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plate ; one coat or layer laid over another.
LXm'i-na-bi^e, a. That may be formed into

laminiE or thin plates.
LXm'i-nar, ) a. Plated ; consisting of plates or
LXm'i-na-ry, \ layers ; laminated.
LXm'!-nat-ed, a. Consisting of plates ; plated.
LXm'mas, 71.' The first day of August.



LXmp, n. A vessel furnished with a wick and oil
fur giving light ; a light.

Lam'pass, n. A lump of flesh in a horse's mouth.

Lamp'blAck, 71. A fine soot from burning pitch.

Lam-p66n', 71. A personal satire ; ridicule ; abuse.

Lam-poon', v. a. To abuse with personal satire.

Lam-p66n'er, n. One who lampoons.

LXm'prey (lam'pre), n. A fish like the eel.

La'na-ry, 11. A store-place tor wool.

La'nate, a. Covered with wool or soft hair.

Lance, n. A long spear ; a weapon of war.

Lance, v. a. To pierce ; to cut; to open with a
lancet, as a surgeon : — to throw.

Lan'ce-q-late, a. Shaped like a lance.

Lance-pe-sade', n. An old name for an officel
under a corporal, or a reduced oflicer.

Lanc'er, n. One who uses or carries a lance.

LXn'cet, n. A small surgical instrument, fol
letting blood : — a pointed window.

LXnch, v. a. To dart ; to throw, gee Launch.

LXn'ci-nate, w. a. To tear ; to rend ; to lacerate.

Lan-ci-nA'tion, 7j. Act of tearing; laceration.

LXnd, 7!. A country ; a region ; ground : — earth,
as distinguished from water or the sea: — real
estate : — a nation.

LXnd, v. a. To set on shore ; to disembark.

LAND, V. v. To come or go on shore.

LAND'AM-MAN,n. The president or chief office!
of the Swiss republic.

Landau' or LAn'dau [Ijn-daw', TV. P. J. Ja.i
lan'daw, Sm. C. IVb.], n. [Fr.] A coach which
opens and closes at the top.

LAn-dau-let', 71. A four-wheeled carriage.

LAnd'ed, a. Consisting of, or having, land.

LAnd'fal.l, n. A falling of land to any one by a
death.

LXnd'-flood (land'flud), n. An inundation.

LXnd'-for-ce^, 77. p/. Troops that serve on land.

LAnd'grave, n. A German title of dominion.

LAnd-gra'vi-ate, n. Territory of a landgrave.

Land'gra-vIne, 71. The wife of a landgrave.

LXnd'h6ld-er, 71. One who holds lands.

LXnd'ing, n. Act of going on shore ; a place to
land at: — the floor at the head of afli^jht of stairs.

Land'ing-PlAce, n. A place for vessels to land.

LAnd'-job-ber, n. One who buys and sells land.

LXnd'la-dy, 71. A mistress of an inn ; a hostess.

LXnd'less, a. Destitute of land. [land.

Land'lock, v. a. To enclose or encompass by

LAnd'locked (land'lokt), a. Enclosed with land.

Land'lo-per, n. A landsman, in contempt.

LXnd'lord, 77. One who owns and leases land:
— the master of an inn ; a host.

LXnd'lub-ber, 7!. A landsman, in contempt.

Land'man, n. One who lives or serves on land.

LAnd'mark, ?i. A mark of boundaries.

Land'-of-fice, 11. An office for the sale of land.

LAnd'scape,7(. The scenery or proiyect presented
to the eye in a country.

Land'slide, ) n. A portion of a hill or mountain

LAnd'slip, ( that slides or slips down.

LAnds'man, 77. One who lives or serves on land : —
same as landman.

LAnd'-tAx, 77. A tax laid upon land and houses.

LAnd'-wait-er, 77. A custom-house officer who
waits for and watches the landing of goods.

LXnd'ward, ad. Towards tlie land.

Lane, 7!^ A narrow street ; an alley ; a passage.

LAn'gra(^e,71. a sort of chain-shot ; langrel.

Lan'grel, ) 77. A kind of chain-shot, formed

Lan'grel-Shot, \ of pieces of iron tied together.

LAn'gua^e (liing'gw^j), 77. The mode of utter-
ance ; human speech ; the speech of one nation ;
tongue ; dialect ; idiom ; style.

