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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.
     
labiodental Tweet Definition of labiodental Like Definition of labiodental on Facebook
adjective 
  1. (phonetics) articulated with the lower lip and upper teeth
     
lallation Tweet Definition of lallation Like Definition of lallation on Facebook
noun 
  1. the incorrect pronunciation of the letter "r" so that it sounds like an "l"
  2. baby-talk or gibberish
     
lambdacism Tweet Definition of lambdacism Like Definition of lambdacism on Facebook
noun 
  1. idiosyncratic pronunciation of certain letters.
     
laryngeal Tweet Definition of laryngeal Like Definition of laryngeal on Facebook
noun 
  1. a laryngeal sound, especially a reconstructed phoneme thought to have existed in Proto-Indo-European
adjective 
  1. Of or pertaining to a larynx or larynges.
     
lateral Tweet Definition of lateral Like Definition of lateral on Facebook
noun 
  1. a lateral pass
adjective 
  1. to the side
     
LAX Tweet Definition of LAX Like Definition of LAX on Facebook
initialism 
  1. IATA airport code for Los Angeles International Airport.
     
lenis Tweet Definition of lenis Like Definition of lenis on Facebook
adjective 
  1. (context, phonetics) weakly articulated (of a consonant), hence voiced; especially as compared to the others of a group of homorganic consonants.
     
lenition Tweet Definition of lenition Like Definition of lenition on Facebook
noun 
  1. (Celtic linguistics) a weakening of articulation, a consonant"s becoming lenis or soft
     
liaison Tweet Definition of liaison Like Definition of liaison on Facebook
noun 
  1. communication, Communication between two parties or groups.
  2. Co-operation, working together.
  3. A relayer of information between two forces in an army or during war.
  4. A tryst, romantic meeting.
  5. (figurative) An illicit sexual relationship or affair.
     
lingual Tweet Definition of lingual Like Definition of lingual on Facebook
noun 
  1. (phonetics) a sound articulated with the tongue
adjective 
  1. related to the tongue
  2. related to language or linguistics
  3. (phonetics) articulated with the tongue
  4. (dentistry) Of a lower tooth, on the side facing the tongue. See mesial.
     
liquid Tweet Definition of liquid Like Definition of liquid on Facebook
noun 
  1. A fundamental state of matter. Liquid is a state between solid and gaseous. A liquid can usually be contained within a glass or a similar container without allowing escape. A liquid can freeze to become a solid or evaporate into a gas.
  2. (phonetics) An l or r sound.
adjective 
  1. Existing in the physical state of a liquid. (Liquid nitrogen)
  2. (finance) Of an asset, easily sold or disposed of.
  3. (finance) Of a market, having sufficient trading activity to make buying or selling easy.
2005: The spot foreign exchange market is the world"s largest and most liquid financial market. With a daily trading volume of over $1.5 trillion, the spot forex market can absorb trading sizes that dwarf the capacity of any other market. — xpresstrade.com http://www.xpresstrade.com/24hour_liquidity.html
     
LISP Tweet Definition of LISP Like Definition of LISP on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (computing) A computer language named for the term LISt Programming language.
     
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.
     
lower Tweet Definition of lower Like Definition of lower on Facebook
verb 
  1. (transitive) To let descend by its own weight, as something suspended; to let down; as, to lower a bucket into a well; to lower a sail or a boat; sometimes, to pull down; as, to lower a flag.
Lowered softly with a threefold cord of love Down to a silent grave. Tennyson.
  1. (transitive) To reduce the height of; as, to lower a fence or wall; to lower a chimney or turret.
  2. (transitive) To depress as to direction; as, to lower the aim of a gun.
  3. (transitive) To make less elevated as to object; as, to lower one's ambition, aspirations, or hopes.
  4. (transitive) To reduce the degree, intensity, strength, etc., of; as, to lower the temperature of anything; to lower one's vitality; to lower distilled liquors.
  5. (transitive) To bring down; to humble; as, to lower one's pride.
  6. (reflexive) (lower oneself) To humble oneself; to do something one considers to be beneath one's dignity.
  7. (transitive) To reduce (something) in value, amount, etc.; as, to lower the price of goods, the rate of interest, etc.
  8. (intransitive) To fall; to sink; to grow less; to diminish; to decrease; as, the river lowered as rapidly as it rose.
  9. (intransitive) To decrease in value, amount, etc.
adjective 
  1. (comparative of, low, lang=English, POS=adjective)
     
low-level Tweet Definition of low-level Like Definition of low-level on Facebook
adjective 
  1. relatively unimportant
The bureacrat couldn't help us and his boss could have but wouldn't.
  1. not intense
The radiation released won't kill you immediately, but avoid long term exposure.
  1. (computing) of, or relating to a program, or to code in which each statement corresponds to a single machine instruction
    The assembler generates code.
     

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