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lead glass
/led/ glass containing lead oxide. [1855-60] * * *
lead glaze
/led/, Ceram. a siliceous glaze containing lead oxide as a flux. [1835-45] * * *
lead line
/led/, Naut. a line by which a lead is lowered into the water to take soundings: in deep-sea practice, divided into levels one fathom apart, variously treated as marks and ...
lead monoxide
/led/, Chem. litharge. [1905-10] * * *
lead oxide
/led/ 1. litharge. 2. any oxide of lead, as red lead. * * *
lead pencil
/led/ a writing or drawing implement made of graphite in a wooden or metal holder. [1680-90] * * *
lead poisoning
/led/ 1. Pathol. a. a toxic condition produced by ingestion, inhalation, or skin absorption of lead or lead compounds, resulting in various dose-related symptoms including ...
lead processing
Introduction       preparation of the ore for use in various products.       Lead (Pb) is one of the oldest metals known, being one of seven metals used in the ...
lead screw
/leed/ (on a lathe) a rotating horizontal screw for moving the tool carriage along the work at a constant rate. * * *
lead sheet
/leed/ a copy of a song containing the melody line, sometimes along with the lyrics and the notations indicating the harmonic structure. [1940-45, Amer.] * * *
lead tetraethyl
/led/, Chem. tetraethyllead. * * *
lead time
/leed/ the period of time between the initial phase of a process and the emergence of results, as between the planning and completed manufacture of a product. Also, ...
lead track
/leed/ a track connecting a railroad yard or facility with a main line or running track. * * *
lead tree
/led/ any of several tropical trees or shrubs belonging to the genus Leucaena, of the legume family, esp. L. glauca, having pinnate leaves and white flowers. [1860-65] * * *
lead white
/led/ a poisonous pigment used in painting, consisting of white lead and characterized chiefly by a fugitive white color, covering power, and tough, flexible film-forming ...
lead-210 dating
Method of dating that makes use of the ratio of the amount of the radioactive isotope lead-210 to that of the stable isotope lead-206. The method has been applied to the ores of ...
/led"free"/, adj. unleaded. Also, nonleaded. [1945-50] * * *
/leed"in'/, n. 1. something that leads in or introduces; introduction; opening. 2. Radio, Television. a. the connection between an antenna and a transmitter or receiving set. b. ...
/leed"awf', -of'/, adj. leading off or beginning: the lead-off item on the agenda. [1885-90; adj. use of v. phrase lead off] * * *
lead-out (lēdʹout') n. A program, as on television, scheduled to follow another: “ [Viewers] also stay around for the 11:30 movie lead-out” (Edwin Diamond). * * *
lead-pipe cinch
/led"puyp'/, Slang. 1. an absolute certainty: It's a lead-pipe cinch they'll be there. 2. something very easy to accomplish: Getting him elected will be a lead-pipe ...
lead-time (lēdʹtīm') n. The time between the initial stage of a project or policy and the appearance of results: a long lead-time in oil production because of the need for new ...
/leed"up'/, n. something that provides an approach to or preparation for an event or situation. [1950-55; n. use of v. phrase lead up (to)] * * *
lead acetate (lĕd) n. A poisonous white crystalline compound, Pb(C2H3O2)2·3H2O, used in hair dyes, waterproofing compounds, and varnishes. Also called sugar of lead. * * *
lead arsenate (lĕd) n. A poisonous white crystalline compound, Pb3(AsO4)2, used in insecticides and herbicides. * * *
/led"bel'ee/, n. See Ledbetter, Huddie. * * * orig. Huddie William Ledbetter born с Jan. 21, 1885?, Mooringsport, La., U.S. died Dec. 6, 1949, New York, N.Y. U.S. folk blues ...
lead carbonate (lĕd) n. A poisonous white amorphous powder, PbCO3, used as a paint pigment. * * *
lead chromate (lĕd) n. A poisonous yellow crystalline compound, PbCrO4, used as a paint pigment. * * *
lead colic (lĕd) n. See painter's colic. * * *
lead dioxide (lĕd) n. A poisonous brown crystalline compound, PbO2, used as an oxidizing agent in electrodes, batteries, and explosives. * * *
/led"id/, adj. (of gasoline) containing tetraethyllead. [1935-40; LEAD2 + -ED3] * * *
—leadenly, adv. —leadenness, n. /led"n/, adj. 1. inertly heavy like lead; hard to lift or move: a leaden weight; leaden feet. 2. dull, spiritless, or gloomy, as in mood or ...
