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Leeuwenhoek, Antonie van
born Oct. 24, 1632, Delft, Neth. died Aug. 26, 1723, Delft Dutch microscopist. In his youth he was apprenticed to a draper; a later civil position allowed him to devote time to ...
Leeuwenhoek,Anton van
Leeu·wen·hoek or Leu·wen·hoek (lāʹvən-ho͝ok', lāʹü-wən-ho͞ok'), Anton van. 1632-1723. Dutch microscopy pioneer and naturalist who formulated early descriptions of ...
leeward
—leewardly, adv. /lee"weuhrd/; Naut. /looh"euhrd/, adj. 1. pertaining to, situated in, or moving toward the quarter toward which the wind blows (opposed to windward). n. 2. the ...
Leeward Islands
/lee"weuhrd/ a group of islands in the N Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, extending from Puerto Rico SE to Martinique. * * * Arc of West Indian islands that constitute the ...
LeewardIslands
Lee·ward Islands (lēʹwərd) 1. The northern group of the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies, extending from the Virgin Islands southeast to Guadeloupe. Inhabited by Caribs ...
leeway
/lee"way'/, n. 1. extra time, space, materials, or the like, within which to operate; margin: With ten minutes' leeway we can catch the train. 2. a degree of freedom of action or ...
Lefebvre, François-Joseph, Duc De Dantzig
▪ French general born Oct. 20, 1755, Rouffach, Fr. died Sept. 14, 1820, Paris       French general who was one of the 18 marshals of the empire appointed by Napoleon in ...
Lefebvre, Georges
▪ French historian born Aug. 6, 1874, Lille, Fr. died Aug. 28, 1959, Boulogne-Billancourt       French historian noted for his studies of various aspects of the French ...
Lefebvre, Marcel
▪ French archbishop born Nov. 29, 1905, Tourcoing, Fr. died March 25, 1991, Martigny, Switz.       ultraconservative Roman Catholic archbishop who opposed the ...
Lefèvre d'Étaples, Jacques
born 1455, Étaples, Picardy died March 1536, Nérac, France French humanist, theologian, and translator. Ordained a priest, he taught philosophy in Paris (1490–1507), after ...
lefse
lef·se (lĕfʹsə) n. A round flatbread of Norwegian origin, traditionally made of a potato-based dough and baked on a griddle.   [Norwegian, from leiv, flat cake, from Old ...
left
left1 /left/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or located on or near the side of a person or thing that is turned toward the west when the subject is facing north (opposed to ...
Left Bank
a part of Paris, France, on the S bank of the Seine: frequented by artists, writers, and students. Cf. Right Bank. * * *
Left Book Club
a British book club (1936–48). It was started by the publisher Victor Gollancz (1893–1967), and its members received books supporting the left in British politics. It had an ...
left brain
the cerebral hemisphere on the left side of the corpus callosum, controlling activity on the right side of the body: in humans, usually showing some degree of specialization for ...
Left Communist
▪ Russian political faction       in Soviet history, one of a group within the Communist Party which in the first half of 1918 opposed Lenin's practical policies for ...
left field
1. Baseball. a. the area of the outfield to the left of center field, as viewed from home plate. b. the position of the player covering this area. 2. Slang. a position or ...
left fielder
Baseball. the player whose position is left field. [1865-70, Amer.] * * *
left heart
left heart n. the half of the heart containing the left ventricle and left atrium, which supply oxygenated blood to all parts of the body * * *
Left Party
▪ political party, Germany German  Die Linkspartei , byname  Die Linke (the Left) , formerly (1990–2005)  Party of Democratic Socialism (Partei des Demokratischen ...
left stage.
See stage left. * * *
left wing
—left-wing, adj. —left-winger, n. 1. members of a liberal or radical political party, or those favoring extensive political reform. 2. such a party or a group of such ...
left-brained
left-brained (lĕftʹbrāndʹ) also left-brain (-brānʹ) adj. 1. Having the left brain dominant. 2. Of or relating to the thought processes, such as logic and calculation, ...
left-branching
/left"bran'ching, -brahn'-/, adj. Ling. (of a grammatical construction) characterized by greater structural complexity in the position preceding the head, as the phrase my ...
left-eyed flounder
/left"uyd'/ any of several flat-fishes of the family Bothidae, having both eyes on the left side of the head. Also, lefteye flounder. * * *
left-hand
/left"hand"/, adj. 1. on or to the left: a left-hand turn at the intersection. 2. of, for, or with the left hand. 3. Building Trades. a. (of a door) having the hinges on the left ...
left-hand buoy
Navig. a distinctive buoy marking the side of a channel regarded as the left or port side. * * *
left-hand dagger.
