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Lartet, Édouard Armand Isidore Hippolyte
▪ French geologist and archaeologist born April 1801, Saint Guiraud, near Castelnau-Barbarens, Fr. died January 1871, Seissan       French geologist, archaeologist, and ...
Lartigue
/lannrdd teeg"/, n. Jacques Henri /zhahk ahonn rddee"/, 1894-1986, French photographer and painter. * * *
Lartigue, Jacques-Henri
▪ French photographer in full  Jacques-Henri-Charles-Auguste Lartigue  born , June 13, 1894, Courbevoie, near Paris, France died September 12, 1986, Nice       French ...
Lartigue, Jacques-Henri (-Charles-Auguste)
born June 13, 1894, Courbevoie, Fr. died Sept. 12, 1986, Nice French painter and photographer. Born into a prosperous family, he was given a Brownie camera at age seven. From ...
LaRue, Albert
▪ 1997       ("LASH"), U.S. film actor who was best remembered for his portrayal of the black-clad hero who wielded a 4.5-m (15-ft) bullwhip in a series of B westerns in ...
LaRue, Frederick Cheney
▪ 2005       American businessman and political figure (b. Oct. 11, 1928, Athens, Texas—d. July 24, 2004, Biloxi, Miss.), served as an aide to Pres. Richard M. Nixon ...
larum
/lar"euhm/, n. alarum. * * *
larva
/lahr"veuh/, n., pl. larvae /-vee/. 1. Entomol. the immature, wingless, feeding stage of an insect that undergoes complete metamorphosis. See illus. under metamorphosis. 2. any ...
larvacean
▪ tunicate also called  appendicularian        any member of a group of transparent tunicates belonging to the class Appendicularia (subphylum Tunicata, phylum ...
larval
/lahr"veuhl/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or in the form of a larva. 2. Also, larvate /lahr"vayt/. (of a disease) masked; not clearly defined. [1650-60; < L larvalis. See LARVA, ...
larvicidal
See larvicide. * * *
larvicide
—larvicidal, adj. /lahr"veuh suyd'/, n. an agent for killing larvae. [1895-1900; LARV(A) + -I- + -CIDE] * * *
larviparous
/lahr vip"euhr euhs/, adj. Zool. producing larvae, as certain insects and mollusks. [1805-15; LARV(A) + -I- + -PAROUS] * * *
larvivorous
/lahr viv"euhr euhs/, adj. larva-eating. [LARV(A) + -I- + -VOROUS] * * *
Larwood, Harold
▪ 1996       British cricketer (b. Nov. 14, 1904, Nuncargate, Nottinghamshire, England—d. July 22, 1995, Sydney, Australia), pummeled the Australian side with his ...
laryng-
var. of laryngo- before a vowel: laryngectomy. * * *
laryngeal
—laryngeally, adv. /leuh rin"jee euhl, lar'euhn jee"euhl/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or located in the larynx. 2. Phonet. articulated in the larynx. n. 3. Phonet. a laryngeal ...
laryngeal cancer
Malignant tumour of the larynx. The larynx is affected by both benign and malignant tumours. Squamous-cell carcinoma, the most common laryngeal malignancy, is associated with ...
laryngeal hemiplegia
▪ equine disease       in horses, partial or complete paralysis of muscles controlling the vocal fold and other components of the larynx as a result of degeneration of ...
laryngealize
—laryngealization, n. /leuh rin"jee euh luyz', -jeuh luyz', lar'euhn jee"euh luyz'/, v.t., laryngealized, laryngealizing. to pronounce with accompanying constriction of the ...
laryngectomy
/lar'euhn jek"teuh mee/, n., pl. laryngectomies. Surg. excision of part or all of the larynx. [1885-90; LARYNG- + -ECTOMY] * * *
larynges
la·ryn·ges (lə-rĭnʹjēz) n. A plural of larynx. * * *
laryngitic
See laryngitis. * * *
laryngitis
—laryngitic /lar'euhn jit"ik/, adj. /lar'euhn juy"tis/, n. Pathol. inflammation of the larynx, often with accompanying sore throat, hoarseness or loss of voice, and dry ...
laryngo-
a combining form representing larynx in compound words: laryngotomy. Also, esp. before a vowel, laryng-. [comb. form repr. NL larynx, Gk lárynx (s. laryng-) LARYNX; see -O-] * * ...
laryngologist
See laryngology. * * *
laryngology
—laryngological /leuh ring'geuh loj"i keuhl/, laryngologic, adj. —laryngologist, n. /lar'ing gol"euh jee/, n. the branch of medicine dealing with the larynx. [1835-45; ...
laryngopharyngeal
/leuh ring'goh feuh rin"jee euhl, -jeuhl, -far'in jee"euhl/, adj. of, pertaining to, or involving the larynx and pharynx. [1870-75; LARYNGO- + PHARYNGEAL] * * *
laryngopharynx
/leuh ring'goh far"ingks/, n., pl. laryngopharynges /-feuh rin"jeez/, laryngopharynxes. Anat. the lower part of the pharynx, above the larynx. [1895-1900; LARYNGO- + PHARYNX] * * ...
