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Lachaise
/leuh shez"/; Fr. /lann shez"/, n. Gaston /gas"teuhn/; Fr. /gann stawonn"/, 1882-1935, U.S. sculptor, born in France. * * *
Lachaise, Gaston
born March 19, 1882, Paris, Fr. died Oct. 18, 1935, New York, N.Y., U.S. French-born U.S. sculptor. Son of a cabinetmaker, he was trained in the decorative arts and studied ...
laches
/lach"iz/, n. (used with a sing. v.) Law. failure to do something at the proper time, esp. such delay as will bar a party from bringing a legal proceeding. [1325-75; ME lachesse ...
Lachesis
/lach"euh sis/, n. Class. Myth. the Fate who determines the length of the thread of life. [ < L < Gk, personification of láchesis destiny, equiv. to lache(în) to happen or ...
Lachine
/leuh sheen"/; Fr. /lann sheen"/, n. a city in S Quebec, in E Canada, near Quebec, on the St. Lawrence. 37,521. * * * ▪ Quebec, Canada       former city, Montréal ...
Lachish
/lay"kish/, n. a Canaanite city captured by Joshua: now an archaeological site in Israel. * * *
Lachlan
Lach·lan (läkʹlən) A river, about 1,483 km (922 mi) long, of southeast Australia flowing northwest then southwest to the Murrumbidgee River. * * *
Lachlan River
Chief tributary of the Murrumbidgee River, central New South Wales, Australia. Rising in the Great Dividing Range, it flows northwest and turns southwest, joining the ...
Lachmann, Karl (Konrad Friedrich Wilhelm)
▪ German philologist born March 14, 1793, Braunschweig, duchy of Braunschweig [Germany] died March 13, 1851, Berlin, Prussia       German founder of modern textual ...
Lachmon, Jaggernath
▪ 2002       Surinamese politician (b. Sept. 21, 1916, Nieuw Nickerie, Dutch Guiana [now Suriname]—d. Oct. 19, 2001, Amsterdam, Neth.), was a prominent figure in ...
Lachryma Christi
/lak"reuh meuh kris"tee/ 1. a table wine produced from grapes grown near Vesuvius, in Italy. 2. a medium dry, sparkling wine produced in the Piedmont region of Italy. Also, ...
lachrymal
/lak"reuh meuhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to tears. 2. producing tears. 3. characterized by tears; indicative of weeping. 4. Anat. lacrimal (def. 2). n. 5. Also called lachrymal ...
lachrymation
/lak'reuh may"sheuhn/, n. lacrimation. Also, lachrimation. * * *
lachrymator
/lak"reuh may'teuhr/, n. a chemical substance that causes the shedding of tears, as tear gas. Also, lacrimator. [1915-20; < ML lacrimator, equiv. to lacrima(re) to shed tears ...
lachrymatory
/lak"reuh meuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj., n., pl. lachrymatories. adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or causing the shedding of tears. n. 2. Also called lachrymal. a small, narrow-necked ...
lachrymose
—lachrymosely, adv. —lachrymosity /lak'reuh mos"i tee/, n. /lak"reuh mohs'/, adj. 1. suggestive of or tending to cause tears; mournful. 2. given to shedding tears readily; ...
lachrymosely
See lachrymose. * * *
lachrymosity
See lachrymosely. * * *
Lachs, Manfred
▪ 1994       Polish educator, diplomat, and jurist (b. April 21, 1914, Stanislawow, Austria-Hungary—d. Jan. 14, 1993, The Hague, Neth.), was the longest-serving member ...
Lachung
▪ India  village, northeastern Sikkim state, northeastern India. It is located on the Lachung River, a tributary of the Tista (Tista River). A small trading centre (corn ...
Lachute
/leuh shooht"/; Fr. /lann shyuut"/, n. a city in S Quebec, in E Canada. 11,729. * * *
lacily
lacily [lās′ə lē] adv. in a lacy manner or pattern * * *
laciness
laciness [lās′ē nis] n. a lacy quality or state * * * See lacy. * * *
lacing
/lay"sing/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that laces. 2. a trimming of lace or braid. 3. a beating or thrashing. 4. a small amount of alcoholic liquor or any other substance ...
lacinia
la·cin·i·a (lə-sĭnʹē-ə) n. 1. A slash, as in a leaf or petal. 2. The apex of the insect maxilla.   [Latin, fringe, hem.] * * *
laciniate
/leuh sin"ee ayt', -it/, adj. Bot., Zool. cut into narrow, irregular lobes; slashed; jagged. [1750-60; < NL lacin(ia) (special use of L lacinia lappet) + -ATE1] * * *
laciniation
See laciniate. * * *
lacinsect
lac insect n. Any of various insects of the subfamily Lacciferinae, especially Laccifer lacca of southern Asia, the female of which secretes lac. * * *
lack
/lak/, n. 1. deficiency or absence of something needed, desirable, or customary: lack of money; lack of skill. 2. something missing or needed: After he left, they really felt the ...
