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See lightheadedly. * * *
—lightheartedly, adv. —lightheartedness, n. /luyt"hahr"tid/, adj. carefree; cheerful; gay: a lighthearted laugh. [1375-1425; late ME ligt-herted; see LIGHT2, HEART, ...
See lighthearted. * * *
See lightheartedly. * * *
light heavyweight n. 1. A weight division in professional boxing having an upper limit of 175 pounds (78.7 kilograms), between super middleweight and cruiserweight. 2. A boxer ...
Lighthill, Sir James
▪ 1999       British mathematician who was considered one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century; his innovative contributions to such fields as applied ...
/luyt"hows'/, n., pl. lighthouses /-how'ziz/. 1. a tower or other structure displaying or flashing a very bright light for the guidance of ships in avoiding dangerous areas, in ...
lighthouse clock
an American mantel clock of the early 19th century, having the dial and works exposed beneath a glass dome on a tapered, cylindrical body. * * *
lighthouse coffeepot
a coffeepot of the late 17th and 18th centuries, having a tapering, circular body with a domed lid. * * *
Lighthouse Point
a city in NW Florida. 11,488. * * *
lighthouse tube
Electronics. a vacuum tube with the electrodes arranged in parallel layers closely spaced, giving a relatively high-power output at high frequencies. * * *
/luy"ting/, n. 1. the act of igniting or illuminating: the lighting of many candles; the annual lighting of the Christmas tree. 2. the arrangement of lights to achieve particular ...
lightish1 /luy"tish/, adj. rather light in color. [1650-60; LIGHT1 + -ISH1] lightish2 /luy"tish/, adj. rather light in weight. [LIGHT2 + -ISH1] * * *
—lightlessness, n. /luyt"lis/, adj. 1. without light or lights; receiving no light; dark. 2. giving no light. [bef. 1000; ME lihtles, OE leohtleas. See LIGHT1, -LESS] * * *
/luyt"lee/, adv. 1. with little weight, force, intensity, etc.; gently: to press lightly on a door bell. 2. to only a small amount or degree; slightly: lightly fried eggs. 3. ...
lightmachine gun
light machine gun n. An air-cooled machine gun not greater than.30 caliber. * * *
light meter n. See exposure meter. * * *
lightness1 /luyt"nis/, n. 1. the state or quality of being light in weight: the amazing lightness of the new metal. 2. the quality of being agile, nimble, or graceful. 3. lack of ...
/luyt"ning/, n., v., lightninged, lightning, adj. n. 1. a brilliant electric spark discharge in the atmosphere, occurring within a thundercloud, between clouds, or between a ...
lightning arrester
a device for preventing damage to radio, telephonic, or other electric equipment from lightning or other high-voltage currents, using spark gaps to carry the current to the ...
lightning bug
firefly. [1770-80, Amer.] * * *
lightning chess.
See speed chess. * * *
lightning rod
1. a rodlike conductor installed to divert lightning away from a structure by providing a direct path to the ground. 2. a person or thing that attracts and absorbs powerful and ...
lightning arrester n. A protective device for electrical equipment that reduces excessive voltage resulting from lightning to a safe level by grounding the discharge. * * *
lightning bug n. See firefly.   Regional Note: Although firefly remains the literary and formal word, lightning bug is the term used by the majority of Americans for the ...
lightning chess n. A form of chess in which each move must be completed within a very short time, usually ten seconds. * * *
lightning rod n. 1. A grounded metal rod placed high on a structure to prevent damage by conducting lightning to the ground. 2. One that attracts and absorbs powerful, typically ...
light opera n. See operetta. * * *
light pen n. A small, photosensitive device connected to a computer and moved by hand over an output display in order to manipulate information in the computer. * * *
/luyt"playn"/, n. a lightweight passenger airplane with relatively limited performance capability. [1920-25; LIGHT2 + (AIR)PLANE] * * *
light pollution n. Illumination of the night sky by electric lights, as in an urban area, that interferes with astronomical observation. * * *
/luyt"proohf'/, adj. impervious to light: a lightproof film cartridge. [1920-25; LIGHT1 + -PROOF] * * *
light reaction n. The first stage of photosynthesis, occurring only in the presence of light, during which energy captured from light drives the production of ATP. * * *
light reflex n. Contraction of the pupil of the eye in response to an increase in light. * * *
/luyts/, n.pl. the lungs, esp. of sheep, pigs, etc. [1150-1200; ME lihte, lightes, n. use of liht LIGHT2; cf. LUNG] * * *
lights out
1. Chiefly Mil. a signal, usually by drum or bugle, that all or certain camp or barracks lights are to be extinguished for the night. 2. bedtime. [1865-70] * * *
/luyt"ship'/, n. a ship anchored in a specific location and displaying or flashing a very bright light for the guidance of ships, as in avoiding dangerous areas. Abbr.: ...
light show n. A display of colored lights in shifting patterns, often accompanied by slides and film loops. * * *
lightsome1 —lightsomely, adv. —lightsomeness, n. /luyt"seuhm/, adj. 1. light, esp. in form, appearance, or movement; airy; buoyant; agile; nimble; graceful. 2. cheerful; gay; ...
