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/lay ok"oh on'/, n. 1. Class. Myth. a priest of Apollo at Troy who warned the Trojans of the Trojan Horse, and who, with his two sons, was killed by two huge serpents sent by ...
/lay od"euh meuhs/, n. Class. Myth. 1. a son of Eteocles who defended Thebes against the Epigoni, killed Aegialeus, and was killed by Alcmaeon. 2. (in the Odyssey) the son of ...
/lay od'euh muy"euh/, n. Class Myth. 1. a daughter of Acastus who committed suicide so that she could join her husband, Protesilaus, in the underworld. 2. (in the Iliad) the ...
/lay od"euh see'/, n. (in the Iliad) a daughter of Priam and Hecuba who chose to be swallowed up by the earth rather than live as a Greek concubine. * * *
/lay od'euh see"euh, lay'euh deuh-/, n. ancient name of Latakia. * * * ▪ ancient cities, Asia       the ancient name of several cities of western Asia, mostly founded ...
/lay od'euh see"euhn, lay'euh deuh-/, adj. 1. lukewarm or indifferent, esp. in religion, as were the early Christians of Laodicea. n. 2. a person who is lukewarm or indifferent, ...
/low"guy"/, n. the system of forced-labor camps, prisons, etc., in China. [1990-95; < Chin: lit., reform through labor] * * *
▪ China Wade-Giles romanization  Lao-ho-k'ou        city, northern Hubei (Hupeh) sheng (province), China. It is situated on the east bank of the middle Han River, ...
/lay"ish/, n. a county in Leinster, in the central Republic of Ireland. 51,169; 623 sq. mi. (1615 sq. km). County seat: Port Laoighise. Also called Leix. * * * ▪ county, ...
/lay ok"oh on'/, n. Laocoön. Also, Laokoon. * * *
/lay om"i don'/, n. Class. Myth. a king of Troy and the father of Priam, for whom the walls of Troy were built by Apollo and Poseidon. * * * ▪ Greek ...
/lahonn/, n. a town in and the capital of Aisne, in N France, E of Paris. 30,168. * * * ▪ France  town, capital of Aisne département, Picardy région, northern France. It ...
/lah"ohs, lows, lay"os/; Fr. /lann aws"/, n. a country in SE Asia: formerly part of French Indochina. 5,116,959; 91,500 sq. mi. (236,985 sq. km). Cap.: Vientiane. * * * Laos ...
Laos, flag of
▪ Flag History       horizontally striped red-blue-red national flag with a central white disk. The width-to-length ratio of the flag is 2 to 3.       In 1353 ...
/lay oh"sheuhn, low"sheuhn/, n. 1. a native or inhabitant of Laos. 2. Lao. adj. 3. of or pertaining to Laos, its people, or their language. [ < F laotien; see LAOS, -IAN] * * *
Laotzu [lou′dzu′] 6th cent. B.C.; Chin. philosopher: reputed founder of Taoism: also Lao-tze or Lao-tsze [lou′dzu′] or Lao-tsze [lou′dzu′] * * * Lao Tzu also Lao-tse ...
or Lao-tzu flourished 6th century BC, China First philosopher of Chinese Daoism. He is traditionally named as the author of the Daodejing, though modern scholars hold that the ...
lap1 /lap/, n. 1. the front part of the human body from the waist to the knees when in a sitting position. 2. the part of the clothing that lies on the front portion of the body ...
lap belt
(in a motor vehicle) a seat belt secured to the framework of a seat and fastening across the lap of a driver or a passenger. [1950-55] * * *
lap child
South Midland and Southern U.S. a child who has not yet begun or has just begun to walk. * * *
lap dance
—lap-dance, v.i. —lap dancing. an erotic dance by a stripteaser performed mostly in the lap of a customer. [1990-95] * * *
lap dancer
lap dancer n. a nude or nearly nude exotic dancer who moves about erotically on the lap of a clothed customer * * * See lap-dance. * * *
lap dissolve
Motion Pictures. dissolve (def. 17). * * *
lap dog
a small pet dog that can easily be held in the lap. [1635-45] * * *
lap dovetail joint.
See half-blind joint. * * *
lap joint
—lap-jointed, adj. 1. Also called plain lap. a joint, as between two pieces of metal or timber, in which the pieces overlap without any change in form. 2. any of various joints ...
lap link
a chain link for joining two lengths of chain, having a split in one end so that it can be opened to receive other links and then closed again. Also called monkey link. * * *
lap microphone.
See lapel mike. * * *
lap robe
a blanket, fur covering, or the like, used to cover one's lap or legs, as when sitting outdoors or riding in an open vehicle. [1865-70, Amer.] * * *
See lap dance. * * *
/lap"suyz'/, adj. of a size to fit the lap: a lap-size chessboard. Also, lap-sized. * * *
/leuh pak"tik/, Med. adj. 1. purgative; cathartic. n. 2. a lapactic agent; purgative. [1745-55; < Gk lapaktikós laxative, equiv. to lapak- (verbid s. of lapássein to evacuate) ...
▪ Nigeria       town and traditional emirate, southeastern Niger state, west-central Nigeria. It lies near the Gurara River, which is a tributary to the Niger River. It ...
La Pal·ma (lə pälʹmə, lä pälʹmä) An island of Spain in the northwest Canary Islands. * * *
var. of laparo- before a vowel: laparectomy. * * *
/lap'euh rek"teuh mee/, n. Surg. excision of strips of the abdominal wall and suturing of the wounds so as to correct laxity of the abdominal muscles. [1885-90; LAPAR- + ...
a combining form borrowed from Greek, where it meant "flank," used with the meaning "abdominal wall" in the formation of compound words: laparotomy. Also, esp. before a vowel, ...
