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closed in a spathe, but no perianth. The from its nocturnal habits and stealthy step.] greatest extension of a body; the longest typical genus is Lemna (which see). The A genus of nocturnal mammals, family Le line which can be drawn through a body, order is also called Pistiacere, from Pistia, muridæ, of a small size, and somewhat re parallel to its sides; as, the length of a church another of the principal genera. The genera
or of a ship; the length of a rope or line; a are few in number, the order comprising in
geometrical line is length without breadth. all only about two dozen species. Those
2. A certain extent; a portion of space conbelonging to the genus Pistia are found
sidered as measured in the direction of its floating in ponds in warm climates. P. Stra
length or longest measurement: with a tiotes, from its appearance called in the West
plural. Large lengths of seas and shores.' Indies water-lettuce, propagates itself with
Shak.-3. Long continuance; indefinite dugreat rapidity, and frequently covers ponds
ration. and tanks with a close mantle of verdure.
May heaven, great monarch, still augment your bliss Lemnian (lem'ni-an), a. of or pertaining
With length of days, and every day like this. to Lemnos, an island in the Egean Sea.
Dryden. Lemnian earth, a kind of astringent medi
4. Detail or amplification; extension or encinal earth, of a fatty consistence and red
largement; as, to pursue a subject to a great dish colour, used in the same cases as bole.
length.-5. Distance. It has the external appearance of clay, with
He had marched to the length of Exeter.
Clarendon. a smooth surface resembling agate, especially in recent fractures. It removes impu
--At length, (a) at or in the full extent; as,
let the name be inserted at length. (6) At rities like soap. It was originally found in
last; after a long period; at the end or conLemnos, but occurs also in Bohemia, Russia,
clusion. and India, resulting from decay of felspathic
Red Lemur (Lemur ruber).
Lengtht (length), v.t. To extend; to rocks, like kaolin, to which it is related. Called also Sphragide. sembling the fox in their elongated pointed
When your eyes have done their part, Lemniscata, Lemniscate (lem-nis-kā'ta, head and sharp projecting muzzle. They
Thought must length it in the heart. Daniel. lem-nis'kāt), n. [L. lemniscus, a ribbon; inhabit Madagascar and the East Indian lemniscatus, adorned with ribbons. ] In Islands.
Lengthen (length'n), v.t. To make long geom. the name given to a curve of the Lemures (lem'ū-rēz, in quotation from or longer; to extend in length; as, (a) to exfourth degree, having the form of the figure Milton pronounced lem'ürz), n. pl. (L.)
tend lineally; to elongate; as, to lengthen a 8, with both parts symmetrical, generated Spirits of the departed; ghosts; spectres.
line. () To extend in time; to protract; by the point to which a tangent to an equi The Lars and Lemures moan with midnight plaint.
to continue in duration; as, to lengthen lateral hyperbola meets the perpendicular Lemuridæ (le-mū'ri-dē), n. pl. A family of
life. on it drawn from the centre.
What if I please to lengthen out his date? Dryden." Lemniscus (lem-nis'kus), n. (L., a ribbon.) quadrumanous animals distinct from the
(c) To extend as regards verbal matter; to 1. In anc. costume, a various-coloured wool monkeys and approaching the insectivores
expand; to prolong; as, to lengthen a dislen fillet or ribbon penand rodents; the lemurs. The species have
course or a dissertation. (c) To draw out dant at the back part of
the nostrils curved or twisted, a claw instead in pronunciation; as, to lengthen a sound or the head, from diadems, of a nail upon the first finger of the foot,
a syllable. (This verb is often followed by crowns, &c.; it was like
which, like the thumb, is opposable to the out, which may be sometimes emphatical, wise attached to prizes
other digits. They are natives of Eastern but in general is useless.) as a mark of additional Asia, Madagascar, and Africa, and live
Lengthen (length'n), v.i. To grow longer; honour.-2. A term ap
chiefly in forests, most of them climbing to extend in length; as, a hempen rope conplied to the minute
trees with the agility of monkeys.-Flying tracts when wet, and lengthens when dry. ribbon-shaped appenlemur. See FLYING-LEMUR and GALEO
Drags at each remove a lengthening chain. dages of the generative PITHECUS.