See lightsome1,2. * * *
See lightsomely. * * *
lights out n. 1. A signal or command to extinguish lights for the night. 2. Bedtime. * * *
/luyt"tuyt'/, adj. Chiefly Brit. lightproof. [1880-85; LIGHT1 + TIGHT, on the model of WATERTIGHT, AIRTIGHT, etc.] * * *
light water n. Ordinary water, H2O. * * *
lightwave [līt′wāv΄] adj. of or designating a communications system, equipment, etc. using fiber optics * * *
/luyt"wayt'/, adj. 1. light in weight. 2. being lighter in weight, texture, etc., than another item or object of identical use, quality, or function: a lightweight topcoat; a ...
/luyt"wood', -ood/, n. Southern U.S. 1. Also called fatwood. kindling. 2. resinous pine wood used for kindling. [1675-85; LIGHT1 + WOOD1] * * *
var. of ligni- before a vowel: lignite. * * *
/luy nal"ohz, lig-/, n. (used with a sing. v.) agalloch. [1325-75; ME ligne aloes < ML lignum aloes wood of the aloe. See LIGN-, ALOE] * * *
/leen/; Fr. /leen"yeu/, n., pl. lignes /leenz/; Fr. /leen"yeu/. 1. (in Swiss watchmaking) a unit equal to 0.0888 inch or 2.2558 millimeters, divided into 12 douziemes: used ...
Ligne, Charles-Joseph, prince de
▪ Belgian military officer and author born May 23, 1735, Brussels, Austrian Netherlands [now in Belgium] died December 13, 1814, Vienna, Austria  Belgian military officer and ...
/lig"nee euhs/, adj. of the nature of or resembling wood; woody. [1620-30; < L ligneus of wood. See LIGN-, -EOUS] * * *
a combining form meaning "wood," used in the formation of compound words: ligniform. Also, ligno-; esp. before a vowel, lign-. [ < L, comb. form repr. lignum wood] * * *
See lignify. * * *
/lig"neuh fawrm'/, adj. having the form of wood; resembling wood, as a variety of asbestos. [1790-1800; LIGNI- + -FORM] * * *
—lignification, n. /lig"neuh fuy'/, v., lignified, lignifying. v.t. 1. to convert into wood; cause to become woody. v.i. 2. to become wood or woody. [1820-30; LIGNI- + -FY] * * ...
/lig"nin/, n. 1. Bot. an organic substance that, with cellulose, forms the chief part of woody tissue. 2. Papermaking. impure matter found in wood pulp. [1815-25; LIGN- + -IN2] * ...
lignin sulfonate
Chem. a brown powder consisting of a sulfonate salt made from waste liquor of the sulfate pulping process of soft wood: used in concrete, leather tanning, as an additive in ...
—lignitic /lig nit"ik/, adj. /lig"nuyt/, n. a soft coal, usually dark brown, often having a distinct woodlike texture, and intermediate in density and carbon content between ...
lignite wax.
See montan wax. * * *
See lignite. * * *
/lig niv"euhr euhs/, adj. xylophagous. [1820-30; LIGNI- + -VOROUS] * * *
var. of ligni-: lignocellulose. * * *
/lig"neuh kayn'/, n. Pharm. lidocaine. [1950-55; LIGNO- + (xylo)caine an earlier name (LIGNO- being the L version of XYLO-); for -caine, see LIDOCAINE] * * *
—lignocellulosic /lig'noh sel'yeuh los"ik/, adj. /lig'noh sel"yeuh lohs'/, n. Bot. any of various compounds of lignin and cellulose comprising the essential part of woody cell ...
lignum vitae
/lig"neuhm vuy"tee, vee"tuy/ 1. either of two tropical American trees, Guaiacum officinale or G. sanctum, of the caltrop family, having very hard, heavy wood. 2. the wood of such ...
lig·num vi·tae (lĭg'nəm vīʹtē) n. pl. lignum vitaes 1. Either of two tropical American trees (Guaiacum officinale or G. sanctum) having evergreen leaves and very heavy, ...
Līgo feast
      in Baltic religion, the major celebration honouring the sun goddess, Saule (q.v.). * * *
Ligorio, Pirro
▪ Italian architect born c. 1510, , Naples died October 1583, Ferrara [Italy]       Italian architect, painter, landscaper, and antiquarian who designed the Villa ...
/lig"roh in/, n. a flammable mixture of hydrocarbons that boils at from 20°C to 135°C, obtained from petroleum by distillation and used as a solvent. Also, ligroine. [1880-85; ...
—ligular, adj. —liguloid, adj. /lig"yeuh leuh/, n., pl. ligulae /-lee'/, ligulas. 1. Bot., Zool. a tonguelike or strap-shaped part or organ. 2. Bot. ligule. [1750-60; < NL, ...
/lig"yeuh lit, -layt'/, adj. 1. having or forming a ligula. 2. having the shape of a strap. Also, ligulated /lig"yeuh lay'tid/. [1745-55; LIGUL(A) + -ATE1] * * *
/lig"yoohl/, n. Bot. 1. a thin, membranous outgrowth from the base of the blade of most grasses. 2. a strap-shaped corolla, as in the ray flowers of the head of certain composite ...
