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life
I. noun (plural lives) Etymology: Middle English lif, from Old English līf; akin to Old English libban to live — more at live Date: before 12th century 1. a. the ...
life belt
noun Date: circa 1858 1. chiefly British a life preserver in the form of a buoyant belt 2. safety belt
life buoy
noun Date: 1801 a ring-shaped life preserver
life cycle
noun Date: 1873 1. the series of stages in form and functional activity through which an organism passes between successive recurrences of a specified primary stage 2. life ...
life expectancy
noun Date: 1935 the average life span of an individual
life force
noun Date: 1896 elan vital
life history
noun Date: 1864 1. a history of the changes through which an organism passes in its development from the primary stage to its natural death 2. the history of an individual ...
life insurance
noun Date: 1809 insurance providing for payment of a stipulated sum to a designated beneficiary upon death of the insured
life jacket
noun Date: 1883 a life preserver in the form of a buoyant vest
life list
noun Date: 1960 a record kept of all birds sighted and identified by a birder
life net
noun Date: 1904 a strong net or sheet (as of canvas) used (as by firefighters) to catch a person jumping from a burning building
life of Reilly
see life of Riley
life of Riley
also life of Reilly Etymology: from the name Riley or Reilly Date: 1914 a carefree comfortable way of living
life peer
noun Date: 1869 a British peer whose title is not hereditary • life peerage noun
life peerage
noun see life peer
life preserver
noun Date: 1804 1. a device (as a life jacket or life buoy) designed to save a person from drowning by providing buoyancy in water 2. chiefly British blackjack 3
life raft
noun Date: 1819 a raft usually made of wood or an inflatable material and designed for use by people forced into the water
life ring
noun Date: circa 1909 life buoy
life science
noun Date: 1941 a branch of science (as biology, medicine, and sometimes anthropology or sociology) that deals with living organisms and life processes — usually used in ...
life scientist
noun see life science
life span
noun Date: 1898 1. the average length of life of a kind of organism or of a material object especially in a particular environment or under specified circumstances 2. the ...
life support
noun Date: 1959 medical life-support equipment
life table
noun Date: circa 1859 mortality table
life vest
noun Date: 1939 life jacket
life zone
noun Date: 1893 a region characterized by specific plants and animals
life-and-death
also life-or-death adjective Date: 1822 involving or culminating in life or death ; vitally important as if involving life or death
life-care
adjective Date: 1960 of, relating to, or being a residential complex for elderly people that provides an apartment, personal and social services, and health care for life
life-form
noun Date: 1861 the body form that characterizes a kind of organism (as a species) at maturity; also a kind of organism
life-giving
adjective Date: 1596 giving or having power to give life and spirit ; invigorating
life-or-death
adjective see life-and-death
life-size
or life-sized adjective Date: 1841 of natural size ; of the size of the original
life-sized
adjective see life-size
life-support
adjective Date: 1965 providing support necessary to sustain life; especially of or relating to a system providing such support
life-support system
noun Date: 1959 an artificial or natural system that provides all or some of the items (as oxygen, food, water, control of temperature and pressure, disposition of carbon ...
lifeblood
noun Date: 1579 1. blood regarded as the seat of vitality 2. a vital or life-giving force or component
lifeboat
noun Date: 1801 a sturdy buoyant boat (as one carried by a ship) for use in an emergency and especially in saving lives at sea
lifeful
adjective Date: 13th century archaic full of or giving vitality
lifeguard
noun Date: 1896 a usually expert swimmer employed (as at a beach or a pool) to safeguard other swimmers • lifeguard intransitive verb
lifeless
adjective Date: before 12th century having no life: a. dead b. inanimate c. lacking qualities expressive of life and vigor ; insipid d. destitute of living beings ...
lifelessly
adverb see lifeless
lifelessness
noun see lifeless
lifelike
adjective Date: 14th century accurately representing or imitating real life • lifelikeness noun
lifelikeness
noun see lifelike
lifeline
noun Date: 1700 1. a line (as a rope) used for saving or preserving life: as a. a line along the outer edge of the deck of a boat or ship b. a line used to keep contact ...
