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ous, la-bO'rl-us, a. Requiring much labor;
toilsome; Industrious, •ly, adv. -ness, n.

lab'o-ra-to'^ry, lab'o-ra-to^, n. F-ries",
pL] A place for cx>nducting scientific ex-
periments, etc.

lab'y-rlntli, lab'i-rinth, n. A confusing
network of paths or passages; maze.

— lab''y-rin'thic, a. Complicated.
lace, l§s. I. vt. & vi. [laced*; la'cing.]

To trim with lace; interlace. II. n. 1.
A delicate network of threads of linen,
silk, cotton, etc.; also, an^ ornamental cord
or braid. 2. A shoe-string; any string.
lacker-ate, las'er-§t, vt. [-a"ted«1; -a"-
TiNG.] To tear raggedly; rend; harrow.

— lac'-'er-a'tion, n. [etc.
lach^ry-mal, -mose, etc. SeeLACBiMAL,
lack, lac. I*, vt. & vi. To be destitute

of; be deficient; fail. II. n. Absence or
deficiency of something; want; failure.

•fo; filltg^re (future); aisle; an (otct); ell; c (k); ckat; dk (^); go; Bins, 19k; thiiu

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lack^a-dal'sl-cal, lac'a-dg'zi-cal, a.
Affectedly penBive or Bentimental.

lack'er, v. & n. Same as lagqitsb.

lack^ey, lak'§. 1. vt & vi. To wait on;
attend. II. n. A male servant; a foot-
man; menial.

la-con^lc, la-cen'ic, a. Veiae few words;
short and forceful; concise, la-con'lc-
al^.— la-con'lc-al-ly, adv.

lac'qner, lak'gr. i. v(. To coat with
lacquer. II. n. 1 . A varnish of shellac
dissolved in alcohol. 2. Lacquered wood-

lac^rl-mal, lac'ri-mal, a. Pertaining to
tears.— lac'rl-mose'', -m08% a. Tearful.

la-crosse^, la-cres', n. A same of ball,
played with a racket'like implement (called
a crosse) between and past two goal-posts.

lac-ta'tlon, lac-te'shnn, n. The act or
periodof suckling.— lac^te-al, a. Pertain-
ing to or like milk.— lac-tom'e-ter, n. An
InBtrument for determining the density of
milk. [fellow.

lad, lad, n. A boy or youth; companion;

lad'der, lad'gr, n. A device of wood, rope,
or the like, for climbing or descending.

lade, l§d, vt. [la'dbd«»; la'dbd^ or la'-
dbn; la'ding.] 1. To load; oppress. 2.
To ladle.— landing, le'ding, n. The act of
loading; a load or cargo; freight.

la'dle, IS'dl. l.vt. [la'dlbd; la'dling.]
To dip up and pour with a ladle. II. n.
A vessel, with a long handle, for serving

la'dy, l§'di, n. rLA'DiBs*, pi."] A gentle-
woman; the mijstress of a household.—
la'dy-bird'^ n. A small beetle, spotted
with red, yellow, or black.

1a'dy-4>uar"t.— la'dy-
lke'% a. Like or suitable

to a lady; gentle; delicate.—

la'dy-ship, n. The rank

or condition of a lady.
IwLgj lag, vi. [laggbd ; lag'-

GiNQ.J To move slowly;

la'9er,ia'gsr,7i. Beer con- Ladybird, s a

taming few hops, formerly •^"'^J'""^- /i

kept long before use. la'gerabeer'^t.
lag sard, lag'ard. I. a. Slow; tardy.

M. n. A loiterer.
la-goon^, la-giin', n. A body of shallow

water: pool; lake. la-gune^t.
la^ic, le'lc. I. a. Same as lay, a. la^ic-aU.