Liguori, Saint Alfonso Maria de'
▪ Roman Catholic priest and theologian Alfonso also spelled  Alphonsus   born Sept. 27, 1696, Marianella, Kingdom of Naples died Aug. 1, 1787, Pagani; canonized 1839; feast ...
/lig"yoor/, n. a precious stone, probably the jacinth. Ex. 28:19. [1275-1325; ME ligury < LL ligurius < LGk ligýrion a kind of precious stone] * * *
/li gyoor"ee euh/, n. a region in NW Italy. 1,881,982; 2099 sq. mi. (5435 sq. km). * * * Region (pop., 2001 prelim.: 1,560,748), northwestern Italy. Covering 2,092 sq mi (5,418 ...
/li gyoor"ee euhn/, n. 1. an apparently Indo-European language used in ancient times along the NW coast of the Ligurian Sea. adj. 2. of or pertaining to Liguria or its ...
Ligurian language
      language spoken by the Ligurians in northwestern Italy (and perhaps also in southern France and northeastern Spain) in pre-Roman and early Roman times. It is ...
Ligurian Republic
the republic in NW Italy set up by Napoleon in 1797, incorporated into France in 1805, and united with the Kingdom of Sardinia in 1814. * * * ▪ historical republic, ...
Ligurian Sea
a part of the Mediterranean between Corsica and the NW coast of Italy. * * * ▪ sea, Italy Latin  Mare Ligusticum,  Italian  Mare Ligure,  French  Mer Ligurienne, ...
/li gus"treuhm/, n. any of various shrubs or trees belonging to the genus Ligustrum, of the olive family, comprising the privets. [ < NL (Linnaeus); L: privet] * * *
▪ Hawaii, United States       city, seat of Kauai county, southeastern Kauai island, Hawaii, U.S. Sugarcane became the locality's economic mainstay with the foundation ...
▪ Chinese literature Chinese“Record of Rites”Wade-Giles romanization  Li-chi        one of the Five Classics ( Wujing) of Chinese Confucian literature, the ...
Wade-Giles romanization  li-chia        system of social organization in Ming dynasty China. See baojia. * * *
Body, form; like, same. Germanic root. Derivatives include alike, each, and frolic. 1. lych-gate, from Old English līc, form, body. 2. -ly1, -ly2, from Old English -līc, having ...
—likableness, likability, n. /luy"keuh beuhl/, adj. readily or easily liked; pleasing: a likable young man. Also, likeable. [1720-30; LIKE2 + -ABLE] Syn. genial, attractive, ...
See likable. * * *
/li kah"see/, n. a city in the S Democratic Republic of the Congo. 150,000. Formerly, Jadotville. * * * ▪ Democratic Republic of the Congo formerly (until 1966)  Jadotville ...
like1 —liker, n. /luyk/, adj., (Poetic) liker, likest, prep., adv., conj., n., v., liked, liking, interj. adj. 1. of the same form, appearance, kind, character, amount, etc.: I ...
—like-mindedly, adv. —like-mindedness, n. /luyk"muyn"did/, adj. having a similar or identical opinion, disposition, etc.: a like-minded friend. [1520-30; LIKE1 + -MINDED] * * ...
/luy"keuh beuhl/, adj. likable. * * *
See likableness. * * *
/luyk"lee hood'/, n. 1. the state of being likely or probable; probability. 2. a probability or chance of something: There is a strong likelihood of his being elected. 3. ...
/luyk"lee/, adj., likelier, likeliest, adv. adj. 1. probably or apparently destined (usually fol. by an infinitive): something not likely to happen. 2. seeming like truth, fact, ...
/luy"keuhn/, v.t. to represent as similar or like; compare: to liken someone to a weasel. [1275-1325; ME liknen. See LIKE1, -EN1] * * *
/luyk"nis/, n. 1. a representation, picture, or image, esp. a portrait: to draw a good likeness of Churchill. 2. the state or fact of being like: I can't get over your likeness ...
Likert, Rensis
▪ American social scientist born August 5, 1903, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S. died September 3, 1981, Ann Arbor, Michigan       American social scientist who developed ...
/luyk"wuyz'/, adv. 1. moreover; in addition; also; too: She is likewise a fine lawyer. 2. in like manner; in the same way; similarly: I'm tempted to do likewise. [1400-50; late ...
Likhachev, Dmitry Sergeyevich
▪ 2000       Russian intellectual, literary historian, and author of more than 1,000 scholarly works who devoted his life to defending his country's Christian and ...
/lee"keen"/, n. (formerly in China) a provincial duty imposed on articles of trade that are in transit. [1875-80; < earlier or dial. Chin, for Chin líjin (lí.001 ounce + jin ...
/luy"king/, n. 1. preference, inclination, or favor: to show a liking for privacy. 2. pleasure or taste: much to his liking. 3. the state or feeling of a person who likes. [bef. ...
/lik"euhr/, n. Eye Dialect. liquor. * * *
Likoma Island
▪ island, Malawi       island in Lake Nyasa (Nyasa, Lake), Malawi (Malaŵi), just northwest of Cóbuè, Mozambique. Located near the lake's eastern shore, the rocky and ...