See main gauche. * * *
left-handed
—left-handedly, adv. —left-handedness, n. /left"han"did/, adj. 1. having the left hand more dominant or effective than the right; preferably using the left hand: a ...
left-handedly
See left-handed. * * *
left-handedness
See left-handedly. * * *
left-hander
/left"han"deuhr, -han'-/, n. 1. a person who is left-handed, esp. a baseball pitcher who throws with the left hand. 2. Informal. a slap or punch delivered with the left ...
left-laid
/left"layd'/, adj. noting a rope, strand, etc., laid in a left-handed, or counterclockwise, direction as one looks away along it (opposed to right-laid). * * *
left-of-center
/left"euhv sen"teuhr/, adj. holding liberal views in politics; left-wing. [1940-45] * * *
left-wing
See left wing. * * *
left-winger
See left-wing. * * *
leftatrioventricular valve
left atrioventricular valve n. See mitral valve. * * *
LeftBank
Left Bank A district of Paris on the southern, or left, bank of the Seine River. It has long been noted for its artistic and intellectual life. * * *
leftbrain
left brain n. The cerebral hemisphere to the left of the corpus callosum, controlling activities on the right side of the body, and in humans, usually controlling speech and ...
leftface
left face n. A military command to turn 90 degrees to the left. * * *
leftfield
left field n. 1. Baseball. a. The third of the outfield that is to the left, looking from home plate. b. The position played by the left fielder. 2. Informal. A position far ...
leftfielder
left fielder n. Baseball The player who defends left field. * * *
leftie
/lef"tee/, n. Informal. lefty1. * * *
leftish
leftish [left′ish] adj. inclined to be leftist or a leftist * * * left·ish (lĕfʹtĭsh) adj. Tending toward the political left. * * *
leftism
left·ism also Left·ism (lĕfʹtĭz'əm) n. 1. The ideology of the political left. 2. Belief in or support of the tenets of the political left.   leftʹist adj. & n. * * *
leftist
—leftism, n. /lef"tist/, n. 1. a member of the political Left or a person sympathetic to its views. adj. 2. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or advocated by the political ...
leftmost
left·most (lĕftʹmōst') adj. Farthest to the left: in the leftmost lane of traffic. * * *
leftover
/left"oh'veuhr/, n. 1. Usually, leftovers. food remaining uneaten at the end of a meal, esp. when saved for later use. 2. anything left or remaining from a larger amount; ...
leftward
—leftwardly, adv. /left"weuhrd/, adv. 1. Also, leftwards. toward or on the left. adj. 2. situated on the left. 3. directed toward the left. [1475-85; LEFT1 + -WARD] * * *
leftwing
left wing also Left Wing n. 1. The liberal or radical faction of a group. 2. See left1.   leftʹ-wingʹ (lĕftʹwĭngʹ) adj. leftʹ-wingʹer n. * * *
lefty
lefty1 /lef"tee/, n., pl. lefties. Informal. 1. a left-handed person. 2. a leftist. Also, leftie. [1925-30; LEFT1 + -Y2] lefty2 /lef"tee/, Informal. adj. 1. left-handed. 2. ...
Lefuel, Hector-Martin
▪ French architect born Nov. 14, 1810, Versailles, Fr. died Dec. 31, 1880, Paris       French architect who completed the new Louvre (Louvre Museum) in Paris, a ...
leg
—legless, adj. —leglike, adj. /leg/, n., v., legged, legging. n. 1. either of the two lower limbs of a biped, as a human being, or any of the paired limbs of an animal, ...
leg art
Slang. cheesecake (def. 2). * * *
leg bye
Cricket. a run or bye scored on a bowled ball that ricochets off any part of the batsman's body except the hand. * * *
leg drop
Theat. a narrow scenery flat or drop, often used in a pair to form an inverted U. * * *
leg hit
Cricket. a hit made into leg. [1830-40] * * *
leg stump
Cricket. either of the outside stumps at which the batsman takes his position. Cf. middle stump, off stump. [1825-35] * * *
leg warmers
a pair of footless, stockinglike knitted coverings for the legs, usually worn over tights, trousers, boots, etc., for warmth, as in a dance class or while exercising, or as a ...
leg-
To collect; with derivatives meaning “to speak.” Oldest form *leg̑-, becoming *leg- in centum languages. Derivatives include leech1, lecture, legend, intelligent, sacrilege, ...
lēg-
See slēg-. * * *
leg-break
/leg"brayk'/, n. Cricket. a ball deviating to the off side from the leg side when bowled. [1885-90] * * *
leg-of-mutton
/leg"euh mut"n, -euhv-/, adj. having the triangular shape of a leg of mutton: leg-of-mutton sail; a dress with leg-of-mutton sleeves. Also, leg-o'-mutton. [1830-40] * * *
leg-pull
—leg-puller, n. /leg"pool'/, n. an amusing hoax, practical joke, or the like: The entire story was a hilarious leg-pull. [1910-15] * * *
leg-puller
See leg-pull. * * *
leg.
