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litchi
/lee"chee/, n., pl. litchis. 1. the fruit of a Chinese tree, Litchi chinensis, of the soapberry family, consisting of a thin, brittle shell enclosing a sweet, jellylike pulp and ...
litchi nut
the brownish, dried litchi fruit. [1875-80] * * *
litcrit
lit crit (krĭt) n. Informal Literary criticism. * * *
LitD
LitD or Lit.D. see LITTD * * * LitD abbr. Latin. Litterarum Doctor (Doctor of Letters; Doctor of Literature). * * *
lite
—liteness, n. /luyt/, adj. 1. an informal, simplified spelling of light2 (defs. 12, 13), used esp. in labeling or advertising commercial products: lite beer. n. 2. light2 (def. ...
liter
/lee"teuhr/, n. a unit of capacity redefined in 1964 by a reduction of 28 parts in a million to be exactly equal to one cubic decimeter. It is equivalent to 1.0567 U.S. liquid ...
literacy
/lit"euhr euh see/, n. 1. the quality or state of being literate, esp. the ability to read and write. 2. possession of education: to question someone's literacy. 3. a person's ...
literacy test
an examination to determine whether a person meets the literacy requirements for voting, serving in the armed forces, etc.; a test of one's ability to read and write. [1865-70] * ...
literal
—literalness, n. /lit"euhr euhl/, adj. 1. in accordance with, involving, or being the primary or strict meaning of the word or words; not figurative or metaphorical: the ...
literal-minded
/lit"euhr euhl muyn'did/, adj. unimaginative; prosaic; matter-of-fact. [1865-70] * * *
literalism
—literalist, n. —literalistic, adj. —literalistically, adv. /lit"euhr euh liz'euhm/, n. 1. adherence to the exact letter or the literal sense, as in translation or ...
literalist
See literalism. * * *
literalistic
See literalist. * * *
literality
/lit'euh ral"i tee/, n., pl. literalities. 1. the quality or state of being literal; literalness. 2. a literal interpretation. [1640-50; LITERAL + -ITY] * * *
literalize
—literalization, n. —literalizer, n. /lit"euhr euh luyz'/, v.t., literalized, literalizing. to make literal; interpret literally. Also, esp. Brit., literalise. [1820-30; ...
literally
/lit"euhr euh lee/, adv. 1. in the literal or strict sense: What does the word mean literally? 2. in a literal manner; word for word: to translate literally. 3. actually; without ...
literalness
See literal. * * *
literarily
See literary. * * *
literariness
See literarily. * * *
literary
—literarily, adv. —literariness, n. /lit"euh rer'ee/, adj. 1. pertaining to or of the nature of books and writings, esp. those classed as literature: literary history. 2. ...
literary criticism
Discipline concerned with philosophical, descriptive, and evaluative inquiries about literature, including what literature is, what it does, and what it is worth. The Western ...
literary executor
a person entrusted with the publishable works and other papers of a deceased author. [1865-70] * * *
literary sketch
▪ literary genre       short prose narrative, often an entertaining account of some aspect of a culture written by someone within that culture for readers outside of ...
Literary Voices for Islam in the West
▪ 2006       The Muslim population in Europe and North America is growing quickly, but even more significant is the degree of attention being paid to this very ...
literate
—literately, adv. /lit"euhr it/, adj. 1. able to read and write. 2. having or showing knowledge of literature, writing, etc.; literary; well-read. 3. characterized by skill, ...
literately
See literate. * * *
literateness
See literately. * * *
literati
/lit'euh rah"tee, -ray"-/, n.pl., sing. literatus /-rah"teuhs, -ray"-/. persons of scholarly or literary attainments; intellectuals. [1615-25; < L literati learned, scholarly ...
literatim
/lit'euh ray"tim/, adv. letter-for-letter; literally. [1635-45; < ML, a formation based on L literatus (see LITERATE), with adv. suffix -im] * * *
literator
/lit"euh ray'teuhr/, n. littérateur. [1625-35; < L litterator an (inferior) grammarian, orig., one who teaches elementary grammar, equiv. to litter(a) LETTER + -ator -ATOR; see ...
literature
/lit"euhr euh cheuhr, -choor', li"treuh-/, n. 1. writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or ...
literatus
/lit'euh rah"teuhs, -ray"-/, n. sing. of literati. * * *
lith
/lith/, n. Brit. Dial. 1. an arm or leg; limb. 2. a joint, as of the finger. 3. a segment, as of an orange. [bef. 900; ME, OE; c. D, OHG lid, ON lithr, Goth lithus limb, member; ...
lith-
var. of litho- before a vowel: lithic. * * *
Lith.
1. Lithuania. 2. Also, Lith Lithuanian. * * *
lith.