—laparoscopic /lap"euhr euh skop"ik/, adj. —laparoscopist /lap'euh ros"keuh pist/, n. /lap"euhr euh skohp'/, n. Surg. a flexible fiberoptic instrument, passed through a small ...
See laparoscopy. * * *
See laparoscopic. * * *
/lap'euh ros"keuh pee/, n., pl. laparoscopies. Surg. examination of the abdominal cavity or performance of minor abdominal surgery using a laparoscope. [1850-55; LAPARO- + ...
/lap"euhr euh tohm'/, n. Surg. a cutting instrument for performing a laparotomy. [1850-55; LAPARO- + -TOME] * * *
—laparotomist, n. /lap'euh rot"euh muyz'/, v.t., laparotomized, laparotomizing. Surg. to perform a laparotomy on. Also, esp. Brit., laparotomise. [LAPAROTOM(Y) + -IZE] * * *
/lap'euh rot"euh mee/, n., pl. laparotomies. Surg. 1. incision through the abdominal wall. 2. incision into the loin, esp. for access to the abdominal cavity. [1875-80; LAPARO- + ...
La Paz (lə päzʹ, lä päsʹ) The administrative capital and largest city of Bolivia, in the western part of the country near Lake Titicaca. Built on the site of an Inca ...
lap belt n. A seat belt that fastens across the lap. * * *
/lap"bawrd', -bohrd'/, n. a thin, flat board to be held on the lap for use as a table or writing surface. [1830-40; LAP1 + BOARD] * * *
Lapchick, Joe
▪ American basketball player and coach byname of  Joseph Bohomiel Lapchick   born April 12, 1900, Yonkers, N.Y., U.S. died Aug. 10, 1970, Monticello, N.Y.       U.S. ...
➡ Los Angeles Police Department. * * *
lap dance n. An erotic dance that a stripper performs while straddling a customer's lap.   lapʹ-dance' (lăpʹdăns') v. lap dancer n. * * *
lap dissolve n. See dissolve. * * *
lap dog n. 1. A small dog kept as a pet. 2. Informal. One eager to do another's bidding, especially in order to maintain a position of privilege or favor: “a bunch of ...
—lapelled, adj. —lapelless, adj. /leuh pel"/, n. either of the two parts of a garment folded back on the chest, esp. a continuation of a coat collar. [1780-90; irreg. dim. of ...
lapel mike
a small microphone that may be clipped to the speaker's lapel, pocket, or the like. Also called lap microphone. [1935-40] * * *
See lapel. * * *
See lapeled. * * *
/lap"fool/, n., pl. lapfuls. as much as the lap can hold. [1605-15; LAP1 + -FUL] Usage. See -ful. * * *
Lapid, Joseph
▪ 2009 Tomislav Lampel; “Tommy”        Israeli journalist and politician born Dec. 27, 1931, Novi Sad, Yugos. [now in Serbia] died June 1, 2008, Tel Aviv, ...
lapidarian [lap΄ə der′ē ən] adj. LAPIDARY * * * lap·i·dar·i·an (lăp'ĭ-dârʹē-ən) adj. Of or relating to the working of stone or gems; lapidary.   [From Latin ...
/lap"i der'ee/, n., pl. lapidaries, adj. n. 1. Also, lapidist /lap"i dist/. a worker who cuts, polishes, and engraves precious stones. 2. Also, lapidarist /leuh pid"euhr ist/. an ...
lapidary style
▪ calligraphy       in calligraphy, style of lettering characteristically used for inscription in marble or other stone by chisel strokes, as, for example, on Trajan's ...
—lapidation, n. /lap"i dayt'/, v.t., lapidated, lapidating. 1. to pelt with stones. 2. to stone to death. [1615-25; < L lapidatus ptp. of lapidare to stone. See LAPIDARY, ...
—lapidific /lap'i dif"ik/, lapidifical, adj. —lapidification, n. /leuh pid"euh fuy'/, v.t., v.i., lapidified, lapidifying. Archaic. to turn into stone. [1650-60; ML ...
Lapidus, Morris
born Nov. 25, 1902, Odessa, Russia died Jan. 18, 2001, Miami Beach, Fla., U.S. Ukrainian-born U.S. architect. He came to the U.S. as a child and grew up in New York City. After ...
Lapidus, Ted
▪ 2009 Edmond Lapidus        French fashion designer born June 23, 1929, Paris, France died Dec. 29, 2008, Cannes, France revolutionized the Paris fashion world in the ...
▪ geology also spelled  Lapiaz,        weathered limestone surface found in karst regions and consisting of etched, fluted, and pitted rock pinnacles separated by ...
/leuh pil"euhs/, n., pl. lapilli /-pil"uy/. a small stony particle ejected from a volcano. [1740-50; < L: little stone, pebble, dim. of lapis stone] * * * ▪ volcanic ...
/lap"in/; Fr. /lann paonn"/, n., pl. lapins /lap"inz/; Fr. /lann paonn"/. 1. a rabbit. 2. rabbit fur, esp. when trimmed and dyed. [1900-05; < F, MF, perh., by suffix alteration, ...