/lee"koohd, lee koohd"/, n. a conservative political party in Israel, founded in 1973. [ < Heb likkudh lit., consolidation] * * * Coalition of Israeli right-wing political ...
/li kooh"teuh/, n., pl. makuta /mah kooh"teuh/. a paper money, aluminum coin, and monetary unit of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the 100th part of a zaire. * * *
Lil Wayne
▪ 2009 Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.; “Weezy”  born Sept. 27, 1982, New Orleans, La.  Lil Wayne, regarded by many as the best rap artist of his generation, had a banner ...
/lee"lah/, n. Hinduism. creation, seen as the playful activity of a god. [1820-30; < Skt lila play, sport, diversion] * * *
/luy"leuh/, n. a female given name, form of Leila. * * *
/luy"leuhk, -lahk, -lak/, n. 1. any of various shrubs belonging to the genus Syringa, of the olive family, as S. vulgaris, having large clusters of fragrant purple or white ...
/luy lay"sheuhs/, adj. of or approaching the color lilac. [1850-55; LILAC + -EOUS] * * *
/li lahng"ge nee, lee'lahng gen"ee/, n., pl. emalangeni /em'euh lahng gen"ee/ a cupronickel coin, paper money, and monetary unit of Swaziland, equal to 100 cents. * * *
Lilar, Suzanne
▪ Belgian author born May 21, 1901, Ghent, Belgium died December 11, 1992, Brussels       Belgian essayist, novelist, and playwright, the mother of the novelist ...
Lilburn, Douglas Gordon
▪ 2002       New Zealand composer (b. Nov. 2, 1915, Wanganui, N.Z.—d. June 6, 2001, Wellington, N.Z.), was one of New Zealand's most distinctive composers, fusing ...
Lilburne, John
born 1614?, Greenwich, near London, Eng. died Aug. 29, 1657, Eltham, Kent English revolutionary. A Separatist, he joined the Puritan opposition to Charles I and helped smuggle ...
/lil"ee/, n. a female given name. Also, Lilli. * * *
Lili Marleen
▪ popular song English  Lili Marlene , or  Lilli Marlene        German song popular during World War II among both German and Allied soldiers. Hans Leip ...
Lili Marlene
a song that became popular with both British and German soldiers during World War II, especially those fighting in North Africa. It is about a young woman waiting for a soldier ...
▪ plant family       the lily family of the flowering plant order Liliales, with 16 genera and 635 species of herbs and shrubs, native primarily to temperate and ...
/lil'ee ay"sheuhs/, adj. 1. of or like the lily. 2. belonging to the plant family Liliaceae. Cf. lily family. [1725-35; < LL liliaceus. See LILY, -ACEOUS] * * *
▪ plant order Introduction  the lily order of monocotyledonous (monocotyledon) flowering plants, containing 11 families, 67 genera, and 1,558 species of largely perennial ...
Lilian Baylis
➡ Baylis * * *
/lil"eed/, adj. 1. abounding in lilies. 2. Archaic. lilylike; white. [1605-15; LILY + -ED3] * * *
Liliencron, Detlev, Baron von
▪ German writer in full  Friedrich Adolf Axel Detlev Liliencron   born June 3, 1844, Kiel, Holstein [Germany] died July 22, 1909, Alt-Rahlstedt, near ...
/lil"ee euhn thawl'/; for 2 also Ger. /lee"lee euhn tahl'/, n. 1. David E(ly), 1899-1981, U.S. public administrator. 2. Otto /awt"oh/, 1848-96, German aeronautical engineer and ...
Lilienthal standard glider
▪ aircraft  monoplane hang glider designed, built, and first flown by the German aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal (Lilienthal, Otto) in 1894.       The Lilienthal ...
Lilienthal, David E.
▪ American businessman in full  David Eli Lilienthal   born July 8, 1899, Morton, Ill., U.S. died Jan. 15, 1981, New York, N.Y.       American businessman and ...
Lilienthal, Otto
▪ German aeronautical engineer born May 23, 1848, Anklam, Prussia [now in Germany] died Aug. 10, 1896, Berlin  German aviation pioneer. Lilienthal was the most significant ...
/lil"ith/, n. 1. Semitic Myth. a female demon dwelling in deserted places and attacking children. 2. Jewish Folklore. Adam's first wife, before Eve was created. * * * In Jewish ...
/lee lee'ooh oh kah lah"nee/, n. Lydia Kamekeha /kah'me ke"hah/, 1838-1917, last queen of the Hawaiian Islands 1891-93. * * * orig. Lydia Kamakaeha born Sept. 2, 1838, ...
Liliuokalani,Lydia Kamekeha Paki
Li·li·u·o·ka·la·ni (lə-lē'ə-ō-kə-läʹnē, lē-lē'o͞o-ō-kä-läʹnē), Lydia Kamekeha Paki. 1838-1917. Queen of the Hawaiian Islands (1891-1893). She was the last ...
/leel/, n. a city in and the capital of Nord, in N France. 177,218. Formerly, Lisle. * * * City (pop., 1999: city, 184,493; metro area, 1,000,900), northern France, situated on ...