lifelong
adjective Date: 1855 1. lasting or continuing through life 2. long-standing
lifemanship
noun Date: 1949 the skill or practice of achieving superiority or an appearance of superiority over others (as in conversation) by perplexing and demoralizing them
lifer
noun Date: 1827 1. a person sentenced to imprisonment for life 2. a person who makes a career of one of the armed forces 3. a person who has made a lifelong commitment (as ...
lifesaver
noun Date: 1887 1. one trained to save lives of drowning persons 2. one that is at once timely and effective in time of distress or need
lifesaving
I. adjective Date: 1858 designed for or used in saving lives II. noun Date: 1919 the skill or practice of saving or protecting the lives especially of drowning persons
lifestyle
I. noun Date: 1939 the typical way of life of an individual, group, or culture II. adjective Date: 1976 associated with, reflecting, or promoting an enhanced or more ...
lifetime
I. noun Date: 13th century 1. a. the duration of the existence of a living being (as a person or an animal) or a thing (as a star or a subatomic particle) b. life 12 ...
lifeway
noun Date: 1948 life 6
lifework
noun Date: 1871 the entire or principal work of one's lifetime; also a work extending over a lifetime
lifeworld
noun Date: 1940 the sum total of physical surroundings and everyday experiences that make up an individual's world
Liffey
geographical name river 50 miles (80 kilometers) E Ireland flowing into Dublin Bay
Lifford
geographical name town NW Ireland (republic) in Ulster capital of County Donegal population 1478
LIFO
abbreviation last in, first out
lift
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English lyft Date: before 12th century chiefly Scottish heavens, sky II. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse lypta; ...
lift truck
noun Date: 1926 a small truck for lifting and transporting loads
liftable
adjective see lift II
lifter
noun see lift II
liftgate
noun Date: 1953 a rear panel (as on a station wagon) that opens upward
liftman
noun Date: 1883 British an elevator operator
liftoff
noun Date: circa 1956 a vertical takeoff by an aircraft or a rocket vehicle or missile
ligament
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin ligamentum, from Latin, band, tie, from ligare Date: 14th century 1. a tough fibrous band of ...
ligamentous
adjective see ligament
ligand
noun Etymology: Latin ligandus, gerundive of ligare Date: 1949 a group, ion, or molecule coordinated to a central atom or molecule in a complex
ligase
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary lig- (from Latin ligare) + -ase Date: 1961 synthetase
ligate
transitive verb (ligated; ligating) Etymology: Latin ligatus Date: 1599 1. to tie with a ligature 2. to join together (as DNA or protein chains) by a chemical process
ligation
noun Date: 1597 1. an act of ligating 2. something that binds ; ligature
ligature
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin ligatura, from Latin ligatus, past participle of ligare to bind, tie; akin to Albanian lidh I tie Date: 14th century 1. a. ...
light
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English lēoht; akin to Old High German lioht light, Latin luc-, lux light, lucēre to shine, Greek leukos white Date: before 12th ...
light adaptation
noun Date: 1900 the process including contraction of the pupil and decrease in rhodopsin by which the eye adapts to conditions of increased illumination • light-adapted ...