See leaden. * * *
See leadenly. * * *
—leaderless, adj. /lee"deuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that leads. 2. a guiding or directing head, as of an army, movement, or political group. 3. Music. a. a conductor or ...
leader block
Naut. See lead block. * * *
leader board
a display of those leading in a contest, as a golf tournament. * * *
leader cable
Naut. a submarine cable laid along a channel and emitting signals that a vessel can follow when visibility is poor. * * *
leader head
a boxlike head of a downspout connected to a gutter. * * *
Leader of the House
n a member of the government who is officially responsible for arranging and announcing the programme of business in the British parliament each week. There is a Leader of the ...
Leader of the Opposition
n the leader of the largest political party opposing the government in the British House of Commons, who is also in charge of the Shadow Cabinet. * * *
lead·er·board (lēʹdər-bôrd', -bōrd') n. A board that displays the leaders in a competition. * * *
Leaders of Germany
▪ Table Leaders of Germany Kaisers of the German Empire William I (of Prussia) 1871-88 Frederick III 1888 William II 1888-1918 Presidents of the German ...
Leaders of Ireland since 1922
▪ Table Leaders of Ireland since 1922 name term William Thomas Cosgrave (Cosgrave, William Thomas) 1922–32 Eamon de Valera (de Valera, Eamon) 1932–48 John Costello ...
Leaders of Muscovy, Russia, the Russian Empire, and the Soviet Union
▪ Table Leaders of Muscovy, Russia, the Russian Empire, and the Soviet Union Princes and grand princes of Moscow (Muscovy): Danilovich dynasty* Daniel (son of Alexander ...
/lee"deuhr ship'/, n. 1. the position or function of a leader: He managed to maintain his leadership of the party despite heavy opposition. 2. ability to lead: She displayed ...
/led"foot'/, n., pl. leadfoots, leadfeet. Informal. a person who drives a motor vehicle too fast, esp. habitually. [LEAD2 + FOOT] * * *
/led"foot"id/, adj. Informal. 1. awkward; clumsy. 2. tending to drive too fast. [1955-60; LEAD2 + FOOTED] * * *
lead glass (lĕd) n. See flint glass. * * *
leading1 —leadingly, adv. /lee"ding/, adj. 1. chief; principal; most important; foremost: a leading toy manufacturer. 2. coming in advance of others; first: We rode in the ...
leading article
/lee"ding/, Journalism. 1. Also called leader. the most important or prominent news story in a newspaper. 2. Brit. leader (def. 5b). [1800-10] * * *
leading block
/lee"ding/, Naut. See lead block. [1855-60] * * *
leading coefficient
/lee"ding/, Math. the coefficient of the term of highest degree in a given polynomial. 5 is the leading coefficient in 5x3 + 3x2 - 2x + 1. * * *
leading edge
—leading-edge, adj. /lee"ding/ 1. Aeron. the edge of an airfoil or propeller blade facing the direction of motion. 2. something that is or represents the most advanced or ...
leading indicators
Econ. data that reflect current economic conditions and can suggest future developments or fluctuations in the nation's economy: issued, usually monthly, by the U.S. Bureau of ...
Leading International Tourist Destinations
▪ Table Leading International Tourist Destinations Number of tourist arrivals from abroad Destination 1994 1995 France 60,840,000 60,000,000  United ...
Leading International Tourist Destinations 1
▪ Table Number of tourist arrivals from abroad Destination 1993 1994 France 61,300,000 60,840,000 United States ...
Leading International Tourist Destinations, Table
▪ Table Number of tourist arrivals from abroad Destination 1992 1993{1} France 59,590,000 ...
leading lady
/lee"ding/ an actress who plays the principal female role in a motion picture or play. [1870-75] * * *
leading light
/lee"ding/ an important or influential person: a leading light of the community. [1870-75] * * *
leading man
/lee"ding/ an actor who plays the principal male role in a motion picture or play. [1695-1705] * * *
leading mark
/lee"ding/, Navig. either of two conspicuous objects regarded as points on a line (leading line) upon which a vessel can sail a safe course. [1795-1805] * * *
Leading Oil Countries, Table
▪ Table country cumulative reserves* undiscovered total oil production* resources* endowment* ...
leading question
/lee"ding/ a question so worded as to suggest the proper or desired answer. [1815-25] * * *
leading strings
/lee"ding/ 1. strings for leading and supporting a child learning to walk. 2. excessively restraining guidance: His parents tried to keep him in leading strings, but he finally ...
leading tone
/lee"ding/, Music. the seventh degree of a diatonic scale; subtonic. Also called leading note. [1910-15] * * *
leading wind
/lee"ding wind"/, Naut. a wind abeam or on the quarter, esp. one strong enough to be a good sailing wind. * * *
See leading edge. * * *
leadingeconomic indicator
lead·ing economic indicator (lēʹdĭng) n. An economic or financial variable that tends to move ahead of and in the same direction as general economic activity. * * *
lead·ing edge (lēʹdĭng) n. 1. Nautical. The edge of a sail that faces the wind. 2. The front edge of an airplane propeller blade or wing. 3. a. The foremost position in a ...