laryngoscope
—laryngoscopic /leuh ring'geuh skop"ik/, adj. —laryngoscopist /lar'ing gos"keuh pist/, n. /leuh ring"geuh skohp'/, n. Med. a rigid or flexible endoscope passed through the ...
laryngoscopic
See laryngoscope. * * *
laryngoscopical
See laryngoscopic. * * *
laryngoscopically
See laryngoscopic. * * *
laryngoscopy
/lar'ing gos"keuh pee/, n., pl. laryngoscopies. Med. an examination by means of a laryngoscope. [1860-65; LARYNGO- + -SCOPY] * * *
laryngotomy
/lar"ing got"euh mee/, n., pl. laryngotomies. Surg. incision of the larynx. [1655-65; LARYNGO- + -TOMY] * * *
laryngotracheal
/leuh ring'goh tray"kee euhl/, adj. of, pertaining to, or involving the larynx and trachea. [1875-80; LARYNGO- + TRACHEAL] * * *
larynx
/lar"ingks/, n., pl. larynges /leuh rin"jeez/, larynxes. 1. Anat. a muscular and cartilaginous structure lined with mucous membrane at the upper part of the trachea in humans, in ...
Las
(as used in expressions) Las Casas Bartolomé de Las Navas de Tolosa Battle of Las Palmas Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Las Vegas * * *
Las Alpujarras
▪ district, Spain       mountainous district spanning Granada and Almería provincias (provinces), in the Andalusia comunidad autónoma (autonomous community), ...
Las Bela
▪ district, Pakistan also spelled  Lasbela,         district of Kalāt division, Balochistān province, Pakistan. A former princely state, it has an area of 7,048 sq ...
Las Casas
/lahs kah"sahs/ Bartolomé de /bahrdd'taw law me" dhe/, 1474-1566, Spanish Dominican missionary and historian in the Americas. * * *
Las Casas, Bartolomé de
born August 1474, Sevilla? died July 17, 1566, Madrid Spanish historian and missionary, called the Apostle of the Indies. He sailed on Christopher Columbus's third voyage ...
Las Casas, Bartoloméde
Las Ca·sas (läs käʹsəs, -säs), Bartolomé de. Known as “Apostle of the Indies.” 1474-1566. Spanish missionary and historian who sought to abolish the oppression and ...
Las Cases, Emmanuel, Count (comte) de
▪ French historian in full  Emmanuel-augustin-dieudonné-joseph, Count De Las Cases   born June 21, 1766, Languedoc, France died May 15, 1842, Passy       French ...
Las Cruces
/lahs krooh"sis/ a city in S New Mexico, on the Rio Grande. 45,086. * * * ▪ New Mexico, United States       city, seat (1852) of Doña Ana county, southern New Mexico, ...
Las Hurdes
▪ region, Spain       region in Cáceres provincia (province), in the Extremadura comunidad autónoma (autonomous community), western Spain. The high plateau of ...
Las Marismas
▪ region, Spain       coastal marshes along the Guadalquivir estuary in the comunidad autónoma (autonomous community) of Andalusia, southern Spain. The region extends ...
Las Navas de Tolosa, Battle of
or Battle of Al-ʽUqāb (July 16, 1212) Major battle of the Christian reconquest of Spain. It occurred during a Christian Crusade against the Muslim Almohad dynasty. Led by ...
Las Palmas
/lahs pahl"mahs/ a seaport on NE Gran Canaria, in the central Canary Islands. 287,038. * * * or Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Seaport city (pop., 2001: 354,863), northeastern ...
Las Piedras
▪ Uruguay       city, southern Uruguay. It is situated in a wine-growing district just north of Montevideo. It was the site of a decisive battle (1811) in Uruguay's ...
Las Posadas
▪ Mexican festival Spanish“The Inns”       religious festival celebrated in Mexico between December 16 and 24. Las Posadas commemorates the journey that Joseph ...
Las Tablas
▪ Panama       town, southwestern Panama, on the coastal lowland of the Azuero Peninsula a few miles west of its port, Mensabé, on the Gulf of Panama. Founded as a ...
Las Vegas
/lahs vay"geuhs/ 1. a city in SE Nevada. 164,674. 2. a city in central New Mexico. 14,322. * * * City (pop., 2000: 478,434), southeastern Nevada, U.S. It is famous for its ...
Las Vegas night
an evening of casino-style gambling, usually sponsored by a charitable, religious, or other fund-raising organization. [1970-75] * * *
las-
To be eager, wanton, or unruly. 1. a. lust, from Old English lust, lust; b. wanderlust, from Old High German lust, desire; c. list5, from Old English lystan, to please, satisfy a ...
Lasa
/lah"seuh, -sah, las"euh/, n. Pinyin, Wade-Giles. Lhasa. * * *
lasagna
/leuh zahn"yeuh, lah-/, n. 1. large, flat, rectangular strips of pasta. 2. a baked dish consisting of layers of this pasta, cheese, tomato sauce, and usually meat. Also, ...
LaSal Mountains
▪ mountains, Utah, United States       laccolithic segment of the Colorado Plateau, extending across San Juan and Grand counties in eastern Utah, U.S. Of volcanic ...
