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lacrosse Tweet Definition of lacrosse Like Definition of lacrosse on Facebook
  1. (context, sports) A sport played on a field between two opposing teams using sticks (crosses) and a ball, whereby one team defeats the other by achieving a higher score by scoring goals within the allotted time.
land Tweet Definition of land Like Definition of land on Facebook
  1. The part of Earth which is not covered by oceans or other bodies of water.
  2. Real estate or landed property; a partitioned and measurable area which is owned and on which buildings can be erected.
  3. A country or region.
  4. Ground that is suitable for farming.
  5. (Ireland / Colloquial) a fright.
He got an awful when the police arrived.
  1. (intransitive) To descend to a surface, especially from the air.
The plane is about to .
  1. (intransitive) To come into rest.
  2. (intransitive) To arrive at land, especially a shore, or a dock, from a body of water.
  3. (transitive) To bring to land.
It can be tricky to a helicopter.
Use the net to the fish.
  1. (transitive) To acquire; to secure.
  2. (transitive) To deliver.
  1. Of or relating to land.
  2. Residing or growing on land.
Lane Tweet Definition of Lane Like Definition of Lane on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A male given name.
lark Tweet Definition of lark Like Definition of lark on Facebook
  1. Any of various small, singing passerine birds of the family Alaudidae.
  2. various resembling birds, usually groundliving, such as the meadowlark and titlark
  3. One who wakes early; one who is up with the larks.
  1. sport, engage in harmless pranking
  2. frolic, engage in carefree adventure
lateral Tweet Definition of lateral Like Definition of lateral on Facebook
  1. a lateral pass
  1. to the side
lateral pass Tweet Definition of lateral pass Like Definition of lateral pass on Facebook
  1. a pass thrown laterally and that counts as a hand-off
  2. any hand-off, whether lateral or backward
lawn tennis Tweet Definition of lawn tennis Like Definition of lawn tennis on Facebook
  1. tennis played on a grass court
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.
ledger Tweet Definition of ledger Like Definition of ledger on Facebook
noun (Plural:ledgers)
  1. A book for keeping notes, especially one for keeping accounting records.
  2. (accounting): A collection of accounting entries consisting of credits and debits.
  3. (construction): A board attached to a wall to provide support for attaching other structural elements (such as deck joists or roof rafters) to the building.
left Tweet Definition of left Like Definition of left on Facebook
  1. The left side.
  2. (politics) The ensemble of left-wing political party, parties. Political liberals as a group.
The political is not holding enough power.
  1. (boxing) A punch delivered with the left fist.
  1. (past of, leave)
  1. (Ireland) (colloquial) permitted, allowed to proceed.
    We were not go to the beach after school except on a weekend.
adjective (more left, leftmost)
  1. The west side of the body when one is facing north.
  2. remaining.
  3. (politics) Pertaining to the political left; liberal.
  1. On or towards the left side.
left fielder Tweet Definition of left fielder Like Definition of left fielder on Facebook
  1. (baseball) The outfield defensive player that stands to the left of the center fielder as viewed from home plate.
The made a fine running catch.
leg bye Tweet Definition of leg bye Like Definition of leg bye on Facebook
  1. (Cricket) run scored by a batting side arising from the ball striking any part of the batsman's body without touching the bat. Leg byes are recorded as extras and do not affect the batsman's individual score. A leg bye can only be scored if the batsman was genuinely attempting to play a shot.
leg stump Tweet Definition of leg stump Like Definition of leg stump on Facebook
  1. (cricket) the stump on the leg side of the batsman's wicket
let Tweet Definition of let Like Definition of let on Facebook
  1. A hindrance.
...without let or hindrance (on all commonwealth passports)
  1. (context, tennis) The hindrance caused by the net during serve, only if the ball falls legally.
verb (lets, letting, let, or rarely letten)
  1. To allow.
  2. To put up for rent.
LF Tweet Definition of LF Like Definition of LF on Facebook
  1. Low Fat
  2. line feed
  3. Linear Feet (Architecture/Engineering/Construction)
Lidia Tweet Definition of Lidia Like Definition of Lidia on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (alternative spelling of, Lydia)
life Tweet Definition of life Like Definition of life on Facebook
noun (lives)
  1. The state that precedes death and follows birth or conception.
  2. (biology) a status given to any entity including animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, etc. " and sometimes viruses " having the properties of replication and metabolism.
  3. (philosophy) the essence of the manifestation and the foundation of the being.
  4. (phenomenology) the subjective and inner manifestation of the individual.
  5. (Christianity) the essence of God, its own revelation.
  6. The world in general; existence.
Man's on this planet has been marked by continual conflict.
  1. A worthwhile existence.
He gets up early in the morning, works all day long " even on weekends " and hardly sees his family. That's no !
  1. Something which is inherently part of a person's existence, such as their job, their family, their loved one, etc.
She's my love, my .
  1. (colloquial) A term of imprisonment of a convict until his or her death. More formally called a life sentence.
  2. The span of time during which an object operates.
This light bulb is designed to have a particularly long .
lift Tweet Definition of lift Like Definition of lift on Facebook
  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.
  1. to raise
  2. (slang) to steal
lightweight Tweet Definition of lightweight Like Definition of lightweight on Facebook
  1. (boxing) A boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 135 pounds for professionals and 132 pounds for amateurs.
  2. (bodybuilding) A competitive weight division between bantamweight and welterweight, with specific weights varying by organization.