See leading1. * * *
lead·ing tone (lēʹdĭng) n. Music The seventh tone or degree of a scale that is a half tone below the tonic; a subtonic.   [From its tendency to lead into or rise to the ...
lead line (lĕd) n. See sounding line.   [From the use of lead weights for making soundings.] * * *
lead monoxide (lĕd) n. See litharge. * * *
/leed"awf', -of'/, n. 1. an act that starts something; start; beginning. 2. Baseball. the player who is first in the batting order or who is first to bat for a team in an ...
lead pencil (lĕd) n. A pencil that uses graphite as its marking substance. * * *
/led"plant', -plahnt'/, n. a North American shrub, Amorpha canescens, of the legume family, the leaves and twigs of which have a gray cast. [1825-35, Amer.; LEAD2 + PLANT] * * *
lead poisoning (lĕd) n. Acute or chronic poisoning by lead or any of its salts, with the acute form causing severe gastroenteritis and encephalopathy and the chronic form ...
/ledz"meuhn/, n., pl. leadsmen. a sailor who sounds with a lead line. [1500-10; LEAD2 + 'S1 + MAN] * * *
lead tetraethyl (lĕd) n. Tetraethyl lead. * * *
/led"vil/, n. a town in central Colorado: historic mining boom town. 3879. * * * ▪ Colorado, United States       city, seat (1878) of Lake county, central Colorado, ...
▪ metalwork       sculpture, ornamental objects, and architectural coverings and fittings made of lead. Although the ease with which lead is smelted from lead ores ...
/led"werrt', -wawrt'/, n. any plant or shrub of the genus Plumbago, having spikes of blue, white, or red flowers. [1855-60; LEAD2 + WORT2] * * *
leadwort family
the plant family Plumbaginaceae, characterized by shrubs and herbaceous plants of seacoasts and semiarid regions, having basal or alternate leaves, spikelike clusters of tubular ...
/led"ee/, adj., leadier, leadiest. like lead; leaden. [1350-1400; ME leedy. See LEAD2, -Y1] * * *
—leafless, adj. —leaflike, adj. /leef/, n., pl. leaves /leevz/, v. n. 1. one of the expanded, usually green organs borne by the stem of a plant. 2. any similar or ...
/leef/, n. Munro /mun roh"/, 1905-76, U.S. author and illustrator of books for children. * * * I Any flattened, green outgrowth from the stem of a vascular plant. Leaves ...
leaf beet
chard. * * *
leaf beetle
any of numerous, often brightly colored beetles of the family Chrysomelidae, that feed on the leaves of plants, the larvae of which infest the roots, stem, and ...
leaf blight
Plant Pathol. 1. a symptom or phase of many diseases of plants, characterized by necrotic spots or streaks on the leaves, accompanied by seed rot and seedling blight. 2. any ...
leaf blister
▪ plant disease also called  leaf curl        worldwide disease of many woody plants and ferns caused by fungi of the genus Taphrina. Following cold, wet weather at ...
leaf blotch
Plant Pathol. 1. a symptom or phase of certain esp. fungal diseases of plants, characterized by necrotic discoloration of the leaves. 2. any disease so characterized. [1905-10] * ...
leaf bud
leaf bud n. a bud from which only stems and leaves develop: cf. FLOWER BUD, MIXED BUD * * *
leaf bud.
See under bud1 (def. 1a). [1655-65] * * *
leaf bug.
See plant bug. * * *
leaf butterfly
any of various butterflies of the genus Kallima, of southern Asia, the East Indies, and Australia, having wings that resemble dead leaves. [1880-85] * * *
leaf cactus
▪ plant also called  orchid cactus        the genus Epiphyllum, of about 15 species, family Cactaceae, native to tropical and subtropical America, including the West ...
leaf coral
any red algae of the species Bossea orbigniana, common as a seaweed along the Pacific coast of the U.S., having calcified, flattened, jointed stems. * * *
leaf fat
a layer of fat that surrounds the kidneys, esp. of a hog. [1715-25] * * *
leaf fibre
▪ plant anatomy       hard, coarse fibre obtained from leaves of monocotyledonous plants (flowering plants that usually have parallel-veined leaves, such as grasses, ...
leaf fish
      any of about 10 species of fishes in the family Nandidae (order Perciformes). All live in fresh water, although some species may enter brackish water. Their ...