light air
noun Date: 1769 wind having a speed of 1 to 3 miles (about 1 to 5 kilometers) per hour — see Beaufort scale table
light bread
noun Etymology: 2light Date: 1821 chiefly Southern & Midland bread in loaves made from white flour leavened with yeast
light breeze
noun Date: 1742 wind having a speed of 4 to 7 miles (about 6 to 11 kilometers) per hour — see Beaufort scale table
light chain
noun Date: 1964 either of the two smaller of the four polypeptide chains comprising antibodies — compare heavy chain
light curve
noun Date: 1890 a graph showing the variation in brightness of a celestial object (as a variable star) over a period of time
light guide
noun Date: 1951 an optical fiber used especially for telecommunication
light heavyweight
noun Date: 1903 a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 175 pounds for professionals and 178 pounds for amateurs — compare heavyweight, middleweight
light housekeeping
noun Date: 1872 1. domestic work restricted to the less laborious duties 2. housekeeping in quarters with limited facilities for cooking
light into
phrasal to attack forcefully
light meter
noun Date: 1921 a small and often portable device for measuring illumination; especially exposure meter
light opera
noun Date: 1858 operetta
light out
intransitive verb Etymology: 6light Date: 1866 1. to leave in a hurry 2. set off
light pen
noun Date: 1958 a pen-shaped device for direct interaction with a computer through a cathode-ray tube display
light pipe
noun Date: 1950 an optical fiber or a solid transparent plastic rod for transmitting light lengthwise
light pollution
noun Date: 1971 artificial skylight (as from city lights) that interferes especially with astronomical observations
light quantum
noun Date: 1910 photon; especially one of luminous radiation
light reaction
noun Date: circa 1929 the phase of photosynthesis that requires the presence of light and that involves photophosphorylation
light show
noun Date: 1966 a kaleidoscopic display of colored lights, slides, and film loops
light table
noun Date: circa 1948 a device that projects even light through a flat translucent surface over which films or tracings may be spread out and viewed
light therapy
noun Date: 1936 the treatment of medical or psychiatric conditions (as seasonal affective disorder) by the controlled application of light — called also light treatment, ...
light trap
noun Date: 1906 1. a device that allows movement of a sliding part or passage of a person (as into a darkroom) but excludes light 2. a device for collecting or destroying ...
light treatment
noun see light therapy
light water
noun Date: 1933 water 1a — compare heavy water
light-adapted
adjective see light adaptation
light-emitting diode
noun Date: 1968 led
light-fingered
adjective Date: 1547 1. showing adroitness in stealing or a tendency to steal especially by picking pockets or shoplifting 2. having a light and dexterous touch ; nimble ...
light-fingeredness
noun see light-fingered
light-foot
adjective see light-footed
light-footed
also light-foot adjective Date: 15th century 1. having a light and springy step 2. moving gracefully and nimbly
light-handed
adjective Date: 15th century having a light or delicate touch ; facile • light-handedness noun
light-handedness
noun see light-handed
light-headed
adjective Date: 1537 1. mentally disoriented ; dizzy 2. lacking in maturity or seriousness ; frivolous • light-headedly adverb • light-headedness noun
light-headedly
adverb see light-headed
light-headedness
noun see light-headed
light-minded
adjective Date: 1575 lacking in seriousness ; frivolous • light-mindedly adverb • light-mindedness noun
light-mindedly
adverb see light-minded
light-mindedness
noun see light-minded
light-o'-love
also light-of-love noun (plural light-o'-loves; also lights-of-love) Date: 1589 1. prostitute 2. lover, paramour
light-of-love
noun see light-o'-love
light-rail
noun Usage: often attributive Date: 1975 a means of urban railway transportation using trolley cars
light-year
noun Date: 1888 1. a unit of length in astronomy equal to the distance that light travels in one year in a vacuum or about 5.88 trillion miles (9.46 trillion kilometers) ...
lightbulb
noun Date: 1884 an electric lamp: as a. one in which a filament gives off light when heated to incandescence by an electric current — called also incandescent, ...
lighten
I. verb (lightened; lightening) Etymology: Middle English lightenen, from light Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to make light or clear ; illuminate 2. archaic ...
lighten up
intransitive verb Date: 1946 to take things less seriously
lightener
I. noun see lighten I II. noun see lighten II
lighter
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle Dutch *lichter, from lichten to unload; akin to Old English lēoht light in weight Date: 14th century a large usually ...
