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adjective see lip I
combining form see lip-
noun Etymology: New Latin Date: 1882 the formation of fat; specifically the formation of fatty acids from acetyl coenzyme A in the living body and especially in adipose ...
lipoic acid
noun Etymology: lip-, lipo- Date: circa 1951 any of several microbial growth factors; especially a fatty acid C8H14O2S2 that is essential for the oxidation of alpha-keto ...
I. adjective or lipoidal Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1876 resembling fat II. noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1906 lipid
adjective see lipoid I
noun Etymology: New Latin Date: circa 1903 the hydrolysis of fat • lipolytic adjective
adjective see lipolysis
noun (plural -mas; also lipomata) Etymology: New Latin Date: 1830 a tumor of fatty tissue • lipomatous adjective
adjective see lipoma
adjective Date: 1939 having an affinity for lipids (as fats)
noun Date: 1950 a large molecule consisting of lipids and sugars joined by chemical bonds
noun Date: 1909 a conjugated protein that is a complex of protein and lipid — compare HDL, LDL, VLDL
adjective see liposome
noun Date: 1968 an artificial vesicle composed of one or more concentric phospholipid bilayers and used especially to deliver microscopic substances (as drugs or DNA) to body ...
noun Date: 1983 surgical removal of local fat deposits (as in the thighs) especially for cosmetic purposes
adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1903 promoting the physiological utilization of fat
noun Date: 1964 either of two protein hormones of the pituitary gland that function in the mobilization of fat reserves
geographical name 1. river about 150 miles (241 kilometers) W Germany flowing from Teutoburg Forest W into the Rhine 2. former principality & state W Germany between ...
adjective Date: 14th century having a lip or lips especially of a specified kind or number — often used in combination
verb Etymology: Middle English lipnien Date: 12th century intransitive verb chiefly Scottish trust, rely transitive verb chiefly Scottish entrust
Lippes loop
noun Etymology: Jack Lippes b1924 American gynecologist Date: 1964 an S-shaped plastic intrauterine device
I. biographical name Fra Filippo circa 1406-1469 Florentine painter II. biographical name Filippo or Filippino circa 1457-1504 son of preceding Florentine painter
noun Date: 1894 1. outgrowth of bone in liplike form at a joint margin 2. a piece of wood set in an archer's bow where a flaw has been cut out 3. embouchure 1
noun see Lipizzan
noun see Lipizzan
I. biographical name Gabriel 1845-1921 French physicist II. biographical name Walter 1889-1974 American journalist & author
adjective (lippier; -est) Date: circa 1875 given to back talk
noun Date: 1874 the interpreting of speech by watching the speaker's lip and facial movements without hearing the voice
noun Date: 1880 a waxy solid usually colored cosmetic in stick form for the lips; also a stick of such cosmetic with its case • lipsticked adjective
adjective see lipstick
biographical name Sir Thomas Johnstone 1850-1931 English merchant & yachtsman
abbreviation 1. liquid 2. liquor
transitive verb (liquated; liquating) Etymology: Latin liquatus, past participle of liquare to make liquid; akin to Latin liquēre Date: circa 1859 to cause (a more fusible ...
noun see liquate
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin liquefaction-, liquefactio, from Latin liquefacere, from liquēre to be fluid + facere to make — more at do Date: 15th ...
liquefied petroleum gas
noun Date: 1925 a compressed gas that consists of flammable hydrocarbons (as propane and butane) and is used especially as fuel or as raw material for chemical synthesis
noun see liquefy
also liquify verb (-fied; -fying) Etymology: Middle English liquefien, from Anglo-French liquefier, from Latin liquefacere Date: 15th century transitive verb to reduce to a ...
adjective Etymology: Latin liquescent-, liquescens, present participle of liquescere to become fluid, inchoative of liquēre Date: circa 1727 being or tending to become ...
noun Etymology: French, from Old French licour liquid — more at liquor Date: 1729 a usually sweetened alcoholic liquor (as brandy) flavored with fruit, spices, nuts, herbs, ...