/lap"is, lay"pis/, n., pl. lapides /lap"i deez'/. 1. (ital.) Latin. stone (used in Latin names for minerals, gems, etc.) 2. See lapis lazuli. * * *
lapis lazuli
/lap"is laz"oo lee, -luy', laz"yoo-, lazh"oo-/ 1. a deep-blue mineral composed mainly of lazurite with smaller quantities of other minerals, used mainly as a gem or as a ...
lapis laz·u·li (lăzʹə-lē, -yə-, lăzhʹə-) n. An opaque to translucent blue, violet-blue, or greenish-blue semiprecious gemstone composed mainly of lazurite and ...
Lapita culture
Cultural complex of what were presumably the original human settlers of Melanesia, much of Polynesia, and parts of Micronesia. The Lapita people were originally from New Guinea ...
Lap·ith (lăpʹĭth) n. Greek Mythology One of a Thessalian tribe who at the disastrous wedding of their king defeated the drunken centaurs. * * *
lap joint Clarinda/Academy Artworks n. A joint, as between two boards or metal parts, in which the ends or edges are overlapped and fastened together, usually so as to produce a ...
/lann planns"/, n. Pierre Simon /pyerdd see mawonn"/ Marquis de, 1749-1827, French astronomer and mathematician. * * * (as used in expressions) Laplace transform Laplace's ...
Laplace equation
Math. the second-order partial differential equation indicating that the Laplace operator operating on a given function results in zero. Cf. harmonic (def. 4c). [1835-45; after ...
Laplace transform
Math. a map of a function, as a signal, defined esp. for positive real values, as time greater than zero, into another domain where the function is represented as a sum of ...
Laplace's equation
In mathematics, a partial differential equation whose solutions (harmonic functions) are useful in investigating physical problems in three dimensions involving gravitational, ...
Laplace, Pierre-Simon, marquis de
born March 23, 1749, Beaumount-en-Auge, France died March 5, 1827, Paris French mathematician, astronomer, and physicist. He is best known for his investigations into the ...
Laplace,Marquis Pierre Simon de
La·place (lə-pläsʹ, lä-), Marquis Pierre Simon de. 1749-1827. French mathematician and astronomer noted for his theory of a nebular origin of the solar system and his ...
/lap"land'/, n. a region in N Norway, N Sweden, N Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of the NW Russian Federation in Europe: inhabited by Lapps. * * * Region, northern ...
Lapland Nature Reserve
▪ reserve, Russia Russian  Laplandsky Zapovednik,         natural area set aside for research in the natural sciences in the western part of the Kola Peninsula, ...
See Lapland. * * *
La Pla·ta (lä pläʹtä) A city of east-central Argentina southeast of Buenos Aires. Founded in 1882, it is a seaport and an industrial center. Population: 520,647. * * *
LaPlata Peak
La Pla·ta Peak (lə pläʹtə) A mountain, 4,380.1 m (14,361 ft) high, in the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains in central Colorado. * * *
/lap/, n. 1. Also called Laplander /lap"lan'deuhr, -leuhn-/. a member of a Finnic people of northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and adjacent regions. 2. Also called Lappish. any of ...
/lap"ij/, n. Law. an overlapping of part or all of a piece of land claimed by one person on land claimed by another. [LAP2 + -AGE] * * *
/lahp"pen rddahn tah/, n. a city in SE Finland. 54,000. * * * ▪ Finland Swedish  Villmanstrand,    city, southeastern Finland. Lappeenranta lies at the southern end of ...
Lappenberg, Johann Martin
▪ German archivist born July 30, 1794, Hamburg [Germany] died Nov. 28, 1865, Hamburg       German archivist who was also a prolific scholar of German and English ...
lapper1 /lap"euhr/, n. a person or thing that laps liquid. [1600-10; LAP3 + -ER1] lapper2 /lap"euhr/, v.i. Scot. and North Eng. to clabber; curdle. [1805-15; Scots form of ...
—lappeted, adj. /lap"it/, n. 1. a small lap, flap, or loosely hanging part, esp. of a garment or headdress. See illus. under miter. 2. a projecting, lobelike structure in ...
lappet weaving
weaving into which an embroidered pattern produced by additional warp threads has been introduced with the aid of a lappet. [1860-65] * * *
/lap"ish/, n. 1. Lapp (def. 2). adj. 2. Also, Lappic. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Lapland or the Lapps. [1870-75; LAPP + -ISH1] * * *
▪ province, Sweden       landskap (province) of northern Sweden. Lappland is bounded on the west by Norway, on the north by Finland, on the east by the landskap ...
lap robe n. A blanket or fur piece for covering the lap, legs, and feet, as of a passenger in an unheated car or carriage. * * *
/lap"seuh beuhl/, adj. liable to lapse. Also, lapsible. [1670-80; LAPSE + -ABLE] * * *
/lahp"sahng", lap"sang"/, adj. noting a kind of souchong tea with a strong smoky flavor. [1875-80; orig. uncert.] * * *
—lapser, n. /laps/, n., v., lapsed, lapsing. n. 1. an accidental or temporary decline or deviation from an expected or accepted condition or state; a temporary falling or ...
lapse rate
Meteorol. the rate of decrease of atmospheric temperature with increase of elevation vertically above a given location. [1915-20] * * * ▪ meteorology       rate of ...
lapse, doctrine of
▪ rules of succession       in Indian history, formula devised by Lord Dalhousie (Dalhousie, James Andrew Broun Ramsay, Marquess and 10th Earl of), governor-general of ...
