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loop1 /loohp/, n. 1. a portion of a cord, ribbon, etc., folded or doubled upon itself so as to leave an opening between the parts. 2. anything shaped more or less like a loop, as ...
loop antenna
loop antenna n. Radio a coil of large diameter, used as an antenna, esp. in direction-finding equipment and in radio receivers * * *
loop back.
See bow back. * * *
loop knot
a knot made by doubling over a line at its end and tying both thicknesses into a square knot in such a way as to leave a loop. Also called open hand knot. See illus. under ...
loop of Henle
/hen"lee/, Anat. the part of a nephron between the proximal and distal convoluted tubules that extends, in a loop, from the cortex into the medulla of the kidney. Also called ...
loop stitch
Sewing. any stitch, as the chain stitch, that uses loops in the pattern or process of working. * * *
loop window
a tall, narrow window. [1565-75] * * *
Loop, the
▪ area, Chicago, Illinois, United States       35-block area of downtown Chicago, Illinois, U.S. The name probably derives from a cable-car line that circled the ...
/loohp"dheuh loohp"/, n. 1. an airplane maneuver in which a plane, starting upward, makes one complete vertical loop. 2. a ride in an amusement park that simulates this ...
/loohpt/, adj. 1. having or consisting of loops; loopy. 2. Slang. a. drunk; inebriated. b. eccentric; loopy. c. enthusiastic; keen: These days he's looped on rodeos. [1930-35; ...
/looh"peuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that loops something or forms loops. 2. a measuringworm. 3. the thread holder in a sewing machine using two threads. 4. Baseball. blooper ...
/loohp"hohl'/, n., v., loopholed, loopholing. n. 1. a small or narrow opening, as in a wall, for looking through, for admitting light and air, or, particularly in a ...
loophole frame
a frame in the opening of a wall enclosing a window and some other opening. [1850-55] * * *
/looh"ping/, n. Motion Pictures. the process of fitting speech to film already shot, esp. by making a closed loop of the film for one scene and projecting it repeatedly until a ...
looping mill
Metalworking. a rolling mill for bar stock, wire, and the like, having the successive stands side by side so that the metal forms a loop in passing from stand to stand. * * *
loopof Henle
loop of Hen·le (hĕnʹlē) n. The segment of the nephron of a vertebrate kidney that is situated between the proximal and distal convoluted tubules. It plays a role in the ...
/looh"pee/, adj. loopier, loopiest. 1. full of loops. 2. Slang. a. eccentric; crazy; dotty. b. befuddled or confused, esp. due to intoxication. 3. Scot. crafty; sly. [1815-25; ...
/loohs/, n. 1. Adolf /ay"dolf/; Ger. /ah"dawlf/, 1870-1933, Austrian architect and writer. 2. Anita, 1893-1981, U.S. writer. * * *
Loos, Adolf
born Dec. 10, 1870, Brno, Moravia, Austria-Hungary died Aug. 23, 1933, Kalksburg, near Vienna, Austria Austrian architect. Educated in Dresden, Ger., he practiced in Vienna, ...
Loos, Anita
born April 26, 1893?, Sissons, Calif., U.S. died Aug. 18, 1981, New York, N.Y. U.S. novelist and screenwriter. She was a child actress; at an early age she also began ...
Loos (lo͞os), Anita. 1893?-1981. American writer who is best known for her many screenplays, including The Girl from Missouri (1934) and I Married an Angel (1942). She is also ...
—loosely, adv. —looseness, n. /loohs/, adj., looser, loosest, adv., v. loosed, loosing. adj. 1. free or released from fastening or attachment: a loose end. 2. free from ...
loose cannon
a person whose reckless behavior endangers the efforts or welfare of others. [1975-80] * * *
loose end
1. a part or piece left hanging, unattached, or unused: Remind me to tack down that loose end on the stairway carpet. 2. an unsettled detail, as of a business matter: The ...
loose ends
loose ends n. 〚from the ends of a spliced rope〛 final, relatively minor matters still to be taken care of —————— at loose ends 〚orig., naut., with reference to ...
loose sentence
a sentence that does not end with the completion of its main clause, but continues with one or more subordinate clauses or other modifiers. Cf. periodic sentence. [1890-95] * * *
loose smut
loose smut n. any of various diseases of cereal grasses caused by smut fungi (esp. genus Ustilago) that cover the plant with dustlike masses of spores * * *
/loohs"fit"ing/, adj. (of a garment) fitting loosely; not following the contours of the body closely. Cf. close-fitting. [1880-85] * * *
/loohs"foot"id/, adj. Naut. (of a fore-and-aft sail) not having the foot bent to a boom. [1710-20] * * *
loose-joint hinge
/loohs"joynt"/ a hinge having a knuckle formed from half of each flap, and with the upper half removable from the pin. Also called heave-off hinge, liftoff hinge. * * *
/loohs"joyn"tid/, adj. 1. having or marked by easy, free movement; limber. 2. having loose joints. 3. loosely built or framed. [1855-60] * * *
See loose-jointed. * * *
/loohs"leef'/, adj. 1. (of a book, notebook, etc.) consisting of individual leaves held in a binder (loose-leaf binder), as by rings that open and close, in such a way as to ...