Goldsmith. pores in Echinorhyn Ancient Lemniscus. Lena (lë'na), n. L., a procuress.] A pro- Lengthful (length'ful), a. Of great length chus. curess. My lean lena.'' J. Webster.
in measure; long. Lemodípoda. Same as Læmodipoda (which Lend (lend), v.t. pret. & pp. lent; ppr. lend
The driver whirls his lengthful thong.
ing. (A. Sax. lænan, to lend, from læn,
a Lemon (lem'on), n. (Sp. limon, It. limone, loan(from A. Saxlihan, Goth.leihvan, O.H.G. Lengthily (length'i-li), adv. In a lengthy Ar. laymun, Hind. limu, limbu.] 1. The fruit lihan, to lend); 0.E. lene, leen, Prov. E. and manner; at great length or extent.
The state of of Citrus Limonum, which grows in warm Sc. len; the d has intruded itself into the Lengthiness (length'i-nes), n. climates. It resembles the orange, but has word; comp. D.leenen, Dan. laane, Icel. lána, being lengthy; prolixity. a much more acid pulp, and furnishes a Sw. laena, to lend. See LOAN.) 1. To grant Lengthways, Lengthwise (length'
wāz, cooling acid juice, which forms an ingredient to another for temporary use; to furnish on
length'wiz), adv. In the direction of the in some of our most delicious liquors. -- condition of the thing or its equivalent in
length; in a longitudinal direction. 2. The tree that produces lemons, the Citrus kind being returned; as, to lend a book; to Lengthy (length'i), a. Having length; long' Limonum, belonging to the nat. order Aur lend a sum of money, or a loaf of bread. - or moderately long, sometimes with the antiaceae It is a native of India, but has 2. To afford; to grant or furnish, in general;
idea of tediousness attached; not short; not been introduced into Southern Europe. It as, to lend assistance; to lend an ear to a
brief: applied chiefly to discourses, writings, is a knotty-wooded tree, of rather irregular discourse.
arguments, proceedings, &c.; as, a lengthy growth, about 8 feet high, having pale foliage Cato, lend me for a while thy patience. Addison. sermon; a lengthy dissertation. and white fragrant flowers. ---Essential salt God in his mercy lend her grace. Tennyson. Murray has sent or will send a double copy of the
Bride and Giaour--in the last one some lengthy of lemons, the binoxalate of potash, or pot 3. To let for hire or compensation; as, to
additions-pray accept them according to old cusash combined with oxalic acid, used for lend a horse or gig.-4. To give, as a blow.
Byron, removing iron-moulds and ink stains from
I bid them get up and move, or I'd lend them a These would be details too lengthy. Jefferson. linen.-Sweet lemon, the Citrus lumia, cul lick of the gig-whip.
C. Bronte. tivated in the south of Europe.
Lenience (lē'ni-ens), n. Same as Leniency.
5. With the reflexive pronoun, (a) to accom- Leniency (lē'ni-en-si), n. The quality of Lemon (lem'on), a. Belonging to or im
modate; to suit. pregnated with lemon.
being lenient; mildness; gentleness; lenity.
She wore a blue cloth dress, which lent itself to her Lenient(le'ni-ent), a. (L. leniens, from lenio, Lemonade (lem-on-ād'), n. [Fr. limonade; exquisite figure.
Shirley Brooks, Sp. limonada, from limon, lemon.) 1. A
to soften, from lenis, soft, mild.) 1. Soften(6) To devote; to give up so as to be of as
ing; mitigating; assuasive. Lenient of liquor consisting of lemon juice mixed with
sistance; as, he lent himself to the scheme. water and sweetened.
grief.' Milton. -To lend a hand, to assist. A Persian's heaven is eas'ly made,
Time, that on all things lays his lenient hand, Lendable (lend'a-bl), a. Capable of being Yet tames not this.
Pope. 'Tis but black eyes and lemonade Moore.
lent. 2. An effervescent drink made of water and Lender (lend'ér), n. One who lends; espe
2. Relaxing; emollient. sagar flavoured with the juice or essence of cially, one who makes a trade of putting
Oils relax the fibres, are lenient, balsamic.