lighter-than-air
adjective Date: 1903 of less weight than the air displaced
lighterage
noun Date: 15th century 1. the loading, unloading, or transportation of goods by means of a lighter 2. a price paid for lightering
lightface
noun Date: circa 1871 a typeface having comparatively light thin lines; also printing in lightface • lightfaced adjective
lightfaced
adjective see lightface
lightfast
adjective Date: 1950 resistant to light and especially to sunlight; especially colorfast to light • lightfastness noun
lightfastness
noun see lightfast
lighthearted
adjective Date: 15th century 1. free from care, anxiety, or seriousness ; happy-go-lucky 2. cheerfully optimistic and hopeful ; easygoing • lightheartedly adverb • ...
lightheartedly
adverb see lighthearted
lightheartedness
noun see lighthearted
lighthouse
noun Date: 1622 1. a structure (as a tower) with a powerful light that gives a continuous or intermittent signal to navigators 2. beacon 3
lighting
noun Date: before 12th century 1. a. illumination b. ignition 2. an artificial supply of light or the apparatus providing it
lightish
adjective see light IV
lightless
adjective Date: before 12th century 1. receiving no light ; dark 2. giving no light
lightly
adverb Date: before 12th century in a light manner: as a. with little weight or force ; gently b. with indifference or carelessness ; unconcernedly c. with little ...
lightness
I. noun Date: before 12th century 1. the quality or state of being illuminated ; illumination 2. the attribute of object colors by which the object appears to reflect or ...
lightning
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from gerund of lightenen to lighten Date: 13th century 1. the flashing of light produced by a discharge of atmospheric electricity; also ...
lightning arrester
noun Date: 1860 a device for protecting an electrical apparatus from damage by lightning
lightning bug
noun Date: 1778 firefly
lightning rod
noun Date: 1773 1. a grounded metallic rod set up on a structure (as a building) to protect it from lightning 2. one that serves to divert attack from another 3. one that ...
lightplane
noun Date: 1923 a small and comparatively lightweight airplane; especially a privately owned passenger airplane
lightproof
adjective Date: 1923 impenetrable by light
lights
noun plural Etymology: Middle English lightes, from light light in weight Date: 12th century the lungs especially of a slaughtered animal
lights-out
noun Date: 1868 1. a command or signal for putting out lights 2. a prescribed bedtime for persons living under discipline
lightship
noun Date: 1837 a ship equipped with a brilliant light and moored at a place dangerous to navigation
lightsome
I. adjective Date: 14th century 1. free from care ; lighthearted 2. airy, nimble • lightsomely adverb • lightsomeness noun II. adjective Date: 15th century 1. well ...
lightsomely
adverb see lightsome I
lightsomeness
noun see lightsome I
lighttight
adjective Date: 1884 lightproof
lightweight
I. noun Date: 1773 1. one of less than average weight; specifically a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 135 pounds for professionals and 132 pounds for ...
lightwood
noun Date: 1685 chiefly Southern wood used for kindling; especially coniferous wood abounding in pitch
lign-
or ligni- or ligno- combining form Etymology: Latin lign-, ligni-, from lignum wood
lignan
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary lign- + 3-an Date: 1944 any of a class of propyl phenolic dimers including many found in plants and noted for having ...
ligneous
adjective Etymology: Latin ligneus, from lignum wood, probably from legere to gather — more at legend Date: 1626 of or resembling wood
ligni-
combining form see lign-
lignification
noun see lignify
lignify
verb (-fied; -fying) Etymology: French lignifier, from Latin lignum Date: circa 1828 transitive verb to convert into wood or woody tissue intransitive verb to become ...
lignin
noun Date: 1822 an amorphous polymer related to cellulose that provides rigidity and together with cellulose forms the woody cell walls of plants and the cementing material ...
lignite
noun Etymology: French, from Latin lignum Date: circa 1808 a usually brownish black coal intermediate between peat and bituminous coal; especially one in which the texture ...
lignitic
adjective see lignite
ligno-
combining form see lign-
lignocellulose
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1900 any of several closely related substances constituting the essential part of woody cell walls of plants and ...