II. n. A layman.
laid, pp. of LAY, V.

lain, jw. of lib, t?. [animal.

lair, far, n. The couch or den of a wild
laird, ISrd, n. [ScotJ A lord; land-owner.
la't-ty, l§'i-ti, n. The people as distin-
guished from the clergy.

lakei, ISk, n. An inland body of water.

lake^, n, A deep-red pigment.

lamb, lam, n. A young sheep; also, its
flesh; a gentle or innocent person.— lambs-
kin, n. A little lamb.

laiii'Dent, lam'bent, a. Playing, with a
soft movement, as a flame; gleammg.

lam^bre-qnin, lam'bgr-kln, n. A draped
cloth, hanging from a window, doorway, etc.

lame, l§m. t.vt. [lambd; lacking.] To
cripple or disable. II. a. Crippled or dis-
abled in a leg; halt, -ness, n.

la-ment^, la-ment'. I<*. vt. & vi. To sor-
row for; mourn; bewail. II. n. The ex-
pression oCjgrief; lamentation.— lam'en-
tabKe, a. To be lamented; mournful; sad;
unfortunate.— lam'^'en-ta^tion, n. The
act of lamenting; a walling cry.

lam'i-na, lam'l-na, n. L-n^, -nl or -n^, »Z.]
A thin scale or sbeet.— lam'i-na^ted, a.
Consisting of thin layers.

lamp, lamp, n, A vessel in which oil is
burnt through a wick.— lamp'black'^, ».
Fine carbon deposited from smoke.

lam-poo n^, lam-pfin'. I. vt. To abuse
or satirize. U. n. A personal satire in
writing. [ical fish.

lam^prejr, lam'pr§, n. An eel-like parasit*

lance, Igns. \,vt. [lancbd*; lan'cing.]
To pierce with a lance or a lancet 11^ n.
A spear; a lancer.

lan^cet, Ign'set, «. 1 . A surgeons' instru-
ment with one or more small, keen blades.
2. An acutely pointed window.

land, land. I«». vt. & vi. To bring to the
land; debark: go or come ashore. II. «.
The solid surface of the earth; a continent;
ground or soil ; real estate. — land^ed, land'-
ed, a. Having an estate in land.— land'-
hold^er, n. A landowner.— land^ing. n.
The act or place of putting ashore; a plat-
form dividing a flight of stairs.— Ian d'la"-
dy, n. [-DIES', pi.] A woman who keeps a
boarding-house, or lets
her property.— land'- 2
locked''^, a. Sur- '

rounded and protected
by land.— land'Iord'^,
n. A man who keeps
an Inn or hotel, or owns
and lets real estate.— i
Iand'niark'% w. A '
boundary mark; an ob- '
ject on land serving as
a guide to seamen.-
land ' oivn '' er, 7i.— i. A Landau wltb
land'8lide'^ n. The Lowered Top. 2.
slipping down of a mass a Landau Closed,
of land; the land tbat
has slipped down, land'slip^^— lands'-
man, n. One who lives on the land: op-
posed to seaman.— land^Trard, adv. To-
ward the land.


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papfi, gfik; at, air; elgmgnt, thdy, ufl|ge; It, |, i (ee); o, oh; orator, or; f nil, rlile; but,

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lan'dan, lan'dd, n. A two'seated, fonr-
wh^ed carriage with a removable top.
See fllus. on p. 296.— lan^dau-let, n. A
type of motor-car with movable top.

land^scape, land'skgp, n. A stretch of
country as seen from a single point, or a
picture representing it.

lane, len, n. A narrow way or street.

lan^gua«e, la^'gw^j, n. 1. The expres-
sion of meas by words; speech. 2. The
words in use among any people; a tongue.

lan^guld, lav'gwid, a. Listless; feeble;
we^. -ly, adv. -neaa, n.

lan^suisnS lav'gwish, vi. 1. To become
wei5; pine J fail; fade. 2. To manifest
tender emotion, -ment, n.

lan'guor, la5'g§r or -gwer, n. Lassitude;
depression; weakness.— lan^gaor-ous, a.

lank, la9k, a. Long and .thin. -Ijr, adv.

lan'tern, lan'tgrn, n. 1. A transparent
case, for enclosing a light. 2. A tower, as
on a roof, to give light.

lan^vard, lan'yard, n. A small rope or a
cord, as for use on shipboard.

lapi, lap, V. [lapped* or lapt; lap'ping.]
1. 1. To lay over, as a fold; infold; involve.
11. i. To lie partly over something else.

Iap3, vt. & vi. fLAPPBDt; lapping.] To
lick up; take up liquid with the tongue.

lap^, n. That part of a substance which
extends over another.

Iap3, n. The upper part of the thighs or
knees of a person in a sitting posture; the
clothing that covers this part.— lap^*dog^'',
n. A small dog fondled In the lap.

la-peP, la-peP or lap-el', n. The part of
the front of a coat wnich is folded oack.

la.p'1-da-ry, lap'i-dg-ri. l.a. Pertaining
to stones or the art of working in precious
stones. MJ.n. [-ribs', />/.] One wno cuts,
engraves, and sets precious stones.