Lack, David Lambert
▪ British author and ornithologist born July 16, 1910, London, Eng. died March 12, 1973, Oxford, Oxfordshire       British ornithologist, best known as the author of ...
lack-
lack- [lak] prefix combining form lacking [lackluster] * * *
lackadaisical
—lackadaisically, adv. —lackadaisicalness, n. /lak'euh day"zi keuhl/, adj. 1. without interest, vigor, or determination; listless; lethargic: a lackadaisical attempt. 2. ...
lackadaisically
See lackadaisical. * * *
lackadaisicalness
See lackadaisically. * * *
lackaday
/lak"euh day'/, interj. Archaic. (used as an expression of regret, sorrow, dismay, or disapproval.) [1685-95; alter. of alack the day] * * *
Lackawanna
/lak'euh won"euh/, n. a city in W New York, on Lake Erie, near Buffalo. 22,701. * * * ▪ New York, United States       city, Erie county, western New York, U.S., on ...
lacker
/lak"euhr/, n., v.t. lacquer. * * *
lackey
/lak"ee/, n., pl. lackeys, v., lackeyed, lackeying. n. 1. a servile follower; toady. 2. a footman or liveried manservant. v.t. 3. to attend as a lackey does. Also, ...
lacking
/lak"ing/, prep. 1. being without; not having; wanting; less: Lacking equipment, the laboratory couldn't undertake the research project. adj. 2. wanting; deficient: He was found ...
Lackland Air Force Base
/lak"leuhnd/ U.S. Air Force installation in SW central Texas, SW of San Antonio. * * *
lackluster
/lak"lus'teuhr/, adj. 1. lacking brilliance or radiance; dull: lackluster eyes. 2. lacking liveliness, vitality, spirit, or enthusiasm: a lackluster performance. n. 3. a lack of ...
Laclos
/lann kloh"/, n. Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de /pyerdd ahonn brddwannz" frddahonn swann" shaw derdd loh" deuh/, 1741-1803, French general and writer. * * *
Laclos, Pierre (-Ambroise-François) Choderlos de
born Oct. 18, 1741, Amiens, France died Nov. 5, 1803, Taranto, Parthenopean Republic French writer. He chose an army career but soon left it to become a writer. He is chiefly ...
Laclos, Pierre Choderlos de
▪ French author in full  Pierre-ambroise-françois Choderlos De Laclos   born Oct. 18, 1741, Amiens, France died Nov. 5, 1803, Taranto, Parthenopean Republic [now in ...
Laconia
/leuh koh"nee euh/, n. 1. an ancient country in the S part of Greece. Cap.: Sparta. 2. a city in central New Hampshire. 15,575. * * * ▪ New Hampshire, United ...
Laconia, Gulf of
Inlet, southern Ionian Sea southern coast of the Peloponnese, Greece. Cape Maléa, which divides the gulf from the Aegean Sea, was once feared by sailors for its treacherous ...
Laconian
/leuh koh"nee euhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to ancient Laconia or its people. n. 2. a native or inhabitant of ancient Laconia. [1820-30; LACONI(A) + -AN] * * *
laconic
—laconically, adv. /leuh kon"ik/, adj. using few words; expressing much in few words; concise: a laconic reply. [1580-90; < L Laconicus < Gk Lakonikós Laconian, equiv. to ...
laconical
/leuh kon"i keuhl/, adj. Archaic. laconic. [1570-80; < L laconic(us) (see LACONIC) + -AL1] * * *
laconically
See laconic. * * *
laconicum
/leuh kon"i keuhm/, n., pl. laconica /-keuh/. the sudatorium of an ancient Roman bath. [1690-1700; < L laconicum sweating room, n. use of neut. of Laconicus Laconian (see ...
laconism
/lak"euh niz'euhm/, n. 1. laconic brevity. 2. a laconic utterance or sentence. Also, laconicism /leuh kon"euh siz'euhm/. [1560-70; < Gk lakonismós, n. answering to lakonízein ...
Lacordaire, Henri
▪ French priest in full  Jean-baptiste-henri Lacordaire   born May 12, 1802, Recey-sur-Ource, France died Nov. 21, 1861, Sorèze       leading ecclesiastic in the ...
Lacoste
/leuh kawst", -kost"/; Fr. /lann kawst"/, n. René /reuh nay"/; Fr. /rddeuh nay"/, born 1905, French tennis player. * * *
Lacoste, (Jean-) René
born July 2, 1904, Paris, France died Oct. 12, 1996, Saint-Jean-de-Luz French tennis player and sportswear entrepreneur. He was noted for a methodical game in which he tried to ...
Lacoste, Rene
▪ 1997       French tennis player and sportswear manufacturer (b. July 2, 1904, Paris, Fr.—d. Oct. 12, 1996, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Fr.), was a leading competitor during ...
Lacq
▪ France       village, centre of an industrial complex in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques département, Béarn région, southwestern France, northwest of Pau. The ...
lacquer
—lacquerer, n. /lak"euhr/, n. 1. a protective coating consisting of a resin, cellulose ester, or both, dissolved in a volatile solvent, sometimes with pigment added. 2. any of ...
lacquer tree
any of several trees yielding a resin used as lacquer, as Rhus verniciflua, of Japan. [1860-65] * * *
lacquerer
See lacquer. * * *
lacquertree
lacquer tree n. A poisonous, eastern Asian tree (Rhus verniciflua) having pinnately compound leaves and a toxic exudation from which a black lacquer is obtained. * * *
lacquerwork
Any of a variety of decorative objects or surfaces, usually of wood, to which a coloured, highly polished, and opaque type of varnish called lacquer has been applied. True ...
lacquey
/lak"ee/, n., pl. lacqueys, v.t., lacqueyed, lacqueying. lackey. * * *
Lacretelle
/lann krddeuh tel"/, n. Jacques de /zhahk deuh/, 1888-1985, French novelist. * * *
Lacretelle, Jacques de
▪ French novelist born July 14, 1888, Cormatin, France died Jan. 2, 1985, Paris       French novelist, the third member of his family to be elected to the French ...