Lille I, II, and III, Universities of
▪ university, Lille, France French  Universités De Lille I, Ii, Et Iii,         coeducational, autonomous, state-financed institutions of higher learning at Lille, ...
Lille lace
      bobbin-made lace made since the 16th century in the town of Lille, formerly in Flanders but now in northwestern France. It was notable for its very fine net ...
▪ France       town, northwestern France, Seine-Maritime département, Haute-Normandie région, north of the Seine River and east of Le Havre. The Romans called it ...
▪ Norway       town, southeastern Norway, lying where the Lågen (river) flows into Lake Mjøsa (the largest lake in Norway) in the southern end of Gudbrands Valley ...
Lillehei, C Walton
▪ 2000       American surgeon who in 1952 performed the first successful open-heart operation; he also helped develop the first wearable pacemaker and artificial heart ...
Lilli burlero
▪ ballad by Wharton also spelled  Lillibullero        17th-century English political song that played a part in driving James II from the throne in 1688. Written in ...
/lil"ee euhn/, n. a female given name. Also, Lilian. * * * (as used in expressions) Gish Lillian Diana Hellman Lillian Florence Russell Lillian * * *
Lillian Gish
➡ Gish * * *
Lillian Hellman
➡ Hellman * * *
➡ Lilliburlero * * *
/lil'ee beuh lear"oh/, n. 1. a part of the refrain to a song deriding the Irish Roman Catholics, popular in England during and after the revolution of 1688. 2. the song, or the ...
(also Lillibulero) the signature tune (= tune played to identify a radio station) of the BBC World Service. The music is by Henry Purcell and was written for a satirical 17th ...
(as used in expressions) Langtry Lillie Lillie Beatrice Gladys Lillie Louise Fontanne * * *
Lillie Langtry
➡ Langtry * * *
Lillie, Beatrice
▪ actress and comedienne in full  Beatrice Gladys Lillie , byname  Bea Lillie , married name (from 1925)  Lady Peel  born May 29, 1894, Toronto, Ont., Can. died Jan. 20, ...
Lillie, Beatrice (Gladys)
born May 29, 1894, Toronto, Ont., Can. died Jan. 20, 1989, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, Eng. Canadian-born British comedienne. She made her London stage debut as a singer in ...
Lillie, Frank Rattray
▪ American zoologist born June 27, 1870, Toronto, Ont., Can. died Nov. 5, 1947, Chicago, Ill., U.S.       American zoologist and embryologist, known for his discoveries ...
/lil"i put', -peuht/, n. an imaginary country inhabited by people about 6 in. (15 cm) tall, described in Swift's Gulliver's Travels. * * *
/lil'i pyooh"sheuhn/, adj. 1. extremely small; tiny; diminutive. 2. petty; trivial: Our worries are Lilliputian when compared with those of people whose nations are at war. n. 3. ...
➡ Lilliput * * *
/lil"oh/, n. George, 1693?-1739, English dramatist. * * *
Lillo, George
▪ English dramatist born Feb. 4, 1693, London, Eng. died Sept. 3, 1739, London       English dramatist of pioneer importance in whose domestic tragedy The London ...
/li lawng"way/, n. a city in and the capital of Malawi, in the SW part. 20,000. * * * Capital and second largest city (pop., 1994 est.: metro. area, 395,500), Malawi. It is the ...
—liltingly, adv. —liltingness, n. /lilt/, n. 1. rhythmic swing or cadence. 2. a lilting song or tune. v.i., v.t. 3. to sing or play in a light, tripping, or rhythmic ...
—lilylike, adj. /lil"ee/, n., pl. lilies, adj. n. 1. any scaly-bulbed plant of the genus Lilium, having showy, funnel-shaped or bell-shaped flowers. Cf. lily family. 2. the ...
/lil"e/, n. a female given name. Also, Lilly. * * * (as used in expressions) day lily African lily lily of the Nile Lily Claudette Chauchoin lily family lily of the valley Lily ...
lily family
the large plant family Liliaceae, characterized by chiefly herbaceous plants growing from bulbs, corms, rhizomes, or tubers, having narrow, parallel-veined, usually basal leaves, ...
lily iron
a harpoon whose head may be detached. [1830-40] * * *
lily of the valley
pl. lilies of the valley. a plant, Convallaria majalis, having an elongated cluster of small, drooping, bell-shaped, fragrant white flowers. [1555-65] * * * Fragrant perennial ...
lily pad
the large, floating leaf of a water lily. [1805-15, Amer.] * * *
Lily Savage
➡ Savage * * *
Lily, William
born 1468?, Odiham, Hampshire, Eng. died Feb. 25, 1522, London English Renaissance scholar and classical grammarian. Having made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and visited Greece ...
/lil"ee liv"euhrd/, adj. weak or lacking in courage; cowardly; pusillanimous. [1595-1605; LILY + LIVER1 + -ED3] * * *
/lil"ee euhv dheuh nuyl"/, n. a plant, Agapanthus africanus, of the amaryllis family, native to Africa, having large umbels of blue flowers. Also called African lily. * * *
/lil"ee trot'euhr/, n. jaçana. [1915-20] * * *
adj. /lil"ee hwuyt", -wuyt"/; n. /lil"ee hwuyt', -wuyt'/, adj. 1. white as a lily: soft lily-white skin. 2. pure; untouched by corruption or imperfection; above reproach: He ...
