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/kyaht, kee aht"/, n. a paper money, cupronickel coin, and monetary unit of Burma (Myanmar), equal to 100 pyas. [1950-55; < Burmese cyat (written kyap)] * * *
/kuy"euh thos', -theuhs/, n., pl. kyathoi /-thoy'/. Gk. and Rom. Antiq. a deep bowl set on a foot, often having a high voluted or serpentine handle rising from the brim and ...
▪ Myanmar       town, western Myanmar (Burma). It lies at the northern end of the offshore island of Ramree in Combermere Bay, an inlet of the Bay of Bengal, about 250 ...
▪ Myanmar       town, central Myanmar (Burma). Lying on the Zawgyi River, 25 miles (40 km) south of Mandalay, it is served by the Mandalay-Yangon (Rangoon) railway. The ...
▪ medieval Switzerland also spelled  Kiburg,         countship prominent in medieval Swiss history. The first line of counts of Kyburg, with their seat in the castle ...
/kid/, n. Thomas, 1558-94, English dramatist. Also, Kid. * * *
Kyd, Thomas
born Nov. 6, 1558, London, Eng. died с December 1594, London English dramatist. With The Spanish Tragedie (1592), he initiated the revenge tragedy, a favourite dramatic form ...
Kyd or Kid (kĭd), Thomas. 1558-1594. English dramatist who wrote The Spanish Tragedy (c. 1584), is thought to have contributed to Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and Henry VI, ...
Kydland, Finn E.
▪ Norwegian economist born December 1943, Ålgård, near Stavanger, Norway       Norwegian economist, who, with Edward C. Prescott (Prescott, Edward C.), won the Nobel ...
/kay/, n. a private Korean-American banking club to which members pay contributions and from which they may take out loans, usu. to start small businesses. [1985-90; < Korean] * ...
Kyffhäuser Mountains
▪ mountains, Germany German  Kyffhäuser Gebirge,         double line of hills on the northern edge of the Thüringer Basin in central Germany that extend for 13 ...
see kwl. * * *
/kuyl/, n. Scot. a narrow channel of water between two islands or between an island and the mainland; a strait or sound. [1540-50; < ScotGael caoil (gen. of caol) strait, sound ...
/kuyl/, n. a male or female given name. * * *
/kuy"lee/, n., pl. kylies. Australian. boomerang. Also, kiley. [1830-40; < Nyungar karli] * * *
Kylie Minogue
➡ Minogue * * *
/kuy"liks, kil"iks/, n., pl. kylikes /kuy"li keez', kil"i-/. Gk. and Rom. Antiq. a shallow bowl having two horizontal handles projecting from the sides, often set upon a stem ...
/kuy"loh/, n. See West Highland. [1745-55; earlier Kiley, Kylie < ScotGael gaidhealach Gaelic, Highland, equiv. to Gaidheal Highlander, GAEL + -ach adj. suffix] * * *
Kylver Stone
▪ runic stone, Sweden       limestone slab that bears a 5th-century runic inscription, providing the oldest extant record of the Germanic runic series; it was found in a ...
var. of cymo-: kymograph. * * *
/kuy"meuh gram'/, n. the graphic record produced by a diagnostic kymograph. [1920-25; KYMO- + -GRAM1] * * *
—kymographic /kuy'meuh graf"ik/, adj. /kuy"meuh graf', -grahf'/, n. an instrument for measuring and graphically recording variations in fluid pressure, as those of the human ...
See kymograph. * * *
/kim"rik/, adj., n. Cymric. * * *
/kim"ree/, n.pl. Cymry. * * *
Kynar [kī′när΄] trademark for a hard, white polyvinylidene fluoride resin that resists chemicals and heat, used in pipes, pumps, etc. * * *
Kynaston, Edward
▪ English actor byname  Ned Kynaston   born c. 1640, London died January 1706       probably the last and the best of English boy actors playing female ...
▪ Victoria, Australia       town, central Victoria, Australia, on the Campaspe River, about 50 miles (85 km) northwest of Melbourne. Squatters settled in the region in ...
▪ Japanese ceramics       decorated Japanese ceramics produced in Kyōto from about the middle of the 17th century. The development of this ware was stimulated by the ...
Kyōdō Tsūshinsha
▪ Japanese news agency Japanese“Cooperative News Agency”       national nonprofit news agency founded in November 1945 to replace the pre-World War II Dōmei ...
/kyoh"geuh/, n. Lake, a lake in central Uganda. ab. 1000 sq. mi. (2600 sq. km). Also, Kioga. * * *
Kyoga Lake
Lake, south-central Uganda. It is formed by the Victoria Nile, which flows through it. It has a maximum depth of 25 ft (8 m), restricting navigation to shallow-draft vessels. ...
Ky·o·ga (kē-ōʹgə), Lake See Kioga, Lake. * * *
/kee oh"gen/; Japn. /kyaw"gen/, n. a brief Japanese play performed between No plays to provide comic relief. [ < Japn kyogen, equiv. to kyo- mad + -gen talk ( < MChin, equiv. to ...