IjAPP, I lap, n. A native of Lapland, a

Ijap, (country in Northern Europe.

lap^pet, lap'gt, n. A small
lap or flap. a i

lapse, laps. I. vi. [lapsed*; A k

i^APs'iNQ.] To pass gradu- A L

ally; glide; slip; to pass out I L

of possession, as a title to * '^

property; become void. II.
n. A slipping or passing
away; failure; error. ^ ^

lar'board'^, Idr'bord', a. & n. Naut. Same


laF'ce-nv.ldr'se-ni,;*. [-NiEs«,p/.] The un-
lawful taking of another's property; theft

larch, Idrch, n. A tree of the pine family.

lard, Idrd. 1<». vt. To stuff or smear with
lard; interlard. II. n. The clarified fat
of the hog.— lar'der, Idr'der, n. A pantry;
the provisions of a household.

large, lOrj, a. Great as reg^s size, quan-
tity, etc.; big: broad, -iy, adv. -ness. n.

lar^gess, loFjes, n. A gift; gratuity;

lar^i-at, lar'I-at, «. A rope of horsehair for
tethering animals; a lasso.

larki, lOrk, n. A small singing bird.

larks, n. A hilarious time; frolic.

lark^spnr, Idrk'spur, n. A showy herb,
with flowers in clusters.

lar^Ta, Idr'va, n. A caterpillar or grub;
insect life after leaving the egg.

lar^ynx, lar'i9x, w. [la-ryn'gbs, la-rin'jtz
or -g§s, i?/.] The ujmer part of the wind-
pipe.— lar^yn-ge^al, lar'in-jt'ol, a. Per-
taining to the larynx.

las-elT^l-ous, las-siv'1-ns, a. Wanton;
lustful; unchaste, -ly, adv. -ness, n.

laeliS lash, vt. & vi. To whip; tie with a
lashing; satirize.

lasb, n. 1. A thong on a whip-handle; a
whip; stroke with a whip. 2. A stroke of
sarcasm. 3. An eyelash.

lass, Igs, n. A girl.

las^sl-tnde. las'i-tifld, n. Disinclination
to exertion; languor; debility.

las^so, las'O. 1. vt. To capture with a
lasso. II. n. A long line, as of hide,
with a noose, for catching horses, etc.

last<^, Igst, vi. To remain in existence;
endure.— last'Ing. \,pa. That continues;
durable; permanent. II, n. A durable cloth.

last, a. ^ing at the end; latest; hindmost.

last^, n. A wooden form on which to
make a boot or shoe.

last^, n. The end: conclusion.

last, arft?. After all others; finally. -1f$.

latcn, lach. I*, vt. To fasten, as with a
latch. II. n. A catch for fastening a door
or the like. [a shoe or sandal.

latcli^et, lach'§t, n. A string that fastens

late, l§t. I. a. [la'tbr or lat'ter; la'-
TBST or LAST.] Comlng after time; tardy;
recent; deceased. 11. adv. After or be-
yond the usual time; recently.— late'ly,
odp. Not long ago. — la'ter, adv. At a
subsequent time; hereafter. [mant.

la^tent, IS'tgnt, a. Not apparent; dor-

lat^er-al, lat'sr-al, a. Pertaining to, pro-
ceeding from, or directed toward the side.
— lat'er-al-ly, adv.

lath, Igth. 1. vt. To fit with laths. II.
n. A thin strip of wood, as to support

Or; flfitl^ie (future); nlsle; an iout)\ ell; c Ck); cliat; dli(<Ae); go; sins, ipk; tliin.

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lathe, ledh, n. A machine for shaping

articles by turning.
latli^er, ladh'gr. 1. vt. & vi. To spread

over with or form lather. W, n. Froth

from soapsuds.
liat'in, lat'in. I. a. Pertaining to ancient

Kome, its language or people, or to nations

derived from the ancient Romans. II. n.

The language of ancient Rome.— Lat'ln-

ism* n. A Latin Idiom.— Ltat^in-ist* n.

One versed in Latin. — La-tin^i-ty* n.