1. legal. 2. legate. 3. legato. 4. legend. 5. legislation. 6. legislative. 7. legislature. * * *
legacy
/leg"euh see/, n., pl. legacies. 1. Law. a gift of property, esp. personal property, as money, by will; a bequest. 2. anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or ...
legal
—legally, adv. /lee"geuhl/, adj. 1. permitted by law; lawful: Such acts are not legal. 2. of or pertaining to law; connected with the law or its administration: the legal ...
legal age
the age at which a person acquires full legal rights and responsibilities, such as the right to make contracts and deeds. [1925-30] * * *
legal aid
free legal service to persons unable to pay for a lawyer. [1885-90] * * * ▪ law       the professional legal assistance given, either at no charge or for a nominal sum, ...
legal aid society
an organization providing free legal guidance and service to persons who cannot afford a lawyer. Also called legal aid association. [1885-90] * * *
legal cap
ruled writing paper in tablet form, measuring approximately 81/2 × 13 to 14 in. (22 × 33 to 36 cm). [1870-75, Amer.] * * *
legal chemistry.
See forensic chemistry. * * *
Legal Debate over Same-Sex Marriages
▪ 2005 Introduction by Andrew Koppelman       Same-sex marriage came to the United States in 2004. The Massachusetts Supreme Court decided in November 2003 that the ...
legal deposit libraries
➡ libraries * * *
legal eagle
Often Disparaging. a lawyer. [1935-40] * * *
legal education
Introduction       preparation for the practice of law. Instruction in law has been offered in universities since medieval times, but, since the advent of ...
legal ethics
Introduction       principles of conduct that members of the legal profession are expected to observe in their practice. They are an outgrowth of the development of the ...
legal fiction
      a rule assuming as true something that is clearly false. A fiction is often used to get around the provisions of constitutions and legal codes that legislators are ...
legal glossator
▪ medieval jurist       in the Middle Ages, any of the scholars who applied methods of interlinear or marginal annotations (glossae) and the explanation of words to the ...
legal holiday
a public holiday established by law, during which certain work, government business, etc., is restricted. [1865-70, Amer.] * * *
legal list
Law. a list of investments that fiduciaries and certain institutions, such as banks and insurance companies, are legally authorized to make. * * *
legal maxim
▪ law       a broad proposition (usually stated in a fixed Latin form), a number of which have been used by lawyers since the 17th century or earlier. Some of them can ...
legal medicine.
See forensic medicine. * * *
legal memory
Law. a period of time, now usually established by statute, during which custom, conduct, or a state of affairs must have existed or continued in order for it to have taken on the ...
legal pad
a ruled writing tablet, usually yellow and measuring 81/2 × 14 in. (22 × 36 cm). [1965-70] * * *
legal profession
Introduction       vocation that is based on expertise in the law and in its applications. Although there are other ways of defining the profession, this simple ...
legal reserve
the amount of cash assets that a bank, insurance company, etc., is required by law to set aside as reserves. [1920-25] * * *
legal separation
☆ legal separation n. an agreement by which a husband and wife live apart but are not divorced * * *
legal separation.
See judicial separation. * * *
legal system
In Britain, for historical reasons, the system of law used in Scotland is different from that in England and Wales, with Northern Ireland law being similar to that in England. ...
legal tender
currency that may be lawfully tendered in payment of a debt, such as paper money, Federal Reserve notes, or coins. [1730-40] * * *
Legal Tender Cases
▪ United States history       (1870, 1871), two cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the power of Congress to authorize government notes not backed by ...
legal weight
the weight of merchandise itself plus that of its immediate wrapping material but not of the outside shipping container: used esp. in some Latin American countries for the ...
legal-size
/lee"geuhl suyz'/, adj. 1. (of paper) measuring approximately 81/2 × 14 in. (22 × 36 cm). 2. (of office supplies and equipment) made for holding legal-size sheets of paper: ...
legalage
legal age n. The age at which a person may by law assume the rights and responsibilities of an adult. * * *
legalaid
legal aid n. Legal assistance provided, as by a specially established organization, for those unable to afford an attorney. * * *
legalcap
legal cap n. Ruled writing paper in tablet form, measuring 8 1/2 by 13 to 16 inches and generally used by attorneys. * * *
legalese
/lee'geuh leez", -lees"/, n. language containing an excessive amount of legal terminology or of legal jargon. [1910-15; LEGAL + -ESE] * * *
legalholiday
legal holiday n. A holiday authorized by law and characterized by a limit or ban on work or official business. * * *
legalism
—legalist, n. —legalistic, adj. —legalistically, adv. /lee"geuh liz'euhm/, n. 1. strict adherence, or the principle of strict adherence, to law or prescription, esp. to the ...
legalist
See legalism. * * *
legalistic
See legalist. * * *
legalistically
See legalist. * * *
legality
/lee gal"i tee/, n., pl. legalities. 1. the state or quality of being in conformity with the law; lawfulness. 2. attachment to or observance of law. 3. Usually, legalities. a ...
legalization
See legalize. * * *
legalize
—legalization, n. /lee"geuh luyz'/, v.t., legalized, legalizing. to make legal; authorize. Also, esp. Brit., legalise. [1710-20; LEGAL + -IZE] * * *
legallist
legal list n. See legal. * * *
legally
See legal. * * *
legalpad
legal pad n. A pad of ruled, usually yellow writing paper that measures 8 1/2 by 14 inches. * * *
legalreserve
legal reserve n. The sum of money that a bank or an insurance company is required by law to set aside as security. * * *
legalseparation
legal separation n. A court decree recognizing that a married couple is living apart and regulating the couple's mutual rights and liabilities. Also called judicial separation. * ...
legaltender
legal tender n. Legally valid currency that may be offered in payment of a debt and that a creditor must accept. * * *
Leganés
Leganés [le΄gä nes′] city in central Spain: suburb of Madrid: pop. 178,000 * * * Le·ga·nés (lĕ'gä-nĕsʹ) A city of central Spain, an industrial and residential ...