Sya. — Language is a very general term, as we
say the la7iguage not only of men, but of beasts
and birds. Toiigiierefeta to an original language,
as the Hebrew tongue. Speech contemplates lan-
guage as broken or cut into words, as tlie parts of
s-prcch, the gift of speech. Every language has its
peculiar idio/ns. A dialect is an incidental form



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of a language used by the inhabitants of a par-
ticular district. The Greek language ; Greek
idiom ; Attic dialect. Native or vernacular lan-
guage ; mother tongue. Elegant or good lan-
guage or style.

LSn'guid (lang'gwid), a. Faint ; weak ; feeble.

Lan'guid-l, Y (lang'gwid-le), ad. Weakly ; feebly.

LiN'GUiD-Niiss, 71. Weakness; feebleness.

LXn'guish (lang'gwjsh), v. n. To grow feeble or
languid ; to pine away ; to decline.

LXn'guish-er, n. One who pines or languishes.

Lan'guish-ment, n. A state of pining ; softness.

LXn'guor (lang'gvvpr), n. Faintness ; wealcness.

La'ni-ate, v. a. To tear in pieces ; to lacerate.

tL5.N'l-FicE, n. Woollen manufacture. Bacon.

La-i«if'ee-ous, a. Bearing wool ; woolly.

LA-Ni9^'ER-oDs, a. Bearing wool.

Lank, a. Loose ; lax ; not fat ; slender ; faint.

LXnk, v. n. To become lank ; to fall avay.

LAnk'LY, ad. Loosely ; thmly ; faintly.

LXnk'ness, n. Want of plumpness.

Lank'y, a. Lank ; tlnn and tall. [Vulgar.]

LXn'nee, n. A species of hawk.

LXn'ner-et, n. A little hawk.

LAN'sciuE-NiJT (lan'.ske-net), n. [Fr.] A com-
mon foot-solaier : — a game at cards.

LXn'tern, n. A transparent case for a candle or
lamp : — a little turret on the top of a dome.

LXn'tern, a. Thin ; haggard.

LA-NU'qJl-NORs, a. Downy ; covered with hair.

LXn'yard§, n. pi. Small ropes or pieces of cord.

Lap, n. That part of a person sitting which reach-
es from the waist to the knees.

LXp, v. a. To wrap round ; to Involve ; to lay
or extend over : — to lick up.

LXp, v. n. To be spread or extend over any thing :
— to lick up.

Lap'dog, n. A little dog fondled by ladies.

La-pel', n A lapping part of a coat ; facing.

LXp'fOl, n. As much as the lap can contain.

Lap'i-da-ry, 71. One who cuts and polislies gems
and stones : — a dealer in gems.

Lap'i-d^-ry, a. Monumental ; inscribed on stone.

LXp'i- DATE, V. a. To stone ; to kill by stoning.

La-Pi'd'e-o&s, a. Of the nature of stone ; stony.

Lap-I-des'cence, n. A stony concretion.

LAP-l-Di3S'cENT, a. Growing or turning to stone.

Lap-J-dif'ic, a. Forming stones.

LA-Pl'D-l-Ff-CA'TION, 11. Act of forming stones.

La-pid'i-fy, v. a. & n. To turn into stone.

Lap'i-dist, n. A dealer in stones or gems.

La-pil' Ll,n.pl. [L.] Globular volcanic ashes.

La' PIS, n. [L.] A stone.

La'pis LAZ'u-Lf,n. [L.] The azure stone, from
which ultramarine is prepared.

LXp'PER, n. One who wraps up ; one who laps.

LXp'pet, 71. A part of a dress that hangs loose.

LXpse, n. Flow ; fall ; glide : — a little fault ; petty
error ; mistake.

L3.PSE. V. n. To glide ; to slip ; to fall from right.

Lapsed (lapst), p. a. Fallen.

LXp'stone, n. A stone used by a cobbler or shoe-
maker to hammer leather on.

Lap'sus lin'gufB, [L.] A slip of the tongue.

Lap'wing, 71. a noisy bird with long wings.

Lar, n. ; pi. LA' RE^. [L.] A household god.

LXr'Board (lar'bord), n. The left-hand side of a
ship to a person on shipboard looking towards the
head ; — opposed to starboard.

Lar'ce-ny, 77. Theft ; petty theft ; robbery.