LaSalle
LaSalle [lə sal′; ] Fr [ lȧ sȧl′] 〚after LA SALLE Sieur Robert Cavelier de〛 city in S Quebec, Canada, on Montreal Island: pop. 72,000 * * * La Salle (lə sălʹ, ...
lascar
/las"keuhr/, n. 1. an East Indian sailor. 2. Anglo-Indian. an artilleryman. Also, lashkar. [1615-25; < Pg, short for lasquarin soldier < Urdu lashkari < Pers, equiv. to lashkar ...
Lascaris, Constantine
▪ Byzantine grammarian born 1434, Constantinople, Byzantine Empire [now Istanbul, Turkey] died 1501, Messina, Sicily [Italy]       Byzantine exile, primarily a ...
Lascaris, John
▪ Greek scholar also called  Janus Lascaris   born c. 1445, , Constantinople, Byzantine Empire [now Istanbul, Turkey] died c. 1535, , Rome, Papal States ...
Lascaux
Lascaux [las kō′] cave in the Dordogne region, SW France, containing Upper Paleolithic paintings and engravings * * * Las·caux (lă-skōʹ) A cave of southwest France in ...
Lascaux Cave
/lanns koh"/ a cave in Lascaux, France, discovered in 1940 and containing exceptionally fine Paleolithic wall paintings and engravings thought to date to Magdalenian times ...
Lascaux Grotto
Cave near Montignac, Fr. , that contains perhaps the most outstanding known display of prehistoric art. Discovered in 1940, it consists of a main cavern and several steep ...
Lasch, Christopher
▪ 1995       U.S. social critic and academic (b. June 1, 1932, Omaha, Neb.—d. Feb. 14, 1994, Pittsford, N.Y.), penned stinging indictments of contemporary American ...
lascivious
—lasciviously, adv. —lasciviousness, n. /leuh siv"ee euhs/, adj. 1. inclined to lustfulness; wanton; lewd: a lascivious, girl-chasing old man. 2. arousing sexual desire: ...
lasciviously
See lascivious. * * *
lasciviousness
See lasciviously. * * *
LasCruces
Las Cru·ces (läs kro͞oʹsĭs) A city of southern New Mexico on the Rio Grande north-northwest of El Paso, Texas. Irrigated farming and the nearby White Sands Missile Range ...
Lasdun, Sir Denys Louis
▪ 2002       British architect (b. Sept. 8, 1914, London, Eng.—d. Jan. 11, 2001, London), was one of Great Britain's most prominent New Brutalist architects, noted for ...
lase
/layz/, v.i., lased, lasing. Optics. to give off coherent light, as in a laser. [1960-65; back formation from LASER] * * *
laser
/lay"zeuhr/, n. Physics. a device that produces a nearly parallel, nearly monochromatic, and coherent beam of light by exciting atoms to a higher energy level and causing them to ...
laser beam
a beam of radiation produced from a laser, used in surgery, communications, weapons systems, printing, recording and various industrial processes. [1960-65] * * *
laser chemistry
the use of a laser to initiate and control chemical reactions. [1975-80] * * *
laser disk
Computers, Television. See optical disk. [1980-85] * * *
Laser Interferometer Space Antenna
▪ spacecraft  joint U.S.-European group of three spacecraft that are designed to search for gravitational radiation.       LISA is scheduled for launch in 2015 and ...
laser printer
—laser printing. Computers. a high-speed printer that uses a laser to form dot-matrix patterns and an electrostatic process to fuse metallic particles to paper a page at a ...
laser surgery
the surgical use of lasers. [1965-70] * * *
lasercooling
laser cooling n. The slowing down of atoms or molecules by the use of a laser whose frequency has been adjusted to remove momentum from the particles. * * *
laserdisc
laserdisc [lā′zərdisk΄] n. a videodisc on which audio and video signals are recorded in the form of microscopic pits, which are read by a laser beam: also laserdisk, laser ...
laserdisk
laser disk n. See optical disk. * * *
laserprinter
laser printer n. A printer that uses a laser to produce an image on a rotating drum before electrostatically transferring the image to paper. * * *
laserradar
laser radar n. See lidar. * * *
laserscope
/lay"zeuhr skohp'/, n. a surgical instrument that employs a laser beam to destroy diseased tissue or to create small channels; used to open clogged arteries and, in ...
lasersight
laser sight n. A firearm sight that uses laser to indicate the point of impact. * * *
lasertrap
laser trap n. A device made of magnetic coils and tuned lasers in which atoms or particles are slowed and then confined to a small region of space. A laser trap is used to form a ...
lasertuning
laser tuning n. A technique by which a laser's output frequency is adjusted to fall within a specific range of values, used in all semiconductor lasers. * * *
lash
lash1 —lasher, n. —lashingly, adv. —lashless, adj. /lash/, n. 1. the flexible part of a whip; the section of cord or the like forming the extremity of a whip. 2. a swift ...