Legaré, Hugh Swinton
▪ United States official born Jan. 2, 1797, Charleston, S.C., U.S. died June 20, 1843, Boston       U.S. lawyer, a conservative Southern intellectual who opposed the ...
Legaspi
/leuh gas"pee/; Sp. /le gahs"pee/, n. a seaport on SE Luzon, in the Philippines. 99,766. Formerly, Albay. * * * ▪ Philippines also spelled  Legazpi        chartered ...
legate
—legateship, n. /leg"it/, n. 1. an ecclesiastic delegated by the pope as his representative. 2. Rom. Hist. a. an assistant to a general or to a consul or magistrate, in the ...
legatee
/leg'euh tee"/, n. a person to whom a legacy is bequeathed. [1670-80; < L legat(us) (see LEGATE) + -EE] * * *
legateship
See legate. * * *
legatine
/leg"euh tin, -tuyn'/, adj. of, pertaining to, or authorized by a legate. [1605-15; < ML legatinus. See LEGATE, -INE1] * * *
legation
—legationary /li gay"sheuh ner'ee/, adj. /li gay"sheuhn/, n. 1. a diplomatic minister and staff in a foreign mission. 2. the official headquarters of a diplomatic minister. 3. ...
legationary
See legation. * * *
legato
/leuh gah"toh/; It. /le gah"taw/, adj., adv. Music. smooth and connected; without breaks between the successive tones. Cf. staccato. [1805-15; < It, ptp. of legare < L ligare to ...
legator
—legatorial /leg'euh tawr"ee euhl, -tohr"-/, adj. /li gay"teuhr, leg'euh tawr"/, n. a person who bequeaths; a testator. [1645-55; < L legator one who bequeaths, equiv. to ...
Legazpi
/le gahs"pee/, n. Miguel López de /mee gel" law"peth dhe, law"pes/. See López de Legazpi. * * *
Legazpi, Miguel López de
▪ Spanish governor of Philippines born c. 1510, , Zumárraga, Spain died Aug. 20, 1572, Manila       Spanish explorer who established Spain's dominion over the ...
legcurl
leg curl n. An exercise, usually performed lying on the stomach with weights, in which one lifts one or both heels towards the buttocks and then returns to the starting position, ...
legend
/lej"euhnd/, n. 1. a nonhistorical or unverifiable story handed down by tradition from earlier times and popularly accepted as historical. 2. the body of stories of this kind, ...
legendarily
See legendary. * * *
legendary
—legendarily, adv. /lej"euhn der'ee/, adj., n., pl. legendaries. adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a legend. 2. celebrated or described in legend: a legendary ...
legendist
/lej"euhn dist/, n. a person who writes or compiles legends. [1655-65; LEGEND + -IST] * * *
legendize
/lej"euhn duyz'/, v.t., legendized, legendizing. to make a legend of: Devoted followers legendized his honesty. Also, esp. Brit., legendise. [1885-90; LEGEND + -IZE] * * *
Legendre
/leuh zhahn"deuhr, -zhahnd"/; Fr. /leuh zhahonn"drddeu/, n. Adrien Marie /ann drddee aonn" mann rddee"/, 1752-1833, French mathematician. * * *
Legendre equation
Math. a differential equation of the form (1-x2)d2y/dx2 - 2x dy/dx + a(a + 1)y = 0, where a is an arbitrary constant. [1880-85; after A. M. LEGENDRE] * * *
Legendre, Adrien-Marie
▪ French mathematician born September 18, 1752, Paris, France died January 10, 1833, Paris  French mathematician whose distinguished work on elliptic integrals (elliptic ...
Legendre,Adrien Marie
Le·gen·dre (lə-zhänʹdrə, -zhäɴʹ-), Adrien Marie. 1752-1833. French mathematician who is best remembered for his work on number theory and elliptic integrals. * * *
legendry
/lej"euhn dree/, n. legends collectively. [1840-50; LEGEND + -RY] * * *
leger
/lej"euhr/, n. Angling. ledger (def. 4). * * *
Léger
/lay zhay"/, n. 1. Alexis Saint-Léger /ann lek see" sannonn lay zhay"/. See St.-John Perse. 2. Fernand /ferdd nahonn"/, 1881-1955, French artist. * * *
leger line
/lej"euhr/, Music. See ledger line (def. 1). * * *
Léger, Alexis Saint-Léger
Lé·ger (lā-zhāʹ), Alexis Saint-Léger. Pen name Saint-John Perse (pĕrs, pûrs) 1887-1975. French poet and diplomat whose works include Anabase (1924) and Chronique (1960). ...