/loohs"limd"/, adj. having supple arms and legs: a loose-limbed athlete. [1815-25] * * *
loose-lipped (lo͞osʹlĭptʹ) adj. Given to indiscreet or incessant talk: a loose-lipped confidant; too loose-lipped to be trusted. * * *
/loohs"tungd"/, adj. unrestrained or irresponsible in speech; given to gossiping. [1640-50; LOOSE + TONGUE + -ED3] * * *
loose cannon n. Slang One that is uncontrolled and therefore poses danger: “ [His] bloopers in the White House seem to make him... a political loose cannon” (Tom Morgenthau). ...
loose end n. A minor unresolved problem or difficulty, especially a final detail preceding the completion of something. Often used in the plural. * * *
loosefitting [lo͞os′fit′iŋ] adj. fitting loosely: used esp. of clothing * * *
See loose. * * *
—loosener, n. /looh"seuhn/, v.t. 1. to unfasten or undo, as a bond or fetter. 2. to make less tight; slacken or relax: to loosen one's grasp. 3. to make less firmly fixed in ...
See loosely. * * *
loosening of associations
Psychiatry. a type of formal thought disorder characterized by shifts from one topic to another in ways that are obliquely related or completely unrelated, occurring as a common ...
loose scrum n. See ruck1. * * *
/loohs"struyf'/, n. 1. any of various plants belonging to the genus Lysimachia, of the primrose family, having clusters of usually yellow flowers, as L. vulgaris (garden ...
loosestrife family
the plant family Lythraceae, characterized by herbaceous plants, shrubs, and trees having usually opposite or whorled, simple leaves, clusters of flowers, and fruit in the form ...
/looh"see gooh"see/, adj. Slang. relaxed; calm; unperturbed: Despite the pressure, he was loosey-goosey throughout the game. [1965-70; rhyming compound (with -Y1) based on the ...
loot1 —looter, n. /looht/, n. 1. spoils or plunder taken by pillaging, as in war. 2. anything taken by dishonesty, force, stealth, etc.: a burglar's loot. 3. a collection of ...
See loot. * * *
Looy, Jacobus van
▪ Dutch author and artist born Sept. 12, 1855, Haarlem, Neth. died Feb. 24, 1930, Haarlem  Dutch author and painter who personified the close association between art and ...
lop1 /lop/, v., lopped, lopping, n. v.t. 1. to cut off (branches, twigs, etc.) from a tree or other plant. 2. to cut off (a limb, part, or the like) from a person, animal, ...
Navig. See line of position. * * *
Lop Buri
▪ Thailand also spelled  Lopburi,         town, south-central Thailand, north of Bangkok. Lop Buri is a rice-collecting centre situated on the Lop Buri River and on ...
Lop Nur
▪ lake bed, China Chinese (Pinyin)  Luobupo  or  (Wade-Giles romanization)  Lo-pu P'o,  also called  Lop Nor        former saline lake in northwestern China ...
/lop"eard'/, adj. having ears that droop or hang down. [1680-90] * * *
/loh pat"ni kawf', -kof'/; Russ. /lu paht"nyi keuhf/, n. Nicolai Lvovich /nik"euh luy' leuh voh"vich/; Russ. /nyi ku luy" lvaw"vyich/, 1903-76, U.S. composer, born in ...
/lohp/, v., loped, loping, n. v.i. 1. to move or run with bounding steps, as a quadruped, or with a long, easy stride, as a person. 2. to canter leisurely with a rather long, ...
Lope de Vega
/loh"pay deuh vay"geuh/; Sp. /law"pe dhe ve"gah/. See Vega, Lope de. * * *
/loh"peuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that lopes, as a horse with a loping gait. 2. Also called draw runner, draw slip. Furniture. either of two runners coming forward to support ...
/loh per"euh muyd'/, n. Pharm. a substance, C29H33ClN2O2, used in the treatment of diarrhea. [(ch)lo(rophenyl) + (pi)per(idine) + (butyr)amide, three of its chemical ...
Lopes, Baltasar
▪ Cape Verdean author in full  Baltasar Lopes da Silva,  Baltasar also spelled  Baltazar,  pseudonym  Osvaldo Alcântara   born April 23, 1907, Calejão, São Nicolau, ...
Lopes, Fernão
▪ Portuguese historian born c. 1380 died c. 1460       Portuguese historian, the first and greatest of the Portuguese royal chroniclers and the most accomplished writer ...
Lopes, Lisa Nicole
▪ 2003 “Left Eye”        American rap singer and songwriter (b. May 27, 1971, Philadelphia, Pa.—d. April 25, 2002, near La Ceiba, Honduras), was a member of the ...
Lopes, Manuel
▪ Cape Verdean author born Dec. 23, 1907, São Vicente Island, Cape Verde Islands died Jan. 25, 2005, Lisbon, Port.       African poet and novelist, who portrayed the ...