Latin style or Idiom.
lat^l-tude, lat'i-tiQd, n. Distance north-
ward or southward from the equator;

range; scope.— lat-^'I-tu'di-nal, a.
lat^ter, lat'gr, a. Of more recent date;

modem; second of two things. -ly, oc?z7.
lat^tlce, lat'is. I. vt. [lat'ticed*; lat'-

Ti-ciXG.] To furnish with a lattice. II.

n. Openwork of crossed bars; a ocreen.
laud, ISd. Id. vt. To

praise; extol. II. n.

Praise; a song of praise.
— laud^a-bl(e, a.

Pralseworthv. — 1 a n >

da'^tion, n. Eulogy.—

land'^a-to-ry. I, a.


Eulogizing, laud^a-

' * ' " II. n, [-RIES*,


»/.] A panegyric;

laa'da-nam, le^da-

num, n. Tincture of

laugliS mt V. I. t

To ridicule; deride.

II. i. 1 . To give vent

to laughter; be glad.

2. To scoflf; jeer: fol-
lowed by at.— laugh^-

a-bl(e, a. Provoking

laugli, n. An act of Lattice Window.

laughter; merriment;

ridicule.— laugh'ingsstock^'^, n. A butt

for ridicule.
laugli'ter, Iflf'tgr, n. Quick convulsive

breathing, with vocal sounds and facial

expressions indicative of nurth.
launcli, lanch. I^ vt. & vi. To slide into

the water, as a boat; start; set out; throw,

as a dart. II. w. The act of launchmg;

a large open boat.
laun^der, Idn'dgr, vt. To wash and iron,

as linen clothes.— lauD'der-er, w.— laiin'-

dress, Ifln'dres, n. A washerwoman. —

laun^dry, IQn'drl, w. [lattn'dbies*. jp/.]

A place for washing and Ironing clothes.
lau^re-ate, IS'rg-et or -it. I. a. Crowned

with laurel. II. n. [Eng.] The poet in-

vested with the title of laureate by the

crown. [fragrant leaves.

lau^rel, IS'rel, n. An evergreen shrub with
la^Ta, Ifl'va or l§'va, n.

Melted rock, as from

a volcanic crater.
lav'a-to''ry, lav'a-

to'ri, n. [-RIBS', pi.]

A place for washing. ,
lave, l§v, vt. & vi.

[laved; LA'VENG.l To

wash; bathe. — la'ver, ,.
16'v§r or Ig'vgr, n. A
large basin to wash In.

lav'en-der, lav'en- Mountain-laurel,
dgr, n. 1. An aro-
matic shrub. 2. A pale lilac color.

laT'lsh, lav'ish. V.vt. To give out pro-
fusely; squander. II. a. Profuse; prod-
igal; superabundant.

laiir , 1«, n. 1 . An authoritative rule of action ;
legislative enactment; commandment; stat-
ute. 2. Legal science; jurisprudence.—
la^v^ful, a. Permitted by law; right; just.
-ly, adv. -ness* n.— laTr'less, a. Un-
restrained by law; Irregular; outlawed.

laurn^ l$n, n. A grassy space near a

laiim^, n. Fine thin linen cambric.

lanr'snit''', 15'sQt", n. An action in a
court of law. [law or who practises law.

la — ' 1— - One who is versed in

la king firmness; slack;

— Iax'a-tlv(e. I. a.

Bitive. II. n. A purga-

iax^nessi.— la-x^Iy,

lay, 1§, V. [laid, 1M; lat'ing.] I. t. 1.
To place; deposit; impose; attribute or
ascribe; impute; present. 2. To make
ready, as a table for a meal. 3. To drop
(an egg), as a fowl. II. i. To drop eggs,
as fowls.

lay, 1€, imp. of lie*, v.

lay, a. Pertaining to the laity.

layi, n. The manner in which something
lies or is placed; a line Of work; a layer;

Iay3, n. A song; ballad.

lay'er, l§'gr, n. 1. A single horizontal
thickness, as of strata. 2. A shoot laid
in the ground to take root and form a new
plant. [of the laity.

lay^man, l§'m{^, n. [lat'men, p/.] One

la^zar, Ig'zar, n. One afflicted with a
loathsome disease ; a leper.— laz^'^a-ret^to,
laz'a-ret'O; n. A pest-house or pest-ship.

la'zy, l§'zi, a. [la'zi-er; la'zi-est.] In-
disposed to exertion; slothful; slow.
— la'zi-ly, a<2i?.— la'zl-ness, n.

papa, gsk; at, air; el§mfint, they, usfge; it, j, i (ee); o, oh; erat^r, er; full, rtile; but.