1. lithograph. 2. lithographic. 3. lithography. * * *
litharge
/lith"ahrj, li thahrj"/, n. a yellowish or reddish, odorless, heavy, earthy, water-insoluble, poisonous solid, PbO, used chiefly in the manufacture of storage batteries, pottery, ...
lithe
—lithely, adv. —litheness, n. /luydh/, adj., lither, lithest. bending readily; pliant; limber; supple; flexible: the lithe body of a ballerina.. Also, lithesome. [bef. 900; ...
lithely
See lithe. * * *
lithemia
—lithemic, lithaemic, adj. /li thee"mee euh/, n. Med. the presence of an excessive amount of uric acid in the blood. Also, lithaemia. Also called uricacidemia. [ < NL ...
litheness
See lithely. * * *
lithesome
lithe·some (līthʹsəm) adj. Lithe; lissome. * * *
Lithgow
▪ New South Wales, Australia       city, east-central New South Wales, Australia, on the western slopes of the Blue Mountains. Founded in 1824 and named after former ...
Lithgow, William
▪ British explorer born 1582, Lanark, Lanarkshire, Scot. died c. 1645, , Lanark       Scottish traveler and writer.       Lithgow was the son of a merchant and ...
lithia
/lith"ee euh, lith"yeuh/, n. Chem. See lithium oxide. [1810-20; LITHI(UM) + -A4] * * *
lithia water
a mineral water, natural or artificial, containing lithium salts. [1875-80] * * *
lithiasis
/li thuy"euh sis/, n. Pathol. the formation or presence of stony concretions, as calculi, in the body. [1650-60; < NL < Gk lithíasis; see LITH-, -IASIS] * * *
lithiawater
lithia water n. Mineral water containing lithium salts. * * *
lithic
—lithically, adv. /lith"ik/, adj. 1. pertaining to or consisting of stone. 2. Petrol. pertaining to clastic rocks, either sedimentary or volcanic, containing a large proportion ...
lithic arenite
▪ mineral       sandstone (i.e., sedimentary rock composed of grains 0.06–2 mm [0.0024–0.08 inch] in diameter) containing over 50 percent rock fragments. Lithic ...
lithification
/lith'euh fi kay"sheuhn/, n. Geol. the process or processes by which unconsolidated materials are converted into coherent solid rock, as by compaction or cementation. Also called ...
lithify
/lith"euh fuy'/, v., lithified, lithifying. v.t. 1. to change (sediment) to stone or rock. v.i. 2. to become lithified. [LITH- + -IFY] * * *
lithiophilite
      common phosphate mineral [LiMnPO4] similar to triphylite (q.v.). * * *
lithium
/lith"ee euhm/, n. 1. Chem. a soft, silver-white metallic element, the lightest of all metals, occurring combined in certain minerals. Symbol: Li; at. wt.: 6.939; at. no.: 3; sp. ...
lithium aluminum hydride
Chem. a white powder, LiAlH4, used chiefly as a chemical reducing agent, esp. in pharmaceutical and perfume manufacturing. * * *
lithium carbonate
Chem. a colorless crystalline compound, Li2CO3, slightly soluble in water: used in ceramic and porcelain glazes, pharmaceuticals, and luminescent paints. [1870-75] * * *
lithium chloride
Chem. a white, water-soluble, deliquescent, crystalline solid, LiCl, used chiefly in the manufacture of mineral water, esp. lithia water, and as a flux in metallurgy. * * *
lithium fluoride
Chem. a fine, white, slightly water-soluble powder, LiF, used chiefly in the manufacture of ceramics. [1940-45] * * *
lithium hydroxide
Chem. a white, crystalline, water-soluble compound, LiOH, used to absorb carbon dioxide, esp. in spacesuits. * * *
lithium oxide
Chem. a white powder, Li2O, with strong alkaline properties: used in ceramics and glass. Also called lithia. * * *
lithium stearate
Chem. a white, crystalline, slightly water-soluble powder, LiC18H35O2, used chiefly in cosmetics, in plastics, and as a lubricant in powder metallurgy. * * *
lithiumcarbonate
lithium carbonate n. A white granular powder, Li2CO3, used in the manufacture of glass and ceramics and in the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. * * *
lithiumoxide
lithium oxide n. A strongly alkaline white powder, Li2O, used in ceramics and glass. Also called lithia. * * *
litho
/lith"oh/, n., pl. lithos, adj., v., lithoed, lithoing. n. 1. lithography. 2. lithograph. adj. 3. lithographic. v.t. 4. to lithograph. [shortened form] * * *
litho-
a combining form meaning "stone," used in the formation of compound words: lithography; lithonephrotomy. Also, esp. before a vowel, lith-. [ < Gk, comb. form of líthos] * * *
litho.