lignocellulosic
adjective see lignocellulose
lignosulfonate
noun Date: 1908 any of various compounds produced from the spent sulfite liquor in the pulping of softwood in papermaking and used especially for binders and dispersing ...
lignum vitae
noun (plural lignum vitaes) Etymology: New Latin, literally, wood of life Date: 1594 1. the very hard heavy wood of any of several tropical American guaiacums 2. a tree ...
ligula
noun (plural ligulae; also -las) Etymology: New Latin Date: circa 1760 1. ligule 2. the distal lobed part of the labium of an insect
ligulate
adjective Date: 1760 1. furnished with ligules, ligulae, or ligulate corollas 2. [Latin ligula] shaped like a strap
ligule
noun Etymology: New Latin ligula, from Latin, small tongue, strap, from lingere to lick — more at lick Date: circa 1847 a scalelike projection especially on a plant: as ...
ligure
noun Etymology: Middle English lygire, from Late Latin ligurius, from Greek ligyrion Date: 13th century a traditional precious stone that is probably the jacinth
Liguria
geographical name region NW Italy bordering on Ligurian Sea capital Genoa population 1,727,212 • Ligurian adjective or noun
Ligurian
adjective or noun see Liguria
Ligurian Sea
geographical name arm of the Mediterranean N of Corsica
likability
noun see likable
likable
or likeable adjective Date: 1730 having qualities that bring about a favorable regard ; pleasant, agreeable • likability noun • likableness noun
likableness
noun see likable
Likasi
or formerly Jadotville geographical name city SE Democratic Republic of the Congo in SE Shaba population 279,839
like
I. verb (liked; liking) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English līcian; akin to Old English gelīc alike Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. chiefly dialect ...
like a shot
phrasal very rapidly
like as not
phrasal see as like as not
like crazy
phrasal to an extreme degree
like gangbusters
phrasal with great or excessive force or aggressiveness ; also with great speed or success
like hotcakes
phrasal at a rapid rate
like mad
phrasal to an extreme degree
like wildfire
phrasal very rapidly
like-minded
adjective Date: 1526 having a like disposition or purpose ; of the same mind or habit of thought • like-mindedly adverb • like-mindedness noun
like-mindedly
adverb see like-minded
like-mindedness
noun see like-minded
likeable
adjective see likable
liked
verbal auxiliary see like VIII
likelihood
noun Date: 14th century probability
likely
I. adjective (likelier; -est) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English gelīclic fitting (from gelīc like) and Old Norse glīkligr, līkligr, from glīkr like; akin to Old ...
liken
transitive verb (likened; likening) Date: 14th century compare
likeness
noun Date: before 12th century 1. copy, portrait 2. appearance, semblance 3. the quality or state of being like ; resemblance Synonyms: likeness, similarity, ...
likewise
adverb Date: 15th century 1. in like manner ; similarly 2. in addition 3. similarly so with me
liking
noun Date: 14th century favorable regard ; fondness, taste
likuta
noun (plural makuta) Etymology: ultimately from Kongo dikuta (plural makuta) palm-leaf cloth bundle used as currency, from -kuta to gather, bundle Date: 1967 a former ...
lilac
noun Etymology: obsolete French (now lilas), from Arabic līlak, from Persian nīlak bluish, from nīl blue, from Sanskrit nīla dark blue Date: 1625 1. a. a widely ...
lilangeni
noun (plural emalangeni) Etymology: Siswati, probably from emaLangeni lineage of the Swazi royal family Date: 1974 — see money table
lilied
adjective Date: 1614 1. archaic resembling a lily in fairness 2. full of or covered with lilies
Lilienthal
biographical name Otto 1848-1896 German aeronautical engineer
Lilith
noun Etymology: Late Hebrew līlīth, from Hebrew, a female demon Date: 1614 1. a woman who in rabbinic legend is Adam's first wife, is supplanted by Eve, and becomes an evil ...