Arbuthnot. lemons. money to interest.
3. Acting without rigour or severity; mild; Lemon-grass (lem'on-gras), a. A name
The borrower is servant to the lender. Prov. xxii. 7. given to various species of the genus Andro- Lendes,t Lends,t n. pl. [See Lon.) The
gentle; merciful; clement; as, to be lenient
towards an offender. pogon, as A. Nardus, A. citratus, and A.
loins. Chaucer. Schoenanthus. These grasses yield a fra- Lending (lend'ing), n. 1. The act of making
Lenient (lē'ni-ent), n. That which softens grant oil, hence the name.
or assuages; an emollient. a loan.--2. That which is lent or furnished;
In a lenient Lemon-juice (lem'on-jūs), n.
Leniently (lē'ni-ent-li), adv. The juice of the lemon. It is somewhat opaque and ex
outward trappings not essential to the manner; mitigatingly; assuagingly. tremely sour, owing its acidity to citric and
Lenify len'i-fi), v.l. (L. lenis, soft, mild, malic acids. It is much used, especially in
Off, off, you lendings! come, unbutton here. Shak. and facio, to make.) To assuage; to soften;
to mitigate. the navy, as an antiscorbutic, and with
* To lenify the pain.' Dryden.
[Rare.] bicarbonate of potash forms a pleasant Lene, t v.t. To lend; to grant. Chaucer.
Leniment (len'i-ment), 1r. [L. lenimentum, effervescing drink.
He is our lady's messenger,
God lene that he be true. Lemon-kali (lem'on-kā-li), n. A name some
from lenio, to soften.) An assuasive.
Lenitive (len'it-iv), a. [Fr. lénitif, from L. times given to the effervescing beverage Lene (len), a. (L. lenis, smooth.] In philol.
lenio, to soften, lenis, mild.) Having the formed
by mixing lemon-juice with dissolved smooth: said of certain mute or explosive bicarbonate of potash.
quality of softening or mitigating, as pain
consonants, as k, p, t. Lemon-peel '(lem'on-pel), n.
or acrimony; assuasive; emollient. The rind or Lene (lēn), n. A smooth mute or explosive
Lenitive (len'it-iv), n. 1. A medicine or apskin of a lemon. When dried, preserved, consonant; as, k, p, t, and the like.
plication that has the quality of easing pain; and candied, it is used as a dessert, and as Lenger, t a. compar. Longer. Chaucer.
that which softens or mitigates. -2. That a flavouring ingredient by cooks and con- Length (length), n. [A. Sax. length, from
which tends to allay passion or excitement; fectioners. It is reputed stomachic.
lang, long. See LONG.] 1. The longest mea
a palliative. Lemon-yellow (lem'on-yel-lo), n. A beauti sure of any object, in distinction from depth,
There is one sweet lenitive at least for evils, which ful, vivid, light yellow colour.
thickness, breadth, or width; the extent of
Nature holds out; so I took it kindly at her hands Lemur (lë'mer), n. (L., a spectre: so called anything material from end to end; the and fell asleep.
Lenitiveness (len'it-iv-nes), n. The quality times epiphytes, with rosulate root-leaves Aloth. Is not l'ert'oy a salve!
ym. No, page: it is an epilogue or discourse, to Lenitudet (len'i-tūd), n. Lenity. Blount. scales), and erect one-flowered scapes, or
Some obscure precedence that hath tofore been Lenity (len'i-ti), n. [L. lenitas, from lenis, simple (rarely branched), racemes. The
Snak. mild, soft.] Mildness of temper; gentle flowers (which are often large and hand 2. A conclusion; a result. ness; softness; tenderness; mercy; as, young some) are usually yellow, violet, or blue.
Long since offenders may be treated with lenity. There are four genera, of which Utricularia
I looked for this l'envoy. Massinger. His exceeding lenity disposes us to be somewhat and Pinguicula are the best known, and Lenzinite (len'zin-it), n. [From Lenzius, a
Macaulay. about 180 species, natives of moist, warm, German mineralogist. ) A variety of halloySYN. Gentleness, kindness, tenderness, soft and temperate regions of both hemispheres. site, a mineral of two kinds, the opaline ness, humanity, clemency, mercy.