/loh"pez/; Sp. /law"pes/, n. Osvaldo /aws vahl"daw/, (Osvaldo López Arellano), born 1921, Honduran air force general: president of Honduras 1963-75. * * * (as used in ...
Lopez (Knight), Nancy
born Jan. 6, 1957, Torrance, Calif., U.S. U.S. golfer. She left the University of Tulsa (Okla.) after her sophomore year to become a professional golfer. In her first full ...
López (Michelsen), Alfonso
born June 30, 1913, Bogotá, Colom. President of Colombia (1974–78). Son of a former president, he served as senator, governor, and foreign minister before his 1974 landslide ...
López de Ayala
/law"peth dhe ah yah"lah, law"pes/ Pedro /pe"dhrddaw/, 1332-1407, Spanish writer and statesman. * * *
López de Ayala, Pedro
▪ Spanish poet and chronicler born 1332, Vitoria, Castile died 1407, Calahorra, Navarre       Spanish poet and court chronicler who observed firsthand the happenings of ...
López de Legazpe
/law"peth dhe le gahth"pe, law"pes dhe le gahs"pe/ Miguel /mee gel"/, 1510?-72, Spanish conqueror and colonizer of the Philippines 1565: founder of Manila 1571. Also, López de ...
López de Segura, Ruy
▪ Spanish chess player flourished 1560       Spanish priest, first modern chess writer and analyst, and developer (though not inventor) of the Ruy López opening, ...
López Mateos
/law"pes mah te"aws/, Adolfo /ah dhawl"faw/ 1910-69, Mexican lawyer and politician: president of Mexico 1958-64. * * *
López Mateos, Adolfo
▪ president of Mexico born May 26, 1910, Atizapán de Zaragoza, Mex. died Sept. 22, 1969, Mexico City       Mexican president (1958–64) who expanded industrial ...
Lopez Michelsen, Alfonso
▪ 2008       Colombian politician born June 30, 1913, Bogotá, Colom. died July 11, 2007, Bogotá won election in 1974 as president of the country in a landslide ...
Lopez Obrador, Andres Manuel
▪ 2006       During 2005 Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the popular head of Mexico's Federal District government, survived a politically motivated impeachment process ...
López Portillo (y Pacheco), José
born June 16, 1920, Mexico City, Mex. President of Mexico (1976–82). He was a professor before joining the governments of Gustavo Díaz Ordaz and Luis Echeverría. As ...
Lopez Portillo, Jose
▪ 2005       Mexican politician (b. June 16, 1920, Mexico City, Mex.—d. Feb. 17, 2004, Mexico City), served as president of Mexico from 1976 to 1982; although he ...
López Rega, José
▪ Argentine leader born Oct. 17, 1916 died June 9, 1989, Buenos Aires       Argentine politician and political confidante who was virtual prime minister during the ...
Lopez Trujillo, Alfonso Cardinal
▪ 2009       Colombian Roman Catholic prelate born Nov. 8, 1935, Villahermosa, Colom. died April 19, 2008, Rome, Italy exerted enormous influence as a conservative ...
López Velarde, Ramón
▪ Mexican poet born June 15, 1888, Jerez, Mex. died June 19, 1921, Mexico City       postmodernist Mexican poet who incorporated French Symbolist techniques into the ...
López y Fuentes
/law"pes ee fwen"tes/ Gregorio /grdde gaw"rddyaw/, 1895-1966, Mexican writer. * * *
López y Fuentes, Gregorio
▪ Mexican writer born Nov. 17, 1895, Huasteca, Veracruz, Mex. died Dec. 10, 1966, Mexico City       novelist who was one of the most important chroniclers of the ...
Lopez, Al
▪ 2006 Alfonso Ramon Lopez; “El Señor”  American baseball player and manager (b. Aug. 20, 1908, Tampa, Fla.—d. Oct. 30, 2005, Tampa), managed the Cleveland Indians ...
Lopez, Barry
▪ American author in full  Barry Holstun Lopez  born Jan. 6, 1945, Port Chester, N.Y., U.S.       American writer best known for his books on natural history and the ...
López, Carlos Antonio
▪ dictator of Paraguay born Nov. 4, 1790, Asunción, Río de la Plata died Sept. 10, 1862, Asunción, Paraguay  second dictator of Paraguay, who ended his country's ...
López, Francisco Solano
▪ dictator of Paraguay born July 24, 1827, Asunción, Paraguay died March 1, 1870, Concepción province  dictator of Paraguay during the Paraguayan War (Triple Alliance, War ...
Lopez, Jennifer
▪ 2002       In early 2001 American superstar Jennifer Lopez was burning up multiple entertainment charts with a number one album (J.Lo) and a hit movie at the box ...
López, Luis Carlos
▪ Colombian poet born July 11, 1883, Cartagena, Colom. died Nov. 10, 1950, Cartagena       poet who is famous for his depictions of the people and life of his native ...
Lo·pez (lōʹpĕz), Nancy. Born 1957. American golfer who in 1987 achieved her 35th career victory and was inducted into the Ladies Professional Golf Association Hall of ...
