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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
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.
lead-in Tweet Definition of lead-in Like Definition of lead-in on Facebook
noun (Plural: lead-ins)
  1. An introduction, something that leads into the beginning of something.
    After the long , the climax of the story was anticlimactic.
leak Tweet Definition of leak Like Definition of leak on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, leak)
  1. A crack, crevice, fissure, or hole which admits water or other fluid, or lets it escape.
    a leak in a roof
    a leak in a boat
    a leak in a gas pipe
  2. The entrance or escape of a fluid through a crack, fissure, or other aperture.
    The gained on the ship's pumps.
  3. The person through whom information, especially secret information, escapes.
    The press must have learned about the plan through a .
  1. To allow fluid to escape or enter something that should be sealed.
    The faucet has been leaking since last month.
  2. To reveal secret information.
    ''Someone must have leaked it to our competitors that the new product will be out soon.
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.
lightning rod Tweet Definition of lightning rod Like Definition of lightning rod on Facebook
  1. A metallic conductor that is attached to a high point of a building and leads to the ground and protects the building from damage by lightning
  2. (metaphorically): a controversial issue; a person who is a target for negative reactions and distracts criticism from another
linkage Tweet Definition of linkage Like Definition of linkage on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Linkage (mechanical))
(wikipedia, Genetic linkage)
(wikipedia, Linkage (linguistics))
  1. A mechanical device that connects things.
A in my car's transmission is broken so I can't shift out of first gear.
  1. A connection or relation between things or ideas.
  2. (genetics) The property of genes of being inherited together.
  3. (linguistics) A set of definitely related words for which no proto-language can be derived.
live Tweet Definition of live Like Definition of live on Facebook
verb (liv, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To be alive; to have life.
He's not expected to for more than a few months.
  1. (intransitive) To have permanent residence somewhere.
I at 2a Acacia Avenue.
  1. (intransitive) To survive, to persevere, to continue.
Her memory lives in that song.
  1. Having life; that is alive. Used attributively.
The post office will not ship animals.
  1. Of firearms or explosives, capable of causing harm.
The air force practices dropping bombs on the uninhabited island.
  1. (context, circuitry) Electrically charged or energized, usually indicating that the item may cause electrocution if touched.
Use caution when working near wires.
  1. (poker) Being a bet which can be raised by the bettor, usually in reference to a blind or straddle.
Tommy's blind was , so he was given the option to raise.
  1. Of an event, as it happens; in real time; direct.
The concert was broadcast by radio.
loading Tweet Definition of loading Like Definition of loading on Facebook
  1. The action of the verb to load.
    The of hazardous cargoes is not permitted.
  2. A load, especially in the engineering and electrical engineering senses of force exerted, or electrical current or power supplied.
    I need to recheck the loadings on the external walls.
    The on the generators peaks during the early evening.
  1. (present participle of, load)
loop Tweet Definition of loop Like Definition of loop on Facebook
  1. A length of thread, line or rope that is doubled over to make an opening; the opening so formed
  2. A shape produced by a curve that bends around and crosses itself.
  3. An endless strip of tape or film allowing continuous repetition.
  4. A complete circuit for an electric current.
  5. (computing) A programmed sequence of instructions that is repeated until or while a particular condition is satisfied.
  6. (graph theory) A pair of repeated nodes of an oriented graph represented as an arrow with coinciding endpoints.
  7. A loop-shaped intrauterine device
  8. a maneuver in which an aircraft flies a circular path in a vertical plane
Lorentz force Tweet Definition of Lorentz force Like Definition of Lorentz force on Facebook
  1. (physics) the force exerted on a charged particle in an electromagnetic field
loss Tweet Definition of loss Like Definition of loss on Facebook
  1. an instance of losing
The match ended in their first of the season.
  1. something that is lost
It was written off as a .
  1. the condition of having lost something or someone
We mourn his .
  1. (plural) casualties, especially in wartime
The battle was won, but losses were great.
  1. (financial) The money a company loses. The expenditures and taxes minus total income, when this difference is positive.
  2. (engineering) power expended without doing useful work.
lossy Tweet Definition of lossy Like Definition of lossy on Facebook
  1. (For a data compression algorithm) reducing the amount of information in the data.

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