/lapst/, adj. 1. expired; voided; terminated: a lapsed insurance policy. 2. no longer committed to or following the tenets of a particular belief, obligation, position, etc.: a ...
See lapse. * * *
lapse rate n. The rate of decrease of atmospheric temperature with increase in altitude. * * *
/lap"seuh beuhl/, adj. lapsable. [LAPSE + -IBLE] * * *
/lap"strayk'/, adj. Naut. 1. clinker-built (def. 2). n. 2. a vessel with a clinker-built hull. [1765-75, Amer.; LAP2 + STRAKE] * * *
/lap"seuhs/; Lat. /lahp"soos/, n. a slip or lapse. [1660-70; < L lapsus; see LAPSE] * * *
lapsus calami
/lahp"soos kah"lah mee'/; Eng. /lap"seuhs kal"euh muy', -mee'/, Latin. a slip of the pen. * * *
lapsus linguae
/lahp"soos ling"gwuy/; Eng. /lap"seuhs ling"gwee/, Latin. a slip of the tongue. * * *
Laptev Sea
/lap"tef, -tev/; Russ. /lah"ptyif/ an arm of the Arctic Ocean N of the Russian Federation in Asia, between Taimyr Peninsula and the New Siberian Islands. Also called ...
Lap·tev Sea (lăpʹtĕf', -tĕv', läpʹtyĭf) A section of the Arctic Ocean north of eastern Russia between the Taymyr Peninsula and the New Siberian Islands. It is icebound ...
/lap"top'/, n. a portable, usu. battery-powered microcomputer small enough to rest on the user's lap. [1980-85; LAP1 + TOP1] * * *
▪ Philippines       city, northwestern Mactan Island, Philippines, on a narrow channel of the Bohol Strait opposite Cebu City. Formerly called Opon, the city was ...
Lapua Movement
▪ Finnish fascist movement       (1929–32), fascist movement in Finland that threatened the young state's democratic institutions and for a time dictated the policies ...
—Laputan, adj., n. /leuh pyooh"teuh/, n. an imaginary flying island in Swift's Gulliver's Travels, the inhabitants of which engaged in a variety of ridiculous projects and ...
La·pu·tan (lə-pyo͞otʹn) adj. Absurdly impractical or visionary, especially to the neglect of more useful activity.   [After the flying island of Laputa in Gulliver's ...
/lap"wing'/, n. 1. a large Old World plover, Vanellus vanellus, having a long, slender, upcurved crest, an erratic, flapping flight, and a shrill cry. 2. any of several similar, ...
Lapworth, Charles
▪ British geologist born Sept. 30, 1842, Faringdon, Berkshire, Eng. died March 13, 1920, Birmingham       English geologist who proposed what came to be called the ...
laque burgauté
▪ decorative art also spelled  Lac Burgauté,    in the decorative arts, East Asian technique of decorating lacquer ware with inlaid designs employing shaped pieces of the ...
/lay"kwee euhs, lak"wee-/, n., pl. laquei /lay"kwee uy', -kwee ee', lak"wee uy', -wee ee'/. Anat. lemniscus. [ < L: noose] * * *
/lahr/, n., pl. lares /lair"eez, lay"reez/ for 1, lars for 2. 1. (cap.) Rom. Religion. any of the Lares. 2. Zool. See white-handed gibbon. [1580-90; < L] * * * ▪ Roman ...
lar gibbon.
See white-handed gibbon. [1855-60; after the species name; see LAR] * * *
▪ state, Venezuela       estado (state), northwestern Venezuela. It was named for independence hero Gen. Juan Jacinto Lara. Bordered on the north by Falcón, east by ...
Lara, Brian
▪ 1995       In the space of 50 glorious days of dominance, Brian Lara broke the two most coveted batting records in cricket. On April 18, 1994, in Antigua, the West ...
▪ Morocco Arabic  Al-ʿArāʾīsh   Atlantic port city, northern Morocco, at the mouth of the Loukkos (Lucus) River. The ruins of ancient Lixus, successively a ...
Laramide orogeny
Series of mountain-building events that affected much of western North America in Late Cretaceous and Early Tertiary time (с 65 million years ago). The Laramide orogeny ...
/lar"euh mee/, n. 1. a city in SE Wyoming. 24,410. 2. Fort. See Fort Laramie. * * * ▪ Wyoming, United States       city, seat (1868) of Albany county, southeastern ...
Laramie Mountains
▪ mountain range, Wyoming, United States       range of the central Rocky Mountains, in southeastern Wyoming, U.S. A northern section of Colorado's Front Range, it ...
Laramie Range
a mountain range in N Colorado and SE Wyoming. Highest peak, Laramie Peak, 9020 ft. (2749 m). * * *
Laramie River
▪ river, United States       river in Colorado and Wyoming, U.S., rising in the Front Range in Roosevelt National Forest, northern Colorado. It flows north across the ...
Laramie River A river of northern Colorado and southeast Wyoming flowing about 348 km (216 mi) generally north and northeast to the North Platte River. * * *
/leuh rair"ee euhm/, n., pl. lararia /-rair"ee euh/. (in an ancient Roman home) a shrine for the Lares. [1700-10; < LL lararium; see LARES, -ARY] * * *
La Ra·za (lä räʹsä) n. Mexicans or Mexican Americans considered as a group, sometimes extending to all Spanish-speaking people of the Americas.   [American Spanish, the ...