Larch, n. A deciduous tree of the fir kind.

LXrd, n. The fat of swine melted ; bacon.

LS.RD, V. a. To stuff with bacon ; to fatten.

Lar-da'ceovs (-shus), a. Relating to lard.

Lard'er, 71. A room where meat is kept or salted.

Lard'j;r-er, n. One who has charge of the larder.

Lar'dite, 71. (Min.) Same as agalmatoUte.

Lar^e, a. Great ; bulky ; wide ; liberal ; abundant ;
ample ; spacious ; extensive.

Lar(^e'ly, ad. Widely ; amply ; liberally.

Lar^e'ness, 7!. Bigness; liberality; greatness.



Lar'^ess, n. A present ; a gift ; a bounty.

Lar' GO, [It.] {Mils.) Denoting a slow movement,

LXr'i-Xt, 71. A noosed cord or rope used for
catching wild horses ; a lasso.

Lark, 74. A small singing-bird.

Lark' ER, 77. A catcher of larks.

Lark'spur, 77. A plant and beautiful flower.

Lar'mi-er, 77. {Arch.) The jutting part of a cor-
nice : — the eaves or drip of a house.

LXr'um or La'rum [lar'rum, fV. J. E. F. Sm.;
li'rum, P. Ja. ; la'rum,^. C.],n. Sound of alarm ;
alarm ; noise noting danger.

Lar'va, 77. ; pi. L,'AR'VM. [L.] An insect in its
grub or caterpillar state.

Lar'vat-ed, a. Closed in a mask ; masked.

LA-RVN'GE-AL, ; Tj 1 .• . .u 1

lI-ryn'^e-An; i "• Relatmg to the larynx.
Lar-yn-g6t'p-MY, n. Act of cutting the larj'nx.
Lar'ynx ot-La'RYNX [lar'inks, P. K. Sm. R Wb

Ash ; la'rinks, W. Ja.~\, n. The upper part of

the trachea or windpipe. [India.

Las-car' or LXs'car, 71. A native seaman of
LAS-civ'l-Otis, a. Lewd ; lustful ; wanton ; loose.
Las-civ'i-ous-ly, ad. Lewdly ; wantonly ; loosely.
LAS-ciV'i-oys-Nisss, t;. Wantonness ; looseness.
Lash, 77. The thong of a whip : — a stroke with a

whip or tliong : — a stroke of satire ; sarcasm.
LXsH, V. a. To strike ; to scourge ; to satirize.
Lash, v. n. To ply the whip ; to strike.
Lash'er, 77. One who whips or lashes.
LXs'KETS, 77. pi. Small lines or loops in tackling.
Lass (19), 77. A girl ; a maid ; a young woman
Las'si-tude, 77. Weariness ; fatigue ; languor.
LXs'so, 77. A rope or strap, used in South America

and Mexico for catching wild horses.
LASs'liORN, a. Forsaken by a mistress.
Last (12), a. Superl. of Late. Latest; final ; hind-
most ; lowest ; meanest. See Late.
Last, ad. The last time ; in conclusion.
Last, v. n. To endure ; to continue ; to remain.
Last, v. a. To form on or by a last.
Last, n. A mould to form shoes on : — a load.
Last'a^e, 77. Custom or duty paid for freightage.
Last'ing, 77. A woollen stuff, usually black.
LiST'lNG,p. a. Continuing ; durable ; perpetual.
Last'ing-ly, ad. Perpetually ; durably.
LXst'ing-NESS, 77. Durableness ; continuance.
Last'ly, ad. In the last place ; at last ; finally.
LXtch, 77. A catch or fastening for a door.
LXtch, v. a. To catch ; to fasten ; to close.
Latch'e§, n. pi. {JVaut.) Small lines or loops

made by small ropes.
Latch'et, 77. A sort of shoe-buckle or fastening.
Late, a. [comp. later or latter ; superl. latest

or last.] Not early ; slow ; tardy : — far in the

day or night : — recent ; as, a late occurrence : —

deceased ; as, the late Dr. J.
Late, ad. Lately ; far in the day or night.
Late, v. a. To seek ; to search. [Local, Eng.]
La-teen'-sail, 77. A sort of triangular sail.
Late'ly, ad. Not long ago: recently.
La'ten-cy, 77. State of being hidden ; obscurity.
Late'ness, 77. State of being late ; recent time.
La'tent, a. Hidden ; concealed ; secret ; occult. _