leaf insect
any of several orthopterous insects of the family Phillidae, of southern Asia and the East Indies, having a body that resembles a leaf in color and form. Also called walking ...
leaf lard
lard prepared from the leaf fat of the hog. [1840-50] * * *
leaf lettuce
a type of lettuce having loosely clustered, often curled leaves that are sometimes tinged with red. * * *
leaf miner
any of the larvae of any of numerous insects, as moths of the family Gracilariidae, that live in and feed on the parenchyma of leaves. Also, leafminer. [1820-30] * * * Any of ...
leaf mold
a compost or layer of soil consisting chiefly of decayed vegetable matter, esp. leaves. Also, leafmold. [1835-45] * * *
leaf monkey
      species of langur (q.v.). * * *
leaf mustard.
See under mustard (def. 2). * * *
leaf roll
Plant Pathol. a viral disease of plants, esp. potatoes, characterized by upward rolling of the leaflets, chlorosis, stunting, and necrosis of the phloem. [1925-30] * * *
leaf roller
any of several insects, esp. moths of the family Tortricidae, the larvae of which form a nest by rolling and tying leaves with spun silk. Also, leafroller. [1820-30] * * *
leaf roller moth
▪ insect also called  Bell Moth,    any member of the worldwide insect family Tortricidae (order Lepidoptera), named for the characteristic leaf rolling habit of the ...
leaf rust
Plant Pathol. a disease, esp. of cereals and other grasses, characterized by rust-colored pustules of spores on the affected leaf blades and sheaths and caused by any of several ...
leaf scald
Plant Pathol. a bacterial disease of sugarcane, characterized by irregular, bleached streaks on the leaves and defoliation and caused esp. by Bacterium albilineans. [1895-1900] * ...
leaf spot
Plant Pathol. 1. a limited, often circular, discolored, diseased area on a leaf, usually including a central region of necrosis. 2. any disease so characterized. [1900-05] * * *
leaf spring
a long, narrow, multiple spring composed of several layers of spring metal bracketed together: used in some suspension systems of carriages and automobiles. See illus. under ...
leaf warbler
any of several small, greenish or brownish, Old World warblers of the genus Phylloscopus that feed on insects among the leaves of trees. [1925-30] * * *
leaf-cutter bee
▪ insect also called  leaf-cutting bee,    any of a group of bees (order Hymenoptera), particularly genus Megachile, that differ from most other bees in that they collect ...
leaf-cutting ant
/leef"kut'ing/ any of several tropical American ants of the genus Atta that cut and chew bits of leaves and flowers into a mash that they use to cultivate a fungus ...
leaf-cutting bee
any of the bees of the family Megachilidae that cut circular pieces from leaves or flowers to line their nests. [1795-1805] * * *
leaf-footed bug
/leef"foot'id/ any of numerous plant-sucking or predaceous bugs of the family Coreidae, typically having leaflike legs: several species are pests of food crops. Also called ...
leaf-nosed bat
/leef"nohzd'/ any of various New and Old World bats, as of the families Phyllostomatidae, Rhinolophidae, and Hipposideridae, having a leaflike flap of skin at the tip of the ...
leaf-nosed snake
▪ reptile       any of four species of small burrowing snakes of the family Colubridae that have the nose shield enlarged and flattened, with free edges. Several ...
leaf-rolling grasshopper
▪ insect also called  wingless cricket        any of a group of insects in the family Gryllacrididae (order Orthoptera) that are wingless or nearly wingless, have ...
leaf-rolling weevil
▪ insect       any member of a subgroup of the weevil family, Curculionidae (insect order Coleoptera) whose females protect newly laid eggs by rolling them up inside a ...
/lee"fij/, n. foliage. [1590-1600; LEAF + -AGE] * * *
/leef"berrd'/, n. any of several greenish, passerine birds of the genus Chloropsis, of Asia, related to the bulbuls, and often kept as pets. [LEAF + BIRD] * * * ▪ ...
leaf butterfly n. Any of several butterflies of the genus Kallima, having wings that resemble leaves. * * *
leafcutter ant
 any of 39 ant species abundant in the American tropics, easily recognized by their foraging columns composed of hundreds or thousands of ants carrying small pieces of leaves. ...
/leeft/, adj. having leaves; leaved. [1545-55; LEAF + -ED3] * * *
leaf fat n. Layered fat that encloses the kidneys of a hog, used in making lard. * * *
leaf gap n. A break in the vascular tissue of a stem above the point of attachment of a leaf trace. * * *
/leef"hop'euhr/, n. any of numerous leaping, homopterous insects of the family Cicadellidae that suck plant juices, many being serious crop pests. Also called jassid. [1850-55, ...