—lophobranchiate /lof'euh brang"kee it, -ayt', loh'feuh-/, adj., n. /lof"euh brangk', loh"feuh-/, adj. 1. belonging or pertaining to the Lophobranchii, the group of fishes ...
/lof"euh dont', loh"feuh-/, adj. having molar teeth with crowns in the form of transverse ridges. Cf. bunodont. [1885-90; < Gk lóph(os) a crest, tuft + -ODONT] * * *
See lophophore. * * * ▪ invertebrate       any of three phyla of aquatic invertebrate animals that possess a lophophore, a fan of ciliated (cilium) tentacles around the ...
—lophophoral /leuh fof"euhr euhl/, adj. /lof"euh fawr', -fohr', loh"feuh-/, n. 1. the ring of ciliated tentacles encircling the mouth of a bryozoan or phoronid. 2. a similar ...
lophophore hypothesis
▪ zoology       viewpoint that conodonts, small toothlike structures found as fossils in marine rocks over a long span of geologic time, are actually parts of and ...
▪ extinct coral genus       extinct genus of solitary marine corals found as fossils especially characteristic of the Late Carboniferous epoch (between 320 million and ...
▪ fossil gastropod       genus of extinct gastropods (snails) found as fossils in marine rocks of Ordovician to Devonian age (488 million to 359 million years old). The ...
Lop Nur (lŏpʹ no͝orʹ) also Lop Nor (nôrʹ) A marshy depression of northwest China. Once a large salt lake, the area has been used since 1964 for nuclear testing. * * *
/lop"euh lith/, n. Geol. a mass of igneous rock similar to a laccolith but concave downward rather than upward. [1915-20; < Gk lop(ós) shell, husk + -o- -O- + -LITH] * * * ▪ ...
lopper1 /lop"euhr/, n. a person or thing that lops. [1530-40; LOP1 + -ER1] lopper2 /lop"euhr/, v.i., v.t. Scot. and North Central U.S. (esp. of milk) to curdle or ...
lopping shears
long-handled pruning shears. Also called loppers. [1870-75] * * *
/lop"ee/, adj. loppier, piest. hanging limply; lopping: awkward, loppy arms. [1850-55; LOP2 + -Y1] Syn. flabby, flaccid. Ant. erect. * * *
/lop"seed'/, n. a weedy plant, Phryma leptostachya, of Asia and North America, having spikes of whitish paired flowers. [1810-20, Amer.; LOP2 + SEED] * * *
—lopsidedly, adv. —lopsidedness, n. /lop"suy"did/, adj. 1. heavier, larger, or more developed on one side than on the other; unevenly balanced; unsymmetrical. 2. leaning to ...
See lopsided. * * *
See lopsidedly. * * *
/lop"stik'/, n. Canadian. a tree trimmed of all but its topmost branches to serve as a landmark or marker. Also, lobstick. [1815-25; LOP1 + STICK1] * * *
loquitur. * * *
—loquaciously, adv. —loquaciousness, n. /loh kway"sheuhs/, adj. 1. talking or tending to talk much or freely; talkative; chattering; babbling; garrulous: a loquacious dinner ...
See loquacious. * * *
See loquaciously. * * *
/loh kwas"i tee/, n., pl. loquacities. 1. the state of being loquacious; talkativeness; garrulity. 2. an instance of talkativeness or garrulity; a loquacious flow of talk: The ...
/loh"kwot, -kwat/, n. 1. a small evergreen tree, Eriobotrya japonica, native to China and Japan, cultivated as an ornamental and for its yellow, plumlike fruit. 2. the fruit ...
/loh"kwi toordd'/; Eng. /lok"wi teuhr/, Latin. he speaks; she speaks. * * *
/leuh rayn", law-, loh-/, n. a port in N Ohio, on Lake Erie. 75,416. * * * ▪ Ohio, United States       city, Lorain county, northern Ohio, U.S. It is located on Lake ...
Lorain, John
▪ American agriculturalist born 1753, Maryland [U.S.] died 1823, Philipsburg, Pa., U.S.       American farmer, merchant, agricultural writer, and the first person to ...
/leuh rayn", law-, loh-/, n. a female given name, form of Lorraine. * * *
loral1 /lawr"euhl, lohr"-/, adj. of or pertaining to lore, knowledge, learning, etc. [LORE1 + -AL1] loral2 /lawr"euhl, lohr"-/, adj. Zool. of or pertaining to a lore. [1870-75; ...
▪ Pakistan       town, northeastern Balochistan province, Pakistan. The town lies just north of the Loralai River, at 4,700 feet (1,430 metres) above sea level. Founded ...
/lawr"an, lohr"-/, n. a system of long-range navigation whereby the latitude and longitude of a ship or airplane are determined from the time displacement between radio signals ...
Lorant, Stefan
▪ American journalist born February 22, 1901, Budapest [Hungary] died November 14, 1997, Rochester, Minnesota       Hungarian-born American editor, author, and pioneer ...
▪ plant family       one of the mistletoe families of the sandalwood order (Santalales), having approximately 65 genera and about 850 species of parasitic flowering ...