Léger, Fernand
born Feb. 4, 1881, Argentan, Fr. died Aug. 17, 1955, Gif-sur-Yvette French painter. Born to a peasant family, he worked as an architectural draftsman in Paris before studying ...
Léger,Fernand
Léger, Fernand. 1881-1955. French artist. An early cubist who worked in bright flat colors, Léger incorporated industrial and mechanical images into his work. * * *
legerdemain
—legerdemainist, n. /lej'euhr deuh mayn"/, n. 1. sleight of hand. 2. trickery; deception. 3. any artful trick. [1400-50; late ME legerdemeyn, lygarde de mayne < MF: lit., light ...
legerity
/leuh jer"i tee/, n. physical or mental quickness; nimbleness; agility. [1555-65; < MF legerete, equiv. to leger ( < VL *leviarius; see LEVITY, -ARY) + -ete -ITY] Syn. lightness, ...
leges
/lee"jeez/; Lat. /le"ges/, n. pl. of lex. * * *
legged
/leg"id, legd/, adj. 1. having a specified number or kind of legs (often used in combination): two-legged; long-legged. 2. fitted with legs: a legged desk. [1425-75; late ME; see ...
Leggett, Anthony J.
▪ British physicist born March 26, 1938, London, England       British physicist, who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2003 for his seminal work on superfluidity. He ...
leggiero
leggiero [le jer′ō] adj., adv. Musical Direction (in a) light, nimble, or graceful (manner) * * *
legginess
See leggy. * * *
legging
—legginged, adj. /leg"ing/, n. 1. a covering for the leg, usually extending from the ankle to the knee but sometimes higher, worn by soldiers, riders, workers, etc. Cf. chaps, ...
leggy
—legginess, n. /leg"ee/, adj., leggier, leggiest. 1. having awkwardly long legs. 2. having long, attractively shaped legs: a group of tanned, leggy swimmers. 3. of, pertaining ...
Legg–Calvé–Perthes syndrome
also called  Coxa Plana,         bone disease, a form of osteochondrosis (q.v.). * * *
legh-
To lie, lay. Derivatives include ledge, lair, beleaguer, lees, law, and fellow. 1. Suffixed form *legh-yo-. a. lie1, from Old English licgan, to lie, from Germanic ...
legharness
/leg"hahr'nis/, n. armor for the leg, sometimes including that for the foot. [1350-1400; ME; see LEG, HARNESS] * * *
leghemoglobin
/leg hee"meuh gloh'bin, -hem"euh-/, n. Biochem. a hemoglobinlike red pigment in the root nodules of leguminous plants, as soybean, that is essential for nitrogen fixation. Also ...
Leghorn
/leg"hawrn'/ for 1-3; /leg"euhrn, -hawrn'/ for 4, n. 1. English name of Livorno. 2. (l.c.) a fine, smooth, plaited straw. 3. (l.c.) a hat made of such straw, often having a ...
legibility
/lej'euh bil"i tee/, n. 1. Also, legibleness. the state or quality of being legible. 2. Also called visibility. Typography. the quality of type that affects the perceptibility of ...
legible
—legibly, adv. /lej"euh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of being read or deciphered, esp. with ease, as writing or printing; easily readable. 2. capable of being discerned or ...
legibleness
See legibility. * * *
legibly
See legibility. * * *
legion
/lee"jeuhn/, n. 1. a division of the Roman army, usually comprising 3000 to 6000 soldiers. 2. a military or semimilitary unit. 3. the Legion. a. See American Legion. b. See ...
Legion of Honor
a French order of distinction instituted in 1802 by Napoleon with membership being granted for meritorious civil or military services. [trans. of F Légion d'honneur] * * *
Legion of Honour
officially Order of the Legion of Honour Highest-ranking order and decoration of the French republic. It was created by Napoleon in 1802 as a general military and civil order ...
Legion of Merit
Mil. a decoration ranking below the Silver Star and above the Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded to U.S. and foreign military personnel for exceptionally meritorious conduct in ...
legionary
/lee"jeuh ner'ee/, adj., n., pl. legionaries. adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or belonging to a legion. 2. constituting a legion or legions. n. 3. Hist. a soldier of a Roman ...
legionary ant
legionary ant n. ARMY ANT * * *
legionary ant.
See army ant. * * *
legionaryant
legionary ant n. See army ant. * * *
Legionella
/lee'jeuh nel"euh/, n. a genus of rod- or coccus-shaped aerobic Gram-negative bacteria, certain species of which, as L. pneumophila, produce legionnaires' disease. [ < NL (1979), ...
legionnaire
/lee'jeuh nair"/, n. 1. (often cap.) a member of the American Legion. 2. a member of any legion; legionary. [1810-20; < F; see LEGIONARY] * * *
Legionnaire disease
Type of pneumonia, first identified in American Legion conventioneers in 1976, 29 of whom died. The cause was identified as a previously unknown bacterium, Legionella ...
legionnaires' disease
Pathol. a type of acute pneumonia caused by Legionella pneumophila bacterium and characterized by fever, chest pain, cough, and muscle aches. [so called from its first reported ...