1. lithograph. 2. lithography. Also, lithog. * * *
lithogenous
/li thoj"euh neuhs/, adj. Geol. of or pertaining to organisms, as coral, that secrete stony deposits. [1825-35; LITHO- + -GENOUS] * * *
lithograph
/lith"euh graf', -grahf'/, n. 1. a print produced by lithography. v.t. 2. to produce or copy by lithography. [1815-25; back formation from LITHOGRAPHY] * * *
lithographer
/li thog"reuh feuhr/, n. a person who works at lithography. [1675-85; LITHOGRAPH(Y) + -ER1] * * *
lithographic
See lithographer. * * *
lithographical
See lithographer. * * *
lithographically
See lithographer. * * *
lithography
—lithographic /lith'euh graf"ik/, lithographical, adj. —lithographically, adv. /li thog"reuh fee/, n. 1. the art or process of producing a picture, writing, or the like, on a ...
lithoid
/lith"oyd/, adj. resembling stone; stonelike. Also, lithoidal. [1835-45; < Gk lithoeidés. See LITH-, -OID] * * *
lithol.
lithology. * * *
lithologic
See lithology. * * *
lithological
See lithologic. * * *
lithologically
See lithologic. * * *
lithologist
See lithologic. * * *
lithology
—lithologic /lith'euh loj"ik/, lithological, adj. —lithologically, adv. /li thol"euh jee/, n. 1. Geol. a. (loosely) petrology. b. the physical characteristics of a rock or ...
lithomarge
/lith"euh mahrj'/, n. kaolin in compact, massive, usually impure form. [1745-55; < NL lithomarga stone marl, equiv. to litho- LITHO- + L marga marl] * * *
lithometeor
/lith'euh mee"tee euhr/, n. Meteorol. a mass of dry particles suspended in the atmosphere, as dust or haze. Cf. hydrometeor. [1835-45; LITHO- + METEOR] * * *
lithophane
/lith"euh fayn'/, n. a transparency made of thin porcelain or bone china having an intaglio design. [1945-50; LITHO- + -PHANE] * * * ▪ porcelain       biscuit, or ...
lithophile
/lith"euh fuyl'/, Geol. adj. 1. (of a chemical element) concentrated in the earth's crust, rather than in the core or mantle. n. 2. a lithophile element. [1920-25; LITHO- + ...
lithophone
/lith"euh fohn'/, n. a Chinese stone chime consisting of 16 stone slabs hung in two rows and struck with a hammer. [1885-90; LITHO- + -PHONE] * * *
lithophyte
—lithophytic /lith'euh fit"ik/, adj. /lith"euh fuyt'/, n. 1. Zool. a polyp with a hard or stony structure, as a coral. 2. Bot. any plant growing on the surface of ...
lithophytic
See lithophyte. * * *
lithopone
/lith"euh pohn'/, n. a white pigment consisting of zinc sulfide, barium sulfate, and some zinc oxide, used as a pigment and filler in the manufacture of paints, inks, leather, ...
lithoprint
—lithoprinter, n. /lith"euh print'/, v.t. 1. Now Rare. to lithograph. n. 2. printed matter produced by lithography. [1930-35; LITHO- + PRINT] * * *
lithops
/lith"ops/, n. See living stones. [ < NL (1922): genus name, equiv. to Gk lith- LITH- + óps eye, face] * * * ▪ plant also called  living stone,  flowering stone , or ...
lithosere
/lith"euh sear'/, n. Ecol. a sere originating on rock. [1915-20; LITHO- + SERE2] * * *
lithosol
/lith"euh sawl', -sol'/, n. a group of shallow soils lacking well-defined horizons, esp. an entisol consisting of partially weathered rock fragments, usually on steep ...
lithosphere
—lithospheric /lith'euh sfer"ik/, adj. /lith"euh sfear'/, n. Geol. 1. the solid portion of the earth (distinguished from atmosphere, hydrosphere). 2. the crust and upper mantle ...
lithostratigraphic
See lithostratigraphy. * * *
lithostratigraphy
—lithostratigraphic /lith'oh strat'i graf"ik/, adj. /lith'oh streuh tig"reuh fee/, n. the study or character of stratified rocks based solely on their physical and petrographic ...
lithotomy
—lithotomic /lith'euh tom"ik/, lithotomical, adj. —lithotomist, n. /li thot"euh mee/, n., pl. lithotomies. surgery to remove one or more stones from an organ or ...
lithotripsy
/lith"euh trip'see/, n., pl. lithotripsies. the pulverization and removal of urinary calculi using a lithotripter. Also called shock wave therapy. [1825-35; LITHO- + Gk ...
lithotripter
/lith"euh trip'teuhr/, n. a device used for fragmenting kidney stones with ultrasound waves. [1815-25; resp., with -ER1, of litho(n)triptor instrument for crushing kidney stones, ...
lithotrite
/lith"euh truyt'/, n. Surg. an instrument for performing lithotrity. [1830-40; back formation from LITHOTRITY; see -ITE1] * * *
lithotrity
—lithotritist, n. /li tho"tri tee/, n., pl. lithotrities. Surg. the operation of crushing stone in the urinary bladder into particles small enough to be voided. [1820-30; ...