Larbaud, Valery-Nicolas
▪ French author born Aug. 29, 1881, Vichy, Fr. died Feb. 2, 1957, Vichy  French novelist and critic, an erudite cosmopolitan who became a literary intermediary between France ...
/lahr"bawrd', -bohrd'/; Naut. /lahr"beuhrd/, Naut. n. 1. (formerly) port2 (def. 1). adj. 2. (formerly) port2 (defs. 2, 3). [1300-50; ME laddeborde (perh. lit., loading side; see ...
/lahr"seuh neuhr/, n. a person who commits larceny. Also, larcenist. [1625-35; LARCEN(Y) + -ER1] * * *
lar·ce·nist (lärʹsə-nĭst) also lar·ce·ner (-nər) n. One who commits larceny. * * *
—larcenously, adv. /lahr"seuh neuhs/, adj. 1. of, resembling, or characteristic of larceny. 2. guilty of larceny. [1735-45; LARCEN(Y) + -OUS] * * *
See larcenous. * * *
/lahr"seuh nee/, n., pl. larcenies. Law. the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods of another from his or her possession with intent to convert them to the ...
—larcher, adj. /lahrch/, n. 1. any coniferous tree of the genus Larix, yielding a tough durable wood. 2. the wood of such a tree. [1540-50; earlier larche < MHG
larch sawfly
a red and black sawfly, Pristiphora erichsonii, the larvae of which infest and feed on the leaves of larch. * * *
Larch River (lärch) A river, about 434 km (270 mi) long, of northern Quebec, Canada, flowing northeast to join the Caniapiscau River. * * *
Larco Museum
▪ museum, Lima, Peru Spanish  Museo Larco        museum in Lima, Peru, displaying art and artifacts of ancient Peruvian history.       Founded in 1926 by ...
—lardlike, adj. /lahrd/, n. 1. the rendered fat of hogs, esp. the internal fat of the abdomen. v.t. 2. to apply lard or grease to. 3. to prepare or enrich (lean meat, chicken, ...
lard oil
a colorless or yellowish oil expressed from lard, used chiefly as a lubricant for cutting tools. [1835-45] * * *
/lahr day"sheuhs/, adj. lardlike; fatty. [1815-25; LARD + -ACEOUS] * * *
/lahrd"as'/, n. Slang (vulgar). 1. a person having unusually large buttocks. 2. any very fat person. Also, lard-ass. [LARD + ASS2] * * *
/lahr"deuhr/, n. 1. a room or place where food is kept; pantry. 2. a supply of food. [1275-1325; ME < AF; OF lardier. See LARD, -ER2] * * *
larder beetle
a black beetle, Dermestes lardarius, the larvae of which feed on dried meats, hides, furs, etc. [1865-70, Amer.] * * *
/lahrd"neuhr/, n. Ring(gold Wilmer) /ring"gohld' wil"meuhr/, 1885-1933, U.S. short-story writer and journalist. * * *
Lardner, Ring
▪ American writer original name  Ringgold Wilmer Lardner  born March 6, 1885, Niles, Mich., U.S. died Sept. 25, 1933, East Hampton, N.Y.       American writer, one of ...
Lardner, Ring(gold Wilmer)
born March 6, 1885, Niles, Mich., U.S. died Sept. 25, 1933, East Hampton, N.Y. U.S. writer. He worked as a newspaper reporter, sportswriter, and columnist before he began ...
Lardner, Ringgold Wilmer, Jr.
▪ 2001 “Ring”        American screenwriter (b. Aug. 19, 1915, Chicago, Ill.—d. Oct. 31, 2000, New York, N.Y.), not only was the last surviving son of writer Ring ...
Lardner,Ringgold Wilmer
Lard·ner (lärdʹnər), Ringgold Wilmer. Known as “Ring.” 1885-1933. American humorist and writer whose satirical short stories were published in collections, including You ...
/lahr"dn/, n. a strip of fat used in larding, esp. as drawn through the substance of meat, chicken, etc., with a kind of needle or pin. Also, lardoon /lahr doohn"/. [1400-50; ...
/lahr"dee/, adj., lardier, lardiest. 1. like or consisting of lard: lardy pastry. 2. fat or becoming fat: a diet designed for the lardy figure. [1880-85; LARD + -Y1] * * *
lardy cake
n [C, U] a type of sweet cake traditionally made in the south of England. It is similar to bread but also has lard (= animal fat), sugar and dried fruit added. * * *
/lahr"dee dahr"dee/, adj. Chiefly Brit. Slang. characterized by excessive elegance. [1860-65; after LA-DI-DA; for sp. with r, cf. ARVO] * * *
/leuh ray"doh/, n. a city in S Texas, on the Rio Grande. 91,449. * * * City (pop., 2000: 176,576), southern Texas, U.S. Located on the Rio Grande opposite Nuevo Laredo, Mex. , ...
Laredo, Ruth
▪ 2006 Ruth Meckler        American pianist (b. Nov. 20, 1937, Detroit, Mich.—d. May 25, 2005, New York, N.Y.), was a recitalist and accompanist and also performed ...
/lahr"ee/, n. lari. * * *
/lair"eez, lay"reez/, n.pl., sing. Lar /lahr/. Rom. Religion. the spirits who, if propitiated, watched over the house or community to which they belonged. Cf. ...
lares and penates
1. Lares and Penates, Rom. Religion. the benevolent spirits and gods of the household. 2. the cherished possessions of a family or household. [1765-75; < L Lares (et) Penates] * ...
laresand penates
lar·es and penates (lârʹēz, lärʹ-) pl.n. Treasured household possessions.   [Partial translation of Latin Larēs et Penātēs, household gods : Larēs, pl. of Lār, Lar + ...