Lacretelle, Jean-Charles-Dominique de, The Younger
▪ French historian born Sept. 3, 1766, Metz, France died March 26, 1855, Mâcon       French historian and journalist, a pioneer in the historical study of the French ...
Lacrima Christi
/lak"reuh meuh kris"tee/. See Lachryma Christi. * * *
lacrimal
/lak"reuh meuhl/, adj. 1. lachrymal (defs. 1-3). 2. Also, lachrymal. Anat. of, pertaining to, or situated near the organs that secrete tears. n. 3. See lacrimal bone. [1535-45; ...
lacrimal bone
Anat. a small, thin, membrane bone forming the front part of the inner wall of each orbit. Also called lacrimal. [1850-55] * * *
lacrimal duct
Anat. either of two small ducts extending from the inner corner of each eyelid to the lacrimal sac. [1790-1800] * * *
lacrimal gland
Anat. either of two tear-secreting glands situated in the upper outer angle of the orbit. [1780-90] * * *
lacrimal sac
Anat. the dilated upper portion of the nasolacrimal duct that receives tears from the lacrimal ducts. [1770-80] * * *
lacrimation
/lak'reuh may"sheuhn/, n. the secretion of tears, esp. in abnormal abundance. Also, lachrymation, lachrimation. [1565-75; < L lacrimation- (s. of lacrimatio) weeping, equiv. to ...
lacrimator
/lak"reuh may'teuhr/, n. lachrymator. * * *
lacrimatory
/lak"reuh meuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj., n., pl. lacrimatories. lachrymatory. * * *
Lacroix, Alfred
▪ French mineralogist in full  François-antoine-alfred Lacroix   born , Feb. 4, 1863, Mâcon, France died March 12, 1948, Paris  French mineralogist whose Minéraux des ...
lacrosse
/leuh kraws", -kros"/, n. a game, originated by Indians of North America, in which two 10-member teams attempt to send a small ball into each other's netted goal, each player ...
lact-
var. of lacto- before a vowel: lactalbumin. * * *
lactalbumin
/lak'teuhl byooh"min/, n. Biochem. the simple protein of milk, obtained from whey, used in the preparation of certain foods and in adhesives and varnishes. [1880-85; LACT- + ...
lactam
/lak"tam/, n. Chem. any of a group of cyclic amides characterized by the NHCO group, derived from aminocarboxylic acids by the intramolecular elimination of water from the amino ...
Lactantius
▪ Christian apologist in full  Lucius Caecilius Firmianus Lactantius, Caecilius  also spelled  Caelius  born AD 240, , North Africa died c. 320, , Augusta Treverorum, ...
lactarian
/lak tair"ee euhn/, n. lactovegetarian (def. 1). [LACT- + -ARIAN, on the model of VEGETARIAN] * * *
lactary
/lak"teuh ree/, adj. Archaic. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of milk. [1615-25; < L lactarius milk-giving. See LACT-, -ARY] * * *
lactase
/lak"tays, -tayz'/, n. Biochem. an enzyme capable of hydrolyzing lactose into glucose and galactose. [1890-95; LACT- + -ASE] * * * ▪ enzyme       any of a group of ...
lactate
lactate1 /lak"tayt/, v.i., lactated, lactating. to produce milk. [1885-90; < L lactatus, ptp. of lactare to suckle. See LACT-, -ATE1] lactate2 /lak"tayt/, n. Chem. an ester or ...
lactate dehydrogenase
Biochem. an enzyme that catalyzes the interconversion of pyruvate and lactate, an important step in carbohydrate metabolism: elevated serum levels indicate injury to kidney, ...
lactatedehydrogenase
lactate dehydrogenase n. Any of a class of enzymes that catalyze the reversible interconversion of pyruvate and lactate, found predominantly in the liver, kidneys, striated ...
lactation
—lactational, adj. —lactationally, adv. /lak tay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the secretion or formation of milk. 2. the period of milk production. [1660-70; < LL lactation- (s. of ...
lactational
See lactation. * * *
lacteal
—lacteally, adv. /lak"tee euhl/, adj. 1. pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling milk; milky. 2. Anat. conveying or containing chyle. n. 3. Anat. any of the minute ...
lacteally
See lacteal. * * *
lacteous
/lak"tee euhs/, adj. Archaic. milky; of the color of milk. [1640-50; < L lacteus; see LACT-, -EOUS] * * *
lactescence
See lactescent. * * *
lactescent
—lactescence, lactescency, n. /lak tes"euhnt/, adj. 1. becoming or being milky. 2. Bot., Entomol. secreting or producing a milky juice. [1660-70; < L lactescent- (s. of ...