Lenticel, Lenticelle (len’ti-sel), n. [Fr. len and argillaceous. It is a hydrous silicate Leno (lē'no), n. A kind of cotton gauze ticelle, L. lenticula, dim. of lens, lentis, a of alumina, and occurs usually in small thinner and clearer than book-muslin, used lentil.) 1. In bot. (a) one of the small oval masses of the size of a nut. for window-blinds.
spots found on the surface of young stems, Leo (lē'o), n. [L] The Lion, the fifth sign Lenocinantt (le-nos'in-ant), a. (L. lenocin especially of dicotyledonous shrubs and of the zodiac. It contains ninety-five stars; ans, lenocinantis, ppr, of lenocinor, to pan trees, and erroneously supposed by some to one of them, of the first magnitude, in the der. See LENOCINIUM.) Given to lewd. be root-buds, and by others to be breathing breast of the Lion, is called Regulus, and ness.
pores. Microscopic examination shows that Cor Leonis or Lion's Heart. It is marked Lenocinium (le-no-sin'i-um). [L., from leno, they are mere hypertrophal productions thus 82.-Leo Minor, the Little Lion, a cona pander.) In Scots law, the connivance from the epiphlæum or outer layer of the stellation of the northern hemisphere conof the husband at his wife's adultery, and bark, and have no connection with the liber his participation in the profits of her prosor cambium. (6) A small lens-shaped gland Leod, + Lede,t n. [A. Sax. leôd, leoda, a man.
taining fifty-three stars. titution, or his lending himself in any way, on the underside of some leaves. - 2. In anat. directly or indirectly, to his own and her a lenticular gland.
a countryman, leóde, people.] A man; i disgrace. Lenticellate (len'ti-sel-át), a. Pertaining to Leon, t n.
countryman; people; a nation.
A lion. Chaucer. Lens (lenz), n. pl. Lenses (lenz'ez). [L. lens, or having lenticels. a lentil.] "A transparent substance, usually Lenticula (len-tik'ü-la), n. (See LENTICELS.)
Leonese (le-o-nēz'), n. sing. and pl. A native
or inhabitant of Leon in Spain; in the plural, glass, so formed that rays of light passing 1. In optics, a small lens.-2. In bot. a len
the inhabitants of Leon. through it are made to change their direc
ticel. See LENTICEL. - 3. In med. a freckle; Leonese (le-o-nēz'), a.
lentigo. tion, and to magnify or diminish objects at
Of or pertaining to a certain distance. Lenses are double-con- Lenticular (len-tik'ü-ler), a. (L lenticularis: Leonhardite (le-on-hard'it). n. [After Pro
Leon in Spain, or its inhabitants. vex, or convex on both sides; double-con from lens, a lentil] 1. Resembling a lentil
fessor von Leonhard. ) A mineral, consisting cave, or concave on both sides; plano-con in size or form.--2. Having the form of a
chiefly of the hydrous silicate of alumina vex, or plano-concave, that is, with one double-convex lens, as the seeds of Ama
and lime, found in Hungary. side plane and the other convex or conranthus.- Lenticular gland, in anat, a mu
Leonides (lé-on'i-dēz), n. pl. A name given cave, or convex on one side and concave cous follicle having the shape of a lentil,
to the group of meteors observed in the on the other. If the convexity be greater observed especially toward the base of the
month of November each year, but occurtongue.---Lenticular ganglion, the ophthal
ring with extreme profusion about three mic ganglion, a reddish-gray body near the
times in a century: so called because they bottom of the orbit of the eye at the outer
seem to radiate from the constellation Leo. side of the optic nerve. - Lenticular jerer, Leonine (le'o-nin), a. [L. leoninus, from leo, fever attended with an eruption of small
lion.) Belonging to a lion; resembling a pimples.---Lenticular bed, in geol. a deposit lion or partaking of his qualities; as, leonine in a shallow limited basin.
fierceness or rapacity. Lenticularly (len-tik'ü-lèr-li), adv. In the Leonine (lē'o-nin), n. A counterfeit copper manner of a lens; with a curve.
coin of the reign of Edward I., worth about Lenses.