Liliuokalani
biographical name 1838-1917 Lydia Paki Liliuokalani; Liliu Kamakaeha queen of the Hawaiian Islands (1891-93)
Lille
or formerly Lisle geographical name city N France; medieval capital of Flanders population 178,301
Lilliput
noun Date: 1726 an island in Swift's Gulliver's Travels where the inhabitants are six inches tall
Lilliputian
I. adjective Date: 1726 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Lilliputians or the island of Lilliput 2. ofen not capitalized a. small, miniature b. petty II. ...
Lillo
biographical name George 1693-1739 English dramatist
Lilongwe
geographical name city capital of Malawi population 223,318
lilt
I. noun Date: circa 1680 1. a spirited and usually cheerful song or tune 2. a rhythmical swing, flow, or cadence 3. a springy buoyant movement II. verb Etymology: ...
lilting
adjective Date: 1800 1. characterized by a rhythmical swing or cadence 2. cheerful, buoyant • liltingly adverb • liltingness noun
liltingly
adverb see lilting
liltingness
noun see lilting
lily
I. noun (plural lilies) Etymology: Middle English lilie, from Old English, from Latin lilium Date: before 12th century 1. any of a genus (Lilium of the family Liliaceae, the ...
lily of the valley
Date: 1563 a low perennial herb (Convallaria majalis) of the lily family that has usually two large oblong lanceolate leaves and a raceme of fragrant nodding bell-shaped white ...
lily pad
noun Date: 1814 a floating leaf of a water lily
lily-livered
adjective Date: 1605 lacking courage ; cowardly
lily-white
I. adjective Date: 14th century 1. white as a lily 2. characterized by or favoring the exclusion of blacks especially from politics 3. irreproachable, pure II. noun Date: ...
Lima
I. Date: 1952 — a communications code word for the letter l II. geographical name 1. city NW Ohio population 40,081 2. city capital of Peru on the Rímac population ...
lima bean
noun Etymology: Lima, Peru Date: 1756 1. a. a bushy or tall-growing tropical American bean (Phaseolus limensis) that is widely cultivated for its flat edible usually pale ...
limaçon
noun Etymology: French, literally, snail, from Old French, diminutive of limaz slug, snail, from Latin limax; akin to Russian slimak snail and probably to Old English līm ...
Limavady
geographical name district N Northern Ireland, established 1974 area 226 square miles (588 square kilometers), population 29,201
Limay
geographical name river 250 miles (402 kilometers) W Argentina flowing out of Lake Nahuel Huapí & joining the Neuquén forming Negro River
limb
I. noun Etymology: Middle English lim, from Old English; akin to Old Norse limr limb and perhaps to Old English lith limb Date: before 12th century 1. a. one of the ...
limba
noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1943 1. a tall whitish-trunked West African tree (Terminalia superba) with straight-grained wood 2. the wood of a limba
limbeck
noun Etymology: Middle English lembike, from Medieval Latin alembicum Date: 14th century alembic
limbed
adjective Date: 14th century having limbs especially of a specified kind or number — usually used in combination
limber
I. noun Etymology: Middle English lymour Date: 15th century a two-wheeled vehicle to which a gun or caisson may be attached II. adjective Etymology: origin unknown Date: ...
limber pine
noun Date: 1897 a pine (Pinus flexilis) of the western United States and Canada that has flexible branches and needles in bundles of five
limberly
adverb see limber II
limberness
noun see limber II
limbic
adjective Etymology: New Latin limbicus of a border or margin, from Latin limbus Date: 1882 of, relating to, or being the limbic system of the brain
limbic system
noun Date: 1952 a group of subcortical structures (as the hypothalamus, the hippocampus, and the amygdala) of the brain that are concerned especially with emotion and ...
limbless
adjective see limb I
limbo
I. noun (plural limbos) Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin, ablative of limbus limbo, from Latin, border Date: 14th century 1. often capitalized an abode of souls ...
Limburg
geographical name 1. region W Europe E of the Meuse including parts of present Limburg province, Netherlands, & Limburg province, Belgium 2. province NE Belgium capital ...