Legionnaires'disease
Le·gion·naires' disease (lē'jə-nârzʹ) n. An acute, sometimes fatal respiratory disease caused by a bacterium of the genus Legionella, especially L. pneumophila, and ...
Legionof Honor
Legion of Honor n. A high French civilian and military decoration, instituted in 1802.   [Translation of French Légion d'honneur.] * * *
Legionof Merit
Legion of Merit n. Abbr. LM A U.S. military decoration awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services. * * *
legis
legis abbrev. 1. legislation 2. legislative 3. legislature * * *
legis.
1. legislation. 2. legislative. 3. legislature. * * *
legislate
/lej"is layt'/, v., legislated, legislating. v.i. 1. to exercise the function of legislation; make or enact laws. v.t. 2. to create, provide, or control by legislation: attempts ...
legislation
/lej'is lay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of making or enacting laws. 2. a law or a body of laws enacted. [1645-55; < LL legislation- (s. of legislatio), equiv. to L phrase legis latio ...
legislative
—legislatively, adv. /lej"is lay'tiv/, adj. 1. having the function of making laws: a legislative body. 2. of or pertaining to the enactment of laws: legislative proceedings; ...
legislative apportionment
or legislative delimitation Process by which representation is distributed among the constituencies of a representative assembly. In ancient Athens, every citizen represented ...
Legislative Assembly
Fr. Hist. the legislature of France 1791-92. * * * ▪ France [1791-92] French  Assemblée Législative        national parliament of France during part of the ...
legislative body
➡ Northern Ireland Assembly * * *
legislative branch
➡ Congress * * *
legislative council
1. the upper house of a bicameral legislature. 2. a unicameral legislature in a British colony consisting of the governor, official members appointed by the governor, and ...
legislative investigative powers
      powers of a lawmaking body to conduct investigations. In most countries this power is exercised primarily to provide a check on the executive branch of government. ...
legislative veto
a veto exercised by a legislature nullifying or reversing an action, decision, etc., of the executive branch. [1940-45] * * *
legislatively
See legislative. * * *
legislator
—legislatorship, n. /lej"is lay'teuhr/, n. 1. a person who gives or makes laws. 2. a member of a legislative body. [1595-1605; < L phrase legis lator a law's bringer (i.e., ...
legislatorial
/lej'is leuh tawr"ee euhl, -tohr"-/, adj. of or pertaining to a legislator, legislature, or legislation; legislative. [1765-75; LEGISLATOR + -IAL] * * *
legislatorship
See legislatorial. * * *
legislatrix
/lej"is lay'triks/, n., pl. legislatrixes, legislatrices /lej'is lay"tri seez', -leuh truy"seez/. 1. a woman who is a member of a legislature. 2. a woman who makes or promulgates ...
legislature
/lej"is lay'cheuhr/, n. a deliberative body of persons, usually elective, who are empowered to make, change, or repeal the laws of a country or state; the branch of government ...
legist
/lee"jist/, n. an expert in law, esp. ancient law. [1425-75; late ME < ML legista. See LEGAL, -IST] * * *
legit
/leuh jit"/, Informal. adj. 1. legitimate. 2. (of a singing voice) trained in a classical or operatic tradition. 3. having such a singing voice. 4. being a singer with such a ...
legitim
/lej"i tim/, n. Roman and Civil Law, Scots Law. the part of an estate that children or other close relatives can claim against the decedent's testament. Also, legitime /li ...
legitimacy
/li jit"euh meuh see/, n. the state or quality of being legitimate. [1685-95; LEGITIM(ATE) + -ACY] Syn. lawfulness, legality, rightfulness. * * *
legitimate
—legitimately, adv. —legitimateness, n. —legitimation, n. adj., n. /li jit"euh mit/; v. /li jit"euh mayt'/, adj., v., legitimated, legitimating, n. adj. 1. according to ...
legitimately
See legitimate. * * *
legitimateness
See legitimately. * * *
legitimation
See legitimately. * * *
legitimatize
/li jit"euh meuh tuyz'/, v.t., legitimatized, legitimatizing. to make legitimate. Also, esp. Brit., legitimatise. [1785-95; LEGITIMATE + -IZE] * * *
legitimator
See legitimately. * * *
legitimism
See legitimist. * * *
legitimist
—legitimism, n. /li jit"euh mist/, n. 1. a supporter of legitimate authority, esp. of a claim to a throne based on direct descent. adj. 2. Also, legitimistic. of, pertaining ...
legitimization
See legitimize. * * *
legitimize
—legitimization, n. /li jit"euh muyz'/, v.t., legitimized, legitimizing. to make legitimate. Also, esp. Brit., legitimise. [1840-50; < L legitim(us) (see LEGITIM) + -IZE] * * *
legitimizer
See legitimization. * * *
leglen
/leg'lin/, n. Scot. and North Eng. 1. laggin. 2. a milk pail. [1715-25; perh. < Scand; cf. Icel legillinn the keg, equiv. to legill keg (
legman
/leg"man', -meuhn/, n., pl. legmen /-men', -meuhn/. 1. a person employed to transact business outside an office, esp. on behalf of one whose responsibilities require his or her ...