/lahr gahn"doh/; It. /lahrdd gahn"daw/, adj. Music. allargando. [1890-95; < It, prp. of largare < LL largare to make broad; see LARGE] * * *
—largeness, n. /lahrj/, adj., larger, largest, n., adv. adj. 1. of more than average size, quantity, degree, etc.; exceeding that which is common to a kind or class; big; ...
large calorie
Thermodynam. kilocalorie. [1925-30] * * *
large cane.
See under cane (def. 5). * * *
large cranberry.
See under cranberry (def. 1). * * *
Large Hadron Collider
▪ device  world's most powerful particle accelerator. The LHC was constructed by the European Organization for Nuclear Research ( CERN) in the same 27-km (17-mile) tunnel ...
Large Hadron Collider-The World's Most Powerful Particle Accelerator
▪ 2009       On Sept. 10, 2008, scientists of the European Organization for Nuclear Research ( CERN), Geneva, ran the first test operation of what had been described as ...
large intestine
intestine (def. 3). [1855-60] * * * End section of the intestine. It is about 5 ft (1.5 m) long, is wider than the small intestine, and has a smooth inner wall. In the first ...
Large Magellanic Cloud
a satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way galaxy, appearing as a hazy cloud in the southern constellations Dorado and Mensa. * * *
large mouse-eared bat
      species of brown bat (q.v.). * * *
/lahrj"kap"/, adj. designating a company, or a mutual fund that invests in companies, with a market capitalization of $5 billion or more. * * *
large-heart·ed (lärjʹhärʹtĭd) adj. Having a generous disposition; sympathetic.   largeʹ-heartʹed·ness n. * * *
See large-hearted. * * *
large-leaved cucumber tree
/lahrj"leevd'/ a round-headed tree, Magnolia macrophylla, of the southeastern U.S., having soft, hairy leaves from 1 to 3 ft. (30 to 90 cm) long, fragrant, cup-shaped, ...
—large-mindedly, adv. —large-mindedness, n. /lahrj"muyn"did/, adj. having tolerant views or liberal ideas; broad-minded. [1715-25] * * *
See large-minded. * * *
See large-mindedly. * * *
/lahrj"print'/, adj. set in a type size larger than normal for the benefit of persons with impaired vision: large-print newspapers. Also, large print, large-type ...
/lahrj"skayl"/, adj. 1. very extensive or encompassing; of great scope: a large-scale business plan. 2. made to a large scale: a large-scale map. [1885-90] * * *
large-scale integration
Electronics. See LSI. * * *
large-toothed aspen (lärjʹto͞otht', -to͞othd') n. An eastern North American deciduous tree (Populus grandidentata) having ovate leaves with coarsely toothed margins and ...
large calorie n. See calorie. * * *
large cap adj. 1. Of or relating to large corporations that have considerable retained earnings and a large amount of common stock outstanding. 2. Of or relating to mutual funds ...
—largeheartedness, n. /lahrj"hahr"tid/, adj. having or showing generosity; charitable; understanding. [1635-45; LARGE + HEARTED] * * *
large intestine n. The portion of the intestine that extends from the ileum to the anus, forming an arch around the convolutions of the small intestine and including the cecum, ...
/lahrj"lee/, adv. 1. to a great extent; in great part; generally; chiefly: The plan depends largely on his willingness to cooperate. That is largely incorrect. 2. in great ...
largemouth (black) bass
☆ largemouth (black) bass or largemouth bass [lärj′mouth΄ ] n. a black bass (Micropterus salmoides) found in warm, sluggish waters * * *
largemouth bass
/lahrj"mowth' bas"/ a North American freshwater game fish, Micropterus salmoides, having an upper jaw extending behind the eye and a broad, dark, irregular stripe along each side ...
large·mouth bass (lärjʹmouth') n. A North American freshwater food and game fish (Micropterus salmoides), mostly grayish black with a dark irregular stripe along each side ...
See large. * * *
/lahr"jeuhr dheuhn luyf"/, adj. exceedingly imposing, impressive, or memorable, esp. in appearance or forcefulness: a larger-than-life leader. [1945-50] * * *
largerthan life
larg·er than life (lärʹjər) adj. Very impressive or imposing: “This is a person of surpassing integrity; a man of the utmost sincerity; somewhat larger than life” (Joyce ...
/lahr jes", lahr"jis/, n. 1. generous bestowal of gifts. 2. the gift or gifts, as of money, so bestowed. 3. Obs. generosity; liberality. Also, largesse. [1175-1225; ME largesse < ...
largesse or largess [lär jes′, lär′jis] n. 〚ME largesse < OFr < large, LARGE〛 1. generous giving, as from a patron 2. a gift or gifts given in a generous, or sometimes ...
Largest islands of the world
▪ Table Largest islands of the world     area* name location sq mi sq km Greenland North Atlantic Ocean 822,700 2,130,800 New Guinea Papua New ...
/lahr get"oh/, adj. adv., n., pl. larghettos. Music. adj., adv. 1. somewhat slow; not so slow as largo, but usually slower than andante. n. 2. a larghetto movement. [1715-25; < ...
Largillière, Nicolas de
▪ French painter baptized Oct. 10, 1656, Paris died March 20, 1746, Paris  French historical and portrait painter who excelled in painting likenesses of the wealthy middle ...