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French liquide, from Latin liquidus, from liquēre to be fluid; akin to Latin lixa water, lye, and perhaps to Old Irish ...
liquid crystal
noun Date: 1891 an organic liquid whose physical properties resemble those of a crystal in the formation of loosely ordered molecular arrays similar to a regular crystalline ...
liquid crystal display
noun Date: 1968 LCD
liquid measure
noun Date: circa 1678 a unit or series of units for measuring liquid capacity — see metric system table, weight table
noun Etymology: New Latin, from Latin liquidus + Medieval Latin ambar, ambra amber Date: circa 1577 1. storax 1b 2. any of a genus (Liquidambar) of deciduous North American ...
verb (-dated; -dating) Etymology: Late Latin liquidatus, past participle of liquidare to melt, from Latin liquidus Date: circa 1575 transitive verb 1. a. (1) to ...
noun see liquidate
noun Date: circa 1828 one that liquidates; especially an individual appointed by law to liquidate assets
noun see liquid I
transitive verb (-ized; -izing) Date: 1837 to cause to be liquid
adverb see liquid I
noun see liquid I
verb see liquefy
I. noun Etymology: Middle English licour, from Anglo-French, from Latin liquor, from liquēre Date: 13th century a liquid substance: as a. a usually distilled rather than ...
chiefly British variant of licorice
I. noun (plural lire; also liras) Etymology: Italian, from Latin libra, a unit of weight Date: 1617 the basic monetary unit of Italy until 2002 II. noun (plural liras) ...
geographical name river 100 miles (161 kilometers) central Italy flowing into Gulf of Gaeta
noun Etymology: New Latin, from Liriope, a nymph in Roman mythology Date: 1946 any of a genus (Liriope) of stemless Asian herbs of the lily family that are widely cultivated ...
noun Etymology: Medieval Latin liripipium Date: 1594 a pendent part of a tippet; also tippet, scarf
geographical name see Lisbon
noun see Lisbon
or Portuguese Lisboa geographical name city & port capital of Portugal on Tagus estuary population 677,790 • Lisboan noun
geographical name district E Northern Ireland, established 1974 area 171 square miles (445 square kilometers), population 99,162
Lisburne, Cape
geographical name cape NW Alaska projecting into Arctic Ocean near W end of Brooks Range
plural of sente
geographical name city NW France E of Caen population 24,506
noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Lisle Lille, France Date: 1858 a smooth tightly twisted thread usually made of long-staple cotton
geographical name see Lille
Lisle, de
biographical name — see Leconte de Lisle Rouget de Lisle
noun Etymology: list processing Date: 1959 a computer programming language that is designed for easy manipulation of data strings and is used extensively for work in ...
I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English -wlyspian; akin to Old High German lispen to lisp Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to pronounce the ...
noun see lisp I
adjective see lissome
also lissom adjective Etymology: alteration of lithesome Date: 1763 1. a. easily flexed b. lithe 2 2. nimble • lissomely adverb • lissomeness noun
adverb see lissome
noun see lissome
I. verb Etymology: Middle English lysten, from Old English lystan; akin to Old English lust desire, lust Date: before 12th century transitive verb archaic please, suit ...
list price
noun Date: 1871 the basic price of an item as published in a catalog, price list, or advertisement before any discounts are taken
noun see list IX
noun Etymology: French, from Italian listello, diminutive of lista fillet, roster Date: 1598 a narrow band in architecture ; fillet
I. verb (listened; listening) Etymology: Middle English listnen, from Old English hlysnan; akin to Sanskrit śroṣati he hears, Old English hlūd loud Date: before 12th ...
listen in
intransitive verb Date: 1905 1. to tune in to or monitor a broadcast 2. to listen to a conversation without participating in it; especially eavesdrop • listener-in noun
adjective Date: 1942 agreeable to listen to
noun see listen I
noun see listen in
noun Date: 1943 the audience for a radio program or recording; also the number or kind of that audience
listening post
noun Date: 1942 a center for monitoring electronic communications (as of an enemy)
biographical name Joseph 1827-1912 1st Baron Lister of Lyme Regis English surgeon
I. noun Date: 1682 one that lists or catalogs II. noun Etymology: 5list Date: 1887 a double-moldboard plow often equipped with a subsoiling attachment and used mainly ...
noun (plural listerioses) Etymology: New Latin, from Listeria, from Joseph Lister Date: 1941 a serious encephalitic disease of a wide variety of animals that is caused by a ...
noun Date: 1641 1. an act or instance of making or including in a list 2. something that is listed
adjective Etymology: Middle English listles, from 2list Date: 15th century characterized by lack of interest, energy, or spirit Synonyms: see languid • listlessly ...
adverb see listless
noun see listless
trademark — used for software for managing e-mail transmissions to and from a list of subscribers
biographical name Franz 1811-1886 Hungarian pianist & composer • Lisztian adjective
adjective see Liszt
I. past and past participle of light II. noun Etymology: by shortening Date: 1850 literature • lit adjective III. adjective Etymology: past participle of 3light Date: ...