  3. One of little consequence or ability.
  4. A person who can't handle their drink.
  1. Lacking in earnestness, ability, or profundity
  2. Having less than average weight
Lily Tweet Definition of Lily Like Definition of Lily on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female) derived from the flower and also seen as a variant of Lillian; used since the nineteenth century and currently returning to favor.
limb Tweet Definition of limb Like Definition of limb on Facebook
  1. A major appendage of human or animal, used for locomotion (such as an arm, leg or wing)
  2. A branch of a tree.
  3. (archery) The part of the bow, from the handle to the tip.
  1. To remove the limbs of an animal or tree.
Limerick Tweet Definition of Limerick Like Definition of Limerick on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A county in the Republic of Ireland.
  2. A town in the county of Limerick
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.
    linebacker Tweet Definition of linebacker Like Definition of linebacker on Facebook
    1. The defensive players who are in position behind the defensive linemen and in front of the safeties and cornerbacks and whose principal responsibilities are to tackle runners and to defend against shorter passes
    The corralled the runner who had slipped through the hole.
    line drive Tweet Definition of line drive Like Definition of line drive on Facebook
    1. (baseball) A batted ball hit hard enough that it appears to travel in a relatively straight line; a liner.
    The went straight into the shortstop's glove.
    lineman Tweet Definition of lineman Like Definition of lineman on Facebook
    1. a person who installs and repairs overhead cables (either power or telephone); a linesman
    (wikipedia, Wichita Lineman)      
    line of scrimmage Tweet Definition of line of scrimmage Like Definition of line of scrimmage on Facebook
    1. Either of two imaginary lines across the football field touching one of the two apex, apices of the football which point toward either the defensive side or the offensive side before the center is allowed to touch the ball before each play.
    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?
    links Tweet Definition of links Like Definition of links on Facebook
    noun (plural)
    1. (plural of, link)
    2. (plurale tantum, plural only) A golf course.
    1. (third-person singular of, link)
    lip Tweet Definition of lip Like Definition of lip on Facebook
    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 !
    Little League Tweet Definition of Little League Like Definition of Little League on Facebook
    proper nounlittle, Little league, League
    1. an organization that sponsors and organizes baseball and softball leagues for children
    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.
    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.
    lock Tweet Definition of lock Like Definition of lock on Facebook
    1. Something used for fastening, which can only be opened with a key or combination.
      • 1883, w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
      • : "Give me the key," said my mother; and though the was very stiff, she had turned it and thrown back the lid in a twinkling.
        1. A segment of a canal or other waterway enclosed by gates, used for raising and lowering boats between levels.
        2. The firing mechanism of a gun.
        3. (rugby) A player in the scrum behind the front row, usually the tallest members of the team.
    1. (intransitive) To become fastened in place
    If you put the brakes on too hard, the wheels will lock.
    1. (intransitive) (break dancing) To freeze ones body or a part thereof in place
    a pop and lock routine
    1. (transitive) To fasten with a lock.
    Remember to lock the door when you leave.
    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
    looper Tweet Definition of looper Like Definition of looper on Facebook
    1. An instrument or tool, as a bodkin, for forming a loop in yarn or cord, etc.
    2. An inchworm or measuring worm
    love Tweet Definition of love Like Definition of love on Facebook
    1. (uncountable) An intense feeling of affection and care towards another person.
    A mother"s is not easily shaken.
    1. (uncountable) A deep or abiding liking for something.
    My of cricket knows no bounds.
    1. (uncountable) A profound and caring attraction towards someone.
    Your is the most important thing in my life.
    1. (uncountable) A condition in which the happiness of another is essential to one's own happiness. (Paraphrased from a definition offered by Robert A. Heinlein, in Stranger in a Strange Land, 1961)
    2. (countable) The object of one"s romantic feelings; a darling or sweetheart
    I met my by the gasworks wall.
    1. (colloquial) A term of address, regardless of feelings.
    Hello, , how can I help you?
    1. (context, racquet sports) zero, no score.
    So that"s fifteen- to Kournikova.
    verb (lov, ing)
    1. (transitive) To have a strong affection for.
    2. (transitive) To need, thrive on.
    Mold loves moist, dark places.
    1. (transitive) (colloquial) To be strongly inclined towards something; an emphatic form of like.
    I walking barefoot on wet grass.
    I'd to join the team.
    1. (transitive) To care deeply about.
    "You shall the Lord your God with your whole heart, and your whole mind, and your whole soul; you shall your neighbor as yourself."
    1. (transitive) To lust for.
    2. (transitive) (euphemistic) To sex, have sex with, (perhaps from make love.)
    I wish I could her all night long.
    low Tweet Definition of low Like Definition of low on Facebook
    1. Something that is low.
    2. A depressed mood or situation.
    He is in a right now
    1. (intransitive) To moo.
    The cattle were lowing.
    1. In a position comparatively close to the ground.
    2. Small in height.
    3. depressed, Depressed, sad.
    luge Tweet Definition of luge Like Definition of luge on Facebook
    1. A racing sled for one or two people that is ridden with the rider or riders lying on their back.
    2. The sport of racing on luges.
    lune Tweet Definition of lune Like Definition of lune on Facebook
    noun (plural lunes)
    1. (obsolete) A fit of lunacy or madness; a period of frenzy; a crazy or unreasonable freak.
    These dangerous, unsafe lunes i' the king. w:Shakespeare, Shakespeare
    lure Tweet Definition of lure Like Definition of lure on Facebook
    1. Something that tempts or attracts, especially one with a promise of reward or pleasure.
    2. (context, Fishing) An artificial bait attached to a fishing line to attract fish.
    3. A bunch of feathers attached to a line, used in falconry to recall the hawk.
    proper nounLure
    1. A commune in the Haute-Saí´ne département, in France.
    verb (lur, ing)
    1. To attract by temptation etc.; to entice.
    2. To recall a hawk with a lure.

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