See leafy. * * *
leaf insect n. Any of various chiefly Asian insects of the family Phyllidae that resemble leaves in color and form. Also called walking leaf. * * *
leaf lard n. High-grade lard made from leaf fat. * * *
—leafleter, leafletter, n. /leef"lit/, n., v., leafleted or letted, leafleting or leafletting. n. 1. a small flat or folded sheet of printed matter, as an advertisement or ...
/leef'li tear"/, n. a person who writes or distributes leaflets. [1890-95; LEAFLET + -EER, on the model of PAMPHLETEER] * * *
leaf miner n. Any of numerous small flies and moths that in the larval stage dig into and feed on leaf tissue. * * *
leaf mold n. Humus or compost consisting of decomposed leaves and other organic material. * * *
leaf primordium n. A lateral outgrowth from the apical meristem that develops into a leaf. * * *
Leaf River (lēf) A river, about 290 km (180 mi) long, of southeast Mississippi flowing generally south to Hattiesburg. * * *
leaf roller n. Any of several moths of the family Tortricidae whose larvae make nests of rolled leaves and silk. * * *
leaf scar n. The mark left on a twig after a leaf falls. * * *
leaf spot n. Any of various plant diseases resulting in well-defined necrotic areas on the leaves. * * *
leaf spring Clarinda/Academy Artworks n. A composite spring, used especially in automotive suspensions, consisting of several layers of flexible metallic strips joined to act as ...
/leef"stawk'/, n. petiole (def. 1). [1770-80; LEAF + STALK1] * * *
leaf trace n. A strand of vascular tissue that extends between the vascular bundle of a stem and a leaf. * * *
—leafiness, n. /lee"fee/, adj., leafier, leafiest. 1. having, abounding in, or covered with leaves or foliage: the leafy woods. 2. having broad leaves or consisting mainly of ...
leafy liverwort
▪ plant also called  scale moss         any of numerous species of liverworts (class Hepatopsida), generally of the order Jungermanniales, in which the plant body is ...
league1 /leeg/, n., v., leagued, leaguing. n. 1. a covenant or compact made between persons, parties, states, etc., for the promotion or maintenance of common interests or for ...
League Against Cruel Sports
a British organization formed in 1924 which opposes hunting, shooting and other blood sports, and wants the government to make them illegal. ➡ note at pressure groups. * * *
League City
a town in S Texas. 16,578. * * *
League Cup
➡ football – British style * * *
League of Nations
an international organization to promote world peace and cooperation that was created by the Treaty of Versailles (1919): dissolved April 1946. * * * Organization for ...
League of Women Voters
a nonpartisan organization that works toward improving the political process: created in 1920 to inform women on public issues. Abbr.: LWV * * *       nonpartisan ...
Leagueof Arab States
League of Arab States (lēg) See Arab League. * * *
Leagueof Nations
League of Nations A world organization established in 1920 to promote international cooperation and peace. It was first proposed in 1918 by President Woodrow Wilson, although ...
leaguer1 /lee"geuhr/, n. a member of a league. [1585-95; LEAGUE1 + -ER1] leaguer2 /lee"geuhr/, Archaic. v.t. 1. to besiege. n. 2. a siege. [1590-1600; < D leger army, camp. See ...
/lee"euh/, n. 1. the first wife of Jacob. Gen. 29:23-26. 2. a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning "weary." * * * ▪ biblical figure also spelled  Lia, ...
/lay"hee/, n. William Daniel, 1875-1959, U.S. admiral and diplomat. * * *
Leahy, Frank
▪ American football coach byname of  Francis William Leahy   born August 27, 1908, O'Neill, Nebraska, U.S. died June 21, 1973, Portland, Oregon       American college ...
Leahy, William D(aniel)
born May 6, 1875, Hampton, Iowa, U.S. died July 20, 1959, Bethesda, Md. U.S. naval officer. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, he served in the Spanish-American War, ...
Leahy, William Daniel
▪ United States admiral and politician born May 6, 1875, Hampton, Iowa, U.S. died July 20, 1959, Bethesda, Maryland  American naval officer who served as personal chief of ...
—leaker, n. —leakless, adj. /leek/, n. 1. an unintended hole, crack, or the like, through which liquid, gas, light, etc., enters or escapes: a leak in the roof. 2. an act or ...
/lee"kij/, n. 1. an act of leaking; leak. 2. something that leaks in or out. 3. the amount that leaks in or out. 4. Com. an allowance for loss by leaking. 5. Physics, Elect. the ...