Lithuania
—Lithuanic /lith'ooh an"ik/, adj., n. /lith'ooh ay"nee euh/, n. a republic in N Europe, on the Baltic: an independent state 1918-40; annexed by the Soviet Union 1940; regained ...
Lithuania, flag of
▪ Flag History       horizontally striped yellow-green-red national flag. It has a width-to-length ratio of 1 to 2.       The coins and seals of Grand Duke ...
Lithuania, grand duchy of
▪ historical state, Europe       state, incorporating Lithuania proper, Belorussia, and the western Ukraine, which became one of the most influential powers in eastern ...
Lithuanian
/lith'ooh ay"nee euhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Lithuania, its inhabitants, or their language. n. 2. a native or inhabitant of Lithuania. 3. a Baltic language, the official ...
Lithuanian language
East Baltic language spoken by more than four million people in the Republic of Lithuania and in diaspora communities, with perhaps 70,000 speakers in North America. Lithuanian ...
Lithuanian literature
      body of writings in the Lithuanian language. In the grand duchy of Lithuania, which stretched in the 14th and 15th centuries from the Baltic to the Black Sea, the ...
lithuresis
/lith'euh ree"sis/, n. Pathol. the passage of gravel in the urine. [ < NL < Gk líth(os) LITH- + oúresis urination, equiv. to oure- (var. s. of oureîn to urinate; see URO-1) + ...
lithuria
/lith yoor"ee euh/, n. Med. the presence of an excessive amount of uric acid in the urine. [1875-80; < NL; see LITH-, -URIA] * * *
lithy
/luy"dhee/, adj. Archaic. lithe; supple; flexible. [bef. 1000; ME lethi, OE lithig, akin to D, G ledig empty, Icel lithugu free, nimble] * * *
litigable
/lit"i geuh beuhl/, adj. subject to litigation; actionable by a lawsuit. [1755-65; < L litiga(re) to go to law (see LITIGATE) + -BLE] * * *
litigant
/lit"i geuhnt/, n. 1. a person engaged in a lawsuit. adj. 2. litigating; engaged in a lawsuit. [1630-40; < L litigant- (s. of litigans, prp. of litigare to go to law), equiv. to ...
litigate
—litigative, adj. /lit"i gayt'/, v., litigated, litigating. v.t. 1. to make the subject of a lawsuit; contest at law. 2. Archaic. to dispute (a point, assertion, etc.). v.i. 3. ...
litigation
/lit'i gay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or process of litigating: a matter that is still in litigation. 2. a lawsuit. [1560-70; < LL litigation- (s. of litigatio) a dispute. See ...
litigator
/lit"i gay'teuhr/, n. 1. a courtroom lawyer. 2. a litigant. * * *
litigious
—litigiously, adv. —litigiousness, litigiosity /li tij'ee os"i tee/, n. /li tij"euhs/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to litigation. 2. excessively or readily inclined to litigate: ...
litigiously
See litigious. * * *
litigiousness
See litigiously. * * *
Litke, Fyodor Petrovich, Count
▪ Russian polar explorer (Graf) born Sept. 17 [Sept. 28, New Style], 1797, St. Petersburg, Russia died Oct. 8 [Oct. 20], 1882, St. Petersburg       Russian explorer ...
litmus
/lit"meuhs/, n. a blue coloring matter obtained from certain lichens, esp. Roccella tinctoria. In alkaline solution litmus turns blue, in acid solution, red: widely used as a ...
litmus paper
a strip of paper impregnated with litmus, used as a chemical indicator. [1795-1805] * * *
litmus test
1. Chem. the use of litmus paper or solution to test the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. 2. a crucial and revealing test in which there is one decisive factor. [1955-60; so ...
litmuspaper
litmus paper n. An unsized white paper impregnated with litmus and used as a pH or acid-base indicator. * * *
litmustest
litmus test n. 1. A test for chemical acidity or basicity using litmus paper. 2. A test that uses a single indicator to prompt a decision: “The word ‘hopefully’ has become ...
litoptern
▪ extinct mammal  any of various extinct hoofed mammals (mammal) that first appeared in the Paleocene Epoch (which began about 65.5 million years ago) and died out during ...
litotes
/luy"teuh teez', lit"euh-, luy toh"teez/, n., pl. litotes. Rhet. understatement, esp. that in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of its contrary, as in "not bad at ...
litre
/lee"teuhr/, n. Chiefly Brit. liter. * * * ▪ unit of measurement also spelled  liter        unit of volume in the metric system, equal to one cubic decimetre ...