Latent heat, heat insensible to the thermometer.
LXt'er-al, a. Of or belonging to the side.
LXt'er-al-ly, ad. By the side ; sidevvise.
LXt'e-rXn, w. The pope's palace at Rome.
LXT-ER-i-FO'Li-ofjs, a. (Bot.) Growing on the

side of a leaf at the base.
LXt'er-ite, 77. A stone cut in the form of brick,

and used for the same purpose.
La' TEX, 71. [L.] Vital fluid of vegetables.
Lath, 77. ;pL lXth^i. A small, thin, long piece of

wood, used in plastering and tiling.
Lath, v. a. To fit up with laths.
Lathe, 77. The macbine of a turner.
LXth'er, v. n. To form a foam.
LXth'er, v. a. To cover with foam of soap.
LXth'ER, n. Foam made of soap and water.
lath' y, a. Thin or long like a lath.



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LXt'i-CLave, tu a broad stripe worn by Roman
senators on their robes.

LXt'jn, a. Relating to tlie Latins ; Roman.

LAt'Jn, n. The Latin or Roman language.

Lat'in-i§M, n. An idiom of the Latin tongue.

LXt'Jn-ist, n. One skilled in Latin.

LA-TiN'}-TV, n. Tlie style of the Latin language.

Lat'in-ize, v. n. To use Latin words or phrases.

LXt'in-ize, v. a. To translate into, or make,

Lat'ish, a. Somewhat late. [Latin.

Lat'i-tan-cy, n. The state of lying hid. [Ji.]

Lat'i-tant, a. Delitescent ; concealed ; lying hid.

Lat'i-tat, n. [L.] (Law.) A writ to summon a
person from his hiding-place.

LAt-i-ta'tion, n. The state of lying concealed.

LXt'i-tude, ?i. Breadth ; width ; space ; extejit :
— distajice north or south from the equator.

LSt-i-tu'di-n^l, a. Relatmg to latitude.

Lat-i-tu-di-na'ri-AN, a. Not confined ; free.

LXT-i-TU-DJ-NA'ai-AN, n. One who indulges in
latitude of religious opinion, or who is not rigidly
orthodox.

LAT-l-TU-Dl-NA'Rl-AN-i§ivi,n. Freedom of opinion.

La'trant, a. Barking. [R.]

Ia'tri-a [la'tre-a, S. W. P. J. F. Ja. C. ; la-tri'?,
Sm.], n. [L.] The highest kind of worship.

LXt'ten, 71. Iron plate covered with tin: — a
mixed metal ; an alloy.

LXt'ter, a. Modern ; recent ; last of two ; men-
tioned last of two : — opposed to former.

Lat'ter-ly, ad. Of late; recently.

LXt'tice (lat'tis), n. A window of grate-work or a
reticulated window : — a sort of wooden network.

LXt'tice (lat'tis), v. a. To furnish with lattice.

Laud, v. a. To praise ; to extol ; to celebrate.

LXuD, 71. Praise ; honor paid. [R.]

Laud'a-ble, a. Praiseworthy; commendable.
Syn. — A laudable enterprise ; a praiseworthy ac-
tion ; commendable conduct.

Laud'a-ble-ness, n. Praiseworthiness.

liXUD'A-BLV, ad. In a manner deserving praise.

Laud'a-NUM (law'da-niim or lod'a-num) [lod'a-
nSm, S. H^. J. F. Ja. K. Urn. ; ia.w'd?-niim, P. E.
C.], n. A preparation or soporific tincture made
from opium.

LXud'a-ti've, 71. A panegyric ; praise. [R.]

Laud'a-to-rv, a. Containing or bestowing praise.

Laud'a-tp-ry, n. That which bestows praise.

LIud'er, 71. A praiser ; a commender.

Laugh (liQ) ^- ™- To make that noise which sud-
den merriment excites ; to appear gay.

Laugh (lAf)i '»• a.. To deride ; to ridicule.

Laugh (lAf), 71. A convulsion caused by merri-
ment ; expression of merriment ; laughter.

Laugh'a-ble (lAffi-bl), a. That may excite
laughter ; ludicrous ; ridiculous ; diverting ; com-
ical.