Kyōha Shintō
▪ Japanese religion English  Sect Shintō        group of folk religious sects in Japan that were separated by a government decree in 1882 from the suprareligious ...
▪ province, South Korea       do (province), northwestern South Korea. It is bounded by the truce line with North Korea (north), by the do of Kangwŏn (east) and ...
▪ South Korea       city, Kyŏngsang-puk do (province), southeastern South Korea. It is 17 miles (28 km) inland from the coast of the Sea of Japan (East Sea) and 34 ...
▪ province, South Korea  do (province), southeastern South Korea. It is bordered east by the Sea of Japan, south by the Korea Strait, west by Chŏlla-nam and Chŏlla-puk do, ...
▪ province, South Korea       do (province), eastern South Korea. It is bounded on the east by the Sea of Japan (East Sea), on the south by Kyŏngsang-nam do, on the ...
Kyongsong [kyôŋ′sôŋ′] SEOUL * * *
/kuy oohd"l/, v.i., kyoodled, kyoodling. to bark or yelp noisily or foolishly; yap. [1920-25, Amer.; imit.] * * *
/kee oh"toh/; Japn. /kyaw"taw/, n. a city on S Honshu, in central Japan: the capital of Japan A.D. 794-1868. 1,472,993. Also, Kioto. * * * City (pop., 2000 prelim.: 1,467,705), ...
Kyoto Protocol
▪ international treaty, 1997 Introduction in full  Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change   international treaty, named for the ...
Kyoto Protocol: What Next?
▪ 2006 by Roger A. Pielke, Jr.       The Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), an international treaty named after the Japanese city ...
Kyōto University
▪ university, Kyōto, Japan Japanese  Kyōto Daigaku,         coeducational state institution of higher education in Kyōto, Japan. It was founded in 1897 under the ...
—kyphoscoliotic /kuy'foh skoh'lee ot"ik/, adj. /kuy'foh skoh'lee oh"sis, -skol'ee-/, n. Pathol. a condition in which the spinal column is convex both backward and ...
—kyphotic /kuy fot"ik/, adj. /kuy foh"sis/, n. Pathol. an abnormal, convex curvature of the spine, with a resultant bulge at the upper back. Cf. lordosis, scoliosis. [1840-50; ...
See kyphosis. * * *
Kyprianou, Spyros
▪ 2003       Greek Cypriot nationalist leader and politician (b. Oct. 28, 1932, Limassol, Cyprus—d. March 12, 2002, Nicosia, Cyprus), succeeded independent Cyprus's ...
/kip"ris/, n. Cypris. * * *
/kuy"reuh/, n. a female given name. * * *
▪ Cyprus Greek  Kirínia,  Turkish  Girne,         city, situated along the northern coast of Cyprus, in the Turkish Cypriot-administered area. Founded by the ...
Kyrenia Mountains
▪ mountains, Cyprus       mountain range in northern Cyprus extending east to west for about 100 miles (160 km) from Cape Andreas, on the Karpas Peninsula, to Cape ...
▪ 1998       Area: 199,900 sq km (77,200 sq mi)       Population (1997 est.): 4,595,000       Capital: Bishkek       Head of state and government: ...
Kyr·gyz or Kir·ghiz or Kir·giz (kîr-gēzʹ) n. pl. Kyrgyz or Kyr·gyz·es or Kirghiz or Kir·ghiz·es or Kirgiz or Kir·giz·es 1. A member of a traditionally nomadic people ...
Kyrgyz language
also spelled  Kirgiz, or Kirghiz,         member of the Turkic subfamily of Altaic languages. It is spoken in Kyrgyzstan and in the Pamir Mountains on the border between ...
Kyrgyz literature
      the written works of the Kyrgyz people of Central Asia, most of whom live in Kyrgyzstan. A smaller population of Kyrgyz in China also produces works of literary ...
/kir'gi stahn"/, n. official name of Kirghizia. * * * Kyrgyzstan Introduction Kyrgyzstan - Background: A Central Asian country of incredible ...
Kyrgyzstan, flag of
▪ Flag History       national flag consisting of a red field with a stylized yellow sun-disk in the centre. The flag's width-to-length ratio is approximately 3 to ...
See Kyrgyzstan. * * *
/kir'ee ah"lay/, n. a liturgical book containing the text and musical notations for parts of the ordinary of the Mass. [ < NL, equiv. to Kyri(e) (see KYRIE ELEISON) + -ale ...
Kyr·i·e (kîrʹē-ā') n. 1. a. A brief petition and response used in various liturgies of several Christian churches, beginning with or composed of the words “Lord, have ...
Kyrie eleison
Rom. Cath. Ch., Angl. Ch. /kear"ee ay' e lay"euh sawn', -son', -seuhn/; Gk. Orth. Ch. /kee"rddee e e le"ee sawn/ 1. (italics) the brief petition "Lord, have mercy," used in ...
Kyrie e·le·i·son (ĭ-lāʹĭ-sŏn', -sən) n. The Kyrie.   [Late Latin Kȳrie eleison. See Kyrie.] * * *
▪ prosody French“repeated series of words or phrases”       a French verse form in short, usually octosyllabic, rhyming couplets (couplet). The couplets are often ...