Litt. B.
Bachelor of Letters; Bachelor of Literature. [ < L Lit(t)erarum Baccalaureus] * * *
Litt. D.
Doctor of Letters; Doctor of Literature. [ < L Lit(t)erarum Doctor] * * *
Litt.M.
Master of Letters. * * *
LittB
LittB or Litt.B. abbrev. 〚L Lit(t)erarum Baccalaureus〛 Bachelor of Letters; Bachelor of Literature * * * LittB abbr. Latin. Litterarum Baccalaureus (Bachelor of Letters; ...
LittD
LittD or Litt.D. abbrev. 〚L Lit(t)erarum Doctor〛 Doctor of Letters; Doctor of Literature * * * LittD abbr. Latin. Litterarum Doctor (Doctor of Letters; Doctor of ...
litten
/lit"n/, adj. Archaic. lighted. * * *
litter
—litterer, n. /lit"euhr/, n. 1. objects strewn or scattered about; scattered rubbish. 2. a condition of disorder or untidiness: We were appalled at the litter of the room. 3. a ...
litterae humaniores
/lit"euh ree' hyooh man'ee awr"eez, -ohr"eez/ the humanities as a field of study. [1740-50; < ML litterae humaniores lit., more humane letters] * * *
littérateur
/lit'euhr euh terr"/; Fr. /lee tay rddann tuerdd"/, n., pl. littérateurs /-terrz"/; Fr. /-tuerdd"/. a literary person, esp. a writer of literary works. Also, ...
litteratim
/lit'euh ray"tim/, adv. Obs. literatim. * * *
littérature engagée
▪ French literature       (French: “engaged literature”), literature of commitment, popularized in the immediate post-World War II era, when the French ...
litterbag
/lit"euhr bag'/, n. a small paper or plastic bag for trash or rubbish, as one carried in an automobile. [1965-70; LITTER + BAG] * * *
litterbug
—litterbugging, n. /lit"euhr bug'/, n. a person who litters public places with items of refuse: Litterbugs had thrown beer cans on the picnic grounds. [1945-50; LITTER + ...
litterer
See litter. * * *
littermate
/lit"euhr mayt'/, n. one of a pair or group of animals born or reared in the same litter. [1920-25; LITTER + MATE1] * * *
littery
/lit"euh ree/, adj. of, pertaining to, or covered with litter; untidy. [1795-1805; LITTER + -Y1] * * *
little
—littlish /lit"l ish, lit"lish/, adj. —littleness, n. /lit"l/, adj., littler or less or lesser, littlest or least, adv., less, least, n. adj. 1. small in size; not big; not ...
Little Abaco.
See under Abaco. * * *
Little Alföld
Lit·tle Alföld (lĭtʹl) See Alföld. * * * ▪ basin, Europe Hungarian  Kis-Alföld , English  Little Hungarian Plain        extensive basin occupying the ...
Little Alliance
Europ. Hist. an economic and military alliance (1920) between Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, which were joined the following year by Rumania, formed as a counterbalance to the ...
Little America
a base in the Antarctic, on the Bay of Whales, S of the Ross Sea: established by Adm. Richard E. Byrd of the U.S. Navy in 1929; used for later Antarctic expeditions. * * * ▪ ...
Little Armenia
or Lesser Armenia Ancient kingdom, southeastern coast of Anatolia. After initial struggles with the Byzantine Empire, it was established in Cilicia by the Armenian Rubenid ...
little auk
the dovekie, Alle alle. [1875-80] * * *
Little Barrier Island
▪ island, New Zealand       island in the northern end of Hauraki Gulf, eastern North Island, New Zealand, lying 15 miles (24 km) across Jellicoe Channel from the ...
Little Bear
Astron. the constellation Ursa Minor. * * *
Little Belt
▪ strait, Denmark Danish  Lillebælt        strait between mainland Denmark (west) and Funen and Ærø islands (east). About 30 miles (48 km) long and 0.5 mile (0.8 ...
Little Belt Mountains
a range of the Rocky Mountains, in central Montana. * * * ▪ mountains, Montana, United States       segment of the northern Rocky Mountains, central Montana, U.S. The ...
Little Bighorn
a river flowing N from N Wyoming to S Montana into the Bighorn River: General Custer and troops defeated near its juncture by Indians 1876. 80 mi. (130 km) long. Also called ...
Little Bighorn, Battle of the
or Custer's Last Stand (June 25, 1876) Battle at the Little Bighorn River, Montana Territory, U.S., between federal troops led by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and a band of ...
little black ant
a widely distributed ant, Monomorium minimum, sometimes a household pest. * * *
little blue heron
a small heron, Egretta caerulea, of the warmer parts of the Western Hemisphere, having bluish-gray plumage. * * *
little bluestem
a North American forage grass, Schizachyrium scoparium, having wide often bluish blades. [1895-1900] * * *
Little Bo-Peep
a girl in a traditional nursery rhyme. The first verse is: Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep, And doesn’t know where to find them; Leave them alone, and they’ll come ...