Loras College
▪ college, Dubuque, Iowa, United States       private, coeducational institution of higher learning in Dubuque, Iowa, U.S. Affiliated with the Roman Catholic church, ...
/law raz"euh pam', leuh-/, n. Pharm. a benzodiazepine drug, C15H10Cl2N2O2, used chiefly in the management of acute anxiety and for insomnia. [(CH)LOR(O-) + (DI)AZEPAM] * * *
/lawr"keuh/; Sp. /lawrdd"kah/, n. 1. See García Lorca. 2. a city in SE Spain. 60,609. * * * ▪ Spain       city, Murcia provincia (province) and comunidad autónoma ...
Lorca, Federico García
Lor·ca (lôrʹkə, -kä), Federico García. See García Lorca, Federico. * * *
—lordlike, adj. /lawrd/, n. 1. a person who has authority, control, or power over others; a master, chief, or ruler. 2. a person who exercises authority from property rights; ...
Lord (High) Chancellor
Lord (High) Chancellor or Lord Chancellor n. the privy councilor in Great Britain who presides over the House of Lords and is head of the judiciary * * *
Lord Advocate
n the senior legal official in Scotland (equivalent to the Attorney General in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) who is responsible for advising the Scottish Parliament on the ...
Lord Alfred Douglas
➡ Douglas (III) * * *
Lord Baden-Powell
➡ Baden-Powell * * *
Lord Baltimore cake
a yellow layer cake, using only the yolks of eggs and having a fruit-nut filling consisting of pecans, almonds, maraschino cherries, and macaroon crumbs. Cf. Lady Baltimore ...
Lord Beaverbrook
➡ Beaverbrook * * *
Lord Birkenhead
➡ Birkenhead * * *
Lord Burghley
➡ Burghley * * *
Lord Byron
➡ Byron * * *
Lord Cardigan
➡ Cardigan * * *
Lord Castlereagh
➡ Castlereagh * * *
Lord Chamberlain
n (in full the Lord Chamberlain of the Household) (in Britain) the official who is in charge of the royal household and responsible for arranging royal ceremonies. * * *
Lord Chamberlain of the Household
➡ Lord Chamberlain * * *
Lord Chamberlain's Men
▪ English theatrical company also called  Chamberlain's Men        a theatrical company with which Shakespeare (Shakespeare, William) was intimately connected for ...
Lord Chancellor
pl. Lord Chancellors. the highest judicial officer of the British crown: law adviser of the ministry, keeper of the great seal, presiding officer in the House of Lords, etc. Also ...
Lord Charles Cornwallis
➡ Cornwallis * * *
Lord Chief Justice
the presiding judge of Britain's High Court of Justice, the superior court of record for both criminal and civil cases. * * * ▪ English and Welsh judge       in England ...
Lord Curzon
➡ Curzon * * *
Lord Darnley
➡ Darnley * * *
Lord Dunmore's War
(1774) Attack by Virginia militia on the Shawnee in Kentucky. The militiamen seized Fort Pitt on the western border, renaming it after their royal governor, Lord Dunmore, who ...
Lord Fauntleroy suit.
See Fauntleroy suit. * * *
Lord Harewood
➡ Harewood * * *
Lord Haw-Haw
/haw"haw'/. See Joyce, William. * * *
Lord High Chancellor
➡ Lord Chancellor. * * *
lord high steward
▪ English honorific office       an honorific office that came to England with the Norman ducal household. From 1153 it was held by the earls of Leicester and then of ...
Lord Howe Island
an island in the S Pacific, E of Australia: a dependency of New South Wales. 287; 5 sq. mi. (13 sq. km). * * * ▪ island, New South Wales, Australia       island ...
Lord Hutton
➡ Hutton Inquiry * * *
Lord Jim
a novel (1900) by Joseph Conrad. * * *
Lord Kitchener
➡ Kitchener * * * ▪ 2001 Aldwyn Roberts        Trinidadian singer and songwriter (b. April 18, 1922, Arima, Trinidad, British West Indies—d. Feb. 11, 2000, Port of ...
Lord Leverhulme
➡ Leverhulme * * *
Lord Lieutenant
—Lord Lieutenancy. 1. Brit. the title of various high officials holding authority deputed from a sovereign. 2. (formerly) the viceroy in Ireland. [1960-65] * * *
lord mayor
(chiefly in Britain and the Commonwealth) the mayor of certain cities or the chief municipal officer of certain boroughs. [1545-55] * * *
Lord Mayor’s Banquet
a large formal meal held every year at the Guildhall, London, England, to mark the retirement of the previous year’s Lord Mayor of London. It is attended by the Prime Minister, ...
Lord Mayor’s Show
a public procession held every year in London, England, when the new Lord Mayor of London rides in a carriage to the Law Courts to be presented to the Lord Chief Justice. The ...