/kuyt/, n. Scot. and North Eng. the paunch; stomach; belly. Also, kite. [1530-40; perh. < Scand; cf. Icel kyta stomach of the blenny] * * *
/kuydh/, v.t., v.i., kythed, kything. Scot. and North Eng. kithe. * * *
/kee"thee rddah/, n. Greek name of Cerigo. * * *
/kuy toohn"/, n. Meteorol. a captive balloon, combining the features of a balloon and a kite, used to maintain meteorological instruments at a fixed height. [var. sp. of KITE + ...
▪ Japanese archery (Japanese: “way of the bow”),formerly  Kyūjutsu   (“the technique of the bow”), traditional Japanese form of archery, closely associated with ...
/kee ooh"shooh/; Japn. /kyooh"shoo/, n. an island in SW Japan. 13,600,200; 15,750 sq. mi. (40,793 sq. km). Also, Kiushu. * * * Island (pop., 2001 est.: 13,454,000), southernmost ...
▪ Bulgaria also spelled  Küstendil , or  Kjustendil        town, southwestern Bulgaria. It lies on the margin of a small alluvial basin in the Struma River valley ...
Ky·yiv (kēʹēw) See Kiev. * * *
/ki zil"/, n. a city in and the capital of the Tuva Autonomous Republic, in the S Russian Federation in Asia. 71,000. Russian, Krasny. * * * ▪ Russia formerly (1914–18) ...
Kyzyl Kum
/ki zil" koohm", koom"/ a desert in S Asia, SE of the Aral Sea, in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. ab. 90,000 sq. mi. (233,100 sq. km). Also, Kizil Kum, Qizil Qum. * * *
▪ Kyrgyzstan Russian  Kyzyl-Kiya,  also spelled  Kyzyl-Kiia,  or  Kyzyl-Kija        city, southwestern Kyrgyzstan. It lies on the southern fringe of the Fergana ...
Ky·zyl Kum (kĭ-zĭlʹ ko͞omʹ) A desert of north-central Uzbekistan and south-central Kazakhstan southeast of the Aral Sea between the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya. * * ...
/keuh zil"awr dah"/; Russ. /gzil urdd dah"/, n. a city in S Kazakhstan, on the Syr Darya. 156,000. * * * ▪ Kazakstan Kazak  Qyzylorda        city, south-central ...
København [kö΄bən houn′] Dan. name for COPENHAGEN * * *
▪ Denmark       city, eastern Sjælland (Zealand), Denmark. The city lies on Køge Bay of The Sound (Øresund). First mentioned in the 11th century and chartered in ...
▪ Poland German  Glatz        city, Dolnośląskie województwo (province), southwestern Poland, in the Sudety (Sudeten) mountains on both sides of the Nysa Kłodzka ...
And (enclitic). sesqui-, ubiquity, from Latin -que, and.   [Pokorny 1. kᵘ̯e 635.] * * *
I. kʷei-1 To pay, atone, compensate. Suffixed o-grade form *kʷoi-nā-. pain, penal, penalty, pine2, punish; impunity, penology, punitory, repine, subpoena, from Greek poinē, ...
Also kʷyeə-. To rest, be quiet. Oldest forms *kʷeiə₁-, *kʷyeə₁-. Derivatives include while, coy, and requiem. I. Suffixed zero-grade form *kʷī-lo- (< ...
I. kʷel-1 Also kʷelə-. To revolve, move around, sojourn, dwell. Derivatives include colony, cult, wheel, cyclone, pulley, and bucolic. I. Basic form *kʷel-. colony, cult, ...
See kʷel-. * * *
To suffer. 1. Suffixed form *kʷenth-es-. nepenthe, from Greek penthos, grief. 2. Zero-grade form *kʷn̥th-. pathetic, patho-, pathos, -pathy; apathy, pathognomonic, sympathy, ...
To make. 1. Prakrit, puggree, Sanskrit, from Sanskrit karoti, he makes. 2. Suffixed form *kʷer-ōr with dissimilated form *kʷel-ōr. peloria, from Greek pelōr, monster ...
Four. Derivatives include four, squad, quarantine, and farthing. I. O-grade form *kʷetwor-. 1. a. four, from Old English fēower, four; b. forty, from Old English fēowertig, ...
See kʷo-. * * *
Also kʷi-. Stem of relative and interrogative pronouns. Derivatives include who, whether, either, quorum, quip, and quality. 1. a. who, whose, whom, from Old English hwā, ...
Body, form, appearance. Probably a verbal root meaning “to appear.” 1. Suffixed form *kʷrep-es-. midriff, from Old English hrif, belly from Germanic *hrefiz-. 2. Suffixed ...
Worm. Rhyme word to *wr̥mi-, worm (see wer-2). carmine, crimson, kermes, from Arabic qirmiz, kermes, borrowed from Sanskrit compound kṛmi-ja-, “(red dye) produced by ...
See kʷeiə-. * * *
City (pop., 1997 est.: 240,000), west-central Republic of Georgia. One of the oldest cities of Transcaucasia, it served as the capital of successive kingdoms in Georgia: ...