Little Boy
the code name for the uranium-fueled atomic bomb dropped by the U.S. on Hiroshima in 1945. Cf. Fat Man. * * *
Little Boy Blue
a boy in a traditional nursery rhyme. The full poem is: Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn, The sheep’s in the meadow, the cow’s in the corn. Where is the boy who looks ...
Little Britain
a British comedy series on BBC television which has sketches (= short comic plays) about people and situations which exaggerate different aspects of British life in a funny way. ...
Little Brothers of Jesus and Little Sisters of Jesus
▪ Roman Catholic congregations       Roman Catholic religious congregations inspired by the example of Charles-Eugène de Foucauld (Foucauld, Charles Eugène, vicomte ...
little brown bat.
See under brown bat. * * *
little casino
Casino. the two of spades. * * *
Little Chef
any of 350 restaurants on major roads in Britain, selling quick meals for travellers: There’s a Little Chef in about five miles. * * *
Little Colorado
a river flowing NW from E Arizona to the E edge of the Grand Canyon, where it flows into the Colorado River. 315 mi. (507 km) long. * * *
Little Corporal
epithet of Napoleon I. * * *
Little Daedala.
See under Daedala. * * *
Little Diomede
Little Diomede see DIOMEDE ISLANDS * * *
Little Diomede.
See under Diomede Islands. * * *
Little Dipper
Astron. the group of seven bright stars in Ursa Minor resembling a dipper in outline. Also called Dipper. [1835-45] * * *
Little Dog
Astron. the constellation Canis Minor. * * *
Little Dorrit
a novel (1855–7) by Charles Dickens. Little Dorrit (whose real name is Amy) is the main character. She is a young woman whose father William Dorrit is in Marshalsea prison for ...
little egret.
See under egret (def. 1). * * *
Little Englander
—Little Englandism. an English person who believes the best interests of Britain are served by attention to Britain itself, rather than to the concerns of the ...
Little Entente
Mutual defense arrangement formed in 1920–21 between Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and Romania, with French support. It was directed against German and Hungarian domination in ...
Little Entrance
Eastern Ch. the solemn procession in which the book of the Gospels is carried through the nave of the church and into the bema. Cf. Great Entrance. * * *
Little Eva
▪ 2004 Eva Narcissus Boyd        American pop singer (b. June 29, 1943, Belhaven, N.C.—d. April 10, 2003, Kinston, N.C.), achieved timeless popularity in 1962 with her ...
Little Falls
a township in NE New Jersey. 11,496. * * * ▪ Minnesota, United States       city, seat (1856) of Morrison county, central Minnesota, U.S. It lies on the Mississippi ...
little finger
the finger farthest from the thumb, the smallest of the five fingers. [1250-1300; ME] * * *
Little Fox
Astron. the constellation Vulpecula. * * *
Little Foxes, The
a play (1939) by Lillian Hellman. * * *
little grebe
a small grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis, of the Old World. Cf. dabchick. * * *
little green heron.
See green-backed heron. * * *
little gull
a small, Old World gull, Larus minutus. * * *
Little Horn.
See Little Bighorn. * * *
Little Horse
Astron. the constellation Equuleus. * * *
little hours
Rom. Cath. Ch. the hours of prime, tierce, sext, and nones, and sometimes also vespers and compline. [1870-75] * * *
Little House on the Prairie
the title of a novel published in 1935 by the US writer Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867–1957), one of the series based on her childhood experiences travelling in the Mid-West. A ...
Little Italy
the Italian district of New York City. It is on the Lower East Side of Manhattan(1), and Mulberry Street is its lively centre. Little Italy is popular with tourists, especially ...
Little Jack Horner
a boy in a traditional nursery rhyme. The full poem is: Little Jack Horner Sat in a corner, Eating a Christmas pie; He put in his thumb And pulled out a plum, And said, What a ...
little Joe
a cast of four in craps. [1885-90] * * *
Little John
a large, powerful yeoman who was a member of Robin Hood's band. * * *
Little Karoo
▪ plateau, South Africa Karoo also spelled  Karroo,  also called  Southern Karoo,  Afrikaans  Klein Karoo, or Suiderlik Karoo,         intermontane plateau basin ...
little leaf
little leaf n. a disease of stone fruits, apples, grapes, etc. caused by a deficiency of zinc and characterized by crinkled, small leaves and yellowing of the tips of new ...
Little League
—Little Leaguer. a baseball league, founded in 1939 in Williamsport, Pa., consisting of teams whose players are 8 to 12 years of age, usually sponsored by a business, ...
