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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
lagging Tweet Definition of lagging Like Definition of lagging on Facebook
  1. The covering of something with strips of felt, wood etc, either as insulation or for protection
  2. The material so used
  1. (present participle of, lag)
  1. falling behind, not keeping up the pace
lamella Tweet Definition of lamella Like Definition of lamella on Facebook
  1. a thin, plate-like structure
laminate Tweet Definition of laminate Like Definition of laminate on Facebook
  1. Material formed of thin sheets glued together.
verb (laminat, ed)
  1. To assemble from thin sheets glued together.
    • We'll the piece of wood with grain going in different directions to make a really strong hull for the boat.
laminated Tweet Definition of laminated Like Definition of laminated on Facebook
  1. Made by lamination.
  2. Consisting of many thin layers.
lamination Tweet Definition of lamination Like Definition of lamination on Facebook
noun (Plural:laminations)
  1. The process of laminate, laminating, joining together thin layers.
  2. Something made by laminate, laminating.
  1. (topology) A foliation of a closed subset of a manifold by subspaces of one dimension less.
    1. A layer of something that is laminate, laminated.
Lance Tweet Definition of Lance Like Definition of Lance on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A surname.
  2. (given name, male), pet form of Lancelot or transferred use of the surname; by folk etymology associated with a lance.
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.
Larry Tweet Definition of Larry Like Definition of Larry on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male) derived from Laurence.
lath Tweet Definition of lath Like Definition of lath on Facebook
noun (plural laths)
  1. A thin, narrow strip of wood, nailed to the rafters, studs, or floor beams of a building, for the purpose of supporting the tiles, plastering, etc. A corrugated metallic strip or plate is sometimes used.
lattice Tweet Definition of lattice Like Definition of lattice on Facebook
  1. A flat panel constructed with widely-spaced crossed thin strips of wood or other material. It is commonly used as a garden trellis.
  2. (crystallography) a regular spacing or arrangement of geometric points, often decorated with a motif.
    1. (algebra) A partially ordered set in which every pair of elements has a unique supremum and an infimum.
latticework Tweet Definition of latticework Like Definition of latticework on Facebook
  1. A lattice or latticelike structure; interlace, interlacing laths or strips of metal.
layout Tweet Definition of layout Like Definition of layout on Facebook
  1. A structured arrangements of items within certain limit
    1. Noun, limits.
    2. The act of lay out, laying out something.
    3. (context, publishing) The process of arranging editorial content, advertising, graphics and other information to fit within certain constraints.
    4. (engineering) A map or a drawing of a construction site showing the position of roads, buildings or other constructions.
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.
leader Tweet Definition of leader Like Definition of leader on Facebook
  1. One who, or that which, leads or conducts; a guide; a conductor. Especially:
(a) One who goes first.
(b) One having authority to direct; a chief; a commander.
(c) (music) A performer who leads a band or choir in music; also, in an orchestra, the principal violinist; the one who plays at the head of the first violins.
(d) (nautical) A block of hard wood pierced with suitable holes for leading ropes in their proper places.
(e) (engineering) (obsolete) The principal wheel in any kind of machinery. (G. Francis)
(f) A horse placed in advance of others; one of the forward pair of horses.
  • He forgot to pull in his leaders, and they gallop away with him at times. - Hare?
(g) A pipe for conducting rain water from a roof to a cistern or to the ground; a conductor.
(h) (context, fishing) A net for leading fish into a pound, weir, etc.
((i)context, fishing) A section of line between the main fly line and the snell, to which the snell of a fly hook is attached.
(j) (Mining): A branch or small vein, not important in itself, but indicating the proximity of a better one.
  1. The first, or the principal, editorial article in a newspaper; a leading or main editorial article.
  2. (printing)
(a) A type having a dot or short row of dots upon its face.
(b) (plural):. a row of dots, periods, or hyphens, used in tables of contents, etc., to lead the eye across a space to the right word or number.
  1. (film) A piece of blank film at the beginning of a movie to allow the film to be threaded in the projector.
leaf Tweet Definition of leaf Like Definition of leaf on Facebook
noun (leaves)
  1. An organ of a plant typically divided into a flattened portion (the blade) and a narrow stalk (the petiole) and serving as the principal site of photosynthesis and transpiration.