Legnani, Pierina
▪ Italian ballerina born 1863, Italy died 1923, Italy       Italian ballerina whose virtuoso technique inspired Russian dancers to develop their now-characteristic ...
Legnano
▪ Italy Latin  Leunianum,         city, Lombardia ( Lombardy) regione, northern Italy, on the Olona River. An unimportant Roman settlement called Leunianum, it became ...
Legnica
/leg neet"seuh/; Pol. /leg nee"tsah/, n. a city in SW Poland: formerly in Germany. 75,800. German, Liegnitz. * * * ▪ Poland German  Liegnitz        city, ...
legoglobin
/leg"euh gloh'bin/, n. Biochem. leghemoglobin. * * *
Legoland{™}
a place near Windsor, in Berkshire, England, popular for its displays of Lego™, small coloured plastic blocks, etc. that children can fit together to make into models. It was ...
legong
/leuh gawng", -gong"/, n. an elegant Balinese dance-pantomime performed by several girls in elaborate costumes. [1925-30; < Balinese légong] * * *
Lego{™}
➡ Legoland * * *
Legree
/li gree"/, n. Simon. See Simon Legree. * * *
Legrenzi, Giovanni
▪ Italian composer baptized Aug. 12, 1626, Clusone, near Bergamo, Republic of Venice [Italy] died May 27, 1690, Venice       Italian composer, one of the greatest of ...
legroom
/leg"roohm', -room'/, n. space sufficient for keeping one's legs in a comfortable position, as in an automobile. [1925-30; LEG + ROOM] * * *
Legros, Alphonse
▪ French-British artist born May 8, 1837, Dijon, France died Dec. 8, 1911, Watford, Hertfordshire, Eng.       French-born British painter, etcher, and sculptor, now ...
Leguía
/le gee"ah/, n. Augusto Bernardino /ow goohs"taw berdd'nahrdd dhee"naw/, 1863-1932, president of Peru 1908-12, 1919-30. * * *
Leguía y Salcedo, Augusto Bernardino
▪ president of Peru born February 19, 1863, Lambayeque, Peru died February 7, 1932, Lima  businessman and politician who, during the first of his two terms as president of ...
LeGuin
/leuh gwin"/, n. Ursula K(roeber), born 1929, U.S. science-fiction writer. Also, Le Guin. * * *
Legum, Colin
▪ 2004       South African-born journalist (b. Jan. 3, 1919, Kestell, Orange Free State, S.Af.—d. June 8, 2003, Cape Town, S.Af.), was one of the West's most respected ...
legume
/leg"yoohm, li gyoohm"/, n. 1. any plant of the legume family, esp. those used for feed, food, or as a soil-improving crop. 2. the pod or seed vessel of such a plant. 3. any ...
legume family
the large plant family Leguminosae (or Fabaceae), typified by herbaceous plants, shrubs, trees, and vines having usually compound leaves, clusters of irregular, keeled flowers, ...
legumefamily
legume family n. The pea family. * * *
legumin
/li gyooh"meuhn/, n. Biochem. a globulin obtained from the seeds of leguminous and other plants. [1830-40; LEGUME + -IN2] * * *
leguminous
/li gyooh"meuh neuhs/, adj. 1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or bearing legumes. 2. belonging to the Leguminosae. Cf. legume family. [1650-60; < L legumin- (s. of legumen; see ...
legwarmer
leg warmer also leg·warm·er (lĕgʹwôr'mər) n. A knitted covering for the leg, resembling a stocking but without a foot, usually worn over tights or pants, as by dancers. * * ...
legwork
/leg"werrk'/, n. 1. work or research involving extensive walking or traveling about, usually away from one's office, as in gathering data for a book, a legal action, etc. 2. ...
legʷh-
Light, having little weight. Derivatives include levity, carnival, elevate, leprechaun, and lung. 1. Suffixed form *legʷh-t-. a. light2, from Old English līht, lēoht, ...
Leh
▪ India       town, eastern Jammu and Kashmir state, India, in the Kashmir region of the northern part of the Indian subcontinent. The town is located in the remote ...
Lehár
/lay"hahr/; Hung. /le"hahrdd/, n. Franz /frddahnts/, 1870-1948, Hungarian composer of operettas. * * *
Lehár, Franz
▪ Hungarian composer born April 30, 1870, Komárom, Hung., Austria-Hungary died Oct. 24, 1948, Bad Ischl, Austria  Hungarian composer of operettas who achieved worldwide ...