LASH
/lash/, n. an ocean-going vessel equipped with special cranes and holds for lifting and stowing cargo-carrying barges that can be sailed up inland waterways or into port ...
lash line
a rope or cord for lashing together the edges of two flats or other pieces of theatrical scenery. [1930-35] * * *
lash rail
Naut. a rail, solidly fixed to the bulwarks of a vessel, to which objects on deck can be lashed. * * *
lash-up
lash-up [lash′up΄] n. 〚< lash up, to fasten
lashed
/lasht/, adj. having lashes or eyelashes, esp. of a specified kind or description (usually used in combination): long-lashed blue eyes. [1770-80; LASH1 + -ED3] * * *
lasher
See lash1,2. * * *
lashing
lashing1 /lash"ing/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that lashes. 2. a whipping with or as if with a lash. 3. a severe scolding; tongue-lashing. [1350-1400; ME; see LASH1, ...
lashings
/lash"ingz/, n. (used with a pl. v.) Chiefly Brit. Informal. an abundance; plenty (usually fol. by of): strawberries with lashings of cream. [1820-30; LASH1 (def. 16) + -ING1 + ...
Lashio
/lahsh"yoh/, n. a town in N Burma (Myanmar), NE of Mandalay: the SW terminus of the Burma Road. * * *
lashkar
/lash"keuhr/, n. lascar. * * *
Lashkar
/lush"keuhr/, n. the modern part of Gwalior city in N India: capital of former Gwalior state. * * *
Lashley, Karl S(pencer)
born June 7, 1890, Davis, W.Va., U.S. died Aug. 7, 1958, Paris, France U.S. psychologist. He taught at the Universities of Minnesota (1920–29) and Chicago (1929–35) and at ...
Lashley, Karl S.
▪ American psychologist in full  Karl Spencer Lashley  born June 7, 1890, Davis, West Virginia, U.S. died August 7, 1958, Paris, France       American psychologist ...
lashup
/lash"up'/, n. Informal. 1. a hastily made or arranged device, organization, etc. 2. any improvised arrangement. Also, lash-up. [1895-1900; n. use of v. phrase lash up] * * *
LASIK
LASIK [lā′sik] n. 〚las(er-assisted) i(n situ) k(eratomileusis) < ModL keratomileusis, a cutting of the cornea
lasing
/lay"zing/, n. Optics. the generation of coherent light by a laser. [LASE + -ING1] * * *
Lasker
/lahs"keuhrdd/, n. Emanuel /ay mah"nooh el/, 1868-1941, German chess player, mathematician, and author. * * *
Lasker, Albert
▪ American businessman and philanthropist born , May 1, 1880, Freiburg, Ger. died May 30, 1952, New York, N.Y., U.S.       American advertising executive and ...
Lasker, Eduard
▪ Prussian politician born Oct. 14, 1829, Jarotschin, Posen, Prussia [now Poznań, Pol.] died Jan. 5, 1884, New York City  Prussian Liberal conspicuous for his opposition to ...
Lasker, Emanuel
born Dec. 24, 1868, Berlinchen, Prussia died Jan. 11, 1941, New York, N.Y., U.S. German chess master and mathematician. He first won the world chess championship in 1894 and ...
Lasker,Emanuel
Las·ker (lăsʹkər, läʹskər), Emanuel. 1868-1941. German chess master who was world champion from 1894 to 1920, the longest time the title has been held. * * *
Lasker-Schüler, Else
▪ German author original name  Else Schüler  born Feb. 11, 1869, Elberfeld, Ger. died Jan. 22, 1945, Jerusalem, Palestine       German poet, short-story writer, ...
Laski
/las"kee/, n. Harold Joseph, 1893-1950, English political scientist and writer. * * *
Laski, Harold J(oseph)
born June 30, 1893, Manchester, Eng. died March 24, 1950, London British political scientist, educator, and political leader. Educated at the University of Oxford, he taught at ...
Laski, Harold Joseph
▪ British political scientist born June 30, 1893, Manchester, England died March 24, 1950, London  British political scientist, educator, and prominent member of the British ...
Laski,Harold Joseph
Las·ki (lăsʹkē), Harold Joseph. 1893-1950. British political scientist and member of the Fabian Society who led the British Labor Party (1945-1946). * * *
Lasky, Melvin Jonah
▪ 2005       American editor (b. Jan. 15, 1920, New York, N.Y.—d. May 19, 2004, Berlin, Ger.), gained a reputation as an ardent soldier in the cultural Cold War while ...
Lasky,Jesse Louis
Las·ky (lăsʹkē), Jesse Louis. 1880-1958. American motion-picture producer who helped found Paramount studios (1933). The pictures he produced include Sergeant York (1941) ...
LasPalmas
Las Pal·mas (läs pälʹmäs) The chief city of the Canary Islands of Spain, on the northeast coast of Grand Canary Island. It was founded in the late 15th century. ...
Laspeyres index
▪ economics       index proposed by German economist Étienne Laspeyres (1834–1913) for measuring current prices (price) or quantities in relation to those of a ...
LaSpezia
La Spe·zia (lä spĕtʹsē-ə, spĕʹtsyä) A city of northwest Italy east-southeast of Genoa on the Gulf of La Spezia, an arm of the Ligurian Sea. The city is a major seaport ...
lass
/las/, n. 1. a girl or young woman, esp. one who is unmarried. 2. a female sweetheart: a young lad and his lass. [1250-1300; ME las, lasse, of uncert. orig.] * * *
Lassa
/lah"seuh, -sah, las"euh/, n. Older Spelling. Lhasa. * * *
Lassa fever
/lah"seuh/, Pathol. a highly contagious viral disease, largely confined to central West Africa, characterized by fever, difficulty in swallowing, and inflammation of the pharynx, ...