Lord Melbourne
➡ Melbourne * * *
Lord Mountbatten
➡ Mountbatten * * *
Lord Nelson
➡ Nelson (II) * * *
Lord Northcliffe
➡ Northcliffe * * *
Lord Nuffield
➡ Nuffield * * *
Lord of hosts
Jehovah; God. Also, Lord of Hosts. * * *
Lord of Misrule
(in England) a person formerly chosen to direct the Christmas revels and sports. [1490-1500] * * *
Lord of the Flies
a novel (1954) by William Golding. * * *
Lord of the Rings
a book in three parts (1954–5) by J R R Tolkien. It features some of the characters from an earlier book, The Hobbit (1937), and tells of their long journey to a place where ...
Lord Palmerston
➡ Palmerston * * *
Lord Peter Wimsey
➡ Wimsey * * *
Lord President of the Council
the title of the British government minister who is President of the Privy Council (= group of people who advise the king or queen). He or she is also either the Leader of the ...
Lord Pretender
▪ 2003 Aldric Farrell        Trinidadian calypso singer (b. Sept. 8, 1917, Tobago island, British colony of Trinidad and Tobago—d. Jan. 22, 2002, Port of Spain, ...
Lord Privy Seal
(in Britain) a cabinet minister without portfolio. [1550-60] * * *
Lord Protector
protector (def. 2b). * * *
Lord Protector of the Commonwealth
➡ Lord Protector * * *
Lord Provost
the chief magistrate of any of certain large cities in Scotland. * * *
Lord Reith
➡ Reith * * *
Lord Rothermere
➡ Rothermere * * *
Lord Salisbury
➡ Salisbury (II) * * *
Lord Spiritual
pl. Lords Spiritual. a bishop or archbishop belonging to the House of Lords. Cf. Lord Temporal. [1400-50; late ME] * * *
lord steward
▪ English official also called  Lord Steward Of The Household,         in England, an official of the royal household, whose duties were originally domestic and who ...
Lord Strange's Men
▪ English theatrical company also called  Strange's Men,         prominent Elizabethan acting company. A household troupe of Lord Strange, they toured the provinces ...
Lord Temporal
pl. Lords Temporal. a member of the House of Lords who is not a member of the clergy. Cf. Lord Spiritual. [1400-50; late ME] * * *
Lord Tennyson
➡ Tennyson * * *
Lord Wavell
➡ Wavell * * *
Lord's Cricket Ground
▪ sports facility, London, United Kingdom       headquarters and home ground of the Marylebone Cricket Club, long the world's foremost cricket organization, and the ...
Lord's day
Sunday. [1175-1225; ME] * * *
Lord's Prayer
the /prair/ the prayer given by Jesus to His disciples, and beginning with the words Our Father. Matt. 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4. [1540-50] * * * Prayer taught by Jesus to his ...
Lord's Supper
1. the sacrament in commemoration of the Last Supper; communion; Mass; Eucharist. 2. See Last Supper. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
Lord's table
See communion table. [1525-35] * * *
Lord's Day or Lord's day (lôrdz) n. The Christian Sabbath, observed on Sunday. * * *
Lord's Prayer (prâr) n. Christianity The prayer taught by Jesus to his disciples. Also called Our Father. * * *
Lord's Supper n. 1. See Last Supper. 2. The sacrament of the Eucharist. * * *
Lord's Table n. The table or altar used by Christians to celebrate the Eucharist. * * *
Lord, Jack
▪ 1999       American actor who was closely identified with the television character Detective Steve McGarrett, whom he portrayed for 12 years on the series "Hawaii ...
Lord, Walter, Jr.
▪ 2003       American writer (b. Oct. 8, 1917, Baltimore, Md.—d. May 19, 2002, New York, N.Y.), reignited public interest in the 1912 sinking of the Titanic with his ...
/lawrd"in way"ting/, n., pl. lords-in-waiting. a nobleman in attendance on a British monarch or the Prince of Wales. [1855-60] * * *
Lord Chancellor n. pl. Lords Chancellor The presiding officer of the House of Lords. * * *
Lorde, Audre
▪ American poet and author in full  Audre Geraldine Lorde , also called  Gamba Adisa  or  Rey Domini  born Feb. 18, 1934, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Nov. 17, 1992, St. ...
Lorde, Audre (Geraldine)
born Feb. 18, 1934, New York, N.Y., U.S. died Nov. 17, 1992, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands U.S. poet and essayist. Born to West Indian parents, she worked as a librarian until ...
LordHowe Island
Lord Howe Island (houʹ) A volcanic island of Australia in the Tasman Sea east-northeast of Sydney. Discovered by the British in 1788, it was settled in 1834. * * *
/lawr"ding/, n. Archaic. 1. lord. 2. Often, lordings. lords; sirs; gentlemen (often used as a term of address). [1150-1200; ME; OE hlafording prince, lit., offspring of a lord, ...
/lawrd"lis/, adj. having no lord. [bef. 900; ME lordles, OE hlafordleas. See LORD, -LESS] * * *
See lordly. * * *
/lawrd"ling/, n. a minor, unimportant, or petty lord. [1225-75; ME; see LORD, -LING1] * * *
—lordliness, n. /lawrd"lee/, adj., lordlier, lordliest, adv. adj. 1. suitable for a lord, as trappings or ceremonies; grand or magnificent. 2. insolently imperious; haughty; ...