lacti-
var. of lacto-: lactiferous. * * *
lactic
/lak"tik/, adj. of, pertaining to, or obtained from milk. [1780-90; LACT- + -IC] * * *
lactic acid
Biochem. a colorless or yellowish, syrupy, water-soluble liquid, C3H6O3, produced during muscle contraction as a product of anaerobic glucose metabolism, abundant in sour milk, ...
lactic-acid bacterium
▪ microorganism plural  lactic-acid bacteria,         any member of several genera of gram-positive, rod- or sphere-shaped bacteria that produce lactic acid as the ...
lacticacid
lactic acid n. A syrupy, water-soluble liquid, C3H6O3, produced in muscles as a result of anaerobic glucose metabolism, and present in sour milk, molasses, various fruits, and ...
lactiferous
—lactiferousness, n. /lak tif"euhr euhs/, adj. 1. producing or secreting milk: lactiferous glands. 2. conveying milk or a milky fluid: lactiferous ducts. [1665-75; < NL ...
lactiferousness
See lactiferous. * * *
lacto-
a combining form meaning "milk," used in the formation of compound words (lactometer); specialized in chemical terminology to mean "lactate," or "lactic acid." Also, lacti-; esp. ...
lacto-ovo-vegetarian
/lak'toh oh'voh vej'i tair"ee euhn/, n. 1. Also called lactovarian /lak'teuh vair"ee euhn/, ovolactarian, ovo-lacto-vegetarian. a vegetarian whose diet includes dairy products ...
lactobacillus
/lak'toh beuh sil"euhs/, n., pl. lactobacilli /-sil"uy/. Bacteriol. any long, slender, rod-shaped, anaerobic bacterium of the genus Lactobacillus, that produces large amounts of ...
lactoferrin
/lak'teuh fer"in/, n. Biochem. a glycoprotein present in milk, esp. human milk, and supplying iron to suckling infants. [1970-75; LACTO- + FERR(I)- + -IN2] * * *
lactoflavin
/lak'toh flay"vin, lak"toh flay'-/, n. Biochem. riboflavin. [1930-35; LACTO- + -FLAVIN] * * *
lactogenic
/lak'teuh jen"ik/, adj. stimulating lactation. [1950-55; LACTO- + -GENIC] * * *
lactogenic hormone
Biochem. prolactin. [1950-55] * * *
lactometer
/lak tom"i teuhr/, n. an instrument for determining the specific gravity of milk. [1810-20; LACTO- + -METER] * * *
lactone
—lactonic /lak ton"ik/, adj. /lak"tohn/, n. Chem. any of a group of internal esters derived from hydroxy acids. [1840-50; LACT- + -ONE] * * * ▪ chemical ...
lactonic
See lactone. * * *
lactonize
—lactonization, n. /lak"toh nuyz'/, v.t., v.i., lactonized, lactonizing. to change into a lactone. Also, esp. Brit., lactonise. [1910-15; LACTONE + -IZE] * * *
lactoprotein
/lak'toh proh"teen, -proh"tee in/, n. any protein existing in milk. [1860-65; LACTO- + PROTEIN] * * *
lactoscope
/lak"teuh skohp'/, n. an optical device for determining the amount of cream in milk. [1855-60; LACTO- + -SCOPE] * * *
lactose
/lak"tohs/, n. 1. Biochem. a disaccharide, C12H22O11, present in milk, that upon hydrolysis yields glucose and galactose. 2. a white, crystalline, sweet, water-soluble commercial ...
lactovegetarian
/lak'toh vej'i tair"ee euhn/, n. 1. Also called lactarian. a vegetarian whose diet includes dairy products. adj. 2. pertaining to or maintaining a vegetarian diet that includes ...
lacuna
/leuh kyooh"neuh/, n., pl. lacunae /-nee/, lacunas. 1. a gap or missing part, as in a manuscript, series, or logical argument; hiatus. 2. Anat. one of the numerous minute ...
lacunal
/leuh kyoohn"l/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a lacuna. 2. having lacunae. Also, lacunary /lak"yoo ner'ee, leuh kyooh"neuh ree/. [1840-50; LACUN(A) + -AL1] * * *
lacunar
/leuh kyooh"neuhr/, n., pl. lacunars, lacunaria /lak'yeuh nair"ee euh/, adj. n. 1. Archit. a. a coffered vault, ceiling, or soffit. b. coffer (def. 4). adj. 2. ...
lacunose
—lacunosity /lak'yoo nos"i tee/, n. /leuh kyooh"nohs/, adj. full of or having lacunae. Also, lacunulose /leuh kyooh"nyeuh lohs'/. [1810-20; < L lacunosus full of holes or gaps. ...
lacunule
/leuh kyooh"nyoohl/, n. a small lacuna. [1655-65; LACUN(A) + -ULE] * * *
Lacus
(as used in expressions) Lacus Larius Lacus Brigantinus Lacus Asphaltites Lacus Benacus Lacus Verbanus Lacus Nemorensis * * *
Lacus Solis
/lak"euhs soh"lis/ an area in the southern hemisphere of Mars. * * *
lacustrine
/leuh kus"trin/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a lake. 2. living or growing in lakes, as various organisms. 3. formed at the bottom or along the shore of lakes, as geological ...
lacustrine ecosystem
also called  still-water ecosystem  or  lentic ecosystem        any pond or lake viewed as an ecosystem. A riverine, or lotic, ecosystem, by contrast, has flowing ...