Lit B
variant of Litt B
lit crit
noun Date: 1963 literary criticism
Lit D
variant of Litt D
lit up
adjective Date: 1907 drunk 1a
geographical name river 90 miles (144 kilometers) S Lebanon flowing into Mediterranean
noun (plural -nies) Etymology: Middle English letanie, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French, from Late Latin litania, from Late Greek litaneia, from Greek, entreaty, ...
noun (plural litai or litu) Etymology: Lithuanian (nominative plural litai, genitive plural litų), from initial letters of New Latin Lituania, French Lituanie, etc. Date: ...
variant of lychee
adjective 1. light IV,9a 2. diminished or lacking in substance or seriousness ; specifically being an innocuous or unthreatening version — often used postpositively
noun Etymology: French litre, from Medieval Latin litra, a measure, from Greek, a weight Date: 1797 a metric unit of capacity equal to one cubic decimeter — see metric ...
noun Date: 1883 the quality or state of being literate
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin litteralis, from Latin, of a letter, from littera letter Date: 14th century 1. a. according ...
noun Date: 1644 1. adherence to the explicit substance of an idea or expression 2. fidelity to observable fact ; realism • literalist noun • literalistic adjective
noun see literalism
adjective see literalism
noun see literal I
noun see literalize
transitive verb (-ized; -izing) Date: 1826 to make literal • literalization noun
adverb Date: 1533 1. in a literal sense or manner ; actually 2. in effect ; virtually Usage: Since some people take sense 2 to be the opposite of sense 1, it has ...
noun see literal I
adverb see literary
noun see literary
adjective Date: 1749 1. a. of, relating to, or having the characteristics of humane learning or literature b. bookish 2 c. of or relating to books 2. a. ...
literary executor
noun Date: 1868 a person entrusted with the management of the papers and unpublished works of a deceased author
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English literat, from Latin litteratus marked with letters, literate, from litterae letters, literature, from plural of littera Date: 15th ...
adverb see literate I
noun see literate I
noun plural Etymology: obsolete Italian litterati, from Latin, plural of litteratus Date: 1621 1. the educated class; also intelligentsia 2. persons interested in ...
adverb or adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin, from Latin littera Date: 1643 letter for letter
noun Etymology: Latin littera + English -ation Date: circa 1889 the representation of sound or words by letters
noun Date: 1791 litterateur
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin litteratura writing, grammar, learning, from litteratus Date: 14th century 1. archaic literary culture 2. the ...
noun Etymology: New Latin, back-formation from English literati (taken as Latin) Date: 1704 a member of the literati
abbreviation lithographic; lithography
or litho- combining form Etymology: Latin, from Greek, from lithos stone
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French litarge, from Latin lithargyrus, from Greek lithargyros, from lithos + argyros silver — more at argent Date: 14th century ...
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English līthe gentle; akin to Old High German lindi gentle, Latin lentus slow Date: 14th century 1. easily bent or flexed ...
adverb see lithe
noun see lithe
adjective Date: circa 1774 lissome
noun (plural lithiases) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek, from lithos Date: circa 1657 the formation of stony concretions in the body (as in the gallbladder)
adjective Etymology: Greek lithikos, from lithos Date: 1797 1. stony 1 2. of, relating to, or being a stone tool
noun see lithify
verb (-fied; -fying) Date: 1877 transitive verb to change to stone ; petrify; especially to convert (unconsolidated sediment) into solid rock intransitive verb to ...
noun Etymology: New Latin, from lithia oxide of lithium, from Greek lithos Date: 1818 1. a soft silver-white element of the alkali metal group that is the lightest metal ...
lithium carbonate
noun Date: 1869 a crystalline salt Li2CO3 used in the glass and ceramic industries and in medicine especially in the treatment of bipolar disorder
lithium fluoride
noun Date: 1944 a crystalline salt LiF used especially in making prisms and ceramics and as a flux
lithium niobate
noun Etymology: niobium + 1-ate Date: 1966 a crystalline material LiNbO3 whose physical properties change in response to pressure or the presence of an electric field and ...
noun (plural lithos) Date: 1889 1. lithograph 2. lithography 1
combining form see lith-
I. transitive verb Date: 1825 to produce, copy, or portray by lithography • lithographer noun II. noun Date: 1828 a print made by lithography • lithographic ...
noun see lithograph I
adjective see lithograph II
adverb see lithograph II
noun Etymology: German Lithographie, from lith- + -graphie -graphy Date: 1813 1. the process of printing from a plane surface (as a smooth stone or metal plate) on which the ...
adjective see lithology
adjective see lithology
adverb see lithology
noun (plural -gies) Date: 1716 1. the study of rocks 2. the character of a rock formation; also a rock formation having a particular set of characteristics • lithologic ...
noun Etymology: probably from German Lithophan, from Greek lithos + German diaphan diaphanous Date: circa 1889 porcelain impressed with figures that are made distinct by ...