/lee"keuhns/, n. Elect. the reciprocal of the resistance of insulation. [1890-95; LEAK + -ANCE] * * *
Leake, William Martin
▪ British army officer, topographer, and antiquary born Jan. 14, 1777, London died Jan. 6, 1860, Brighton, East Sussex, Eng.       British army officer, topographer, ...
leaker [lēkər] n. a person or thing that leaks; specif., a person who leaks secret or private information * * * See leak. * * *
/lee"kee/, n. 1. Louis Seymour Bazett /baz"it/, 1903-72, British archaeologist and anthropologist. 2. Mary (Douglas), 1913-96, British archaeologist (wife of Louis Leakey). 3. ...
Leakey family
Family of archaeologists and paleoanthropologists known for their discoveries of hominid and other fossil remains in eastern Africa. Louis S.B. Leakey (b. 1903 d. 1972), born of ...
Leakey, Louis S.B.
▪ Kenyan archaeologist and anthropologist in full  Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey  born August 7, 1903, Kabete, Kenya died October 1, 1972, London, England  Kenyan ...
Leakey, Mary Douglas
▪ 1997       British-born archaeologist and paleoanthropologist (b. Feb. 6, 1913, London, Eng.—d. Dec. 9, 1996, Nairobi, Kenya), made a number of significant finds of ...
Leakey, Meave G.
▪ 2008 Meave Epps  born July 28, 1942, London, Eng.       By 2007 paleoanthropologist Meave Leakey had engaged in fossil-finding fieldwork in the study of human origins ...
Leakey, Richard
▪ 1995       In January 1994 Richard Leakey resigned from his position as director of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), after being accused of arrogance, corruption, and ...
Leakey,Louis Seymour Bazett
Lea·key (lēʹkē), Louis Seymour Bazett. 1903-1972. British anthropologist and archaeologist. Based on a series of fossil discoveries in Tanzania made largely by his wife, ...
/leek"proohf'/, adj. designed to prevent leaking: a leakproof bottle. [1925-30; LEAK + -PROOF] * * *
—leakiness, n. /lee"kee/, adj., leakier, leakiest. 1. allowing liquid, gas, etc., to enter or escape: a leaky boat; a leaky container. 2. Informal. unreliable: a leaky memory; ...
—leally, adv. —lealty /lee"euhl tee/, n. /leel/, adj. Scot. loyal; true. [1250-1300; ME leel < OF < L legalis LEGAL; see LOYAL] * * *
/lee"ming teuhn/, n. a town in SE Ontario, in S Canada, near Lake Erie. 12,528. * * *
Leamington Spa
a spa town (= a town where there are springs of mineral water considered to be healthy to drink) in Warwickshire, England. In the late 18th century it became a fashionable place ...
lean1 /leen/, v., leaned or (esp. Brit.) leant; leaning; n. v.i. 1. to incline or bend from a vertical position: She leaned out the window. 2. to incline, as in a particular ...
/leen/, n. David, 1908-91, British film director. * * *
lean over backwards
lean over backwards idiom * * *
Lean, Sir David
born March 25, 1908, Croydon, Surrey, Eng. died April 16, 1991, London British film director. He worked at Gaumont Studios from 1928, becoming head film editor. He codirected ...
Lean,Sir David
Lean (lēn), Sir David. 1908-1991. British filmmaker. His works include The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962), both of which won Academy Awards. * * *
/leen"fayst"/, adj. having a thin, narrow face. [1580-90] * * *
/leen"tooh'/, n., pl. lean-tos. 1. a shack or shed supported at one side by trees or posts and having an inclined roof. 2. a roof of a single pitch with the higher end abutting a ...
/lee an"deuhr/, n. Class. Myth. a Greek youth, the lover of Hero, who swam the Hellespont every night to visit her until he was drowned in a storm. * * *
▪ 1999       Brazilian singer who, as half of the brother team Leandro and Leonardo, helped popularize sertanejo (country music) in Brazil and inspired the use of ...
/lee"neuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that leans. 2. Horseshoes. a thrown horseshoe that leans against the stake. [1530-40; LEAN1 + -ER1] * * *
/ling"geuhl, lee ang"geuhl/, n. Australian. an Aboriginal war club or bludgeon. Also, langeel, langiel. [1865-70; < Wergaia (Australian Aboriginal language spoken in the vicinity ...
/lee"ning/, n. inclination; tendency: strong literary leanings. [bef. 1000; ME leninge, OE hlining. See LEAN1, -ING1] Syn. bent, propensity, proclivity, bias, penchant. * * *
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa n. bell tower in Pisa, Italy, which leans approx. 10° from the vertical * * * White marble campanile in Pisa, Italy, famous for the uneven settling of its ...
