the Captivity, of which was to spring the restorer of the kingdom of God ...
      1. A connected series of public conveyances, and hence, an established arrangement for forwarding merchandise, etc.
      a of stages
      an express
      1. The track and roadbed of a railway; railroad.
      2. (geography) A circle of latitude or of longitude, as represented on a map.
      3. (context, geography, "the line" or "equinoctial line") The equator.
      to cross the
      1. A long tape, or a narrow ribbon of steel, etc., marked with subdivisions, as feet and inches, for measuring; a tapeline.
      2. (context, biblical) That which was measured by a line, as a field or any piece of land set apart; hence, allotted place of abode.
      (rfdate) The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yes. I have a goodly heritage. " Ps. xvi. 6
      1. (engineering) The proper relative position or adjustment of parts, not as to design or proportion, but with reference to smooth working.
      the engine is in or out of
      1. (music) One of the straight horizontal and parallel prolonged strokes on and between which the notes are placed.
      2. (context, stock exchange) A number of shares taken by a jobber.
      3. (context, trade) A series of various qualities and values of the same general class of articles.
      a full of hosiery
      a of merinos
      1. A measure of length equal to one twelfth of an inch.
    • 1883: Alfred Swaine Taylor, Thomas Stevenson, The principles and practice of medical jurisprudence
    • : The cutis measures in thickness from a quarter of a to a and a half (a is one-twelfth of an inch).
      1. (nautical) A rope on a nautical vessel. (Usually a rope is still in its packing; usually, once removed, it is 'line'.)
verb (lin, ing)
  1. (transitive) To cover the inside/inner surface of (something).
The bird lines its nest with soft grass.
to a cloak with silk or fur
to a box with paper or tin
  1. (transitive) To fill or supply (something), as a purse with money.
(rfdate) The charge amounteth very high for any one man"s purse, except lined beyond ordinary, to reach unto. " Carew.
  1. (transitive) To place (objects) into a line (usually used with "up"); to form into a line; to align.
to troops (rfex, some more, please)
  1. (transitive) To place persons or things along the side of for security or defense; to strengthen by adding; to fortify.
to works with soldiers
  • 1599 " w:William Shakespeare, William Shakespeare, s:The_Life_of_Henry_the_Fifth, Henry V, ii 4
  • : Line and new repair our towns of war With men of courage and with means defendant.
    1. (transitive) To mark with a line or lines, to cover with lines.
  • to a copy book
    1. (context, transitive, obsolete) To represent by lines; to delineate; to portray.
  • 1598 " w:William Shakespeare, William Shakespeare, s:As You Like It, As You Like It, iii 2
  • : All the pictures fairest lined Are but black to Rosalind.
    1. (context, transitive, obsolete) To impregnate (applied to brute animals). " Creech.
    2. (transitive) To read or repeat line by line.
  • to out a hymn
    1. (context, intransitive, "line up") To form or enter into a line.
    2. (context, intransitive, baseball) To hit a line drive; to hit a line drive which is caught for an out. Compare fly and ground.
    1. Jones lined to left in his last at-bat.
    liner Tweet Definition of liner Like Definition of liner on Facebook
    1. Someone who fits a lining to something.
      • 1973: A good has a pretty shrewd idea of the value of the painting he is treating and usually charges accordingly. " Kyril Bonfiglioli, Don't Point That Thing at Me (Penguin 2001, p. 41)
        1. A removable cover or lining
        I threw out the trash can .
        1. The pamphlet which is contained inside an album of music or movie
        Does it have the lyrics in the notes?
    lingerie Tweet Definition of lingerie Like Definition of lingerie on Facebook
    1. (uncountable) women's underwear or light, revealing nightclothes.
    linsey-woolsey Tweet Definition of linsey-woolsey Like Definition of linsey-woolsey on Facebook
    1. a fabric made of both linen and wool.
    lipstick Tweet Definition of lipstick Like Definition of lipstick on Facebook
    noun (countable and uncountable; plural lipsticks)
    1. (uncountable) makeup for the lips.
    Are you wearing any lipstick today?
    1. (countable) A stick of this make-up.
    I'd like three lipsticks in this shade.
    lizard Tweet Definition of lizard Like Definition of lizard on Facebook
    1. Any reptiles of the order Squamata, usually having four legs, external ear openings, movable eyelids and a long slender body and tail.
    2. Lizard skin, the skin of these reptiles.
      • 1990 October 28, w:Paul Simon, Paul Simon, "Proof", w:The Rhythm of the Saints, The Rhythm of the Saints, Warner Bros.
      • : Silver bells jingling from your black boots, my baby / Silver foil to trim your wedding gown
        1. (colloquial) An unctuous person.
        2. (colloquial) A coward.
    loft Tweet Definition of loft Like Definition of loft on Facebook
    1. An attic or similar space (often used for storage) in the roof of a house or other building.
    2. (context, textiles) The thickness of a soft object when not under pressure.
    1. To propel high into the air.
    Lofty Tweet Definition of Lofty Like Definition of Lofty on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. (informal) nickname for a tall (usually male) person
    loincloth Tweet Definition of loincloth Like Definition of loincloth on Facebook
    1. A garment that covers the loins (crotch).
    long Tweet Definition of long Like Definition of long on Facebook
    1. (linguistics) A long vowel.
    1. (intransitive) To await, to aspire, to want (for something to occur)
    She longed for him to come back.
    1. Having much distance from one terminating point on an object or an area to another terminating point. Long usually applies to horizontal dimensions. (italbrac, see Usage Notes)
    It's a way from the Earth to the Moon.
    1. Of things that take much time or are of great duration.
    The pyramids of Egypt have been around for a time.
    1. (finance) possessing or owning stocks, bonds or other financial instruments.
    2. (cricket) of a fielding position, close to the boundary (or closer to the boundary than the equivalent short position)
    1. Over a great distance in space.
    He threw the ball .
    1. For a duration in time.
    Will this interview take ?
    long johns Tweet Definition of long johns Like Definition of long johns on Facebook
    noun (pluralonly)
    1. Full-length undergarments worn to keep wearer warm in cold weather.
    loose-fitting Tweet Definition of loose-fitting Like Definition of loose-fitting on Facebook
    adjective '''loose-fitting
    1. baggy, not tight
    lounging Tweet Definition of lounging Like Definition of lounging on Facebook
    1. (present participle of, lounge)
    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.

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