Lassafever
Las·sa fever (läʹsə, lăsʹə) n. An acute, often fatal viral disease endemic to West Africa and characterized by high fever, headache, ulcers of the mucous membranes, and ...
Lassalle
/leuh sal"/; Ger. /lah sahl"/, n. Ferdinand /ferr"dn and'/; Ger. /ferdd"di nahnt'/, 1825-64, German socialist and writer. * * *
Lassalle, Ferdinand
orig. Ferdinand Lasal born April 11, 1825, Breslau, Prussia died Aug. 31, 1864, near Geneva, Switz. German socialist, a founder of the German labour movement. He took part in ...
Lassalle,Ferdinand
Las·salle (lə-sălʹ, lä-sälʹ), Ferdinand. 1825-1864. German politician. A founder (1863) of the predecessor of the Social Democratic Party, he promoted the political ...
Lassell, William
▪ British astronomer born June 18, 1799, Bolton, Lancashire, Eng. died Oct. 5, 1880, Maidenhead, Berkshire       amateur English astronomer who discovered Ariel and ...
Lassen Peak
/las"euhn/ an active volcano in N California, in the S Cascade Range. 10,465 ft. (3190 m). Also called Mount Lassen. * * * or Mount Lassen Volcano, southern end of the Cascade ...
Lassen Volcanic National Park
a national park in N California, in the S Cascade Range, including Lassen Peak. 163 sq. mi. (422 sq. km). * * *
LassenPeak
Las·sen Peak (lăsʹən) A volcano, 3,188.2 m (10,453 ft) high, in the Cascade Range of northern California. It erupted intermittently from 1914 to 1921 after 200 years of ...
lassie
/las"ee/, n. a young girl; lass. [1715-25; LASS + -IE] * * *
lassitude
/las"i toohd', -tyoohd'/, n. 1. weariness of body or mind from strain, oppressive climate, etc.; lack of energy; listlessness; languor. 2. a condition of indolent indifference: ...
lasso
—lassoer, n. /las"oh, la sooh"/, n., pl. lassos, lassoes, v., lassoed, lassoing. n. 1. a long rope or line of hide or other material with a running noose at one end, used for ...
Lasso
/lah"soh/, n. Orlando di /dee/, (Orlandus Lassus), 1532-94, Flemish composer. * * *
Lasso, Orlando di
▪ Flemish composer Latin  Orlandus Lassus,  also called  Roland De Lassus  born 1530/32, Mons, Spanish Hainaut died June 14, 1594, Munich  Flemish composer whose music ...
lassoer
See lasso. * * *
Lassois, Mont
▪ ancient site, France       site of great Celtic fortifications near Châtillon-sur-Seine in the Côte-d'Or département, France. The hill-fort of Vix, on Mt. Lassois, ...
Lassus, Orlande de
or Orlando di Lasso or Roland de Lassus born 1530/32, Mons, Spanish Hainaut died June 14, 1594, Munich Flemish composer. He began as a choirboy (with such a beautiful voice ...
Lassus,Roland de
Las·sus (läʹsəs), Roland de or Orlande de 1532-1594. Flemish composer. His works include masses, motets, and madrigals. * * *
Lasswell, Harold Dwight
▪ American political scientist born February 13, 1902, Donnellson, Illinois, U.S. died December 18, 1978, New York, New York       influential political scientist known ...
last
last1 /last, lahst/, adj. a superl. of late with later as compar. 1. occurring or coming after all others, as in time, order, or place: the last line on a page. 2. most recent; ...
Last Gospel
Rom. Cath. Ch. in the order of service for the Mass, the final reading of a Gospel lesson. * * *
last hurrah
1. a politician's final campaign. 2. any final attempt, competition, performance, success, or the like: his last hurrah as a college football star. [from The Last Hurrah, a novel ...
Last Judgment
judgment (def. 8). [1550-60] * * * ▪ religion  a general, or sometimes individual, judging of the thoughts, words, and deeds of persons by God, the gods, or by the laws of ...
last mile
the distance walked by a condemned person from his or her cell to the place of execution. * * *
last minute
—last-minute, adj. /min"it/ the time just preceding a deadline or when some decisive action must be taken. [1915-20] * * *
Last Mountain Lake
Lake, southern central Saskatchewan, Canada. Draining southward into the Qu'Appelle River, and with an average width of 2 mi (3.2 km) and a length of 60 mi (96 km), it occupies ...
last name
surname (def. 1). [1895-1900] * * *
last names
➡ surnames * * *
Last Night of the Proms
the last performance of the Proms, the series of concerts of classical music held every year at the Albert Hall in London. The music in the second half traditionally consists of ...
Last of England
the best-known painting (1855) by Ford Madox Brown. It shows a young couple on a boat leaving England, and was painted at a time when many people were leaving the country to ...
Last of the Mohicans
a famous novel (1826) by the US writer James Fenimore Cooper. It was one of his Leatherstocking Tales about 18th-century life on the American frontier. It tells the story of ...