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1895 a plant that grows on rock
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary lith- + Greek ponos work Date: circa 1884 a white pigment consisting essentially of zinc sulfide and barium sulfate
noun Etymology: lith- + Latin solum soil Date: circa 1938 any of a group of shallow azonal soils consisting of imperfectly weathered rock fragments
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1887 the solid part of a celestial body (as the earth); specifically the outer part of the solid earth composed of ...
adjective see lithosphere
noun (plural -mies) Etymology: Late Latin lithotomia, from Greek, from lithotomein to perform a lithotomy, from lith- + temnein to cut — more at tome Date: 1721 surgical ...
noun (plural -sies) Etymology: lith- + Greek tripsis a rubbing, from tribein to rub — more at throw Date: 1834 the breaking (as by shock waves or crushing with a surgical ...
also lithotriptor noun Etymology: alteration of lithontriptor, from lithontriptic breaking up bladder stones, modification of Greek (pharmaka tōn) lithōn thryptika (drugs) ...
noun see lithotripter
or Lith Lietuva geographical name country N central Europe bordering on the Baltic; remnant of a medieval principality extending from Baltic Sea to Black Sea; a republic ...
noun Date: 1607 1. a native or inhabitant of Lithuania 2. the Baltic language of the Lithuanian people • Lithuanian adjective
adjective see litigate
noun Date: 1659 one engaged in a lawsuit • litigant adjective
verb (-gated; -gating) Etymology: Latin litigatus, past participle of litigare, from lit-, lis lawsuit + agere to drive — more at agent Date: 1615 intransitive verb to ...
noun see litigate
noun see litigate
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin litigiosus, from litigium dispute, from litigare Date: 14th century 1. a. disputatious, contentious b. ...
adverb see litigious
noun see litigious
noun Etymology: Middle English litmose, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse litmosi herbs used in dyeing, from litr color (akin to Old English wlite brightness, ...
litmus paper
noun Date: 1803 unsized paper colored with litmus and used as an indicator
litmus test
noun Date: 1952 a test in which a single factor (as an attitude, event, or fact) is decisive
noun (plural litotes) Etymology: Greek litotēs, from litos simple, perhaps from lit-, lis linen cloth Date: 1589 understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by the ...
variant of liter
Litt B
or Lit B abbreviation Etymology: Medieval Latin litterarum baccalaureus bachelor of letters; bachelor of literature
Litt D
or Lit D abbreviation Etymology: Medieval Latin litterarum doctor doctor of letters; doctor of literature
adjective Etymology: alteration of lit, past participle of light Date: 1845 archaic being lighted
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French litere, from lit bed, from Latin lectus — more at lie Date: 14th century 1. a. a covered and curtained couch ...
littera scripta manet
foreign term Etymology: Latin the written letter abides
litterae humaniores
noun plural Etymology: Medieval Latin, literally, more humane letters Date: 1747 humanities
or littérateur noun Etymology: French littérateur, from Latin litterator critic, from litterae letters, literature Date: 1806 a literary person; especially a professional ...
noun see litterateur
noun Date: 1955 a bag used (as in an automobile) for temporary refuse disposal
noun Date: 1947 one who litters a public area
noun Date: 1928 litterbug
noun Date: 1921 one of the offspring in a litter in relation to the others
adjective see litter I
I. adjective (littler or less or lesser; littlest or least) Etymology: Middle English littel, from Old English lȳtel; akin to Old High German luzzil little Date: before 12th ...