Arabic root, to swell, be full. Kaaba, from Arabic kaʿba, cube, cubic structure, from kaʿaba to swell, be full (said of breasts). * * *
/el/, n., pl. L's or Ls. Informal. an elevated railroad. /el/, n., pl. L's or Ls. ell1. 1. lambert; lamberts. 2. language. 3. large. 4. Latin. 5. left. 6. length. 7. Brit. pound; ...
1. large. 2. liter; liters. * * *
L bar.
See angle iron (def. 2). Also called L beam. * * *
L chain
Immunol. See light chain. * * *
L L Bean
any of a group of US shops selling a large range of equipment for outdoor activities, including boots, jackets, hats, tents, tools and fishing equipment. The company is known for ...
L Ron Hubbard
➡ Hubbard * * *
L S Lowry
➡ Lowry * * *
L sill
Carpentry. a sill for a building frame composed of a plate resting on the basement wall and a header or joist at the outer edge of the plate. Cf. box sill. * * *
L wave
an earthquake wave that travels around the earth's surface and is usually the third conspicuous wave to reach a seismograph. Also called long wave. Cf. P wave, S wave. * * *
/lah lay"groh, la-/, n. a poem (1632) by John Milton. Cf. Il Penseroso. * * *
/leuh moor"/, n. Louis (Dearborn), 1908-88, U.S. novelist. * * *
L'Amour, Louis
orig. Louis Dearborn LaMoore born March 22, 1908, Jamestown, N.D., U.S. died June 10, 1988, Los Angeles, Calif. U.S. author of westerns. He left school at age 15 and traveled ...
L'Anse aux Meadows
Site on the northern tip of Newfoundland of the first known European settlements in the New World. Norse settlers may have established as many as three settlements there near ...
L'Après-midi d'un Faune
Fr. /lann prdde mee dee dueonn fohn"/ a poem (1876) by Mallarmé: source of Debussy's musical composition Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un Faune (1892-94). English, The Afternoon ...
/lah"kwee lah/, n. Aquila. * * * City (pop., 2001 prelim.: 63,121), capital of the Abruzzi region, central Italy. The area was settled by the Sabini, an ancient Italic tribe, ...
Ashk. /leuh khah"yim/; Seph. /leuh khah yeem"/, n. Hebrew. a toast used in drinking to a person's health or well-being. Also, l'chayim, lechayim, lehayim. [lahayyim lit., to ...
/lahonn fahonn"/, n. Pierre Charles /pyerdd shannrddl/, 1754-1825, U.S. engineer, architect, and soldier; born in France: designer of Washington, D.C. * * *
L'Enfant, Pierre-Charles
born Aug. 2, 1754, Paris, France died June 14, 1825, Prince Georges county, Md., U.S. French-born U.S. engineer, architect, and urban planner. After studying in Paris, he ...
L'Enfant,Pierre Charles
L'En·fant (län-fäntʹ, läɴ-fäɴʹ), Pierre Charles. 1754-1825. French-born architect who designed the basic city plan for Washington, D.C. * * *
L'Engle, Madeleine
orig. Madeleine L'Engle Camp born Nov. 29, 1918, New York, N.Y., U.S. U.S. author of children's books. L'Engle pursued a career in theatre before publishing her first book, ...
L'Estrange, Sir Roger
▪ English journalist born December 17, 1616, Hunstanton, Norfolk, England died December 11, 1704, London  one of the earliest of English journalists and pamphleteers, an ...
l'étoile du nord
/lay twannl dyuu nawrdd"/, French. the star of the north: motto of Minnesota. * * *
L'Hôpital's rule
Procedure of differential calculus for evaluating indeterminate forms such as 0/0 and ∞/∞ when they result from attempting to find a limit. It states that when the limit of ...
/law pee tannl"/; Eng. /loh'pi tal"/, n. Guillaume François Antoine de /gee yohm" frddahonn swann" ahonn twannn" deuh/, 1661-1704, French mathematician. Also, L'Hôpital. * * *
L'Hospital's rule
Math. the theorem that for the quotient of two functions satisfying certain conditions on a given closed interval, each having infinite limit or zero as limit at a given point, ...
L'Hospital, Michel de
▪ French statesman and lawyer L'Hospital also spelled  L'hôpital   born 1507, Aigueperse, Fr. died March 13, 1573, Bellebat  statesman, lawyer, and humanist who, as ...
L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
▪ Spain Spanish  Hospitalet de Llobregat        city, Barcelona provincia (province), in the comunidad autónoma (autonomous community) of Catalonia, northeastern ...
l'istesso tempo
/lee stes"oh tem"poh/; It. /lee stes"saw tem"paw/ (of a musical passage or section following a change in time signature) at the same tempo as before. [ < It] * * *
L'Obel, Matthias de
▪ French physician and botanist L'Obel also spelled  Lobel,  also called  Matthaeus Lobelius  born 1538, Lille, Fr. died March 3, 1616, Highgate, London, Eng.  French ...
Fr. /looh verdd tyuurdd"/, n. See Toussaint L'Ouverture. * * *
L'viv or Lviv (lə-vĭvʹ, lə-vēwʹ) or L'vov or Lvov (lə-vôvʹ, -vôfʹ) A city of west-central Ukraine near the Polish border. Founded in 1256, it was captured by Poland ...