LACW
leading aircraftswoman. * * *
lacy
—lacily, adv. —laciness, n. /lay"see/, adj., lacier, laciest. of or resembling lace; lacelike: a lacy gown; a lacy leaf. [1795-1805; LACE + -Y1] Syn. gossamer, filigree, ...
Lacy
/lay"see/, n. a male given name. * * *
Lacy, Franz Moritz, Count von
▪ Austrian field marshal born Oct. 21, 1725, St. Petersburg, Russia died Nov. 24, 1801, Vienna, Austria       field marshal who served under the empress Maria Theresa ...
Lacy, Samuel Harold
▪ 2004 “Sam”        American sportswriter (b. Oct. 23, 1903, Mystic, Conn.—d. May 8, 2003, Washington, D.C.), was an editor and columnist for the Afro-American ...
Lacy, Steve
▪ 2005 Steven Norman Lackritz        American musician and composer (b. July 23, 1934, New York, N.Y.—d. June 4, 2004, Boston, Mass.), helped introduce a neglected ...
lad
—laddish, adj. —ladhood, n. /lad/, n. 1. a boy or youth. 2. Informal. a familiar or affectionate term of address for a man; chap. 3. Brit. Horseracing Informal. a stable ...
LAD
See language acquisition device. * * *
Ladakh
La·dakh (lə-däkʹ) A region of Jammu and Kashmir in India and Pakistan on the border of China. The site of a Tibetan kingdom during the 17th century, it was annexed by the ...
Ladākh Range
▪ mountains, Asia  segment of the Karakoram Range, extending southeastward for 230 miles (370 km) from the mouth of the Shyok River in northern Pakistan across northern India ...
ladanum
/lad"neuhm/, n. labdanum. * * *
Ladbrokes
a British company best known for its betting shops (= places in towns where people can bet on horse races, football, etc.) and for its online betting and gambling. * * *
Ladd, Alan
▪ American actor in full  Alan Walbridge Ladd  born September 3, 1913, Hot Springs, Ark., U.S. died January 29, 1964, Palm Springs, Calif.  American motion picture actor ...
Ladd, George Trumbull
▪ American psychologist and philosopher born January 19, 1842, Painesville, Ohio, U.S. died August 8, 1921, New Haven, Connecticut  philosopher and psychologist whose ...
Ladd-Franklin, Christine
orig. Christine Ladd born Dec. 1, 1847, Windsor, Conn., U.S. died March 5, 1930, New York, N.Y. U.S. scientist and logician. She fulfilled Ph.D. requirements at Johns Hopkins ...
ladder
—ladderless, adj. —ladderlike, laddery, adj. /lad"euhr/, n. 1. a structure of wood, metal, or rope, commonly consisting of two sidepieces between which a series of bars or ...
ladder back
a chair back having a number of horizontal slats between uprights. [1905-10] * * *
ladder company.
See hook-and-ladder company. [1880-85] * * *
ladder polymer
Chem. a polymer, as DNA, consisting of double-stranded chains linked by hydrogen bonds or chemical bonds at regular intervals. [1970-75] * * *
ladder stitch
an embroidery stitch in which crossbars at equal distances are produced between two solid ridges of raised work. [1880-85] * * *
ladder tournament
Sports. a tournament in which the entrants are listed by name and rank, advancement being by means of challenging and defeating an entrant ranked one or two places higher. * * *
ladder track
a railroad track linking a series of parallel tracks. * * *
ladder truck
ladder truck n. HOOK AND LADDER * * *
ladder truck.
See hook and ladder. [1885-90, Amer.] * * *
ladder-back
lad·der-back (lădʹər-băk') n. 1. A chair back consisting of two upright posts connected by horizontal slats. 2. A chair with such a back.   ladʹder-back' adj. * * *
ladder-back chair
ladder-back chair [lad′ər bak΄] n. a chair with a back of two upright posts connected by horizontal slats * * * ▪ furniture        chair with a tall back ...
ladderman
/lad"euhr meuhn, -man'/, n., pl. laddermen /-meuhn, -men'/. a firefighter who is a member of a hook-and-ladder company. [1885-90, Amer.; LADDER + MAN1] Usage. See -man. * * *
ladderway
/lad"euhr way'/, n. Mining. a vertical passageway with ladders. [1840-50; LADDER + WAY] * * *
laddie
/lad"ee/, n. Chiefly Scot. a young lad; boy. [1540-50; LAD + -IE] * * *
lade
—lader, n. /layd/, v., laded, laden or laded, lading. v.t. 1. to put (something) on or in, as a burden, load, or cargo; load. 2. to load oppressively; burden (used chiefly in ...