Leaning Tower of Pisa, The
a round, marble campanile in Pisa, Italy, begun in 1174 and now 17 ft. (5.2 m) out of the perpendicular in its height of 179 ft. (54 m). * * *
See lean2. * * *
See leanly. * * *
/lent/, v. Chiefly Brit. a pp. and pt. of lean1. * * *
—leaper, n. /leep/, v., leaped or leapt, leaping, n. v.i. 1. to spring through the air from one point or position to another; jump: to leap over a ditch. 2. to move or act ...
leap day
February 29: the extra day added to the Gregorian calendar in leap year. [1590-1600] * * *
leap second
an extra second intercalated into the world's timekeeping system about once a year, made necessary by the gradual slowing down of the earth's rotation. [1970-75] * * *
leap year
1. (in the Gregorian calendar) a year that contains 366 days, with February 29 as an additional day: occurring in years whose last two digits are evenly divisible by four, except ...
See leap. * * *
—leapfrogger, n. /leep"frog', -frawg'/, n., v., leapfrogged, leapfrogging. n. 1. a game in which players take turns in leaping over another player bent over from the waist. 2. ...
leapfrog test n. A method of checking the internal operations of a computer by performing arithmetic or logical operations on one section of storage, transferring the new ...
leap second n. A second of time, as measured by an atomic clock, added to or omitted from official timekeeping systems annually to compensate for changes in the rotation of the ...
/lept, leept/, v. a pt. and pp. of leap. * * *
leap year n. 1. A year in the Gregorian calendar having 366 days, with the extra day, February 29, intercalated to compensate for the quarter-day difference between an ordinary ...
/lear/, n. Scot. and North Eng. learning; instruction; lesson. [1350-1400; late ME lere lesson, n. use of lere to teach, OE laeran; c. D leren, G lehren, Goth laisjan; akin to ...
/lear/, n. 1. Edward, 1812-88, English writer of humorous verse and landscape painter. 2. (italics) See King Lear. * * * (as used in expressions) Lear Edward Lear Norman ...
lear board
(on a sloping roof) a board laid next to the gutter to receive the turned-up edge of the metal lining. Also called layer board. [var. of LAYER] * * *
Lear, Edward
born May 12, 1812, Highgate, near London, Eng. died Jan. 29, 1888, San Remo, Italy English painter and comic poet. From age 15 he earned his living by drawing. Employed to ...
Lear, Frances
▪ 1997       U.S. feminist activist and founder of the magazine Lear's, a publication for women who "weren't born yesterday"; she financed the venture with $25 million ...
Lear, Norman (Milton)
born July 27, 1922, New Haven, Conn., U.S. U.S. producer, writer, and director. He first worked in public relations and later in television as a comedy writer and director ...
Lear, William P
▪ American engineer and industrialist born June 26, 1902, Hannibal, Mo., U.S. died May 14, 1978, Reno, Nev.       self-taught American electrical engineer and ...
Lear, William Powell
born June 26, 1902, Hannibal, Mo., U.S. died May 14, 1978, Reno, Nev. U.S. electrical engineer and industrialist. Following military service during World War I, he designed a ...
Lear, Edward. 1812-1888. British artist and writer of nonsense verse, included in such works as his first Book of Nonsense (1846). * * *
—learnable, adj. /lerrn/, v., learned /lerrnd/ or learnt, learning. v.t. 1. to acquire knowledge of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience: to learn French; to learn ...
See learn. * * *
—learnedly, adv. —learnedness, n. /lerr"nid/ for 1-3; /lerrnd/ for 4, adj. 1. having much knowledge; scholarly; erudite: learned professors. 2. connected or involved with the ...
learned borrowing
/lerr"nid/ a word or other linguistic form borrowed from a classical language into a modern language. * * *
learned helplessness
In psychology, a mental state in which a laboratory subject forced to bear aversive stimuli becomes unable or unwilling to avoid subsequent applications, even if they are ...
learned profession
any of the three vocations of theology, law, and medicine, commonly held to require highly advanced learning. Cf. profession (def. 1). * * *
learned society
an organization devoted to the scholarly study of a particular field or discipline, as modern languages, psychology, or history. [1670-80] * * *
See learned. * * *
See learnedly. * * *
/lerr"neuhr/, n. a person who is learning; student; pupil; apprentice; trainee. [bef. 1000; ME lerner(e), OE leornere; see LEARN, -ER1] * * *
learner driver
➡ L-driver. * * *
Learner drivers
➡ driving * * *
learner’s permit
➡ driving * * *
/lerr"ning/, n. 1. knowledge acquired by systematic study in any field of scholarly application. 2. the act or process of acquiring knowledge or skill. 3. Psychol. the ...