/lil"yeuhn/, n. a female given name. * * *
lily family n. A large family of plants, the Liliaceae, characterized by showy flowers with six perianth segments, six stamens, and a superior ovary and usually producing bulbs ...
lilyof the Nile
lily of the Nile n. pl. lilies of the Nile See African lily. * * *
lilyof the valley
lily of the valley n. pl. lilies of the valley A widely cultivated ornamental European plant (Convallaria majalis) having one-sided racemes of fragrant, bell-shaped white ...
lily pad n. One of the floating leaves of a water lily. * * *
/lil"ee terrf'/, n. 1. liriope. 2. See mondo grass. [LILY + TURF] * * *
LIM abbrev. linear (induction) motor * * * lim abbr. Mathematics. limit. * * *
Lim Fjord
/leem/ a fjord in N Denmark running E from the North Sea to the Kattegat. ab. 110 mi. (175 km) long. * * *
Lim Goh Tong
▪ 2008       Chinese-born Malaysian entrepreneur born April 16, 1917, Anxi, Fujian province, China died Oct. 23, 2007, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malay. built the highly ...
Lim, Alfredo
▪ 1994       When underdog Alfredo Lim overcame the odds against him to beat six opponents in Manila's March 1992 mayoral election, he faced a daunting mandate: to clean ...
limit. * * *
/lee"meuh/ or, Sp., /lee"mah/ for 1; /luy"meuh/ for 2, n. 1. a city in and the capital of Peru, near the Pacific coast. 3,317,648. 2. a city in NW Ohio. 47,381. /lee"meuh/, n. a ...
Lima Barreto, Afonso Henriques de
▪ Brazilian author born May 13, 1881, Rio de Janeiro died Nov. 1, 1922, Rio de Janeiro       Brazilian novelist, journalist, short-story writer, and an aggressive ...
lima bean
/luy"meuh/ 1. a bean, Phaseolus limensis, having a broad, flat, edible seed. 2. the seed, used for food. [1810-20; named after LIMA, Peru] * * *       any of a variety of ...
Lima, Jorge de
▪ Brazilian author born April 23, 1895, União dos Palmares, Braz. died Nov. 15, 1953, Rio de Janeiro       Brazilian poet and novelist who became one of the foremost ...
Lima, Manuel dos Santos
▪ Angolan author born January 28, 1935, Silva Porto, Angola       Angolan poet, dramatist, and novelist whose writing is rooted in the struggle for liberation of Angola ...
li·ma bean (līʹmə) n. In both senses also called regionally butter bean. 1. Any of several varieties of a tropical American plant (Phaseolus limensis) having flat pods ...
/lim"euh suyn', -sin, luy"meuh-/, adj. pertaining to or resembling a slug; sluglike. [1885-90; < L limac- (s. of limax) slug, snail + -INE1] * * *
/lim"euh son'/, n. Geom. a plane curve generated by the locus of a point on a line at a fixed distance from the point of intersection of the line with a fixed circle, as the line ...
/li mahn", -man"/, n. Geol. 1. a muddy lagoon, marsh, or lake near the mouth of a river behind part of the delta and more or less protected from open water by a barrier or ...
Liman von Sanders, Otto
born Feb. 17, 1855, Stolp, Pomerania died Aug. 22, 1929, Munich, Ger. German general. He entered the German army in 1874 and rose to lieutenant general. He reorganized the ...
Liman, Arthur
▪ 1998       American lawyer (b. Nov. 5, 1932, New York, N.Y.—d. July 17, 1997, New York), served as chief counsel on many high-profile cases, including the ...
Limann, Hilla
▪ 1999       Ghanaian politician who engaged in a seesaw battle with Lieut. Jerry Rawlings for the presidency of Ghana; Limann was elected president in 1979 when he ...
▪ island, Philippines       small island of historic importance near the island of Leyte, east-central Philippines. Located about 4 miles (6 km) off the southern tip of ...
/lim'euh sawl"/, n. a seaport in S Cyprus: Phoenician ruins. 48,000. Also, Limmasol. Ancient, Lemessus. * * * ▪ Cyprus Greek  Lemesós,  Turkish  Limasol, ...
Town (pop., 1991: 10,350), seat of Limavady district (pop., 2001: 32,422), Northern Ireland. The town is on the River Roe east of the old city of Londonderry. It dates from the ...
limb1 —limbless, adj. /lim/, n. 1. a part or member of an animal body distinct from the head and trunk, as a leg, arm, or wing: the lower limbs; artificial limbs. 2. a large or ...
limb darkening
In astrophysics, the gradual decrease in observed brightness of the disk of a star from its centre to its edge (limb). This phenomenon, readily apparent in photographs of the ...
/lim"beuh/, n. 1. an African tree, Terminalia superba, having yellowish-brown wood. 2. the wood of this tree. [1935-40; of uncert. orig.] * * *
/lim"bayt/, adj. Bot., Zool. bordered, as a flower in which one color is surrounded by an edging of another. [1820-30; < LL limbatus bordered, edged. See LIMB2, -ATE1] * * *
(1951– ) a US broadcaster. Since 1988 he has had a popular radio talk show on which he expresses his strong right-wing opinions. Limbaugh also appears on television and has ...