Ladefoged, Peter Nielsen
▪ 2007       British-born American linguist and phonetician (b. Sept. 17, 1925, Sutton, Eng.—d. Jan. 24, 2006, London, Eng.), traveled to remote villages around the ...
laden
/layd"n/, adj. 1. burdened; loaded down. v.t. 2. to lade. [1585-95; LADE + -EN3, -EN1] * * *
Ladies Aid
a local organization of women who raise money for their church. [1865-70, Amer.] * * *
Ladies Auxiliary
an association whose members are usually the wives of members of an association with which it is affiliated. * * *
Ladies Home Journal
a US magazine for women, first published in 1883. It is sold in large food shops and in 2004 was bought by more than 4 million people. * * *
Ladies'
Ladies' or Ladies [lād′ēz] n. [also l-] [Informal, Chiefly Brit.] LADIES' ROOM: with the * * *
Ladies' Day
(often l.c.) 1. a special day set aside, either occasionally or regularly, on which women are encouraged to attend or participate in a certain activity at a reduced fee or at no ...
Ladies' Home Journal
U.S. monthly magazine, one of the oldest in the country and long the trendsetter among women's magazines. Founded in 1883 as a supplement to the Tribune and Farmer (1879–85), ...
ladies' man
a man who strives especially to please women and to attract their attention and admiration. Also, lady's man. [1775-85] * * *
ladies' room
a public lavatory for women. Also called powder room, women's room. [1875-80] * * *
ladies' tresses
▪ plant  any plant of the genus Spiranthes, family Orchidaceae, numbering as many as 30 species of orchids found in woods and grasslands throughout most of the world. ...
ladies'-eardrops
/lay"deez ear"drops'/, n., pl. eardrops. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) lady's-earrings. [1885-90, Amer.] * * *
ladies'-earrings
/lay"deez ear"ringz', -ingz/, n., pl. earrings. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) lady's-earrings. * * *
ladies'-tobacco
/lay"deez teuh bak"oh/, n., pl. tobaccos, tobaccoes. pussy-toes. * * *
ladies'-tresses
ladies'-tresses [lā′dēz tres΄iz] n. any of a genus (Spiranthes) of wild orchids with small, white flowers arranged spirally on spikes * * *
ladies'man
la·dies' man (lāʹdēz) n. Variant of lady's man. * * *
ladies'room
ladies' room n. A restroom for women. * * *
ladies'tresses
ladies' tresses also lady's tresses pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Any of various orchids of the genus Spiranthes, having a spike or raceme of small flowers usually ...
ladies-in-waiting
/lay"deez in way"ting/, n. pl. of lady-in-waiting. * * *
ladies-of-the-night
/lay"deez euhv dheuh nuyt"/, n. pl. of lady-of-the-night. * * *
Ladies’ Day
1. (in Britain) the second day of horse-racing at Ascot, when women traditionally wear elegant hats and fashionable clothes. 2. (in the US) a special day at a sports or other ...
Ladik carpet
▪ prayer rug  handwoven floor covering usually in a prayer design and made in or near Lâdik, a town in the Konya Plain of south-central Turkey. Ladik prayer rugs (prayer ...
Ladin
/leuh deen"/, n. 1. a Rhaeto-Romanic dialect of the southern Tyrol. 2. a dialect of Romansh spoken in the Inn River valley of Grisons canton, Switzerland. 3. a person who speaks ...
lading
/lay"ding/, n. 1. the act of lading. 2. that with which something is laden; load; freight; cargo. [1490-1500; LADE + -ING1] * * *
lading, bill of
▪ law       document executed by a carrier, such as a railroad or shipping line, acknowledging receipt of goods and embodying an agreement to transport the goods to a ...
Ladinian Stage
▪ geochronology       uppermost of two divisions of the Middle Triassic Series, representing those rocks deposited worldwide during Ladinian time (237 million to 228 ...
Ladino
/leuh dee"noh/; Sp. /lah dhee"naw/, n., pl. Ladinos /-nohz/; Sp. /-naws/ for 2, 3. 1. Also called Judeo-Spanish, Judezmo. a Romance language of Sephardic Jews, based on Old ...
Ladino clover
a giant variety of white clover, Trifolium repens lodigense, used for pasture and hay. [1920-25] * * *
Ladino language
or Sephardic language Romance language spoken by Sephardic Jews in the Balkans, the Middle East, North Africa, Greece, and Turkey, though nearly extinct in many of these ...
Ladipo, Duro
▪ Nigerian dramatist born Dec. 18, 1931, Oshogbo, Nigeria died Mar. 11, 1978, Oshogbo       Nigerian dramatist whose innovative folk operas incorporating ritual poetry ...
Ladislas
▪ king of Naples born Feb. 11, 1377, Naples [Italy] died Aug. 6, 1414, Naples       king of Naples (from 1386), claimant to the throne of Hungary (from 1390), and ...
Ladislas I
or Saint Ladislas born June 27, 1040, Pol. died July 29, 1095, Nitra, Slvk.; canonized 1192; feast day June 27 King of Hungary (1077–95). He greatly expanded the boundaries ...
Ladislas IV
▪ king of Hungary byname  Ladislas The Cuman, or Kuman,  Hungarian  Kun László  born 1262 died July 10, 1290, Körösszeg, Hung.       king of Hungary who, by his ...
Ladislas V
▪ king of Hungary and Bohemia byname  Ladislas Posthumus,  Hungarian  László Postumus,  Czech  Ladislav Pohrobek   born Feb. 22, 1440, Komárom, Hung. [now Komarno, ...