Little Abaco
geographical name — see Abaco
Little Armenia
or Lesser Armenia geographical name region S Turkey corresponding to ancient Cilicia
Little Bear
noun Date: 1681 Ursa Minor
Little Bighorn
geographical name river 80 miles (129 kilometers) N Wyoming & S Montana flowing N into Bighorn River
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
geographical name site SE Montana on the Little Bighorn River of battle fought 1876
little bitty
adjective Date: 1905 small, tiny
little bluestem
noun Date: circa 1898 a forage grass (Schizachyrium scoparium syn. Andropogon scoparius) of eastern and central North America
little brown bat
noun Date: 1842 a small widely distributed insectivorous North American bat (Myotis lucifugus) with brown fur
little by little
adverb Date: 15th century by small degrees or amounts ; gradually
Little Colorado
geographical name river about 300 miles (483 kilometers) NE Arizona flowing NW into Colorado River
Little Diomede
geographical name — see Diomede Islands
Little Dipper
noun Date: 1842 the seven principal stars in Ursa Minor
little finger
noun Date: before 12th century the fourth and smallest finger of the hand counting the index finger as the first
little guy
noun Date: 1863 little man
Little Hours
noun plural Date: circa 1872 the offices of prime, terce, sext, and none forming part of the canonical hours
Little Ice Age
noun Date: 1951 an episode of glacial expansion whose maximum extension occurred in the 17th and 18th centuries
Little Inagua
geographical name — see Inagua
Little Kabylia
geographical name — see Kabylia
Little Karoo
geographical name — see karoo
little leaf
noun Date: 1916 any of various plant disorders characterized by small and often chlorotic and distorted foliage
Little League
noun Date: 1952 a commercially sponsored baseball league for boys and girls from 8 to 12 years old • Little Leaguer noun
Little Leaguer
noun see Little League
little magazine
noun Date: 1900 a literary usually noncommercial magazine that features works especially of writers who are not well-known
little man
noun Date: 1933 the ordinary individual
Little Minch
geographical name — see Minch
Little Missouri
geographical name river 560 miles (901 kilometers) W United States flowing from NE Wyoming N into Missouri River in W North Dakota
Little Namaqualand
geographical name — see Namaqualand
Little Office
noun Date: circa 1872 an office in honor of the Virgin Mary like but shorter than the Divine Office
little people
noun plural Date: circa 1731 1. tiny imaginary beings (as fairies, elves, and leprechauns) of folklore 2. children 3. people of unsually small size 4. common people
Little Rock
geographical name city capital of Arkansas on Arkansas River population 183,133
Little Saint Bernard
geographical name mountain pass 7178 feet (2188 meters) over Savoy Alps between France & Italy S of Mont Blanc
little slam
noun Date: circa 1897 the winning of all tricks except one in bridge
little theater
noun Date: 1912 a small theater for low-cost dramatic productions designed for a relatively limited audience
little toe
noun Date: before 12th century the outermost and smallest digit of the foot
Little Walachia
geographical name — see Oltenia
little woman
noun Date: 1795 wife
noun Etymology: Littleneck Bay, Long Island, N.Y. Date: 1883 a young quahog suitable to be eaten raw — called also littleneck clam
littleneck clam
noun see littleneck
noun see little I
I. biographical name or Lyttelton or Luttelton Sir Thomas 1422-1481 English jurist II. geographical name town N central Colorado S of Denver population 40,340
I. adjective Etymology: Latin litoralis, from litor-, litus seashore Date: circa 1656 of, relating to, or situated or growing on or near a shore especially of the sea II. ...
biographical name Maximilien-Paul-Émile 1801-1881 French lexicographer
plural of litas
adjective Date: 1641 1. of, relating to, or having the characteristics of liturgy 2. using or favoring the use of liturgy • liturgically adverb
adverb see liturgical
noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: circa 1855 the practice or study of formal public worship
noun Date: 1866 liturgist 2
noun Date: 1863 liturgics
noun Date: 1649 1. one who adheres to, compiles, or leads a liturgy 2. a specialist in liturgics
noun (plural -gies) Etymology: Late Latin liturgia, from Greek leitourgia public service, from Greek (Attic) leïton public building (from Greek laos — Attic leōs — people) ...
biographical name Maksim Maksimovich 1876-1951 Soviet diplomat
geographical name — see Lodz
Liu Shao-ch'i
biographical name 1898-1974 Chinese Communist politician
also liveability noun Date: 1914 1. survival expectancy ; viability — used especially of poultry and livestock 2. suitability for human living
also liveable adjective Date: 1814 1. suitable for living in, on, or with 2. endurable • livableness noun
noun see livable
I. verb (lived; living) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English libban; akin to Old High German lebēn to live Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to be ...
live down
transitive verb Date: 1842 to live so as to wipe out the memory or effects of
live in
intransitive verb Date: 1890 to live in one's place of employment ; live in another's home
live it up
phrasal to live with gusto and usually fast and loose
live load
noun Date: 1866 the load to which a structure is subjected in addition to its own weight
live oak
noun Date: 1610 any of several American evergreen oaks: as a. a medium-sized oak (Quercus virginiana) of southeastern North America often cultivated as a shelter and shade ...
live steam
noun Date: circa 1875 steam direct from a boiler and under full pressure
live trap
noun Date: circa 1875 a trap for catching an animal alive and uninjured
live up to
phrasal to act or be in accordance with
live wire
noun Date: 1903 an alert, active, or aggressive person • live-wire adjective
live with
phrasal to put up with ; accept, tolerate
adjective Date: 1945 of, relating to, or featuring cinematography that is not produced by animation

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