Learning and Skills Council
a British government organization which is responsible for planning and providing money for education and training outside universities for people over 16 years old in England. ...
Learning at Home
▪ 2000        Once considered an exotic novelty reserved for such groups as religious fundamentalists, foreign service families, and touring musicians, home schooling in ...
learning curve
Educ. a graphic representation of progress in learning measured against the time required to achieve mastery. * * *
learning disabilities
Chronic difficulties in learning to read, write, spell, or calculate, which are believed to have a neurological origin. Though their causes and nature are still not fully ...
learning disability
a disorder, as dyslexia, usually affecting school-age children of normal or above-normal intelligence, characterized by difficulty in understanding or using spoken or written ...
learning resources center
a library, usually in an educational institution, that includes and encourages the use of audiovisual aids and other special materials for learning in addition to books, ...
learning theory
▪ psychology Introduction       any of the proposals put forth to explain changes in behaviour produced by practice, as opposed to other factors, e.g., physiological ...
/lerr"ning dis ay'beuhld/, adj. pertaining to or having a learning disability: a learning-disabled child. [1970-75] * * *
learning curve n. A graph that depicts rate of learning, especially a graph of progress in the mastery of a skill against the time required for such mastery. * * *
learning disability n. Abbr. LD Any of various cognitive, neurological, or psychological disorders that impede the ability to learn, especially one that interferes with the ...
learning disorder n. See learning disability. * * *
/lerrnt/, v. a pt. and pp. of learn. * * *
/lear"ee/, adj. leery1. * * *
Leary, Timothy
▪ 1997       U.S. educator turned drug-culture guru (b. Oct. 22, 1920, Springfield, Mass.—d. May 31, 1996, Beverly Hills, Calif.), was considered the "messiah of LSD" ...
See lease. * * *
lease1 —leasable, adj. —leaseless, adj. —leaser, n. /lees/, n., v., leased, leasing. n. 1. a contract renting land, buildings, etc., to another; a contract or instrument ...
lease rod
a rod or bar between the whip roll and the harness on a loom for keeping the warp in place. [1815-25] * * *
lease-back [lēs′bak΄] n. an arrangement by which a company sells a property and simultaneously obtains a long-term lease from the buyer for continued use of the deeded ...
/lees"perr"cheuhs/, n. 1. the continuing use of property or goods under a lease for a stipulated period with option for the lessee to buy and with part of the rental charges ...
/lees"bak'/, n. the disposal of a building, land, or other property to a buyer under special arrangements for simultaneously leasing it on a long-term basis to the original ...
/lees"hohld'/, n. 1. property acquired under a lease. 2. a tenure under a lease. adj. 3. held by lease. [1710-20; LEASE1 + HOLD1] * * *
/lees"hohl'deuhr/, n. a tenant under a lease. [1855-60; LEASE1 + HOLDER] * * *
/lees"meuhn/, n., pl. leasemen. a person who leases land and obtains the rights to its use, esp. oil-drilling rights. Also called landman. [LEASE1 + MAN1] * * *
See leasable. * * *
/leesh/, n. 1. a chain, strap, etc., for controlling or leading a dog or other animal; lead. 2. check; curb; restraint: to keep one's temper in leash; a tight leash on one's ...
leash law
a local ordinance requiring that dogs be leashed when not on their owners' property. [1715-25] * * *
leash law n. An ordinance requiring that dogs be kept on a leash when not restricted to their owners' property. * * *
/lee"zing/, n. Archaic. lying; falsehood. [bef. 950; ME lesing, OE leasung, verbal n. of leasian to tell lies, deriv. of leas false. See -LESS, -ING1] * * *
/leest/, adj., a superl. of little with less or lesser as compar. 1. smallest in size, amount, degree, etc.; slightest: He gave the least amount of money of anyone. 2. lowest in ...
least bittern.
See under bittern1 (def. 2). [1805-15, Amer.] * * *
least common denominator
Math. the smallest number that is a common denominator of a given set of fractions. Also called lowest common denominator. [1870-75] * * *
least common multiple
least common multiple n. the smallest positive whole number that is exactly divisible by two or more given whole numbers [the least common multiple of 4, 5, and 10 is 20] * * *
least common multiple.
Math. See lowest common multiple. [1815-25] * * *
least flycatcher
a small flycatcher, Empidonax minimus, of eastern North America. Also called chebec. [1870-75, Amer.] * * *
least killifish
a fish, Heterandria formosa, of coastal swamps from South Carolina to Florida, that feeds on mosquito larvae. * * *

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