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lea, It, n. A grassy field or plain.

leach. Itch. 1*. vt. & vi. To wash, as
wood-ashes; drain away. II. n. Wood-
ashes, washed for the alkali contained in

lead*, ltd,tj. [ubd: ubad'ing.] I. ^. To

glide by goins before; precede: conduct:
dace. II. 1. To act as gaide: extend
or reach. — lead'er, n. One who leads; a
guide; commander.— lea d^er-ship, n.

lead', led, vt. & vi. [lbad'bd**; lbad'-
iNG.] To cover, fasten, fit, or fill up with
lead; supply with leads, as type.

lead^, ltd, n. Position in advance; prior-
ity; guidance; command.

lead', led, n. 1. A soft, heavy, bluish-
gray metal; some leaden object, as a thin
slip to separate lines of t3rpe, a sinker, etc.
2. Graphite, black leadf.

lead'en, led'n, a. Made of or like lead;
heavy: dull; oppressive.

leaf, Itf, n. [leavbs, ]tvz,p/.] One of the
breathing-organs of a plant, growing from
the stem, and commonly br^d, fia^ thin,
and green; also, something resembling
this, as a fold of a book, a movable part
of a table, or a valve of a door.— learage,
n. Leaves collectively; foliage.— leafless,
a. Having no leafage. — leaf let, n. A
little leaf; also, a tract.— 1 eaPy , a. [leaf '-
i-sr; ijeaf'i*bst.] Abounding in leaves.

league, lig, vt. & vi. [leagued; lba'-
GUiNG.l To join in a league; combine.

leagneS n. An alliance.

league', n. A varying measure of dis-
tance. The marine league equals 3 geo-
graphic miles.

leak, Itk. l^^vt.&vi. To pass or allow
to pass in or out undesignedly, as a liqiiid.
II. n. 1. An opening letting a fluid
in or out undesignedly. 2. Leakage.

— leak ^ age, n. The act of leak-
ing; the quantitv that leaks; an allowance
for loss by leaking.— leak'i-ness, «.—
leak^y.a. [lbak'i-bb; lbak'i-bst.] Hav-
ing a leak or leaks.

lean, Itn, vt. & vi. [leaned, Itnd, or
LEANT, lent; lean'ing.I To bend from
an erect position; depend: with on or upon.

lean. I. a. Wanting flesh; notfat;tnin;
slender. II, n. Lean meat.

leap, Itp. I. vt. & vi. [leaped, Itpt, or
LEAPT, lept; LBAP'iNG.] To Spring over
or off the ground; jump; bound. ll. n.
The act of leaping; a jump; bound.— leap's
yoar^, n. Every fourth year, In which Feb-
ruary has 39 days.

learn, Igm, vt. & vi. [learned, l^md, or
LEABNT, Igmt; LBARN'iNG.] To gain
knowledge of or skill in; acquire knowl-

edge or skill. — leam'ed, lem'gd, pa.
Possessed of learning; erudite.— learn'lngf
n. Knowledge; eminent scholarship.

lease, Its. 1. vt. [leased^; leas'ing.]
To grant or obtain the temporary posses-
sion of, as lands; rent; let. II. n. The
letting of land, etc., for rent.— leaae'hold'^,
Us' hold', n. A tenure held by a lease.

leask , Itsh. I*, vt. To bind or hold by
a leash. II. n. A thong for holding a
hunting-dog, etc. ; three of the same kind,

as greyhounds; ttree in general.

least, Itst. I. a.mperl. Smallest in size,
value, etc. II. adv. superi. In the low-
est or smallest d^ree.

leatk'er, ledh'gr, n. The skin of an
animal tanned or dressed for use.- leath'-
era, a. Made of leather.— leath'er-y, a,
Besembllng leather; tough.

leaT(e>, Ifv, v. [left, left; leav'ing.]
I. t. To withdraw from; quit; abandon;
refer; bequeath. II. i. To go away;
depart; discontinue.

leave«, vt. To grant leave to; permit.

leaTe>,i7i. [leaved; leav'ing.] To put
forth leaves.