Little Lion
Astron. the constellation Leo Minor. * * *
Little Lord Fauntleroy
/fawnt"leuh roy'/ 1. (italics) a children's novel (1886) by Frances H. Burnett. 2. a pampered or excessively well-behaved young boy resembling the hero of this book. 3. Also ...
little magazine
a magazine, usually small in format and of limited circulation, that publishes literary works. [1895-1900] * * * Any of various small, usually avant-garde periodicals devoted to ...
little man
(sometimes caps.) 1. the common or ordinary person. 2. Informal. the small, ordinary investor, as opposed to big investment institutions. [1930-35] * * *
Little Men
a novel (1871) by Louisa May Alcott. * * *
Little Miss Muffet
a girl in a traditional nursery rhyme. The full poem is: Little Miss Muffet Sat on a tuffet, Eating her curds and whey; There came a great spider, Who sat down beside her, And ...
Little Missouri
a river in the NW United States, rising in NE Wyoming and flowing NE into the Missouri through N Dakota. 560 mi. (900 km) long. * * *
Little Missouri River
River, northwestern U.S. It rises in northeastern Wyoming and flows northeast across the southeastern corner of Montana and the northwestern corner of South Dakota. It continues ...
Little Nell
a character in The Old Curiosity Shop (1841) by Charles Dickens. The story is about a girl, Nell Trent, who together with her father is forced to leave her home. After many ...
Little Octobrist
Russian  Oktyabryonok,  plural  Oktyabryata,        member of a Communist organization for children aged nine and under, closely associated with the Komsomol (q.v.) ...
Little Orphan Annie
a popular US newspaper comic strip. It was begun in 1924 by Harold Gray (1894–1968) and continued until 1979. The main characters are Annie, whose parents are dead, her dog ...
little owl
a small, European owl, Athene noctua, often portrayed in art with the goddess Athena. * * * ▪ bird       (Athene noctua), brownish bird about 20 centimetres (about 8 ...
little people
1. (in folklore) small, imaginary beings, as elves, fairies, or leprechauns. 2. the common people, esp. workers, small merchants, or the like, who lead conventional, presumably ...
Little Poland Uplands
▪ geographical region, Poland Polish  Wyżyna Małopolska        highland area, southern Poland, having an area of 10,000 square miles (25,000 sq km). Located south ...
Little Prince, The
(French, Le Petit Prince) an allegorical fantasy (1943) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. * * *
Little Red Riding Hood
a traditional story found in many European countries. A girl called Little Red Riding Hood goes to visit her grandmother in the forest, but when she arrives a wolf has eaten her ...
Little Rhody
/roh"dee/ Rhode Island (used as a nickname). * * *
Little Richard
(1935– ) a US singer of early rock and roll who also played the piano. He was born Richard Wayne Penniman and was known for his wild, noisy style. His hits included Tutti ...
Little Rock
a city in and the capital of Arkansas, in the central part, on the Arkansas River. 158,461. * * * City (pop., 2000: 183,133), capital of Arkansas, U.S., located on the Arkansas ...
Little Russia
a region consisting mainly of Ukraine but sometimes considered as including adjacent areas. * * *
Little Russian
1. Ruthenian. 2. Ukrainian (def. 3). * * *
Little Saint Bernard Pass
▪ pass, France French  Col du Petit-Saint-Bernard,  Italian  Colle del Piccolo San Bernardo        pass (7,178 ft [2,188 m]) situated just southwest of the Italian ...
little slam
Bridge. the winning of twelve of the thirteen tricks of a deal. Also called small slam. Cf. grand slam (def. 1). [1895-1900] * * *
little spotted cat
a small New World tiger cat, Felis tigrinus, ranging from Costa Rica to northern Argentina. * * *
Little St. Bernard Pass
Little St. Bernard Pass mountain pass in the Graian Alps, between France & Italy: 7,178 ft (2,188 m) high * * * Mountain pass, Savoy Alps. Situated southwest of the Italian ...
Little St. Bernard.
See St. Bernard, Little. * * *
Little Tennessee River
▪ river, United States       river rising in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northeastern Georgia, U.S., and flowing about 150 mi (240 km) north and northwest, through ...
little theater
1. generally noncommercial drama, usually of an experimental nature and directed at a limited audience. 2. a small theater, producing plays whose effectiveness would be lost in ...
little theatre
Movement in U.S. theatre to free dramatic forms and methods of production from the limitations of the large commercial theatres by establishing small experimental centres of ...
little toe
the fifth, outermost, and smallest digit of the foot. [1720-30] * * *
Little Turtle
(Michikinikwa), 1752?-1812, leader of the Miami tribe. * * * born с 1752, near Fort Wayne, Ind. died July 14, 1812, Fort Wayne, Ind., U.S. American Indian leader. Chief of ...