Lehár, Franz (Christian)
orig. Ferencz Christian Lehár born April 30, 1870, Komárom, Hung., Austria-Hungary died Oct. 24, 1948, Bad Ischl, Austria Hungarian composer. He began studying the violin at ...
Lehár,Franz
Le·hár (lāʹhär), Franz. 1870-1948. Hungarian composer of light operas, most notably The Merry Widow (1905). * * *
LeHavre
Le Ha·vre (lə häʹvrə, hävʹ) A city of northern France on the English Channel west-northwest of Paris. It has been a major port since the 16th century. Population: ...
lehayim
Ashk. /leuh khah"yim/; Seph. /leuh khah yeem"/, n. Hebrew. l'chaim. * * *
Lehi
▪ Utah, United States       city, Utah county, northern Utah, U.S. First called Evansville and then Dry Creek, upon its incorporation the city was renamed Lehi, after a ...
Lehigh
/lee"huy/, n. a river in E Pennsylvania, flowing SW and SE into the Delaware River. 103 mi. (165 km) long. * * * ▪ county, Pennsylvania, United States       county, ...
Lehigh University
▪ university, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States       private, coeducational institution of higher learning in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S. The university ...
Lehigh Valley Railroad Company
▪ American railway       American railroad whose growth was based on hauling coal from the anthracite mines of northeastern Pennsylvania. Originally founded in 1846 as ...
LehighRiver
Le·high River (lēʹhī') A river, about 166 km (103 mi) long, of eastern Pennsylvania flowing generally southeast to the Delaware River. * * *
Lehman
/lee"meuhn, lay"-/, n. Herbert H(enry), 1878-1963, U.S. banker and statesman. * * *
Lehman Caves
▪ caves, Nevada, United States       large, spectacular cavern at Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada, U.S. The cave lies 5 miles (8 km) west of Baker at the ...
Lehman, Ernest
▪ 2006       American screenwriter and film producer (b. Dec. 8, 1915, New York, N.Y.—d. July 2, 2005, Los Angeles, Calif.), wrote screenplays for some of the most ...
Lehmann
/lay"meuhn/; Ger. /lay"mahn/, n. 1. Lilli /lil"ee/, 1848-1929, German operatic soprano. 2. Lotte /law"teuh/, 1888-1976, German operatic soprano in the U.S. * * *
Lehmann, Johann Gottlob
▪ German geologist born Aug. 4, 1719, Langenhennersdorf, near Pirna, Saxony [Germany] died Jan. 22, 1767, St. Petersburg, Russia       German geologist who contributed ...
Lehmann, John
▪ British poet in full  John Frederick Lehmann   born June 2, 1907, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, Eng. died April 7, 1987, London  English poet, editor, publisher, and man ...
Lehmann, Lilli
▪ German singer born Nov. 24, 1848, Würzburg, Bavaria [Germany] died May 17, 1929, Berlin       German operatic soprano and lieder singer, known especially for her ...
Lehmann, Lotte
▪ American singer born Feb. 27, 1888, Perleberg, Ger. died Aug. 26, 1976, Santa Barbara, Calif., U.S.  German lyric-dramatic soprano, particularly renowned for her ...
Lehmann, Orla
▪ Danish politician in full  Peter Martin Orla Lehmann   born May 19, 1810, Copenhagen, Den. died Sept. 13, 1870, Copenhagen       political reformer who successfully ...
Lehmann, Rosamond Nina
▪ British novelist born Feb. 3, 1901, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, Eng. died March 12, 1990, London       English novelist noted for her sensitive portrayals of girls ...
Lehmann,Lotte
Leh·mann (lāʹmən, -män), Lotte. 1888-1976. German-born American soprano known for her performances in operas by Richard Strauss. She sang with the Metropolitan Opera in New ...
Lehmbruck
/laym"brddook/; Eng. /lem"brook, laym"-/, n. Wilhelm /vil"helm/, 1881-1919, German sculptor. * * *
Lehmbruck, Wilhelm
born Jan. 4, 1881, Meiderich, Ger. died March 25, 1919, Berlin German sculptor, painter, and printmaker. His youthful work was academically realistic, but he grew to admire the ...
Lehn, Jean-Marie
▪ French chemist born Sept. 30, 1939, Rosheim, France       French chemist who, together with Charles J. Pedersen (Pedersen, Charles J.) and Donald J. Cram (Cram, ...
lehr
/lear, lair/, n. an oven used to anneal glass. Also, leer. [1905-10; < G Lehr, Leer model] * * *
Lehrstück
▪ drama German:“lesson play”       a form of drama that is specifically didactic in purpose and that is meant to be performed outside the orthodox theatre. Such ...
Lehtonen, Joel
▪ Finnish author born Nov. 27, 1881, Sääminki, Fin. died 1934, Helsinki       Finnish novelist in the naturalistic tradition of Émile Zola and Maksim ...
lehua
/lay hooh"ah/, n. 1. Also called ohia lehua. a tree, Metrosideros villosa, of the Hawaiian islands, yielding a hard wood. 2. the bright-red, corymbose flower of this ...


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