Laugh'er (lifer), n. One who laughs.

Laugh'ing-ly ^lAf'ing-le), ad. In a merry way.

LXuGH'tNG-STOcK (lifing-stok), n. An object
of ridicule ; a butt.

Laugh'ter (lifter), n. Act of laughing; con-
vulsive inernment ; titter ; giggle.

Launch (lanch),?;. n. To rove at large: — to dart.

Launch (lAnch), v. a. To movfr or slide into the
water, as a ship ; to push to sea : — to dart.

Launch (linch), 77. Act of launching : — a boat,

Laun'der (lAn'der), n. A washerwoman.

Laun'der (lAu'der), v. a. To wash ; to wet.

Laun'der-er (lin'der-er), n. One who launders.

Laun'dress (lan'dres), n. A washerwoman.

Laun'dry (lin'dre), ?i. Washing; washing-room.

Lau're-ate, 7). a. To crown with laurel.

Lau're-ate, a. Decked or invested with laurel.

Lau're-ate, n. One decked with laurel ; a poet-
laureate. — The poet-laureate was furuierly an
oflicer of the king of England's household.

Lau-re-a'tiqn, n. Act of conferring degrees.

•Lau'r'el (lor'rel or law'rel) [lor'rel, S. ff. J. E.
F. Ja. Sm.; ISw'rel, P. K. C. IVb.], n. An ever-
green tree or shrub ; the bay-tree.



*Lau'relled (lor'reld), a. Crowned with laurel.

Lau'rijs-tine, ft. An evergreen shrub.

Lduf DS'o, [L.] Praise be to God.

La'va 07- La'va [la'v?, JV. Sm. ; li'va, Ja. Wo.],
n. [It. J Liquid matter discharged by volcanoes.

La-va'tion, 71. The act of vs^asliing.

Lav'a-to-ry, 77. A wash ; a bathing-place.

Lave,d. n. To wash one's self; to bathe.

Lave, v. a. To wash ; to bathe : — to lade; to bale

Lav'en-der, n. An aromatic plant. [out.

La'ver, 7!. A washing-vessel.

LXv'isH, a. Spending indiscreetly ; prodigal ;
wasteful ; profuse ; wild ; extravagant.

Lav'ish, v. a. To scatter profusely ; to waste.

Lav'ish-er, n. A prodigal ; a profuse man.

LAV'isH-LV, ad. Pi-ofusely ; prodigally.

LSv'isH-MiJNT, LXv'lSH-NESS, n. Prodigality.

LAw, n. A rule of action ; an act or enactment
of a legislative body ; jurisprudence : — the deca-
logue : — the rule or principle by which any .
thing is regulated ; a decree, edict, statute, or cus-
tom, publicly established. — Canon law, the law
relating to ecclesiastical affairs. — Civil Law, muni-
cipal law, or the law of a state or country; —
appropriately, the institutes of the Roman law. —
Common law, unwritten law, which receives its
binding force from immemorial usage. — Interna-
tional law, the law of nations. — Moral law, the
law of the Ten Commandments.

Law'-break-er, n. One who violates a law.

Law'ful. a. Agreeable to law ; legal ; right.

Syn. — Lawful authority ; legal claim ; legitimatt
offspring ; riglit way.

Law'fOl-ly, ad. Legally ; according to law.

Law'ful-nEss, 7!. Legality; allowance of law.

Law'siv-er, 77. One who makes laws; a legis-
lator.

Law'jsTv-ING, a. Enacting laws ; legislative.

Law'less, a. Not restrained by law ; illegal.

Law^'less-lv, ad. In a manner contrary to law.

Law'less-ness, 71. Disorder; disobedience.

LAw'MAK-ipR, n. One who makes laws.

Lawn, n. An open space between woods ; a jilain :
— a sort of fine linen.

Lawn, a. iVlade of lawn ; resembling lawn.

LAwN'y, a. Having lawns ; resembling lawn.

LAw'suiT (law'sut), 71. Legal process; a litigation.