leave, n. Permission to go or to be ab-
sent: a departure; parting.

leav^en, lev'n. I. vt. To make light by
fermentation. II. n. A fermenting sub-
stance; ferment; influence causing change.

leaves, Itvz, n. Plural of lb af.

leavens, itv'ing, n. 1. The act of de-
parture. 2. pL Things left; scraps;
refuse; offal.

lec'ture, lec'chur or -titlr. I. vt. & vi.

iLEc'TURED; j.eo'tur-ing.1 To deliver
lectures to; reprimand; deliver a formal
discourse. II. n. A discourse; formal
reproof.— lee^tur-er, n.

led, imp. & pp. of LBAD, V.

ledge, lej, n. A projecting shelf, as of
rock, etc.

ledg^er, lej'gr, n. The chief book of ac-
counts among merchants.

lee. It. I. a. Naut. Pertaining to the
side sheltered from the wind. TW.n. The
direction opposite that from which the
wind comes; the side sheltered, or that
gives shelter, from wind. — lee shore, the
snore on the lee side of a ship.— lee tide* a
tide running with the wind.

leecliS Itch, vt. To bleed with leeches;
treat with medicine; heal.

leeck 1 , n. An aquatic worm used for draw-
ing blood; bloodsucker.

leeek^, n. The edge of a square saO.

leek, Itk, n. An onion-like nerb.

leer, Itr. I. vt. & vi. To look with a

Or; fl1ltg^(fatare); aisle; an (out); ell; c (k); chat; dli (.the); so; Binff, i^k; tbin.

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leer; allure. II. n. A sly, oblique, ma-
liciouB, or amorous elance.

lees, liz, n. pi. Sediment; dregs.

lee'urard, ll'ward (IQ'ard, Naut.). I.
a. & n. Lee. II. adv. Toward the lee.

lee'wray'^, ir w§', n. The drift of a vessel
to leeward.

lefty left, imp. & pp. of lsats, v. [left side.

left. I. o. Opposite to Hfl'^^. II. n. The

leftMiand'^, left'-hand' a. Situated on
the left side. — lefl'shand^ed, a. Having
the left hand more eflEective than the right.

l^S) leg, n. A supporting limb of an ani-
mal or something analogous to it: as, the
leg ot & stocking; the leg of a table; a/

' ra-cy, lea'a-si, n. A bequest.



a. Pertaining to or accord-

ing to law; lawful.— le-gaFF-ty, l§-gal'i-ti,
n. [-TIES', pi.] The condition of being
legal; conformity to law.— le^sal-ize, vt.
[-izbd; -i'zing.] To give the authority of
law to. le^aral-iset.— le^iral-ly, ode.
According to law; lawfully.

leg/ate, leg'^t, n. An ambassador; envoy.

leff'-'a-tee^, leg"a-tt', n. The recipient of a

le-ga'tion, le-gfi'shun, n. 1. The act of
delegating. 2. An embassy.

leg'end, lej'end, n. A traditionary nar-
rative^ fable; myth; also, a motto or in-
scription, as nnder a picture. — lec^end-
a-ry, a. Pertaining to legends; traditional;
fabulous. [Sleight of hand.

les^er-de-maln^, lej'gr-dg-mSn", n.

leg/ging, leg'ing, n, A covering for the
lee. les'gfnt.

leg'i-bl(e, lei'i-bl, a. Readable, as wri-
ting.— leg''l-blFi-ty , n. Ieg'l-bl(e-neM$ .
— leir'i-bly, adv.

le^^on, irjmi, n. A body of Roman sol-
diers, of 4,500 to 6,000 men; a military
force; multitude.

leg^ls-Iate, lej'is-lgt, vt. & vi. [-la'tbd^;
-LA* TING.] To bring about by legislation ;
makQ or enact laws.— leg'^is-la^tion, n.
Enactment of laws.— les'ls-la-tWCe,
Iej'l8-l6-tlv,a. Pertaining to legislation or
to a legislature.— leir'is-la'^tor, n. A
lawgiver; member of a legislature.

