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LA Tweet Definition of LA Like Definition of LA on Facebook
abbreviation
  1. Louisiana, a state of the United States of America.
initialism
  1. Los Angeles (US city)
  2. lead arsenate, a pesticide introduced in the US in 1892, largely replaced by DDT in the late 1940's, and ultimately banned in 1988.
labial Tweet Definition of labial Like Definition of labial on Facebook
noun
  1. (linguistics) a labial consonant
  2. (music) an organ pipe having a lip that influences its sound
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to the lips or labia
  2. (linguistics) articulated by closing the lips, especially of the sounds of b, m and w
  3. (dentistry) Of an incisor or canine, on the side facing the lips. See mesial.
lambada Tweet Definition of lambada Like Definition of lambada on Facebook
noun
  1. a fast-paced, erotic Brazilian dance in which couples dance with their stomachs touching
  2. the music to which it is danced
  3. A strong hit, the act of hitting someone/something with a piece of wood or club
large Tweet Definition of large Like Definition of large on Facebook
adjective (larg, e)
  1. Of considerable or relatively great size or extent.
(Russia is a country)
(The fruit-fly has eyes for its body size)
(He has a collection of stamps) See at large.
At liberty; Not incarcerated.
Representing the whole, rather than a section.
  • As a collection or entirely- "the populace at "
larghetto Tweet Definition of larghetto Like Definition of larghetto on Facebook
noun
  1. The larghetto tempo.
Which tempo do you want, largo or ?
  1. A composition or movement to be played larghetto.
The from this suite is one of the composer"s most evocative works.
adjective
  1. (music) Slower than adagio but not as slow as largo; nearly andantino.
Play here, even though it"s marked largo.
laud Tweet Definition of laud Like Definition of laud on Facebook
noun
  1. Praise or glorification.
  2. A hymn of praise.
  3. (in plural, sometimes Lauds) a prayer service following matins
verb
  1. (intransitive) To praise, to glorify.
lay Tweet Definition of lay Like Definition of lay on Facebook
noun
  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.
adjective
  1. Non-professional, not being a member of an organized institution (e.g. scientific lay person).
  2. Not belonging to the clergy.
legato Tweet Definition of legato Like Definition of legato on Facebook
noun
  1. A slur curve above or below a passage of notes indicating that they should be played in a legato manner.
adverb
  1. (music) Smoothly, in a connected manner.
Play this passage not portato.
leitmotif Tweet Definition of leitmotif Like Definition of leitmotif on Facebook
noun
  1. (music) A melodic theme associated with a particular character, place, thing or idea in an opera.
  2. A recurring theme.
lento Tweet Definition of lento Like Definition of lento on Facebook
adjective (music)
  1. (defn, English)
Li Tweet Definition of Li Like Definition of Li on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A surname of Chinese origin, a variant of Lee (See: Ž).
librettist Tweet Definition of librettist Like Definition of librettist on Facebook
noun (Plural:librettists)
  1. The person who writes a libretto.
libretto Tweet Definition of libretto Like Definition of libretto on Facebook
noun (pl2=libretti)
  1. The text of a dramatic musical work, such as an opera.
  2. A book containing such a text.
lick Tweet Definition of lick Like Definition of lick on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of licking.
The cat gave its fur a .
  1. The amount of some substance obtainable with a single lick.
Give me a of ice cream.
  1. A place where animals lick minerals from the ground.
The birds gathered at the clay .
  1. (colloquial) A stroke or blow.
Hit that wedge a good with the sledgehammer.
  1. (colloquial) A bit.
You don't have a of sense.
I didn't do a of work today.
  1. (music) A short motif.
There are some really good blues licks in this solo.
verb
  1. To stroke with the tongue.
The cat licked its fur.
  1. (colloquial) To defeat decisively, particularly in a fight.
My dad can your dad.
  1. (colloquial) To overcome.
I think I can this.
  1. (vulgar, slang) To perform cunnilingus.
lied Tweet Definition of lied Like Definition of lied on Facebook
noun (lieder)
  1. (music) An art song, sung in German and accompanied on the piano
lilt Tweet Definition of lilt Like Definition of lilt on Facebook
noun
  1. Animated, brisk motion; spirited rhythm; sprightliness.
  2. A lively song or dance; a cheerful tune.
verbto lilt
  1. To do anything with animation and quickness, as to skip, fly, or hop.
  2. To sing cheerfully.
  3. To utter with spirit, animation, or gayety; to sing with spirit and liveliness.
limbo Tweet Definition of limbo Like Definition of limbo on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, Roman Catholic theology, since circa 1300) The place where innocent souls exist temporarily until they can enter heaven, notably those of the saints who died before the advent of Christ (limbus patruum) and those of unbaptized but innocent children (limbus infantum).
  2. (context, by extension, since the 16th century) Any in-between place, state or condition of neglect or oblivion which results in an unresolved status, delay or deadlock.
My application has been stuck in bureaucratic for two weeks.
lip Tweet Definition of lip Like Definition of lip on Facebook
noun
  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.
<!--same as previous definition:
  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 !
long Tweet Definition of long Like Definition of long on Facebook
noun
  1. (linguistics) A long vowel.
verb
  1. (intransitive) To await, to aspire, to want (for something to occur)
She longed for him to come back.
adjective
  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)
adverb
  1. Over a great distance in space.
He threw the ball .
  1. For a duration in time.
Will this interview take ?
longa Tweet Definition of longa Like Definition of longa on Facebook
noun
  1. (music) A musical note equal to two breves, or two whole notes.
longways Tweet Definition of longways Like Definition of longways on Facebook
adverblongwise
  1. lengthwise, Lengthwise, in the longer direction.
low Tweet Definition of low Like Definition of low on Facebook
noun
  1. Something that is low.
  2. A depressed mood or situation.
He is in a right now
verb
  1. (intransitive) To moo.
The cattle were lowing.
adjective
  1. In a position comparatively close to the ground.
  2. Small in height.
  3. depressed, Depressed, sad.
low-pitched Tweet Definition of low-pitched Like Definition of low-pitched on Facebook
adjective ((compar) lower-pitchedormore low-pitched, (superl) lowest-pitchedormost low-pitched)
  1. Of a sound, having a comparatively low pitch.
lutanist Tweet Definition of lutanist Like Definition of lutanist on Facebook
noun
  1. One who plays the lute, a lutist.
lute Tweet Definition of lute Like Definition of lute on Facebook
noun
  1. A fretted stringed instrument similar to a guitar having a bowl shaped body or soundbox.
lutenist Tweet Definition of lutenist Like Definition of lutenist on Facebook
noun
  1. One who plays the lute, a lutist.
lutist Tweet Definition of lutist Like Definition of lutist on Facebook
noun
  1. One who plays the lute.
lyre Tweet Definition of lyre Like Definition of lyre on Facebook
noun
  1. a stringed musical instrument.
lyricist Tweet Definition of lyricist Like Definition of lyricist on Facebook
noun
  1. a person who writes the lyrics of a song

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