  2. Anything resembling the leaf of a plant.
  3. A sheet of any substance beaten or rolled until very thin.
gold leaf
  1. A sheet of a book, magazine, etc (consisting of two pages, one on each face of the leaf).
  2. (in plural leaves) tea leaf, Tea leaves.
  3. A flat section used to extend the size of a table.
  4. (context, computing, mathematics) In a tree, a node that has no descendants.
  1. (intransitive) To produce leaves; put forth foliage.
ledge Tweet Definition of ledge Like Definition of ledge on Facebook
  1. A shelf on which articles may be laid; also, that which resembles such a shelf in form or use, as a projecting ridge or part, or a molding or edge in joinery.
  2. A shelf, ridge, or reef, of rocks.
  3. A layer or stratum.
  4. A lode; a limited mass of rock bearing valuable mineral.
  5. A piece of timber to support the deck, placed athwartship between beams.
  6. See lege
    1. Noun, lege.
left-handed Tweet Definition of left-handed Like Definition of left-handed on Facebook
adjective (pos=left-handed, -)
  1. Of or pertaining to one who uses his or her left hand in preference to, or more skillfully than, his or her right.
  2. Intended to be worn on, or used by, the left hand.
  3. Turning or spiraling from right to left; anticlockwise.
  4. Awkward or maladroit.
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.
level Tweet Definition of level Like Definition of level on Facebook
  1. A tool for finding whether a surface is level, or for creating a horizontal or vertical line of reference.
Hand me the so I can tell if this is correctly installed.
  1. A distance relative to a given reference elevation.
By the end of the day, we'd dug down to the of the old basement floor.
  1. degree, Degree or amount.
The sound is much too high; this hurts my ears.
We've reached a new of success.
  1. (context, gaming) One of several discrete segments of a game generally increasing in difficulty. Often numbered. Often, each level occupies different physical space (although levels are not always vertically stacked).
It took me weeks to get to seven.
Watch out for the next ; the bad guys there are really overpowered.
  1. (context, gaming) A periodic progression of integer values that quantify a character's experience and power.
My half-orc barbarian reached fifth before he was squashed by a troll.
  1. A floor of a multi-storey building.
Take the elevator and get off at the promenade .
verb ;or
levell, ing)
  1. To adjust so as to make level.
You can the table by turning the pads that screw into the feet.
  1. To destroy by reducing to ground level; to raze.
The hurricane leveled the forest.
  1. (context, gaming) To progress to the next level.
I levelled after defeating the dragon.
  1. To aim or direct (a weapon, a stare, an accusation, etc).
He levelled an accusation of fraud.
  1. (italbrac, US or obsolete) To levy.
    • 2007, Mary Jacoby, EU investigators endorse charges against Intel, Wall Street Journal Europe (17 Jan 07, p. 32, col 5),
    • : Ultimately, Ms. Kroes European Union Antitrust Commissioner could a fine and order Intel to change its business practices.
  1. The same height at all places; parallel to the ground.
This table isn't quite ; see how this marble rolls off it?
  1. At the same height as some reference; constructed as level with.
''We tried to hang the pictures so that the bottom of the frames were with the dark line in the wallpaper.
  1. Being unvaried.
His pulse has been for 12 hours.
  1. Being sensible.
He kept a head under stress.
Lewis Tweet Definition of Lewis Like Definition of Lewis on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male) of Norman origin, the English form of Louis.
  2. An English surname derived from the given name
  3. A Welsh surname; anglicized form of Llewellyn
  4. The Isle of Lewis, Scotland.
  5. The title given to a partially apprenticed Freemason who is normally the Master or Son of a practicing Freemason; One practising or learning the degrees of Freemasonary after introduction to the degrees and before full induction or before becoming a Worshipful Brother.
lift Tweet Definition of lift Like Definition of lift on Facebook
  1. Mechanical device for vertically transporting goods or people between floors in a building; an elevator.
Take the to the fourth floor.
  1. The act of transporting someone in a vehicle; a ride; a trip.
He gave me a to the bus station.