lee^ls-la^ture* lej'is-lS'chur or -tiflr, n.
A body of men empowered to make laws

f OT* fi. bIiAI^

le-glt^l-mate, le-jit'i-m§t. I. vt. [-ma*-
TBD**; -iiA'TiNG.] To make legitimate.
II. le-jit'i-met or -mgt, a. Lawful; bom
in wedlock; genuine, -ly, adv. -ness,
n.— le-git^l-ma-cy. Ig-jit'i-ma-si, n. The
quality of being legitimate.— le-gif'^i-ma-
tlon< n. The act of making legitimate.

les^uiue, leg'yum or Ig-giftm', «. A 2-
valved seed-vessel or pod, as of a bean or
pea. — le-ga^mi-nou8, le-giG'mi-nuB, a.
Pertaining to the bean famllv. -nosel:.

leisure, It'zhur. I. a. Spare; unoccn-

Sied. II. n. Freedom from work; spare
me; opportunity.— lel'sure-ly. I. a.

Done at leisure; deliberate; slow. II, adv.

At leisure; deliberately. — lel'sure-li-

nesSf n.
lem'on, lem'un, n. An orange-like fruit,

with very acid juice: also, the tree that

bears it.— lem'^on-ade', n. A drink of

lemon-Julce and water with sugar.
le^mur, If'mnr, n. A small nocturnal

mammal related to the

lend, lend, vt. &vi. [lent,

lent; lend'ing.] To grant

the teniporary use of; fur- j

nish; afford.— lend'er, n.

lenstli, length, n. 1.
E:!nenslon from enf

Lemur. Vss

end to
end; reach; extent. 2»
Gram. & Pros. Quantity,
as of a vowel. — lengtlKwise, -wcdz, adv.
In a longitudinal direction. — lenirtliO'v
length'l, a. [lsxgth'i-br; lbngthI-kst.]
Having length; unduly long.

lenfl^tli'en, lengthen, vt. & vi. To make
or crow longer; extend; protract,

le^nient, Irnient, a. Not severe; merci-
ful; mild.— fe^nien-cy, n. Mildness.
le'niencel:.- lenM-tiv(e, len'i-tlT, a.
Having the power of soothing— len'i*tT<
len'l-tl, n. The state or quality of being
lenient: forbearance.

lens, lenz, n. A curved piece of glass by
which rays of
light may be
made to converge ,
or to diverge.

lent* lent, itnp. &
pp. of LEND. i^eng,

lient, n. A fast
of forty days immediately preceding Easter.
— lent'en, lent'en or lent'n, a. [1- or L-]
Pertaining to Lent; plain; spare; meager.

len-tlc^u-lar, len-tic'yu-lar, a. Resem-
bling a double«con vex lens; shaped like a
l|ntu. len^tl-formt.

len^tll, len'til, n. A leguminous plant or
one of its pods or seeds.

le^o-nln(e, It'o-nin or -nain, a. Pertain-
ing to or like a lion; fierce; powerful.

leop^ard, lep'ard, n. A spotted cat-like
mammal, of Asia and Africa; also, the
American jaguar.

lep'er, lep'er, n. One afflicted with lep-
rosy. — lep'ro-sy, lep'ro-si, w, A chrome

iKipfi, ask; at. Sir; el©mgnt, th6y, us^ge; it, |, i (ee); o, 6h; erat^r, er; fnU, rlUe; biit.

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ekin-disease wiHi ulceroos spots and scal-
ing off of dead tissue. — lep'roiu, a.
PaUhta. Affected with leprosy: unclean.

le'slon, U'zhim, n. A hurt; loss; injury.

iess, les. I. a. [least, Itst, superl.]
Smaller; inferior. II. adv. In inferior
or smaller decree; not so much.

less-ee', les-r, n. One holding property
by lease. [diminish; lower; shrink.

leut/eUf les'n, vt, & vi. To make less;

less'eri!, lesser, a. Less; smaller; inferior.

les'son, les'n, n. An exercise to be
learned br a pupil; instruction; reproof;
portion of Scripture. [lease.

les'sor, les'er, n. One who grants a

lest» lest, corg. In order that . • . not;
for fear that

let>, let, vt & vi. [lbt; ust'ting.] 1.
To permit; give leave to. 2. To hire;
rent; be leased or hired.

let*|. vt. [lbt or let'tbd*; lbt'tino.]
To hinder or impede: obstruct; oppose.

let, n. That which hinders; an obstacle.

letli^ar-ff y, leth'ar-jL n. [-gibs«, pt.] A

state of prolonged sleep; stupor; apathy.

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