/lahr"jish/, adj. rather large. [1780-90; LARGE + -ISH1] * * *
/lahr"goh/, adj., adv., n., pl. largos. Music. adj., adv. 1. slow; in a broad, dignified style. n. 2. a largo movement. [1675-85; < It; see LARGE] * * * ▪ Florida, United ...
/lahr"goh/, n. a town in W Florida. 58,977. * * * ▪ Florida, United States       city, Pinellas county, west-central Florida, U.S., near Clearwater Harbor and just ...
Largo Caballero, Francisco
born Oct. 15, 1869, Madrid, Spain died March 23, 1946, Paris, France Spanish socialist leader and prime minister (1936–37). He joined the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party in ...
/lahr"ee/, n., pl. lari, laris. an aluminum coin and monetary unit of the Maldives, the 100th part of a rupee. Also, laree. * * *
/lar"ee euht/, n. 1. a long, noosed rope used to catch horses, cattle, or other livestock; lasso. 2. a rope used to picket grazing animals. [1825-35; < Sp la reata the RIATA] * * ...
      family of birds (of the order Charadriiformes) that comprises the gulls (subfamily Larinae) and the terns (subfamily Sterninae). See gull; tern. * * *
/lar"in/, adj. 1. characteristic of or resembling a gull. 2. of or pertaining to the suborder Lari, family Laridae, comprising the gulls. [ < NL Larinae name of the subfamily, ...
Larionov, Mikhail Fyodorovich
▪ Russian artist born June 3 [May 22, old style], 1881, Tiraspol, near Odessa, Russia died May 11, 1964, Paris       Russian-born French painter and stage designer, a ...
Larisa [lä′rē sä΄; ] E [ lə ris′ə] city in E Thessaly, Greece: pop. 102,000: also sp. Larissa * * * Lá·ri·sa (läʹrē-sä) or La·ris·sa (lə-rĭsʹə) A city ...
/leuh ris"euh/; Gk. /lah"rddee sah/, n. a city in E Thessaly, in E Greece. 72,000. Also, Larisa. * * * ▪ Greece Modern Greek  Lárisa,         town, capital of the ...
Region, southern Iran. Located on the Persian Gulf, it is a former province; its chief town is Lar. The region was ruled by the Muẓaffarid dynasty of Kermān until it was ...
—larithmic, adj. /leuh ridh"miks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the study of quantitative relations in population aggregates. [ < Gk la(ós) people + (a)rithm(ós) number + ...
Larivey, Pierre de
▪ French dramatist born c. 1540, , Champagne, Fr. died Feb. 12, 1619, Troyes       chief French comic dramatist of the 16th century, whose free translations of Italian ...
larixinic acid
/lair"ik sin"ik, lair'-/, Chem. maltol. [ < NL Larix (decidua) genus of larch tree + -IN2 + -IC] * * *
lark1 /lahrk/, n. 1. any of numerous, chiefly Old World oscine birds, of the family Alaudidae, characterized by an unusually long, straight hind claw, esp. the skylark, Alauda ...
lark bunting
a finch, Calamospiza melanocorys, of the western U.S., the male of which is black with a large, white patch on each wing. [1830-40, Amer.] * * *
Lark Rise to Candleford
a series of three books, Lark Rise, Over to Candleford and Candleford Green, published between 1939 and 1945, by Flora Thompson (1876–1947). They are about traditional village ...
lark sparrow
a North American sparrow, Chondestes grammacus, having a distinctive brown-and-white facial pattern. [1885-90, Amer.] * * *
▪ Pakistan       town and district, Sukkur division, Sindh province, Pakistan. The town, the district headquarters, lies on the Ghar Canal just west of the Indus River; ...
See lark2. * * *
Larkin [lär′kin] Philip (Arthur) 1922-85; Brit. poet * * * (1922–85) one of the best-known and loved English poets of the second half of the 20th century. His work deals ...
Larkin, Philip
▪ British poet in full  Philip Arthur Larkin  born August 9, 1922, Coventry, Warwickshire, England died December 2, 1985, Kingston upon Hull       most representative ...
Larkin, Philip (Arthur)
born Aug. 9, 1922, Coventry, Warwickshire, Eng. died Dec. 2, 1985, Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire English poet. Educated at Oxford, Larkin became a librarian at the University ...
Lar·kin (lärʹkĭn), Philip. 1922-1985. British poet noted for his witty distrust of the modern world and self-deprecating humor, as in The Whitsun Weddings (1964). He was ...
See larky. * * *
See larker. * * *
/lahrk"sperr'/, n. any of several plants belonging to the genera Delphinium and Consolida, of the buttercup family, characterized by the spur-shaped formation of the calyx and ...
/lahrk"sperr'/, n. a town in W California. 11,064. * * * or delphinium Any of about 300 species of herbaceous plants that make up the genus Delphinium in the buttercup family, ...
lark·y (lärʹkē) adj. lark·i·er, lark·i·est 1. High-spirited; zestful: “It's a very larky Nureyev whom we see—a buoyant imp who... cavorts in various disguises” ...
/lahr"meuhn/, n. Japanese Cookery. ramen. [perh. < Chin lamiàn; see RAMEN] * * *
Larmor precession
/lahr"mawr/, Physics. the precession of charged particles, as electrons, placed in a magnetic field, the frequency of the precession (Larmor frequency) being equal to the ...
Larmor theorem
Physics. the theorem that an electron subjected only to the force exerted by the nucleus about which it is moving will undergo Larmor precession but no other change in motion ...