L'vov or Lvov (lə-vôvʹ, -vôfʹ) See L'viv. * * *
L, l
/el/, n., pl. L's or Ls, l's or ls. 1. the 12th letter of the English alphabet, a consonant. 2. any spoken sound represented by the letter L or l, as in let, dull, cradle. 3. ...
Symbol, Optics, Chem., Biochem. levorotatory; levo- (distinguished from d-). Cf. L-. * * *
Symbol, Biochem. (of a molecule) having a configuration resembling the levorotatory isomer of glyceraldehyde: printed as a small capital, roman character (disting. from D-). Cf. ...
L-asparaginase [el΄as par′ə ji nās΄, el΄as΄pər aj′inās΄; el΄as par′ə jināz΄, el΄as΄pər aj′ināz΄] n. 〚 L( + ASPARAGIN(E) + -ASE〛 an enzyme that ...
/el'doh"peuh/, n. Pharm. levodopa. * * *
(also learner driver) n (in Britain) a person who is learning to drive and has not yet passed the driving test. L-drivers must display L-plates, square signs with a large red ...
/el"glooh'kohs/, n. Chem. See under glucose (def. 1). [L(EVOROTATORY) + GLUCOSE] * * *
L-glyc·er·al·de·hyde (ĕlʹglĭs'ə-rălʹdə-hīd') n. An optical isomer of glyceraldehyde in which the OH group is on the left side of the asymmetric carbon atom. * * *
L-head engine
/el"hed'/ an internal-combustion engine having the intake and exhaust valves arranged in a chamber along one side of the pistons. * * *
/el"luyn'/, n. Physics. one of a series of lines (L-series) in the x-ray spectrum of an atom corresponding to radiation (L-radiation) caused by the transition of an electron to ...
➡ driving * * *
➡ L-driver * * *
/el"ray'dee ay'sheuhn/, n. Physics. See under L-line. * * *
/el"sear'eez/, n. Physics. See under L-line. * * *
/el"shel'/, n. Physics. the second shell of electrons surrounding the nucleus of an atom and containing, when filled, eight electrons having principal quantum number 2. Cf. ...
L-tryp·to·phan (ĕl'trĭpʹtə-făn') n. The biologically active form of the amino acid tryptophan, which is capable of being incorporated into proteins, such as the ...
1. Lady. 2. Lake. 3. large. 4. Latin. 5. latitude. 6. law. 7. left. 8. lempira; lempiras. 9. leu; lei. 10. lev; leva. 11. book. [ < L liber] 12. Liberal. 13. (in Italy) lira; ...
1. large. 2. latitude. 3. law. 4. leaf. 5. league. 6. left. 7. length. 8. pl. ll., line. 9. link. 10. (in Italy) lira; lire. 11. liter; liters. 12. long. * * *
L. Ger.
1. Low German. 2. Low Germanic. * * *
L. Lat.
1. Late Latin. 2. Low Latin. * * *
1. Latin America. 2. Law Agent. 3. Library Association. 4. Local Agent. 5. Los Angeles. * * *
1. landing barge. 2. light bomber. 3. bachelor of letters; bachelor of literature. [ < NL Litterarum Baccalaureus; Literarum Baccalaureus] 4. local board. * * *
Library of Congress. * * *
1. left center. 2. letter of credit. 3. in the place cited. [ < L loco citato] 4. Print. lower case. * * *
lowercase alphabet. * * *
least common denominator; lowest common denominator. Also, l.c.d. * * *
lowest common factor. Also, l.c.f. * * *
Com. less than carload lot. Also, l.c.l. * * *
least common multiple; lowest common multiple. Also, l.c.m. * * *
Low Dutch. * * *
1. Latter-day Saints. 2. praise (be) to God forever. [ < L laus Deo semper] 3. Licentiate in Dental Surgery. * * *
Football. left end. * * *
Football. left guard. * * *
1. left hand. 2. lower half. Also, L.H. * * *
Sports. left halfback. * * *
1. Doctor of Humane Letters. 2. Doctor of Humanities. [ < NL Litterarum Humaniorum Doctor] * * *
1. Brit. light infantry. 2. Long Island. * * *
1. in the place quoted. [ < L loco laudato] 2. loose-leaf. * * *
1. Licentiate in Medicine. 2. Licentiate in Midwifery. 3. Lord Mayor. * * *
Loyal Order of Moose. * * *
1. long primer. 2. low pressure. Also, l.p. * * *
Lord Privy Seal. * * *
Lloyd's Register. * * *
1. Licentiate in Surgery. 2. Linnaean Society. 3. the place of the seal, as on a document. [(def. 3) < L locus sigilli] * * *
See L.S. (def. 3). * * *
in the place mentioned above. [ < L loca supra citato] * * *
pounds, shillings, and pence. Also, £.s.d., l.s.d. [ < L librae, solidi, denarii] * * *
Lifesaving Service. * * *
local standard time. * * *
1. long ton. 2. Elect. low-tension. * * *
1. Football. left tackle. 2. local time. 3. long ton. * * *
Licentiate in Theology. * * *
low water mark. * * *
letter of credit. Also, l/c. * * *
L/R abbr. left/right. * * *
lumen per watt; lumens per watt. * * *
Ling. first language; native language. * * *
Ling. second language. * * *
la1 /lah/, n., Music. 1. the syllable used for the sixth tone of a diatonic scale. 2. (in the fixed system of solmization) the tone A. Cf. sol-fa (def. 1). [1350-1400; ME; see ...