Lordof Misrule
Lord of Misrule n. pl. Lords of Misrule One who presided at traditional Christmas revelry in England during the 15th and 16th centuries. * * *
—lordotic /lawr dot"ik/, adj. /lawr doh"sis/, n. 1. Pathol. an abnormal forward curvature of the spine in the lumbar region, resulting in a swaybacked posture. Cf. kyphosis, ...
See lordosis. * * *
➡ feudalism * * *
➡ House of Lords * * *
lords spiritual
lords spiritual n. the archbishops and bishops who are members of the British House of Lords * * * n [pl] the 26 senior bishops of the Church of England who are members of the ...
lords temporal
lords temporal n. those members of the British House of Lords who are not members of the clergy * * * n [pl] the members of the British House of Lords who are not bishops (i.e. ...
Lords, House of
Upper house of Britain's bicameral Parliament. From the 13th and 14th centuries it was the house of the aristocracy. Until 1999 its membership included clergy, hereditary peers, ...
/lawrdz"euhn lay"deez/, n., pl. lords-and-ladies. (used with a sing. v.) cuckoopint. [1750-60] * * *
/lawrd"ship/, n. 1. (often cap.) a term of respect used when speaking of or to certain noblemen (usually prec. by his or your). 2. the state or dignity of a lord. 3. the ...
a famous English cricket ground in St John’s Wood, north London, where test matches (= international games) are regularly played. It is named after Thomas Lord (1755–1832), ...
Lord’s Prayer
(also Our Father) the prayer taught by Jesus in the Bible to his followers, beginning ‘Our Father’. It is often used in church services and most Christians in Britain and the ...
Lord’s Taverners
a British cricket team made up of famous actors and entertainers, who play matches to raise money for charity. The team is named after the Tavern, a club at Lord’s cricket ...
lore1 —loreless, adj. /lawr, lohr/, n. 1. the body of knowledge, esp. of a traditional, anecdotal, or popular nature, on a particular subject: the lore of herbs. 2. learning, ...
Loredan, Pietro
▪ Venetian admiral died 1439, Venice [Italy]       Venetian nobleman and admiral who became one of the city's popular heroes. His naval achievements ensured Venice's ...
/lawr"euh luy'/; Ger. /loh"rddeuh luy'/, n. 1. a quasilegendary nymph of the Rhine who lured sailors to shipwreck on her rock by singing: a creation of Clemens Brentano in a poem ...
/lawr"euhn, lohr"-/, n. a male given name, form of Lawrence. * * *
Loren, Sophia
orig. Sofia Villani Scicolone born Sept. 20, 1934, Rome, Italy Italian film actress. After a poverty-stricken childhood in war-torn Naples, she became a model and movie extra ...
/leuh ree"neuh, law-, loh-/, n. a female given name. * * *
Lorengar, Pilar
▪ 1997       (PILAR LORENZA GARCÍA), Spanish opera singer who was an internationally acclaimed soprano best known for her interpretations of Mozart heroines (b. Jan. ...
▪ Papua New Guinea  town, northeastern Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, southwestern Pacific Ocean. It lies on Seeadler Harbour. Captured by the Japanese in 1942, the ...
/lawr"euhnts, lohr"-/; Du. /loh"rddents/, n. Hendrik Antoon /hen"drddik ahn"tohn/, 1853-1928, Dutch physicist: Nobel prize 1902. * * * (as used in expressions) Lorentz ...
Lorentz force
Elect. the force on a charged particle moving through a region containing both electric and magnetic fields. [1960-65; named after H. A. LORENTZ] * * * ▪ ...
Lorentz transformation
Physics. the mathematical transformation in the special theory of relativity that describes the way in which measurements of space, time, and other physical quantities differ for ...
Lorentz transformations
Set of equations in relativity physics that relate the space and time coordinates of two systems moving at a constant speed relative to each other, developed in 1904 by Hendrik ...
Lorentz, Hendrik Antoon
born July 18, 1853, Arnhem, Neth. died Feb. 4, 1928, Haarlem Dutch physicist. He taught at the University of Leiden (1878–1912) and later directed Haarlem's Teyler Institute. ...
Lorentz, Pare
▪ American filmmaker born Dec. 11, 1905, Clarksburg, W.Va., U.S. died March 4, 1992, Armonk, N.Y.  American filmmaker whose government-sponsored documentaries focused ...
Lo·rentz (lôrʹənts, lōrʹ-, lōʹrĕnts), Hendrik. 1853-1928. Dutch physicist. He shared a 1902 Nobel Prize for researching the influence of magnetism on radiation. * * *
Lorentz-FitzGerald contraction
/lawr"euhnts fits jer"euhld, lohr"-/, Physics. See FitzGerald contraction. [1920-25] * * * or space contraction In relativity physics, the shortening of an object along the ...
Lo·rentz-Fitz·Ger·ald contraction (lôrʹənts-fĭts-jĕrʹld, lōrʹ-) n. The shortening of an object along its direction of motion as its speed approaches the speed of ...