Limbaugh, Rush
▪ 1994       With his 1992 book The Way Things Ought to Be having spent well over a year on the best-seller list and the release of his 1993 follow-up, See, I Told You ...
▪ Cameroon formerly  Victoria         town and port located in southwestern Cameroon. It lies along Ambas Bay in the Gulf of Guinea (Guinea, Gulf of), at the ...
/limd/, adj. having a specified number or kind of limbs (often used in combination): a long-limbed dancer. [1275-1325; ME; see LIMB1, -ED3] * * *
limber1 —limberly, adv. —limberness, n. /lim"beuhr/, adj. 1. characterized by ease in bending the body; supple; lithe. 2. bending readily; flexible; pliant. v.i. 3. to make ...
limber hole
Naut. any of a series of holes pierced through a frame or floor to allow the passage of accumulated moisture. [1620-30] * * *
limber pine
a pine, Pinus flexilis, of western North America, having light, soft wood used locally for railroad ties, poles, fuel, etc. * * *
See limber1. * * *
/lim"beuhr nek'/, n. Vet. Pathol. a fatal infection of botulism affecting birds, esp. chickens and ducks, characterized by weakness of the neck muscles and inability to ...
See limberly. * * *
limbers [lim′bərz] pl.n. 〚prob. < Fr lumière, a hole, aperture, lit., light < VL luminaria, orig. pl. of L luminare, a light, window: see LUMINARY〛 Naut. holes in the ...
lim·bi (lĭmʹbī') n. Plural of limbus. * * *
/lim"bik/, adj. pertaining to or of the nature of a limbus or border; marginal. [1880-85; LIMB(US)2 + -IC] * * *
limbic system
Anat. a ring of interconnected structures in the midline of the brain around the hypothalamus, involved with emotion and memory and with homeostatic regulatory ...
limbic system n. A group of interconnected deep brain structures, common to all mammals, and involved in olfaction, emotion, motivation, behavior, and various autonomic ...
limbo1 /lim"boh/, n., pl. limbos. 1. (often cap.) Rom. Cath. Theol. a region on the border of hell or heaven, serving as the abode after death of unbaptized infants (limbo of ...
Fr. /laonn boohrdd"/, n. See under Limburg. * * *
Limbourg brothers
or Limburg brothers flourished с 1400–1416 Flemish illuminators. Sons of a sculptor, the three brothers Pol, Herman, and Jehanequin de Limbourg learned the goldsmith's art ...
▪ people       the second most numerous tribe of the indigenous people called Kiranti, living in Nepal on the easternmost section of the Himalayas between the Arun River ...
/lim"berrg/; Du. /lim"buerddkh/, n. a medieval duchy in W Europe: now divided into a province in the SE Netherlands (Limburg) and a province in NE Belgium (Limbourg). * * * ▪ ...
Limburg brothers
▪ Flemish artists Limburg also spelled  Limbourg   three Flemish brothers who were the most famous of all late Gothic manuscript illuminators (illuminated manuscript). Pol, ...
/lim"berr'geuhr/, n. a variety of soft white cheese of strong odor and flavor. Also called Limburger cheese, Limburg cheese. [1810-20; named after LIMBURG; see -ER1] * * * ▪ ...
Limburger (cheese)
Limburger (cheese) [lim′bʉr΄gər] n. a semisoft cheese of whole milk, with a strong odor and flavor, made originally in Limburg, Belgium: also Limburg (cheese) * * *
▪ rock       dark-coloured volcanic rock that resembles basalt but normally contains no feldspar. It is associated principally with nepheline-basalts and ...
limbus1 /lim"beuhs/, n., pl. limbi /-buy/. limbo1. [1400-50; late ME < ML; L: LIMBUS2] limbus2 /lim"beuhs/, n., pl. limbi /-buy/. Anat., Zool. a border, edge, or limb. [1665-75; ...
lime1 —limeless, adj. —limelike, adj. /luym/, n., v., limed, liming. n. 1. Also called burnt lime, calcium oxide, caustic lime, calx, quicklime. a white or grayish-white, ...
lime burner
a person who makes lime by burning or calcining limestone, shells, etc. [1300-50; ME] * * *
lime glass
inexpensive glass containing a large proportion of lime, used for making cheap glasses, windowpanes, etc. [1905-10] * * *
lime hydrate.
See slaked lime. * * *
lime liniment
Pharm. See carron oil. [1875-80] * * *
lime sulfur
Chem. a mixture of lime and sulfur that has been boiled in water: used in powdered form or in aqueous solution as an insecticide, a fungicide, and a sheep dip. Also, lime ...
lime tree
a linden or basswood. [1615-25] * * *
lime twig
1. a twig smeared with birdlime to catch birds. 2. a snare or trap. [1400-50; late ME] * * *
/luym"jooh'seuhr/, n. Slang. 1. a British person. 2. a British sailor. [1855-60; so called because British sailors were required by law to drink lime juice to ward off scurvy] * ...
