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lead Tweet Definition of lead Like Definition of lead on Facebook
noun 
  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.
Quotations
  • 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.
verb 
  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.
adjective 
  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
noun 
  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.
:Quotations
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  • 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.
     
lean Tweet Definition of lean Like Definition of lean on Facebook
verb (leans, leaning, leant or leaned)
  1. To hang outwards.
  2. To press against.
adjective (lean, er)
  1. (context, of a person) slim; not fleshy.
  2. (context, of meat) having little fat.
  3. Having little extra or little to spare.
a budget
  1. Of a fuel-air mixture, having more air than is necessary to burn all of the fuel; more air- or oxygen- rich than necessary for a stoichiometric reaction.
     
legend Tweet Definition of legend Like Definition of legend on Facebook
noun 
  1. A story of unknown origin describing plausible but extraordinary past events. Also historical legend.
The of Troy was discovered to have historical basis.
  1. A story in which a kernel of truth is embellished to an unlikely degree.
The 1984 Rose Bowl prank has spawned many legends. Here's the real story.
  1. A leading protagonist in a historical legend.
Achilles is a in Greek culture.
  1. Any person of extraordinary accomplishment.
Michael Jordan stands as a in basketball.
  1. A key to the symbols and color codes on a map, chart, etc.
According to the on the map, that building is a school.
     
legibility Tweet Definition of legibility Like Definition of legibility on Facebook
noun {{wikipedia}
  1. The property that makes legible or easily readable.
    The of this text is questionable, half the people asked said it was almost illegible but the other half said it was easy to read.
     
letter Tweet Definition of letter Like Definition of letter on Facebook
noun 
  1. A symbol in an alphabet.
  2. A written message. See also note.
  3. (US, uncountable) A size of paper, 8½ inch, in í 11 in (215.9 millimetre, mm í 279.4 mm, US paper sizes rounded to the nearest 5 mm)
  4. (Canada, uncountable) A size of paper, 215 mm í 280 mm
     
letterpress Tweet Definition of letterpress Like Definition of letterpress on Facebook
noun 
  1. The printing process in which ink is applied to the top surface of a raised image area, which is then pressed against paper to transfer the image.
  2. (printing) : printing directly from type, in distinction from printing from plates.
  3. a machine used for such printing.
     
LF Tweet Definition of LF Like Definition of LF on Facebook
initialism 
  1. Low Fat
  2. line feed
  3. Linear Feet (Architecture/Engineering/Construction)
     
lift Tweet Definition of lift Like Definition of lift on Facebook
noun 
  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.
verb 
  1. to raise
  2. (slang) to steal
     
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, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/4654 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, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/20616 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
      product
      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.
         
    linen paper Tweet Definition of linen paper Like Definition of linen paper on Facebook
    noun 
    1. High quality paper with a high linen (i.e., flax fiber) content.
         
    lining Tweet Definition of lining Like Definition of lining on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A covering for the inside surface of something.
    2. The material used for such a covering.
    3. The act of attaching such a covering.
    verb 
    1. (present participle of, line)
         
    Logo Tweet Definition of Logo Like Definition of Logo on Facebook
    proper noun (wikipedia, Logo programming language)
    1. (computing) a programming language that uses turtle graphics to teach children the elements of programming
         
    logogram Tweet Definition of logogram Like Definition of logogram on Facebook
    noun 
    1. a character or symbol that represents a word or phrase
         
    logographic Tweet Definition of logographic Like Definition of logographic on Facebook
    adjective 
    1. of, related to, or composed of logographs
         
    logotype Tweet Definition of logotype Like Definition of logotype on Facebook
    noun (Plural: logotypes
    1. A symbol used by a group or organization, usually referred to as a logo.
         
    lower case Tweet Definition of lower case Like Definition of lower case on Facebook
    noun 
    1. Collective term for the letters a, b, c, ... (as opposed to the upper-case letters A, B, C, ...).
         
    lowercase Tweet Definition of lowercase Like Definition of lowercase on Facebook
    noun 
    1. Alternative spelling of lower case.
    adjective 
    1. Written in lower case.
         

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