Louisiana (approved esp. for use with zip code). * * * (as used in expressions) Aix la Chapelle Nuestra Señora de la Asunción La Habana Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de la ...
Symbol, Chem. lanthanum. * * * (as used in expressions) Aix la Chapelle Nuestra Señora de la Asunción La Habana Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de la Pagerie Maria Louise de la ...
La Baie
/lah bay"/; Fr. /lann be"/, n. a town in S Quebec, in E Canada, near Chicoutimi. 20,935. * * *
La Baule-Escoublac
▪ resort, France also called  La Baule,         fashionable resort, Loire-Atlantique département, Pays de la Loire région, western France. It lies along the ...
La Belle Dame Sans Merci
Fr. /lann bel dannm sahonn merdd see"/ a ballad (1819) by Keats. * * *
La Bohème
/lah' boh em"/; Fr. /lann baw em"/ an opera (1896) by Giacomo Puccini. * * *
La Bomb: The Latin Pop Explosion
▪ 2000        Hispanics were on their way to becoming the largest ethnic minority in the United States by the first decades of the 21st century, but their music was ...
La Bourdonnais, Bertrand-François Mahé, Count (comte) de
▪ French officer born Feb. 11, 1699, Saint-Malo, France died Nov. 10, 1753, Paris       French naval commander who played an important part in the struggle between the ...
La Brea Tar Pits
Fossil field in Hancock Park (formerly Rancho La Brea), Los Angeles, Calif. , U.S. It is the site of "pitch springs" oozing crude oil, discovered by Gaspar de Portolá's ...
La Bruyère
/lann brddyuu yerdd"/ Jean de /zhahonn deuh/, 1645-96, French moralist and author. * * *
La Bruyère, Jean de
born August 1645, Paris, France died May 10/11, 1696, Versailles French satiric moralist. As a tutor and librarian in a royal household, he observed aristocratic idleness, ...
La Calprenède, Gaultier de Coste, Seigneur de
▪ French author born c. 1610, château of Toulgou, near Sarlat (now Sarlat-la-Canéda), France died 1663, Grand-Andely       author of sentimental, adventurous, ...
La Canada-Flintridge
/lah' keuhn yah"deuh flint"rij', keuh nah"-/ a town in SW California. 20,153. * * *
La Ceiba
/lah say"vah/ a seaport in N Honduras. 44,057. * * * ▪ Honduras       city, northern Honduras. It lies along the Gulf of Honduras, in a lush, hot valley at the foot of ...
La Chaise
/lann shez"/ Père François d'Aix de /frddahonn swann" de deuh/, 1624-1709, French Roman Catholic priest: confessor to Louis XIV. * * *
La Chalotais, Louis-René de Caradeuc de
▪ French magistrate born March 6, 1701, Rennes, France died July 12, 1785, Rennes       French magistrate who led the Breton Parlement (high court of justice) in a ...
La Chapelle-aux-Saints
▪ anthropological and archaeological site, France       cave site near the village of La Chapelle-aux-Saints in central France where the bones of an adult Neanderthal ...
La Chaussée, Pierre-Claude Nivelle de
▪ French playwright born 1692, Paris, France died March 14, 1754, Paris       French playwright who created the comédie larmoyante (“tearful comedy”), a ...
La Chétardie, Jacques-Joachim Trotti, Marquis de
▪ French diplomat born Oct. 3, 1705 died Jan. 1, 1759, Hanau, Hesse-Kassel [Germany]       French officer and diplomat who helped raise the princess Elizabeth to the ...
La Chorrera
/lah chawrdd rdde"rddah/ a city in central Panama, just W of the Panama Canal. 26,026. * * *
La Colombière, Claude Blessed
▪ French priest born Feb. 2, 1641, St. Symphorien d'Ozon, Fr. died Feb. 15, 1682, Paray-le-Monial       Jesuit who assisted St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in establishing ...
La Condamine, Charles-Marie de
▪ French naturalist and mathematician born Jan. 28, 1701, Paris, France died Feb. 4, 1774, Paris  French naturalist and mathematician who accomplished the first scientific ...
La Coruña
/lah' kaw rddooh"nyah/ a seaport in NW Spain. 189,654. Also called Coruña, Corunna. * * *
La Crosse
/leuh kraws", kros"/ a city in W Wisconsin, on the Mississippi River. 48,347. * * * ▪ Wisconsin, United States       city, seat (1851) of La Crosse county, western ...
La Cumbre
Sp. /lah koohm"brdde/. See Uspallata Pass. * * *
La Esperanza
▪ Honduras       town, southwestern Honduras, at an elevation of 4,951 ft (1,509 m) above sea level in the Sierra de Opalaca. It was founded in 1848 adjacent to the ...