Last of the Mohicans, The
a historical novel (1826) by James Fenimore Cooper. Cf. Leather-Stocking Tales. * * *
Last of the Summer Wine
a BBC television comedy series about three old men (Compo, Clegg and Foggy) living in a Yorkshire village. It began in 1974 and has been running longer than any other comedy ...
last post.
See under post2 (def. 7). * * *
last quarter
Astron. the instant, approximately one week after a full moon, when half of the moon's disk is illuminated by the sun. See diag. under moon. * * *
last rites
Rom. Cath. Ch. See anointing of the sick. [1925-30] * * *
last straw
the last of a succession of irritations, incidents, remarks, etc., that leads to a loss of patience, a disaster, etc.: He has been late before, but this is the last ...
Last Supper
1. the supper of Jesus and His disciples on the eve of His Crucifixion. Cf. Lord's Supper (def. 1). 2. a work of art representing this. 3. (italics.)The, a mural (1495-98) by ...
Last Things
the subjects of eschatology: the second coming of Christ, the end of history, and the final destiny of the individual and humankind as a whole. [1470-80] * * *
last word
1. the closing remark or comment, as in an argument: By the rules of debate she would have the last word. 2. a final or definitive work, statement, etc.: This report is the last ...
last-born
/last"bawrn", lahst"-/, adj. 1. last in order of birth; youngest. n. 2. a last-born or youngest child. [1865-70] * * *
last-ditch
—last-ditcher, n. /last"ditch", lahst"-/, adj. 1. done finally in desperation to avoid defeat, failure, disaster, etc.: a last-ditch attempt to avert war. 2. fought with every ...
last-gasp
last-gasp (lăstʹgăspʹ) adj. Undertaken as a final recourse; last-ditch.   last gasp n. * * *
last-in
last-in or first-out [last′in′ fʉrst′out′] n. LIFO * * *
last-in, first-out
/last"in", ferrst"owt", lahst"-/ 1. an inventory plan based on the assumption that materials constituting manufacturing costs should be carried on the books at the market price ...
last-in,first-out
last-in, first-out (lăstʹĭnʹ fûrstʹoutʹ) n. A method of inventory accounting in which the most recently acquired items are assumed to have been the first sold. In a period ...
last-minute
See last minute. * * *
Lastex
/las"teks/, Trademark. a brand of yarn made from a core of latex rubber covered with fabric strands. * * *
lastgasp
See last-gasp. * * *
lasthurrah
last hurrah n. A final appearance or effort, especially at the end of a career: a reelection campaign that was expected to be her last hurrah.   [After The Last Hurrah, a novel ...
lasting
—lastingly, adv. —lastingness, n. /las"ting, lah"sting/, adj. 1. continuing or enduring a long time; permanent; durable: a lasting friendship. n. 2. a strong, durable, ...
lastingly
See lasting. * * *
lastingness
See lastingly. * * *
LastJudgment
Last Judgment (lăst) n. The final judgment by God of all humankind, especially as envisioned in Christian, Jewish, and Islamic scriptures. * * *
lastlaugh
last laugh n. Ultimate success or victory, achieved after an apparent failure or loss: After all was said and done, our competitors had the last laugh: they cornered the ...
lastly
/last"lee, lahst"-/, adv. in conclusion; in the last place; finally. [1325-75; ME lestely. See LAST1, -LY] * * *
Lastman, Pieter
▪ Dutch artist born 1583, Amsterdam   buried April 4, 1633, Amsterdam, Neth.  Dutch painter of biblical and mythological scenes in antique landscapes who had a strong ...
lastminute
last minute n. The period just before a significant or concluding moment such as a deadline, due date, or scheduled event: always waits until the last minute to do his holiday ...
lastname
last name n. See surname. * * *
lastrites
last rites pl.n. Rites performed for a person in danger of dying or in connection with burial, as the Anointing of the Sick in the Roman Catholic Church. * * *
laststraw
last straw n. The last of a series of annoyances or disappointments that leads one to a final loss of patience, temper, trust, or hope.   [From the proverb “It's the last ...
LastSupper
Last Supper n. Jesus's supper with his disciples on the night before his crucifixion, at which he instituted the Eucharist. Also called Lord's Supper. * * *
lastword
last word n. 1. The final statement in a verbal argument. 2. a. A conclusive or authoritative statement or treatment: The report was considered to be the last word on the ...
LasVegas
Las Ve·gas (läs vāʹgəs) A city of southeast Nevada near the California and Arizona borders. It is a major tourist center known for its casinos. Population: 258,295. * * *
László, P.A. de
▪ British painter in full  Philip Alexius de László de Lombos  born April 28, 1869, Budapest died Nov. 22, 1937, Hampstead, Eng.       naturalized British painter ...
lat
lat1 /laht/, n., pl. lats, lati /lah"tee/. a former silver coin of Latvia, equal to 100 santimi. [1920-25; < Latvian lats, equiv. to Lat(vija) Latvia + -s nom. sing. n. ...
lât
/laht/, n. Archit. (in India) a monolithic stamba. [1790-1800; < Hindi lat, lath] * * *
Lāt, al-
Northern Arabian goddess of pre-Islamic times. A stone cube near Mecca was held sacred as part of her cult. Two other northern Arabian goddesses, Manāt and al-ʽUzzā, are ...