  1. An upward force, such as the force that keeps aircraft aloft.
  1. to raise
  2. (slang) to steal
lip Tweet Definition of lip Like Definition of lip on Facebook
  1. (countable) Either of the two fleshy protrusions around the opening of the mouth.
  2. (countable) A part of the body that resembles a lip, such as the edge of a wound or the labia.
  3. (countable) The rim of an open container.
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  1. an edge that projects slightly, such as the rim of the lid for a pot or jar.-->
  2. (context, slang, uncountable) impertinence, Impertinence.
Don"t give me any !
list Tweet Definition of list Like Definition of list on Facebook
  1. A strip of fabric, especially from the edge of a piece of cloth.
  2. Material used for cloth selvage.
  • 1893: The charwomen are in the habit of taking off their boots at the commissionaire's office, and putting on slippers. " Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Naval Treaty" (Norton 2005, p.681)
    1. (in plural) The palisades or barriers used to fence off a space for tilting or jousting tournaments.
  • 1819: William de Wyvil, and Stephen de Martival, ... armed at all points, rode up and down the lists to enforce and preserve good order among the spectators. " Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
  • verb
    1. To create or recite a list.
    lock Tweet Definition of lock Like Definition of lock on Facebook
    1. Something used for fastening, which can only be opened with a key or combination.
      • 1883, w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
      • : "Give me the key," said my mother; and though the was very stiff, she had turned it and thrown back the lid in a twinkling.
        1. A segment of a canal or other waterway enclosed by gates, used for raising and lowering boats between levels.
        2. The firing mechanism of a gun.
        3. (rugby) A player in the scrum behind the front row, usually the tallest members of the team.
    1. (intransitive) To become fastened in place
    If you put the brakes on too hard, the wheels will lock.
    1. (intransitive) (break dancing) To freeze ones body or a part thereof in place
    a pop and lock routine
    1. (transitive) To fasten with a lock.
    Remember to lock the door when you leave.
    louver Tweet Definition of louver Like Definition of louver on Facebook
    1. A slatted opening in a wall, door or window.
    2. Any of a series of narrow openings framed at their longer edges with slanting, overlapping fins or slats, adjustable for admitting light and air while shutting out rain.
    3. A fin or slat framing such an opening.
    4. A ventilating turret or lantern, as on the roof of a medieval building.
    5. Any of a system of slits, as in the hood of an automobile, for ventilation.
    Lug Tweet Definition of Lug Like Definition of Lug on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. (alternative spelling of, Lugh)
    lumber Tweet Definition of lumber Like Definition of lumber on Facebook
    1. (uncountable) wood, Wood intended as a building material.
      • 1782, H. de Crèvecoeur, Letters from an American Farmer
      • :Here they live by fishing on the most plentiful coasts in the world; there they fell trees, by the sides of large rivers, for masts and ;
        1. useless, Useless things that are stored away
      • 1711, Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism
      • :... The bookful blockhead ignorantly read, / With loads of learned in his head,
    1. (intransitive) to move clumsily
      • 1816, Sir Walter Scott, The Antiquary
      • :...he was only apprized of the arrival of the Monkbarns division by the gee-hupping of the postilion, as the post-chaise lumbered up behind him.
        1. (transitive) to load down with things, to fill, to encumber
      • 1822, Sir Walter Scott, Peveril of the Peak
      • :The mean utensils, pewter measures, empty cans and casks, with which this room was lumbered, proclaimed it that of the host, who slept surrounded by his professional implements of hospitality and stock-in-trade.
    lumbering Tweet Definition of lumbering Like Definition of lumbering on Facebook
    1. The business of felling trees for lumber.
    1. clumsy, Clumsy or awkward.
    2. heavy, Heavy, slow and laborious; ponderous.
    lumberyard Tweet Definition of lumberyard Like Definition of lumberyard on Facebook
    noun (Plural:lumberyards)
    1. A facility dedicated to the preparation and/or sale of lumber.
      I'll just go to the and buy some more two by fours so we can finish building this.
      He got a job at the , working the big saw for planks.
    lute Tweet Definition of lute Like Definition of lute on Facebook
    1. A fretted stringed instrument similar to a guitar having a bowl shaped body or soundbox.

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