La Farge
/leuh fahrzh", fahrj"/ 1. John, 1835-1910, U.S. painter, stained-glass designer, and writer. 2. Oliver Hazard Perry ("Oliver II"), 1901-63, U.S. novelist and anthropologist. * * *
La Farge, John
▪ American painter born March 31, 1835, New York, New York, U.S. died November 14, 1910, Providence, Rhode Island       American painter, muralist, and stained-glass ...
La Farge, Oliver
▪ American author and anthropologist born Dec. 19, 1901, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Aug. 2, 1963, Albuquerque, N.M.       American anthropologist, short-story writer, ...
La Farge,John
La Farge (lə färzhʹ, färjʹ), John. 1835-1910. American artist known for his murals and stained-glass designs and for his art criticism. * * *
La Farina, Giuseppe
▪ Italian revolutionary, writer, and historian born July 20, 1815, Messina, Sicily, kingdom of Naples [now in Italy] died Sept. 5, 1863, Turin, Italy       Italian ...
La Fayette
/laf'ee et", laf'ay-, lah'fee-, -fay-/; Fr. /lann fann yet"/ Marie Madeleine Pioche de la Vergne /mann rddee" manndeu len" pyawsh deuh lann verdd"nyeu/, Comtesse de, 1634-93, ...
La Fayette, Gilbert Motier de
▪ marshal of France born c. 1380, , Auvergne, Fr. died Feb. 23, 1462, Auvergne       marshal of France during the Hundred Years' War and noted adviser to King Charles ...
La Fayette, Marie-Madeleine, comtesse de
▪ French author in full  Marie-Madeleine Pioche de la Vergne, comtesse de La Fayette , byname  Madame de La Fayette  baptized March 18, 1634, Paris died May 25, 1693, ...
La Ferrassie
▪ anthropological and archaeological site, France also spelled  La Ferassie   paleoanthropological site in the Dordogne region of France where Neanderthal fossils were ...
La Flesche, Francis
▪ American ethnologist born Dec. 25, 1857, Omaha Reservation, Nebraska died Sept. 5, 1932, near Macy, Neb., U.S.       U.S. ethnologist and champion of the rights of ...
La Flesche, Susette
▪ American author and activist Omaha name  Inshata Theumba (“Bright Eyes”)  born 1854, Omaha Reservation, Nebraska [U.S.] died May 26, 1903, near Bancroft, Neb., ...
La Flesche,Susette
La Flesche (lä flĕshʹ, lə), Susette. Originally Inshta Theumba (“Bright Eyes”). 1854-1903. Native American writer and lecturer. Her work helped bring about more ...
La Follette
/leuh fol"it/ Robert Marion, 1855-1925, U.S. political leader: U.S. senator 1906-25. * * *
La Follette, Robert M
▪ United States senator Introduction born June 14, 1855, Primrose, Wis., U.S. died June 18, 1925, Washington, D.C.  U.S. leader of the Progressive Movement, who as governor ...
La Follette, Robert M(arion)
born June 14, 1855, Primrose, Wis., U.S. died June 18, 1925, Washington, D.C. U.S. politician. He served as a county district attorney in Wisconsin (1880–84) and in the U.S. ...
La Follette,Robert Marion
La Fol·lette (lə fŏlʹət), Robert Marion. 1855-1925. American politician and reformer who served as a U.S. senator from Wisconsin (1906-1925). In 1924 he ran unsuccessfully ...
La Fontaine
Fr. /lann fawonn ten"/ 1. Henri Fr. /ahonn rddee"/, 1854-1943, Belgian statesman: Nobel peace prize 1913. 2. Jean de /zhahonn deuh/, 1621-95, French poet and fabulist. * * ...
La Fontaine, Jean de
born July 8?, 1621, Château-Thierry, France died April 13, 1695, Paris French poet. He made important contacts in Paris, where he was able to attract patrons and spend his ...
La Fontaine,Jean de
La Fon·taine (lə fŏn-tānʹ, lä fôɴ-tĕnʹ), Jean de. 1621-1695. French writer who collected the stories of Aesop and others in his Fables (1668-1694). * * *
La Fosse, Charles de
▪ French artist de La Fosse also spelled  Delafosse   born June 15, 1636, Paris, Fr. died Dec. 13, 1716, Paris       painter whose decorative historical and ...
La Fresnaye
/lann frdde nay"/ Roger de /rddaw zhay" deuh/, 1885-1925, French painter. * * *
La Fresnaye, Roger de
▪ French painter born July 11, 1885, Le Mans, France died November 27, 1925, Grasse       French painter who synthesized lyrical colour with the geometric ...
La Galissonnière, Roland-Michel Barrin, marquis de
born Nov. 10, 1693, Rochefort, France died Oct. 26, 1756, Montereau French naval officer. While serving in the French navy (1710–36), he made several supply trips to New ...
La Gomera
▪ island, Canary Islands, Spain       island, Santa Cruz de Tenerife provincia (province), in the Canary Islands comunidad autónoma (autonomous community) of Spain, ...