Lat.
Latin. * * *
lat.
latitude. * * *
Latacunga
▪ Ecuador       city, north-central Ecuador, in an Andean basin on the upper Patate River at an elevation of 9,055 ft (2,760 m). Latacunga lies 20 mi (32 km) southwest ...
latah
/lah"teuh/, n. a pattern of neurotic behavior, usually induced by a startle, first discovered in Malaya, and characterized by the compulsive imitation of the actions and words of ...
Latakia
/lat'euh kee"euh/ or, esp. for 1, /lah'tah kee"ah/, n. 1. Ancient, Laodicea. a seaport in NW Syria, on the Mediterranean. 191,329. 2. a coastal district in Syria, in the W part. ...
latch
/lach/, n. 1. a device for holding a door, gate, or the like, closed, consisting basically of a bar falling or sliding into a catch, groove, hole, etc. v.t. 2. to close or fasten ...
latch hook
a hand-held tool similar to a latch needle, used for drawing loops of yarn through canvas or similar material to make rugs and the like. * * *
latch needle
a part of a knitting machine consisting of a thin shaft with a hook on one end and a pivoting latch that closes over the hook so that yarn can be drawn through the developing ...
latchet
/lach"it/, n. Archaic. a strap or lace used to fasten a shoe. [1300-50; ME lachet < MF, dial. var. of lacet. See LACE, -ET] * * *
latching
/lach"ing/, n. any of the loops by which a bonnet is attached to a sail. [1325-75; ME; see LATCH, -ING1] * * *
latchkey
/lach"kee'/, n., pl. latchkeys. a key for releasing a latch or springlock, esp. on an outer door. [1815-25; LATCH + KEY1] * * *
latchkey child
a child who must spend at least part of the day alone and unsupervised, as when the parents are away at work. Also called door-key child. [1940-45; so called because such a child ...
latchkeychild
latchkey child n. A usually school-age child who regularly spends part of the day unsupervised at home while the parents are at work. * * *
latchstring
/lach"string'/, n. a string passed through a hole in a door, for raising the latch from the outside. [1785-95; LATCH + STRING] * * *
late
—lateness, n. /layt/, adj., later or latter, latest or last, adv. later, latest. adj. 1. occurring, coming, or being after the usual or proper time: late frosts; a late ...
late blight
Plant Pathol. a disease of plants, esp. potatoes, celery, etc., characterized by spotting, blighting, and withering or decay of the entire plant, caused by any of several fungi, ...
late bloomer
a person whose talents or capabilities are slow to develop: A late bloomer, she wrote her first novel when she was almost 50. * * *
late charge
a penalty charge in addition to the regularly scheduled payment, as of a loan, if such payment has not been made when due. * * *
Late Greek
the Greek of the early Byzantine Empire and of patristic literature, from about A.D. 100 to 700. Abbr.: LGk * * *
Late Latin
the Latin of the late Western Roman Empire and of patristic literature, from about A.D. 150 to 700. Abbr.: LL * * *
late licence
➡ licensing laws * * *
Late Show with David Letterman
▪ American television program       American late-night talk show hosted by comedian David Letterman (Letterman, David) that began airing on the Columbia Broadcasting ...
late wood
summerwood. [1925-30] * * *
late-blooming
/layt"blooh"ming/, adj. 1. of or characteristic of a late bloomer: late-blooming brilliance. 2. late in coming about or showing full development: the country's late-blooming ...
late-night
/layt"nuyt'/, adj. of or occurring late at night: a late-night TV talk show. [1880-85] * * *
late-term
late-term (lātʹtûrm') adj. Occurring or performed after the twentieth week of gestation in humans. * * *
lateblight
late blight n. A disease of potato plants caused by the fungus Phytophthora infestans and characterized by decay of the foliage and tubers. * * *
Latécoère, Pierre
▪ French aircraft manufacturer born 1883, Bagnères-de-Bigorre, Fr. died Aug. 11, 1943, Paris       French aircraft manufacturer who aided the development of ...
latecomer
/layt"kum'euhr/, n. a person who arrives late: The latecomers were seated after the overture. [1865-70; LATE + COMER] * * *
lated
/lay"tid/, adj. Literary. belated. [1585-95; LATE + -ED2] * * *
lateen
/la teen", leuh-/, adj. pertaining to or having a lateen sail or sails. [1720-30; < F (voile) latine Latin (sail)] * * *
lateen sail
a triangular sail set on a long sloping yard, used esp. on the Mediterranean Sea. [1720-30] * * * ▪ sail       triangular sail that was of decisive importance to ...
lateen-rigged
/la teen"rigd', leuh-/, adj. having lateen sails. [1875-80] * * *
LateGreek
Late Greek (lāt) n. The Greek language as used in late antiquity and the early Byzantine period. * * *
LateHebrew
Late Hebrew n. The Hebrew language as used in the Mishnaic and medieval periods. * * *
LateLatin
Late Latin n. The Latin language as used from the third to the seventh century A.D. * * *
lately
/layt"lee/, adv. of late; recently; not long since: He has been very grouchy lately. [bef. 1000; ME latli; OE laetlice; see LATE, -LY] * * *
laten
/layt"n/, v.t., v.i. to make or become late. [1875-80; LATE + -EN1] * * *
latency
/layt"n see/, n., pl. latencies. 1. the state of being latent. 2. Computers. the time required to locate the first bit or character in a storage location, expressed as access ...