LAw'yer, n. One versed in law ; an attorney.
St/?!. — Lawyer is a general term for one who
is versed in, or who practises, law. — Barrister,
connxellor, and counsel are terms applied to law-
yers who advise and assist clients, and plead for
them in a court of justice. — An atlomey is a law-
yer who acts for another, and prepares cases for
trial. — An advocate is a lawyer who argues
causes. — A special pleader is one who prepares
the written pleadings in a cause. — A chamber
counsellor is a lawyer who gives advice in his
office, but does not act in court. — A conveyancer is
one who draws writings, by which real estate is
transferred. — Civilian wni jurist are terms applied
to such as are versed in the science of law, partic-
ularly civil or Roman law. — A solicitor is a law-
yer employed in a chancery court. — A publicist is
a writer on the laws of nature and nations.

LSx, a. Loose ; vague ; not e.\act ; not strict.

Lax, 71. A looseness ; a diarrhwa.

Lax-a'TION, 71. Act of loosening ; looseness.

LSx'A-TiVE, a. Relieving costiveness ; purgative,

LXx'a-tTve, 71. A medicine that relaxes.

Lax'a-tive-ness, n. Power (if easing costiveness.

LXx'i-TY, 7(. State of being lax ; looseness.

LXx'ly, ad. Loosely ; without exactness.

LXx'nijss, n. Laxity; looseness; not tension.

Lay (li), t. From Lie.

Lay (la), V. a. [«. L.4ID ; pp. laying, laid.] To
place; to put: — to beat down; to prostrate : -
to allay ; to calm : — to wager: — to produce egg»

Lay (la), V. n. To bring forth eggs.

Lay, h. a song ; a poem : — a layer: — a wager.

Lay (la), a. Relating to the laity ; not clerical.



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LSt'er, n. One that lays : — a stratum ; a bed :

— a twig put under ground for propagation.

Lay'man, n. One of the laity ; a laic : — an image.

Lay'STALL (la'stawl), n. A heap of dung.

La'ZAR, n. [Laiariis.] One infected with a pes-
tilential disease, or with filthy sores ; a leper.

LXz'a-RET, 7i._ [Fr.] Same as lazaretto.
LAz-a-ret't6, n. [lazzeretto, It.] A lazar-house ;

a pest-house ; a hospital.
La'zar-HoOse, n. A hospital ; a lazaretto.
La'zi-ly, ad. Idly ; sluggishly ; heavily.
La'ZI-ness, n. Idleness ; slothfiilness.
Laz' u-Ll,n. The azure stone. See Lapis Lazuli.
La'zy, a. Disinclined to action or labor ; idle ;

sluggish ; slothful ; indolent ; slow ; tedious.
Laz-za-ro' Ni, n. [It.] Houseless or unsheltered

beggars, as in Naples.
Lea (le), n. A plain; a meadow; a jiasture : —

sometimes written also lay, lee, and ley.
Leach, v. a. To pass water through ashes ; to

percolate : —^written also leech and letch.
Leach or Leach'-tltb, n. A vessel or tub in

which ashes are leached.
Lead (led), 71. A heavy metal: — a plummet : —

in printing, a thin plate of metal to separate lines.
Leas (led), v. a. To fit with lead in any manner :

— to separate lines, m printing, by spaces.
Lead (led), v. a. [i. LED ; pp. leading, led.] To

guide by the hand ; to conduct ; to show ; to draw :

— to entice ; to allure: — to pass.

Lead (led), v. n. To go first and show the way.

Lead (led), n. Guidance ; direction ; first place.

Lead'ed, p. a. In printing, having the lines sepa-
rated by spaces.

Lead'en (led'dn), a. iNIadeof lead ; heavy ; dull.

Lead'er, n. One who leads ; conductor ; captain ;
chief: — the leading article m a newspaper.

Lead'ing (led'ing),p. a. Principal ; chief.

Lead'ing (led'ing), ji. Guidance ; conduct.

Lead'Jng-String^, n. pi. Strings by which chil-
dren are guided and supiiorted.

Lead'y (led'e), a. Of the nature or color of lead.

Leaf (lef), 71. ,• j)Z. LEAVER. The green, decidu-
ous part of trees and plants ; a petal : — any thing
foliated : — a part of a book, door, table, &c.

Leaf (lef), v. n. To bring leaves ; to bear leaves.

Leaf'A(;}E,m. Leaves collectively ; foliage.

Leaf'-briD(^e, n. A kind of drawbridge.

Leaf'-bOd, n. The bud or organ of a plant or leaf.

Leafed (left), a. Having leaves ; leaved.