Ladislaus
/lad"is laws'/, n. Saint, c1040-95, king of Hungary 1077-95. Also, Ladislas /lad"is leuhs, -lahs'/. * * *
ladle
—ladler, n. /layd"l/, n., v., ladled, ladling. n. 1. a long-handled utensil with a cup-shaped bowl for dipping or conveying liquids. 2. Metall. a bucketlike, refractory-lined ...
ladleful
/layd"l fool/, n., pl. ladlefuls. the amount that fills a ladle. [1400-50; late ME. See LADLE, -FUL] Usage. See -ful. * * *
ladler
See ladle. * * *
Lado Enclave
Region, central Africa. It was located north of Lake Albert on the west bank of the Upper Nile River, in what is now northern Uganda and southeastern Sudan. It was first ...
Ladoga
/lah"deuh geuh/, n. Lake, a lake in the NW Russian Federation in Europe, NE of St. Petersburg: largest lake in Europe. 7000 sq. mi. (18,000 sq. km). * * *
Ladoga, Lake
Lake, northwestern Russia. The largest lake in Europe, it covers an area of 6,700 sq mi (17,600 sq km). It is 136 mi (219 km) long and has an average width of 51 mi (82 km); its ...
Ladoga,Lake
La·do·ga (läʹdə-gə), Lake A lake of northwest Russia northeast of St. Petersburg. It is the largest lake in Europe. * * *
Ladon
/layd"n/, n. Class. Myth. a dragon having 100 heads and guarding the garden of the Hesperides: killed by Hercules. * * *
ladrone
/leuh drohn"/, n. Southwestern U.S. a thief. Also, ladron. [1550-60; < Sp ladrón < L latron- (s. of latro) mercenary, bandit] * * *
Ladrone Islands
/leuh drohn"/ former name of Mariana Islands. Also called Ladrones /leuh drohnz"/; Sp. /lah dhrddaw"nes/. * * *
lady
—ladyhood, n. —ladyish, adj. —ladyishly, adv. —ladyishness, n. —ladyless, adj. /lay"dee/, n., pl. ladies, adj. n. 1. a woman who is refined, polite, and well-spoken: ...
lady apple
a small, yellow apple with a red blush, grown as a specialty variety, and used for eating and in commercial canning. [1810-20] * * *
Lady Baltimore cake
a white layer cake using only the beaten whites of eggs and spread with a fruitnut filling consisting of raisins, figs, walnuts or pecans, and sometimes candied cherries. Cf. ...
Lady Bountiful
pl. Lady Bountifuls, Ladies Bountiful. 1. a wealthy lady in George Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem, noted for her kindness and generosity. 2. (sometimes l.c.) a woman of ...
Lady Bracknell
➡ Bracknell * * *
Lady Caroline Lamb
➡ Lamb (II) * * *
Lady chapel
a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, attached to a church, and generally behind the high altar at the extremity of the apse. [1400-50; late ME (oure) lady chapell] * * * ▪ ...
Lady Chatterley
➡ Chatterley * * *
Lady Chatterley's Lover
/chat"euhr leez/ a novel (1928) by D. H. Lawrence. * * *
Lady Chatterley’s Lover
a novel by D H Lawrence, first published in Italy in 1928. It is about an upper-class married woman who has a sexual affair with her gamekeeper (= a man who looks after the wild ...
lady crab
a brightly speckled swimming crab, Ovalipes ocellatus, of sandy beaches along the Atlantic coast of the U.S. Also called calico crab. [1880-85] * * *
Lady Day
1. annunciation (def. 3). 2. one of various days celebrated in honor of the Virgin Mary. [1250-1300; ME oure lady day] * * *
Lady Emma Hamilton
➡ Hamilton (II) * * *
lady fern
a fern, Athyrium filix-femina, having delicate, feathery fronds. * * * ▪ fern  a large, feathery fern classified in the family Woodsiaceae, widely cultivated for ...
Lady Godiva
➡ Godiva * * *
Lady Jane Grey
➡ Grey (I) * * *
Lady Luck
(sometimes l.c.) the personification of luck as a lady bringing good or bad fortune: Lady Luck was against us and we lost the game. [1930-35] * * *
lady of pleasure
a prostitute. [1630-40] * * *
Lady of Shalott
a poem by Lord Tennyson, published in 1833. It tells the story of a mysterious woman living in a castle on an island. She follows Sir Lancelot in a boat to the city of Camelot ...
Lady of the Camellias, The
(French, La Dame aux Camélias), a novel (1848) and play (1852) by Alexandre Dumas fils. * * *
lady of the evening
a prostitute. [1865-70] * * *
lady of the house
the female head of a household (usually prec. by the). [1785-95] * * *
Lady of the Lake
Lady of the Lake n. Arthurian Legend an enchantress who gives Arthur his sword, Excalibur: sometimes identified with VIVIAN * * * a character in stories about King Arthur, who ...
Lady of the Lake, The
a narrative poem (1810) by Sir Walter Scott. * * *
Lady of the Lamp
a name given to Florence Nightingale by wounded soldiers in the Crimean War, because she carried a lamp with her as she walked around the hospital where she worked. * * *
lady palm
any of several palms of the genus Rhapis, native to southeastern Asia and cultivated as houseplants. * * *
Lady Taverners
➡ Lord’s Taverners * * *
Lady Thatcher
➡ Thatcher * * *
Lady Washington geranium.