Limburger
noun Etymology: Dutch, one from Limburg, from Limburg, Belgium Date: circa 1870 a pungent semisoft surface-ripened cheese
limbus
noun Etymology: Latin, border Date: 1877 the marginal region of the cornea of the eye by which it is continuous with the sclera
limby
adjective see limb I
lime
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English līm; akin to Old High German līm birdlime, Latin limus mud, slime, and perhaps to Latin linere to smear Date: before 12th ...
lime glass
noun Date: circa 1909 glass containing a substantial proportion of lime
lime-juicer
noun Etymology: from the use of lime juice on British ships as a beverage to prevent scurvy Date: 1859 1. slang Englishman 2. slang a. a British ship b. a British ...
lime-twig
noun Date: 15th century 1. a twig covered with birdlime to catch birds 2. snare
limeade
noun Date: 1892 a beverage of sweetened lime juice mixed with plain or carbonated water
Limehouse
geographical name district E London, England, in Tower Hamlets on N bank of Thames River
limekiln
noun Date: 13th century a kiln or furnace for reducing limestone or shells to lime by burning
limelight
I. noun Date: 1826 1. a. a stage lighting instrument producing illumination by means of an oxyhydrogen flame directed on a cylinder of lime and usually equipped with a lens ...
limen
noun Etymology: Latin limin-, limen transverse beam in a door frame, threshold; probably akin to Latin limus transverse Date: 1895 threshold 3a
limerick
noun Etymology: Limerick, Ireland Date: 1896 a light or humorous verse form of five chiefly anapestic verses of which lines 1, 2, and 5 are of three feet and lines 3 and 4 ...
Limerick
geographical name 1. county SW Ireland in Munster area 1037 square miles (2696 square kilometers), population 109,873 2. city & port, its capital, on the Shannon population ...
limestone
noun Date: 14th century a rock that is formed chiefly by accumulation of organic remains (as shells or coral), consists mainly of calcium carbonate, is extensively used in ...
limewater
noun Date: circa 1500 an alkaline water solution of calcium hydroxide used as an antacid
limey
I. noun (plural limeys) Usage: often capitalized Etymology: lime-juicer + 4-y Date: 1918 1. slang a British sailor 2. slang Englishman II. variant of limy
liminal
adjective Etymology: Latin limin-, limen threshold Date: 1884 1. of or relating to a sensory threshold 2. barely perceptible 3. of, relating to, or being an ...
limit
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French limite, from Latin limit-, limes boundary Date: 14th century 1. a. something that bounds, restrains, or confines b. ...
limit point
noun Date: 1905 a point that is related to a set of points in such a way that every neighborhood of the point no matter how small contains another point belonging to the set ...
limitable
adjective see limit II
limitary
adjective Date: 1620 1. archaic subject to limits 2. a. archaic of or relating to a boundary b. limiting, enclosing
limitation
noun Date: 14th century 1. an act or instance of limiting 2. the quality or state of being limited 3. something that limits ; restraint 4. a certain period limited by ...
limitational
adjective see limitation
limitative
adjective Date: 1530 limiting, restrictive
limited
adjective Date: 1597 1. a. confined within limits ; restricted b. of a train offering faster service especially by making a limited number of stops 2. characterized ...
limited edition
noun Date: 1890 an issue of something collectible (as books, prints, or medals) that is advertised to be limited to a relatively small number of copies
limited liability
noun Date: 1848 liability (as of a stockholder or shipowner) limited by statute or treaty
limited liability partnership
noun Date: 1980 a partnership in which the partnership is liable as an entity for debts and obligations and the partners are not liable personally
limited partner
noun Date: 1907 a partner in a venture who has no management authority and whose liability is restricted to the amount of his or her investment — compare general partner
limited partnership
noun Date: 1846 a partnership having one or more general partners and one or more limited partners
limited war
noun Date: 1939 a war whose objective is less than the total defeat of the enemy
limited-access
adjective Date: 1944 of a road having access restricted to a relatively small number of points

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