Larmor, Sir Joseph
▪ Irish physicist born July 11, 1857, Magheragall, County Antrim, Ire. died May 19, 1942, Holywood, County Down       Irish physicist, the first to calculate the rate ...
▪ Cyprus Greek  Lárnax,  Turkish  Lârnaka,  or  Iskele        port town, southeastern Republic of Cyprus. The modern town, on the bay between Capes Kiti and ...
Town (pop., 1991: 17,575), capital of Larne district (pop., 2001: 30,832), Northern Ireland. It is located on the Irish Sea north of Belfast. Edward Bruce landed nearby on his ...
Larne River
▪ river, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom       river, in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, rising in the low watershed (400 ft [122 m]) between its own valley and that ...
Laroche, Guy
▪ French couturier born July 16, 1921, La Rochelle, France died Feb. 17, 1989, Paris       French couturier known for designing elegant fashions at moderate ...
La Ro·chelle (lä' rə-shĕlʹ, rô-) A city of western France on the Bay of Biscay southwest of Tours. It was a Huguenot stronghold in the 16th century. Population: 75,840. * ...
Laromiguière, Pierre
▪ French philosopher born Nov. 3, 1756, Livignac, Fr. died Aug. 12, 1837, Paris       French philosopher who became famous for his thesis on the rights of property in ...
—LaRouchian, n., adj. /leuh roohsh"/, n. Lyndon H., Jr., born 1922, U.S. economist and politician. * * *
/lann rddoohs"/; Eng. /leuh roohs"/, n. Pierre Athanase /pyerdd ann tann nahz"/, 1817-75, French grammarian, lexicographer, and encyclopedist. * * * ▪ French publishing ...
Larousse, Pierre
▪ French encyclopaedist born Oct. 23, 1817, Toucy, Fr. died Jan. 3, 1875, Paris       grammarian, lexicographer, and encyclopaedist who published many of the ...
Larousse, Pierre (Athanase)
born Oct. 23, 1817, Toucy, France died Jan. 3, 1875, Paris French publisher, lexicographer, and encyclopaedist. Son of a blacksmith, he received a scholarship to study in ...
Larousse,Pierre Athanase
La·rousse (lä-ro͞osʹ), Pierre Athanase. 1817-1875. French lexicographer, grammarian, and encyclopedist who founded a publishing company (1852) and compiled the Grand ...
Larra, Mariano José de
▪ Spanish writer born March 24, 1809, Madrid died Feb. 13, 1837, Madrid       Spanish journalist and satirist who attacked contemporary society for its social habits, ...
Larreta, Enrique
▪ Argentine author in full  Enrique Rodríguez Larreta  born March 4, 1875, Buenos Aires, Argentina died July 7, 1961, Buenos Aires       Argentine novelist famous ...
Larrey, Dominique-Jean, Baron
▪ French military surgeon born July 8, 1766, Baudéan, Fr. died July 25/, Aug. 1, 1842, Lyon       French military surgeon in the service of Napoleon; he introduced ...
/lar"i geuhn/, n. a knee-high boot of oiled leather with a moccasin foot, worn by lumbermen and trappers. [1885-90; orig. uncert.] * * *
—larrikinism, n. /lar"i kin/, Australian Slang. n. 1. a street rowdy; hoodlum. adj. 2. disorderly; rowdy. [1865-70; orig. uncert.] * * *
/lahrdd rddaw"chah/, n. Alicia de /ah lee"thyah dhe, -syah/, born 1923, Spanish concert pianist. * * *
—larruper, n. /lar"euhp/, v.t., larruped, larruping. to beat or thrash. [1815-25; perh. < D larpen to thresh with flails] * * *
/lar"euh ping/, adv. Chiefly Western U.S. very; exceedingly: That was a larruping good meal. [1900-05, Amer.; LARRUP + -ING2] * * *
larry1 /lar"ee/, n., pl. larries. a hoe with a perforated blade for mixing mortar or plaster. [1850-55; of obscure orig.] larry2 /lar"ee/, n., pl. larries. See larry car. * * ...
/lar"ee/, n. a male given name, form of Lawrence, Laurence. * * * (as used in expressions) Adler Larry Bird Larry Joe Holmes Larry King Larry McMurtry Larry Jeff Rivers Larry * ...
Larry Adler
➡ Adler * * *
larry car
Metall. a car moving on rails and equipped on its underside with a hopper, used to charge coke ovens from above. Also called larry. [akin to LORRY] * * *
Larry King
➡ King (IV) * * *
/lahrz/; Swed., Nor. /lahrdds/, n. a male given name, form of Lawrence. * * *
/lahr"seuh/, n. an ancient Sumerian city in southern Iraq: archaeological site. * * * biblical Ellasar Ancient capital of Babylonia, located on the Euphrates River in ...
Larsen Ice Shelf
/lahr"seuhn/ an ice barrier in Antarctica, in the NW Weddell Sea, on the E coast of the Antarctic Peninsula: first explored 1893. * * * Ice shelf in the northwestern Weddell ...
Larsen, Nella
▪ American author married name  Nella Imes  born April 13, 1891, Chicago, Ill., U.S. died March 30, 1964, New York, N.Y.       novelist and short-story writer of the ...
➡ Far Side. * * *
Larson, Jonathan
▪ 1997       U.S. composer and author of the Tony award-winning pop-rock musical Rent, which he based on Giacomo Puccini's tragic opera La Bohème and for which he was ...

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