Lorentz force n. The orthogonal force on a charged particle traveling in a magnetic field.   [After Lorentz, Hendrik.] * * *
/lawr"euhnz, lohr"-/; Ger. /loh"rddents/, n. 1. Adolf /ay"dolf/; Ger. /ah"dawlf/, 1854-1946, Austrian orthopedic surgeon. 2. Konrad (Zacharias) /kon"rad zak'euh ruy"euhs/; Ger. ...
Lorenz Hart
➡ Hart * * *
Lorenz, Edward (Norton)
born May 23, 1917, West Hartford, Conn., U.S. U.S. meteorologist. Following degrees from Dartmouth College and Harvard University in mathematics, he turned to weather ...
Lorenz, Edward Norton
▪ 2009       American meteorologist and mathematician born May 23, 1917, West Hartford, Conn. died April 16, 2008, Cambridge, Mass. was considered the father of modern ...
Lorenz, Konrad
▪ Austrian zoologist born Nov. 7, 1903, Vienna, Austria died Feb. 27, 1989, Altenburg       Austrian zoologist, founder of modern ethology, the study of animal ...
Lorenz, Konrad (Zacharias)
born Nov. 7, 1903, Vienna, Austria died Feb. 27, 1989, Altenburg Zoologist and founder (with Nikolaas Tinbergen) of modern ethology. While still a schoolboy he nursed sick ...
Lorenz,Konrad Zacharias
Lo·renz (lōʹrĕnts'), Konrad Zacharias. 1903-1989. Austrian psychologist. He shared a 1973 Nobel Prize for studies of individual and social behavior patterns. * * *
/lawr'euhn zet"ee/; It. /law'rdden dzet"tee/, n. Ambrogio /ahm brddaw"jaw/, c1319-48, and his brother, Pietro /pye"trddaw/, c1305-48, Italian painters. * * *
Lorenzetti, Ambrogio
▪ Italian painter born c. 1285, Siena, Republic of Siena died c. 1348  younger brother of Pietro Lorenzetti (Lorenzetti, Pietro), who ranks in importance with the greatest of ...
Lorenzetti, Pietro
▪ Italian painter born c. 1280, /90, Siena?, Republic of Siena died c. 1348, Siena       Italian Gothic painter of the Sienese school who with his brother Ambrogio was ...
Lorenzetti, Pietro and Ambrogio
born с 1280/90, Siena?, Republic of Siena died с 1348, Siena born с 1290, Siena, Republic of Siena died с 1348, Siena Italian painters. Both brothers were possibly pupils ...
/leuh ren"zoh, law-, loh-/, n. Saint. See Lawrence, Saint. * * * (as used in expressions) Bernini Gian Lorenzo Nicola di Lorenzo Da Ponte Lorenzo Ghiberti Lorenzo Lorenzo ...
Lorenzo Monaco
orig. Piero di Giovanni born с 1370/71, Siena, Republic of Siena died с 1425, Florence, Republic of Florence Italian painter. He took the vows of the Camaldolese order in ...
/lawr'euh stahn", -stan", lohr'-/, n. Luristan. * * * ▪ region, Iran also spelled  Luristan        , geographic and historic region, western Iran. Its name means ...
▪ Italy       town and episcopal see, Marche region, central Italy, on the Musone River just south of Ancona and near the Adriatic coast. It is a noted pilgrimage ...
/leuh ret"euh, law-, loh-/, n. a female given name, form of Laura. Also, Lorette /leuh ret", law-, loh-/. * * *
Loretta Lynn
➡ Lynn (I) * * *
/law ret"vil, loh-/; Fr. /law rddet veel"/, n. a city in S Quebec, in E Canada: suburb of Quebec. 15,060. * * *
/lawrn yet"/, n. 1. a pair of eyeglasses mounted on a handle. 2. a pair of opera glasses mounted on a handle. [1795-1805; < F, deriv. of lorgner to eye furtively; see -ETTE] * * *
Fr. /lawrdd nyawonn"/, n., pl. lorgnons Fr. /-nyawonn"/. 1. an eyeglass or a pair of eyeglasses. 2. See opera glasses. [1840-50; < F, equiv. to lorgn(er) (see LORGNETTE) + -on n. ...
Lori [lôr′ē] n. a feminine name: see LAURA * * *
/leuh ruy"keuh, law-, loh-/, n., pl. loricae /-see, -kee/. 1. Zool. a hard protective case or sheath, as the protective coverings secreted by certain protists. 2. a cuirass or ...
—lorication, n. /lawr"i kayt', -kit, lor"-/, adj. Zool. covered with a lorica. Also, loricated. [1615-25; < L loricatus. See LORICA, -ATE1] * * *
See loricate. * * *
/law rddyahonn"/, n. a seaport in NW France, on the Bay of Biscay. 71,923. * * * ▪ France  maritime town, Morbihan département, Brittany région, western France, southeast ...
/lawr"i keet', lor"-, lawr'euh keet", lor'-/, n. any of various small lories. [1765-75; LORY + (PARA)KEET] * * * ▪ bird  any of 53 species of medium-sized vocal and ...

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