latency period
1. Psychoanal. the stage of personality development, extending from about four or five years of age to the beginning of puberty, during which sexual urges appear to lie ...
latencyperiod
latency period n. 1. The fourth stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory, from about five years to puberty, during which a child apparently represses sexual ...
lateness
See late. * * *
latensify
—latensification /lay ten'seuh fi kay"sheuhn/, n. /lay ten"seuh fuy'/, v.t., latensified, latensifying. Photog. to increase the developability of (the latent image on a film or ...
latent
—latently, adv. /layt"nt/, adj. 1. present but not visible, apparent, or actualized; existing as potential: latent ability. 2. Pathol. (of an infectious agent or disease) ...
latent ambiguity
Law. uncertainty that arises when a seemingly clear written instrument is matched against an extrinsic fact, as when a description of something being sold fits two different ...
latent content
Psychoanal. the hidden meaning of a fantasy or dream, discoverable by analysis of the content of the dream. * * *
latent function
Sociol. any function of an institution or other social phenomenon that is unintentional and often unrecognized. Cf. manifest function. [1945-50] * * *
latent heat
Physics. heat absorbed or radiated during a change of phase at constant temperature and pressure. Cf. heat of fusion, heat of vaporization. [1750-60] * * * Characteristic amount ...
latent image
Photog. an invisible image, produced on a sensitized emulsion by exposure to light, that will emerge in development. * * * ▪ photography       in photography, the ...
latent period
1. Also, latency period. Pathol. the interval between exposure to a carcinogen, toxin, or disease-causing organism and development of a consequent disease. 2. Physiol. the ...
latent root
Math., Now Rare. See characteristic root (def. 2). [1880-85] * * *
latent strabismus
Ophthalm. the tendency, controllable by muscular effort, for one or both eyes to exhibit strabismus. * * *
latentheat
latent heat n. The quantity of heat absorbed or released by a substance undergoing a change of state, such as ice changing to water or water to steam, at constant temperature and ...
latently
See latent. * * *
latentperiod
latent period n. 1. The interval between exposure to an infectious organism or a carcinogen and the clinical appearance of disease. 2. The interval between stimulus and ...
later
later [lāt′ər] adj. alt. compar. of LATE adv. at a later time; after some time; subsequently —————— later on subsequently * * * lat·er (lāʹtər) adj. ...
Later Han
the Han dynasty after the interregnum A.D. 9-25. Cf. Han (def. 1), Earlier Han. * * *
Later Le dynasty
(1428–1788) Greatest and longest-lasting dynasty of traditional Vietnam. Its founder, Le Loi, drove the Chinese out of Vietnam and began the process of recovering the southern ...
Later Ly dynasty
▪ Vietnamese history Vietnamese  Nha Hau Ly        (1009–1225), first of the three great dynasties of Vietnam. The kingdom, known later as Dai Viet, was established ...
laterad
/lat"euh rad'/, adv. Anat. toward the side. [1805-15; < L later- (s. of latus side) + -AD3] * * *
lateral
—laterally, adv. /lat"euhr euhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to the side; situated at, proceeding from, or directed to a side: a lateral view. 2. pertaining to or entailing a ...
lateral bud
Bot. See axillary bud. [1890-95] * * *
lateral canal
1. a canal running parallel to a stream that is inconvenient or impossible to navigate. 2. one of a number of irrigation canals distributing water from a main canal. * * *
lateral chain
Chem. See side chain. * * *
lateral fissure
Anat. the fissure separating the frontal, temporal, and parietal lobes of the cerebrum. Also called fissure of Sylvius, Sylvian fissure. * * *
lateral line
the line, or system of lines, of sensory structures along the head and sides of fishes and amphibians, by which the animal is believed to detect water current and pressure ...
lateral line system
▪ biology also called  lateralis system   a system of tactile sense organs (senses), unique to aquatic vertebrates (vertebrate) from cyclostome fishes (cyclostome) ...
lateral lisp
Phonet. See under lisp (def. 2). * * *
lateral magnification
Optics. the ratio of the height of the image to the height of the object in a lens or other optical system. Also called transverse magnification. * * *
lateral meristem
meristem located along the sides of a part, as a stem or root. * * *
lateral moraine
Geol. a moraine formed at the side of a glacier. * * *
lateral pass
Football. a short pass thrown or tossed parallel to the line of scrimmage or slightly backward from the position of the passer. [1930-35] * * *
lateral resistance
Naval Archit. resistance to sidewise motion caused by wind pressure, supplied by the immersed portion of a hull of a vessel. * * *
lateral secretion
▪ geology       geological process by which ore minerals dissolved from wall rocks by percolating waters are redeposited in nearby openings. Put forth in 1847, the ...
lateral system
a system of coding navigational aids by shape, color, and number, according to the side of a channel they occupy and their relative position along that side. Cf. cardinal ...


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