La Goulette
▪ Tunisia also called  Ḥalq al-Wādī        town located in northern Tunisia and an outport for Tunis. Situated on a sandbar between Lake Tūnis and the Gulf of ...
La Grande
/leuh grand"/ a town in NE Oregon. 11,354. * * * ▪ Oregon, United States       city, seat (1905) of Union county, northeastern Oregon, U.S., between the Blue Mountains ...
La Grande River
▪ river, Quebec, Canada formerly  Fort George River,         river in Nord-du-Québec region, north-central Quebec province, Canada. Rising from Nichicun Lake in the ...
La Grange
/leuh graynj"/ 1. a city in W Georgia. 24,204. 2. a city in NE Illinois, near Chicago. 15,681. * * *
La Grange Park
a city in NE Illinois, near Chicago. 13,359. * * *
La Granja
Sp. /lah grddahng"hah/. See under San Ildefonso. * * *
La Gruyère
▪ region, Switzerland German  Greyerz,    region and southernmost district of Fribourg canton, western Switzerland. La Gruyère lies along the middle reach of La Sarine ...
La Guaira
/lah gwuy"rddah/ a seaport in N Venezuela: the port of Caracas. 20,344. * * * ▪ Venezuela       city, northern Distrito Federal (Federal District), northern Venezuela. ...
La Guajira Peninsula
Peninsula, northwestern coast of South America. It is bounded by the Caribbean Sea to the north and west and the Gulf of Venezuela to the southeast. Much of the peninsula lies ...
La Guardia
/leuh gwahr"dee euh/ Fiorello H(enry) /fee'euh rel"oh/, 1882-1947, U.S. lawyer, political reformer, and government administrator: mayor of New York City 1933-45. * * *
La Guardia Airport
an airport in New York City used mostly for flights within the country. It is in north Queens and is the closest to Manhattan(1) of New York’s three airports. * * *
La Guardia, Fiorello H(enry)
born Dec. 11, 1882, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Sept. 20, 1947, New York City U.S. politician, mayor of New York City (1933–45). He practiced law in New York City from 1910 ...
La Guardia, Fiorello H.
▪ mayor of New York City in full  Fiorello Henry La Guardia   born , Dec. 11, 1882, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Sept. 20, 1947, New York       American politician and ...
La Guardia,Fiorello Henry
La Guar·di·a (lə gwärʹdē-ə), Fiorello Henry. Known as “the Little Flower.” 1882-1947. American politician who was a U.S. representative from New York (1917-1921 and ...
La Guma, Alex
▪ South African writer born Feb. 20, 1925, Cape Town, S.Af. died Oct. 11, 1985, Havana, Cuba       black novelist of South Africa in the 1960s whose characteristically ...
La Habra
/leuh hah"breuh/ a city in SW California, near Los Angeles. 45,232. * * * ▪ California, United States       city, Orange county, southern California, U.S. The city ...
La Hague,Cape
La Hague (lə hāgʹ), Cape A promontory of northwest France at the northwest tip of the Cotentin Peninsula on the English Channel. * * *
La Harpe, Frédéric-César de
born April 6, 1754, Rolle, Vaud, Switz. died March 30, 1838, Lausanne Swiss political leader. From 1784 he was tutor to the future Russian tsar Alexander I. He returned to ...
La Harpe, Jean-François de
▪ French critic born , Nov. 20, 1739, Paris, Fr. died Feb. 11, 1803, Paris       critic and unsuccessful playwright who wrote severe and provocative criticisms and ...
La Hire, Laurent de
▪ French painter La Hire also spelled  La Hyre   born Feb. 27, 1606, Paris, Fr. died Dec. 28, 1656, Paris       French Baroque classical painter whose best work is ...
La Hogue
/lann awg"/ a roadstead off the NW coast of France; naval battle, 1692. Also, La Houge /lann oohg"/. * * *
La Hontan, Louis-Armand de Lom d'Arce, baron de
born June 9, 1666, Mont-de-Marsan, France died 1715, Hannover, Hanover French army officer and explorer. He served in New France (1683–93), commanded Ft.-St.-Joseph (now ...
La Jolla
/leuh hoy"euh/ a resort area in San Diego, in S California. * * *
La Junta
▪ Colorado, United States       city, seat (1889) of Otero county, southeastern Colorado, U.S. It lies along the Arkansas River at the northern edge of the Comanche ...
La Laguna
La Laguna [lä lə go͞o′nə] city in Tenerife, Canary Islands: pop. 128,000 * * *
La Libertad
▪ El Salvador       city and port, southwestern El Salvador. Its open roadstead port as well as its location south of San Salvador encouraged La Libertad's development ...
La Línea
/lah lee"ne ah/ a seaport in S Spain, near Gibraltar. 52,127. * * * ▪ Spain in full  La Línea de la Concepción        city, Cádiz provincia (province), in the ...
La Louvière
/lann looh vyerdd"/ a city in S Belgium, S of Brussels. 23,369. * * * ▪ Belgium       town, Hainaut province, southwestern Belgium, on the Central Canal, about 11 miles ...

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