/luym'ayd", luym"ayd'/, n. a beverage consisting of lime juice, a sweetener, and plain or carbonated water. [1890-95; LIME2 + -ADE1] * * *
/luym"hows'/, n. a dock district in the East End of London, England, once notorious for its squalor: formerly a Chinese quarter. * * * ▪ neighbourhood, Tower Hamlets, London, ...
Li·mei·ra (lĭ-māʹrä) A city of southeast Brazil northwest of São Paulo. Citrus fruits and silkworm cultivation are important to its economy. Population: 207,416. * * ...
/luym"kil', -kiln'/, n. a kiln or furnace for making lime by calcining limestone or shells. [1250-1300; ME limkilne. See LIME1, KILN] * * *
—limelighter, n. /luym"luyt'/, n. 1. Theat. a. (formerly) a lighting unit for spotlighting the front of the stage, producing illumination by means of a flame of mixed gases ...
/luy"meuhn/, n., pl. limens, limina /lim"euh neuh/. threshold (def. 4). [1890-95; < L limen] * * *
/luym"kwot'/, n. 1. a hybrid citrus tree produced by crossing the lime and the kumquat. 2. the tart, pale yellow fruit of this tree. [LIME2 + (KUM)QUAT] * * *
/lim"euhr ik/, n. a kind of humorous verse of five lines, in which the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines, which are shorter, ...
/lim"euhr ik/, n. 1. a county in N Munster, in the SW Republic of Ireland. 100,865; 1037 sq. mi. (2686 sq. km). 2. its county seat: a seaport at the head of the Shannon estuary. ...
Limerick lace
▪ Irish lace       strictly speaking not lace at all but embroidered machine-made net the appearance of which approximates true lace. It was made at Mount Kennet, near ...
/luy"mees/, n., pl. limites /lim"i teez'/. 1. a boundary, esp. the fortified border or frontier of a country. 2. (cap.) See Siegfried line. 3. an ancient Roman frontier ...
/luym"stohn'/, n. a sedimentary rock consisting predominantly of calcium carbonate, varieties of which are formed from the skeletons of marine microorganisms and coral: used as a ...
limestone lettuce
a variety of lettuce derived from Bibb lettuce. * * *
/luym"waw'teuhr, -wot'euhr/, n. 1. an aqueous solution of slaked lime, used in medicine, antacids, and lotions, and to absorb carbon dioxide from the air. 2. water containing ...
/luym"wood'/, n. the wood of a linden. [1725-35; LIME3 + WOOD1] * * *
/luy"mee/, n., pl. limeys, adj. Slang (sometimes disparaging and offensive). n. 1. a British sailor. 2. a British person. 3. a British ship. adj. 4. British. [1885-90; see ...
Strait across northern Jutland, Denmark, connecting the North Sea and the Kattegat. It is 110 mi (180 km) long and is actually a series of fjords dotted with islands. In 1825 ...
/luy mik"euh luyn', -lin/, adj. shore-inhabiting; of or pertaining to numerous birds of the families Charadriidae, comprising the plovers, and Scolopacidae, comprising the ...
/luy mik"euh leuhs/, adj. dwelling in mud or muddy regions. [1885-90; < LL limicol(a) mud-dweller + -OUS; see LIME1, -COLOUS] * * *
lim·i·na (lĭmʹə-nə) n. A plural of limen. * * *
/lim"euh nl, luy"meuh-/, adj. Psychol. of, pertaining to, or situated at the limen. [1880-85; < L limin- (s. of limen) threshold + -AL1] * * *
/lim'euh nal"i tee/, n. Anthropol. the transitional period or phase of a rite of passage, during which the participant lacks social status or rank, remains anonymous, shows ...
—limitable, adj. —limitableness, n. /lim"it/, n. 1. the final, utmost, or furthest boundary or point as to extent, amount, continuance, procedure, etc.: the limit of his ...
limit of proportionality
Physics. See elastic limit. * * *
limit of resolution
Optics. the capacity of an optical system to resolve point objects as separate images. * * *
limit order
Stock Market. an order to buy or sell a specified amount of a security at a specific price. Also called limited order. Cf. stop order, market order. * * *
limit point
Math. See accumulation point. [1900-05] * * *
limit switch
a switch that automatically cuts off current to an electric motor when an object moved by it, as an elevator, has passed a given point. [1925-30] * * *
See limit. * * *
/lim"i ter'ee/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or serving as a limit. 2. Archaic. subject to limits; limited. [1610-20; LIMIT + -ARY] * * *
/lim'i tay"sheuhn/, n. 1. a limiting condition; restrictive weakness; lack of capacity; inability or handicap: He knows his limitations as a writer. 2. something that limits; a ...
limitations, statute of
Legislative act restricting the time within which legal proceedings may be brought, usually to a fixed period after the occurrence of the events that gave rise to the cause of ...
/lim"i tay'tiv/, adj. limiting; restrictive. [1520-30; < ML limitativus. See LIMITATION, -IVE] * * *
—limitedly, adv. —limitedness, n. /lim"i tid/, adj. 1. confined within limits; restricted or circumscribed: a limited space; limited resources. 2. restricted with reference ...

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