See show geranium. [named after M. WASHINGTON] * * *
Lady Windermere's Fan
/win"deuhr mearz'/ a comedy (1892) by Oscar Wilde. * * *
lady's maid
a maid who is a woman's personal attendant, as in dressing. [1800-10] * * *
lady's man
lady's man or ladies' man n. a man very fond of the company of women and very attentive to them * * *
lady's man.
See ladies' man. [1775-85] * * *
lady's mantle
▪ plant genus       any of several herbaceous perennials of the genus Alchemilla, particularly A. vulgaris, within the rose family (Rosaceae). A. vulgaris is widely ...
Lady's Not for Burning, The
a verse play (1948) by Christopher Fry. * * *
lady's room
lady's room n. [also L- r-] LADIES' ROOM * * *
lady's slipper
Any member of several genera of orchids in which the lip of the flower is slipper-shaped. The genus Cypripedium has about 50 temperate and subtropical species. Two well-known ...
lady's-earrings
/lay"deez ear"ringz', -ingz/, n., pl. lady's-earrings. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) any of several plants having pendent flowers thought to resemble earrings, as the jewelweed ...
lady's-slipper
/lay"deez slip'euhr/, n. 1. any orchid of the genus Cypripedium, the flowers of which have a protruding petal somewhat resembling a slipper: all species are reduced in numbers, ...
lady's-smock
lady's-smock [lād′ēz smäk΄] n. CUCKOOFLOWER (sense 1) * * *
lady's-thistle
/lay"deez this'euhl/, n. a composite plant, Silybum marianum, of the Mediterranean region, having glossy, spiny leaves and purplish-red flower heads. Also called holy thistle, ...
lady's-tresses
/lay"deez tres'iz/, n., pl. lady's-tresses. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) any orchid of the genus Spiranthes, having spikes of small flowers. [1540-50] * * *
lady'sman
la·dy's man also la·dies' man (lāʹdēz) n. A man who enjoys and attracts the company of women. * * *
lady'sslipper
lady's slipper n. Any of various orchids of the genus Cypripedium, having usually solitary, variously colored flowers with an inflated, pouchlike lip. Also called moccasin ...
lady'ssmock
lady's smock n. See cuckooflower. * * *
lady'sthumb
lady's thumb n. A European perennial weed (Polygonum persicaria) having clusters of very small pinkish flowers. * * *
lady'stresses
lady's tresses pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Variant of ladies' tresses. * * *
lady-in-waiting
/lay"dee in way"ting/, n., pl. ladies-in-waiting. 1. a lady who is in attendance upon a queen or princess. 2. Facetious. a woman who is pregnant: flattering fashions for the ...
lady-killer
—lady-killing, n., adj. /lay"dee kil'euhr/, n. Informal. a man who is irresistible to women or has the reputation for being so. [1805-15] * * *
lady-of-the-night
/lay"dee euhv dheuh nuyt"/, n., pl. ladies-of-the-night. a tropical American shrub, Brunfelsia americana, of the nightshade family, having berrylike yellow fruit and fragrant ...
lady-slipper
lady-slipper [lād′ēslip΄ər] n. 1. CYPRIPEDIUM 2. any of various cultivated orchids whose flowers somewhat resemble a slipper: Also lady's-slipper * * *
ladybeetle
/lay"dee beet'l/, n. ladybug. Also, lady beetle. [1875-80; LADY(BUG) + BEETLE1] * * *
ladybird
la·dy·bird (lāʹdē-bûrd') n. See ladybug. * * * the name of a series of small books started in 1940, which are designed to help children to learn to read. The books have a ...
ladybird (beetle)
ladybird (beetle) [lād′ēbʉrd΄] n. 〚short for Our Lady's bird〛 LADYBUG: also lady beetle * * *
ladybird beetle
/lay'dee berrd'/ ladybug. Also called ladybird. [1730-40, Amer.; LADY (uninflected possessive case) Virgin Mary + BIRD; i.e. (our) Lady's bird] * * * ▪ insect also called ...
ladybug
/lay"dee bug'/, n. any of numerous small, round, often brightly colored and spotted beetles of the family Coccinellidae, feeding chiefly on aphids and other small insects, but ...
LadyChapel
Lady Chapel also lady chapel n. A chapel, as in a cathedral or church, usually located behind the sanctuary and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. * * *
LadyDay
Lady Day n. Chiefly British Annunciation, celebrated on March 25. * * *
ladyfinger
/lay"dee fing'geuhr/, n. a small, finger-shaped sponge cake. [1660-70; LADY + FINGER] * * *
ladyfish
/lay"dee fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) ladyfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) ladyfishes. a game fish, Elops saurus, of warm seas, closely related to ...
ladyin waiting
lady in waiting n. pl. ladies in waiting A lady of a court appointed to serve or attend a queen, princess, or royal duchess. * * *
ladykin
/lay"dee kin/, n. (often used as a term of endearment) a little lady. [1850-55; LADY + -KIN] * * *
ladylike
—ladylikeness, n. /lay"dee luyk'/, adj. 1. like a lady. 2. befitting a lady: in a ladylike manner. [1580-90; LADY + -LIKE] Syn. 1, 2. well-bred, well-mannered, courteous. * * *
ladylikeness
See ladylike. * * *


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