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lank Tweet Definition of lank Like Definition of lank on Facebook
verb intransitive & transitive
  1. To become lank; to make lank.
adjective (Comparative Lanker ; superl. Lankest.] AS. hlanc; cf. G. lenken to turn, gelenk joint, OHG. hlanca hip, side, flank, and E. link of a chain.
  1. Slender and thin; not well filled out; not plump; shrunken; lean.
    • Meager and lank with fasting grown. - Swift.
    • Who would not choose . . . to have rather a lank purse than an empty brain? - Barrow.
    • Blacks in the fields, lank and stooped, their fingers spiderlike among the bolls of cotton. - 1985 w:Cormac McCarthy?, McCarthy?, w:Blood Meridian, Blood Meridian, chapter 1.
    • Languid; drooping.Obs.
    • Who, piteous of her woes, reared her head. - Milton
    • Lank hair, long, thin hair. - Macaulay
lar Tweet Definition of lar Like Definition of lar on Facebook
noun
  1. A household or ancestral god in ancient Rome
  • 1974: Would the great emperor"s , free of its soldierly body rheumatic from German mists and browned and grizzled by the Indus sun, haunt that pinedark road to Elefsis to taste again the essences on which it fed and gather with voluptuous fingers the ghosts of roses? " Guy Davenport, Tatlin!
  1. A species of gibbon (Hylobates lar), found in Burma. Called also the common or white-handed gibbon.
larva Tweet Definition of larva Like Definition of larva on Facebook
noun (larv, ae)
  1. A stage of growth for some insects, in which they are wingless and resemble a caterpillar or grub after hatching from their egg
  2. an animal in the aforementioned stage.
  3. A form of a recently born or hatched animal that is quite different from its adult stage.
lash Tweet Definition of lash Like Definition of lash on Facebook
noun
  1. The thong or braided cord of a whip, with which the blow is given.
I observed that your whip wanted a lash to it. — Addison.
  1. (obsolete) A leash in which an animal is caught or held; hence, a snare.
  2. A stroke with a whip, or anything pliant and tough.
The culprit received thirty-nine lashes.
  1. A stroke of satire or sarcasm; an expression or retort that cuts or gives pain; a cut.
The moral is a lash at the vanity of arrogating that to ourselves which succeeds well. — L"Estrange
  1. A hair growing from the edge of the eyelid; an eyelash.
  2. In carpet weaving, a group of strings for lifting simultaneously certain yarns, to form the figure.
  3. (Mid-Ulster, Northern Ireland dialect) Excellent, wonderful
We"re off school tomorrow, it"s gonna be lash!
That chinese (food) was lash!''
verb (lash, es)
  1. (transitive) To strike with a lash; to whip or scourge with a lash, or with something like one.
We lash the pupil, and defraud the ward. — Dryden
  1. (transitive) To strike forcibly and quickly, as with a lash; to beat, or beat upon, with a motion like that of a lash.
the whale lashes the sea with its tail.
And big waves lash the frighted shores. — Dryden
  1. (transitive) To throw out with a jerk or quickly.
He falls, and lashing up his heels, his rider throws. — Dryden
  1. (transitive) To scold; to berate; to satirize; to censure with severity.
to lash vice
  1. (transitive) To bind with a rope, cord, thong, or chain, so as to fasten.
to lash something to a spar
lash a pack on a horse's back
  1. (intransitive) To ply the whip; to strike.
  2. (intransitive) To utter censure or sarcastic language.
To laugh at follies, or to lash at vice. — Dryden
adjective
  1. (obsolete) remiss, Remiss, lax.
  2. (obsolete) relaxed, Relaxed.
  3. soft, Soft, watery, wet.
    • 1658: Fruits being unwholesome and before the fourth or fifth Yeare. " Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 211)
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.
leporine Tweet Definition of leporine Like Definition of leporine on Facebook
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or resembling a hare or rabbit.
His ears perked up at the mention of dessert.
lights Tweet Definition of lights Like Definition of lights on Facebook
noun
  1. Plural of light.
  2. A butcher's term for the lungs of an animal (being lighter than adjacent parts).
verb
  1. Third-person singular simple present of to light.
litter Tweet Definition of litter Like Definition of litter on Facebook
noun
  1. (countable) A platform mounted on two shafts, or a more elaborate construction, designed to be carried by two (or more) people to transport one (in luxury models sometimes more) third person(s) or (occasionally in the elaborate version) a cargo, such as a religious idol.
  2. (countable) The offspring of a mammal born in one birth.
  3. (uncountable) material, Material used as bedding for animals.
  4. (uncountable) Collectively, items discarded on the ground.
  5. (uncountable) absorbent, Absorbent material used in an animal's litter tray
  6. (uncountable) Layer of fallen leaves and similar organic matter in a forest floor.
liver Tweet Definition of liver Like Definition of liver on Facebook
noun
  1. (anatomy) A large organ in the body that stores and metabolizes nutrients, destroys toxins and produces bile. Responsible for thousands of biochemical reactions.
  2. This livestock organ used as food.
  3. (color) A dark brown colour, tinted with red and gray, like that of liver.
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adjective (the noun as a modifier)<br>
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no (compar) or (superl) forms)
  1. Concerning or relating to the liver.
liver transplant
  1. Intended for the liver.
liver salts
  1. Of food, made of liver.
liver pí˘té
longitudinal Tweet Definition of longitudinal Like Definition of longitudinal on Facebook
adjective
  1. relating to length, or to longitude
  2. running in the direction of the long axis of a body
  3. forward and/or backward, relative to some defined direction
lop-eared Tweet Definition of lop-eared Like Definition of lop-eared on Facebook
adjective
  1. Having ears that sag or bend.
    He's always taking in some stray dog.
lore Tweet Definition of lore Like Definition of lore on Facebook
noun
  1. all the facts and traditions about a particular subject that have been accumulated over time through education or experience.
lung Tweet Definition of lung Like Definition of lung on Facebook
noun
  1. A biological organ that extracts oxygen from the air.
lupine Tweet Definition of lupine Like Definition of lupine on Facebook
noun
  1. Belonging to the genus Lupinus of leguminous herbs, some poisonous.
  2. An edible lupine seed.
adjective
  1. Of, or pertaining to, the wolf.
  2. Wolf-like; wolfish.
  3. Having the characteristics of a wolf.
  4. ravenous, Ravenous.

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