Little Walter
▪ American musician byname of  Marion Walter Jacobs   born May 1, 1930, Marksville, La., U.S. died Feb. 15, 1968, Chicago, Ill.  African-American blues singer and ...
Little Women
a novel (1868) by Louisa May Alcott. * * *
Little, Royal
▪ American businessman born March 1, 1896, Wakefield, Mass., U.S. died Jan. 12, 1989, Nassau, The Bahamas       American businessman and investor who founded Textron, ...
little-bitty
/lit"l bit"ee/, adj. Informal. extremely small; tiny. [1900-05, Amer.; little bit + -Y2] * * *
LittleAmerica
Little America A U.S. base for explorations in Antarctica on the Ross Ice Shelf. Richard E. Byrd established and named the settlement in 1929. * * *
littleauk
little auk n. See dovekie. * * *
LittleBear
Little Bear n. See Ursa Minor. * * *
LittleBighorn River
Little Bighorn River A river, about 145 km (90 mi) long, rising in the Bighorn Mountains of northern Wyoming and flowing north to the Bighorn River in southern Montana. Sioux ...
LittleCayman
Little Cayman See Cayman Islands. * * *
LittleColorado River
Little Colorado River A river of northeast Arizona flowing about 507 km (315 mi) northwest to the Colorado River just above the Grand Canyon. * * *
LittleDiomede Island
Little Diomede Island See Diomede Islands. * * *
LittleDipper
Little Dipper n. The seven bright stars that form the constellation Ursa Minor. * * *
littlefinger
little finger n. 1. The smallest finger of the human hand; the last finger as counted from the thumb. 2. The part of a glove that covers this finger. * * *
LittleFork River
Little Fork River A river of northern Minnesota flowing about 212 km (132 mi) northward to the U.S.-Canadian border. * * *
LittleIce Age
Little Ice Age n. The period from 1400 to 1800, characterized by expansion of mountain glaciers and cooling of global temperatures, especially in the Alps, Scandinavia, Iceland, ...
LittleKanawha River
Little Ka·na·wha River (kə-nôʹwə) A river rising in central West Virginia and flowing about 257 km (160 mi) north and northwest to the Ohio River. * * *
LittleKarroo
Little Karroo See Karroo. * * *
littlemagazine
little magazine n. An independent literary magazine that publishes the work of relatively unknown, usually experimental writers. * * *
LittleMinch
Little Minch See Minch. * * *
LittleMissouri River
Little Missouri River 1. A river, about 233 km (145 mi) long, of southwest Arkansas flowing generally southeast to the Ouachita River. 2. A river of the northern United States ...
LittleNamaqualand
Little Namaqualand See Namaqualand. * * *
littleneck
/lit"l nek'/, n. the quahog clam, Venus mercenaria, when young and small. [1850-55, Amer.; named after Little Neck Bay, N.Y., where it was once plentiful] * * *
littleness
See little. * * *
littleowl
little owl n. A small European owl (Athene noctua) having streaked brownish plumage. * * *
LittlePee Dee River
Little Pee Dee River A river, about 169 km (105 mi) long, of southern North Carolina and northern South Carolina flowing south then southeast to the Pee Dee River. * * *
LittleRichard
Little Rich·ard (rĭchʹərd), Pseudonym of Richard Wayne Penniman. Born 1932. American rock 'n' roll singer. Noted for his flamboyant style, he influenced many artists, among ...
LittleRock
Little Rock The capital and largest city of Arkansas, in the central part of the state on the Arkansas River. It became territorial capital in 1821 and state capital in 1836. ...
LittleSaint Bernard Pass
Little Saint Bernard Pass A mountain pass through the Savoy Alps between Italy and France south of Mont Blanc. It rises to 2,189.9 m (7,180 ft). * * *
LittleSark
Little Sark See Sark. * * *
LittleSioux River
Little Sioux River A river rising in southwest Minnesota and flowing about 356 km (221 mi) generally southwest to the Missouri River in northwest Iowa. * * *
littleslam
little slam n. Games The winning of all but one of the tricks during the play of one hand of bridge. * * *
LittleTennessee River
Little Tennessee River A river, about 217 km (135 mi) long, of northeast Georgia, southwest North Carolina, and eastern Tennessee, where it joins the Tennessee River. * * *
littletheater
little theater n. A small theater usually for a community, collegiate, or experimental drama group. * * *
littletoe
little toe n. The smallest and outermost toe of the human foot. * * *
Littleton
/lit"l teuhn/, n. 1. Sir Thomas, c1407-1481, English jurist and author. 2. a town in NE Colorado. 28,631. * * * ▪ Colorado, United States       city, seat (1904) of ...
Littleton, Sir Thomas
born 1422, probably at Frankley, Worcestershire, Eng. died Aug. 23, 1481, Frankley British jurist. In a turbulent period he held several high offices, including judge of the ...


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