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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.
lancer Tweet Definition of lancer Like Definition of lancer on Facebook
  1. (military) A cavalry soldier armed with a lance weapon
lanyard Tweet Definition of lanyard Like Definition of lanyard on Facebook
  1. (nautical) a short rope used for fastening rigging
    1. a cord worn around the neck; used to hold a small object such as a whistle
    2. a cord with a hook; once used to fire artillery
legion Tweet Definition of legion Like Definition of legion on Facebook
  1. a military organization, army, regiment, (rather archaic)
  2. an association (often of ex-servicemen)
  3. a large group of people
  1. numerous, vast multitude (as in 'his attributes are legion').
legionary Tweet Definition of legionary Like Definition of legionary on Facebook
noun (Plural: legionaries)
  1. A member of a legion.
  2. A member of an organization containing the term legion in its title (e.g. the French foreign legion).
  1. Relating to a legion.
Legionnaire Tweet Definition of Legionnaire Like Definition of Legionnaire on Facebook
  1. a member of the American Legion.
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.
liberator Tweet Definition of liberator Like Definition of liberator on Facebook
  1. A person who frees or liberates.
liberty Tweet Definition of liberty Like Definition of liberty on Facebook
noun (liberti, es)
  1. The condition of being free from control or restrictions.
The army is here, your is assured.
  1. The condition of being free from imprisonment, slavery or forced labour.
The prisoners gained their from an underground tunnel.
  1. The condition of being free to act, believe or express oneself as one chooses.
The prisoners were at to speak freely with their lawyers.
  1. freedom, Freedom from excess government control.
  2. A short period when a sailor is allowed ashore.
We're going on a three-day as soon as we dock.
  1. A breach of social convention (often liberties).
You needn't take such liberties.
lieutenant Tweet Definition of lieutenant Like Definition of lieutenant on Facebook
  1. The lowest commissioned officer rank or ranks in many military forces.
  2. In the US Army, Air Force and Marines, Second Lieutenant is the rank below First Lieutenant, which is below Captain. Both ranks may be referred to as Lieutenant or as the complete forms of the ranks.
  3. A naval officer whose rank is above that of ensign in the United States Navy and below that of a lieutenant commander. There are two ranks of lieutenant: lieutenant junior grade and lieutenant.
  4. A naval officer in the Royal Navy who holds the rank above sub-lieutenant and below lieutenant commander.
  5. A person who executes the plans and directives of another.
  1. A military grade that is junior to the grade the adjective modifies: lieutenant colonel, lieutenant general.
lieutenant commander Tweet Definition of lieutenant commander Like Definition of lieutenant commander on Facebook
noun (plural: lieutenant commanders)
  1. A naval officer whose rank is higher than a lieutenant and below that of a commander.
Lieutenant General Tweet Definition of Lieutenant General Like Definition of Lieutenant General on Facebook
  1. a commissioned rank in the British Army and Royal Marines, above Major General and below general.
  2. a similar rank in the armed forces of some other countries.
lieutenant junior grade Tweet Definition of lieutenant junior grade Like Definition of lieutenant junior grade on Facebook
noun (plural: lieutenants junior grade)
  1. A commissioned officer of the United States Navy whose rank is above an ensign's and below a lieutenant, or a corresponding rank in other navies.
light infantry Tweet Definition of light infantry Like Definition of light infantry on Facebook
  1. Ground combat soldiers who are not mechanized, and whose role is harass the enemy in front of the main body of infantry.
limber Tweet Definition of limber Like Definition of limber on Facebook
  1. (obsolete) A two-wheeled, horse-drawn vehicle used to pull an artillery piece into battle.
  1. (obsolete) To prepare an artillery piece for transportation (i.e., to attach it to its limber.)
  1. flexible, Flexible, pliant, bendable.
    He's so that he can kiss his knee without bending it.
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?
    listening post Tweet Definition of listening post Like Definition of listening post on Facebook
    1. A facility established to monitor radio and microwave signals and analyse their content to secure information and intelligence for use by the security and diplomatic community and others.
    Little Boy Tweet Definition of Little Boy Like Definition of Little Boy on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. The nickname of the nuclear bomb dropped over w:Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945.
    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.
    loaded Tweet Definition of loaded Like Definition of loaded on Facebook
    1. burdened, Burdened by some heavy load.
    Let's leave the TV; the car is already.
    1. (context, of a projectile weapon) Charged with ammunition.
    No funny business; this heater's !
    1. (slang) Possessing great wealth.
    He sold his business a couple of years ago and is just .
    1. (slang) Drunk.
    By the end of the evening, the guests at the wedding reception were really .
    1. (baseball) Pertaining to a situation where there is a runner at each of the three bases.
    It's bottom of the ninth, the bases are and there are two outs.
    1. (context, gaming) Of a die or dice, biased to produce predictable throws.
    He was playing with dice and won a fortune.
    1. (context, of a question) Designed to produce a predictable answer, or to lay a trap.
    That interviewer is tricky; he asks questions.
    1. (context, of a word or phrase) Having strong connotations that colour the literal meaning and are likely to provoke an emotional response. Sometimes used loosely to describe a word that simply has many different meanings.
    "Ignorant" is a word, often implying lack of intelligence rather than just lack of knowledge.
    1. (context, of an item offered for sale, especially an automobile) Equipped with numerous options; deluxe.
    She went all out; her new car is .
    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.
    logistics Tweet Definition of logistics Like Definition of logistics on Facebook
    1. The process of planning, implementing, and controlling the efficient, effective flow and storage of goods, services and related information from their point of origin to point of consumption for the purpose of conforming to customer requirements.
    2. (military) The procurement, supply, maintenance, and transportation of equipment, facilities, and personnel.
    3. (plural of, logistic)
    LSD Tweet Definition of LSD Like Definition of LSD on Facebook
    1. (context, UK, Ireland, dated) £sd, £sd (pounds, shillings, pence)
    LSM Tweet Definition of LSM Like Definition of LSM on Facebook
    1. Linear Synchronous Motor: a synchronous motor that provide an output of linear force rather than torque
    2. leaf spring mount
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    lunette Tweet Definition of lunette Like Definition of lunette on Facebook
    1. (architecture) a small circular or crescent-shaped opening in a vaulted roof
    2. (architecture) a crescent-shaped recess or void space above a window or door
    3. a field work consisting of two projecting faces forming a wedge each of which extends from one of two parallel flanks
    4. (geology) (the shape of) a crescent-shaped dune
    5. goggles for swimming under water
    6. (Christianity) a crescent-shaped clip for holding the host upright when exposed in the monstrance
    LZ Tweet Definition of LZ Like Definition of LZ on Facebook
    1. Landing Zone

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