Le af'less, a. Destitute or bare of leaves.

Leaf'let,?7. a division of a leaf ^ a small leaf.

Leaf'v (IS'fe), a. Full of leaves ; having leaves.

League (leg), n. A treaty of alliance between
sovereigns or states ; a confederacy ; an alliance ;
a UHi(m : — a measure of three geographical miles.

— The French league is absut 2.7(i English miles.
League (leg), v. n. To unite ; to confederate.
Leagu'er, n. One united in a coufederacy.
Leak, n. A hole which lets water in or out.
Leak (lek), v. n. To let water in or out.

Leak (lek), v. a. To let out, as water.
LEAK'AqtE, n. Allowance made for leaking; a

leaking ; quantity lost by leaking.
Leak'v, a. Letting water in or out : — loquacious.
Lean (len), v. u. To deviate from a perpendicular

line ; to incluie ; to bend ; to waver.
Lean, a. Not fat ; wanting flesh ; thin ; barren.
Lean, n. The part of flesh distinct from fat.
Lean'ly, ad. Meagrely ; without plumpness.
Lean'ness, ?!. Want of flesh; thinness ; poverty.
Leap [lep, IV. P. J. E. F. Ja. ; lep, S.], v. n. To

jump ; to bound ; to spring ; to start.
Leap, d. a. To pass over or into : — to compress.
Leap, 71. Abound; a jump; a sudden transition.
Leaped (lept or lept) [lept, S. Sm. J^ares ; lept,

K. fVb.],p. From Leap.
Leap'er, 77. One who leaps or bounds.
Leap'-frog (lep'frog), 77. A play of children.
Leap'-year, 71. Every fourth year, which has

366 days, — February having 29 : — bissextile.



Learn (lerii), v. a. [i. learned or learnt ; pp.

LEARNING, LEARNED Or LEARNT.] TO gaill knowl-
edge or skill in ; to copy ; to study.

Syn. — Learn to read ; learn an art ; copy an ex-
ample ; study a lesson or a science.

Learn (lern), v. ?i. To gain or acquire knowledge.

Learn'ed (lern'ed), a. Having learning ; know-
ing ; erudite ; literary.

Learn'ed-lv (lern-ed-Ie), ad. With knowledge.

Learn'er (lern'er), 71. One who learns.

LiJARN'iNG (lerii'ing), 7i. Skill in science, lan-
guages, or literature ; literature; erudition.

Leas'a-ble (les':j-bl). Or. Capable of being leased.

Lease (15s), n. A contract for a temporary posses-
sion of houses or lands ; a tenure.

Lease (les), v. a. To let by lease ; to let.

Lea§e (lez), V. n. To glean ; to gather.

Lease'hold, 77. A tenure held by lease.

Lease'hold (les'hold), a. Held by lease.

Lead'er (15'zer), 71. A gleaner.

Leash [ISsh, 'IV. P. J. E. F. .Ja. K. Sin.; 15s, S.],
71. A leather thong ; a band wherewith to tie : —
three tilings held together by a leash.

Leasu (lesh), B. a. To bind ; to hold in a string.

fLEA^'iNG (lez'ing), 71. Lies ; falsehood. Ps. \\.

Least (lest), a. Superl. of Little. Smallest.

Least, ad. In the smallest or lowest degree.

IjEAT, 71. An artificial trench for water.

liEATH'ER (leth'er), n. The hide or skin of an
animal tanned and prepared for use ; a piece or
strap of leather. — a. i\iade of leather ; leathern.

Lea'+h'er (leth'er), «. a. To beat ; to lash [Law.]
IjEATH'ek-coat, 11. An apple witli a tough rind.

LEATH'ER-DRESs'ER,7t. One who dresses leatlier.

Leath'er.n (ISth'ern), a. lAlade of leather.
IjEATil'ER-SiiliL'ER, 77. One who deals in leather.

Leath'er-y, a. Resembling leather ; tough.

Leave (b"v), 71. Permission ; license: — farewell.
Syn. — A person takes leave or begs leane : —
and takes a final leaoc or farewell. Liberty is
taken or given ; permission and license are re-
quested and granted.

liE.WE, 1). a. [i. left; pp. leaving, left.] To
(piit ; to forsake; to desert; to abandon; to be-
queath.

Leave (lev), v. n. To cease ; to desist.



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