Lenticule (len'ti-kūl), i. Same as Lenticula.
Lenticulite (len- tik'ú-lit), n. 6, Double-concave.
a halfpenny, coined abroad and smuggled
In geol. a a, Plano-concave, (, Plano.convex.
into England: so called from bearing the d. Double-convex. fossil of a lenticular shape.
figure of a lion. e, Meniscus. si Concavo-convex. Lentiform (len'ti-form), a. (L. lens, and
Leonine (lė'o-nin), n. (From Leon or Leoforma, form.] Of the form of a lens; lentithan the cavity, or if the two surfaces would
ninus, a canon of the order of St. Benedict cular. meet if produced, the lens is called a menis. Lentiginose (len-tij'in-os), a.
in Paris in the twelfth century, who wrote
In bot. coycus; and if the concavity be greater than
largely in this measure.) A term applied ered with minute dots as if dusted. the convexity, the lens is termed concavo
to a certain Latin measure popular in the Lentiginous (len-tij'in-us), a. (L. lentigo, a convex. Crystalline lens or humour, the
middle ages, consisting of hexameter and freckle, from L. lens, lentis, a lentil.] Permiddle humour of the eye, which is shaped
pentameter verses, rhyming at the middle taining to lentigo; freckly; scurfy; furfurlike a double-convex lens. See CRYSTAL
and end The following Latin version of aceous. LINE and EYE. - Coddington lens, or grooved Lentigo (len-ti'go), n. [L.] In med. a freckly
* The devil was sick,' &c., is a leonine sphere, a lens which consists of a sphere of
couplet:-eruption on the skin. glass divided into two portions by a deeply: Lentil (len'til), 12. [Fr. lentille, from L. lens,
Demon languebat, monachus tunc esse volebat,
Ast ubi convaluit, mansit ut ante f10:1. cut circular groove, which is filled up with
lentis, à lentil.) A plant and its seed of the Ovid practised this sort of versification, opaque matter.- Stanhope lens, a lens of
genus Ervum (E. lens, Linn.), belonging to especially in his epistles; for example small diameter with two convex faces of dif
the papilionaceous division of the nat. order ferent radii, and inclosed in a metallic tube.
Cultaque Orestez Taurica terra Deæ.
Lines having a similar character are not is plane and the other convex, but made up which are contained in a pod, are round,
rare in English poetry: of a number of plane faces inclined to one
From my wings are shaken the dews that waken flat, and a little convex in the middle. It another, each of which presents a separate
The sweet birds every one, is cultivated for fodder and for its seeds, When rocked to rest on their mother's breast, image of the object viewed through it, so from which revalenta arabica is prepared.
As she dances about the sun.
Shelley. that the object is, as it were, multiplied.
Lentiscus, Lentisk (len-tis'kus, len'tisk), Leoninely (le'o-nin-li), adv. In a leonine Polyzonal lens. See POLYZONAL. n. [L., the mastich-tree.) A tree of the
manner; like a lion. Lent (lent), pp. of lend.
genus Pistacia, P. lentiscus (the mastichLeontodon (le-on'to-don), n. (Gr. leon, leonLentt (lent), a. (L. lentus, slow, gentle.)
tree), a native of Arabia, Persia, Syria, and tos, a lion, and odous, odontos, a tooth-in Slow; gentle; mild.
the south of Europe. It belongs to the nat. reference to the tooth-like divisions of the Lent (lent), n. [A. Sax. lencten, lengten,
order Anacardiacex. The wood is of a pale spring, lencten-feesten, spring fast, Lent; D.
leaves.) A genus of plants of the nat. order brown, and resinous and fragrant. See MASlente, G. lenz, spring; perhaps from A. Sax.
Compositæ; lion's-tooth. As now defined TICH .
it includes about forty species, several of lang, leng, long, longer, because the days be
which were formerly placed in separate come longer in spring.) A fast of forty days, Lentitude + (len’ti-tūd), n. [L. lentus, slow.] beginning at Ash-Wednesday and continu. Lentner, Lentiner (lent'nėr, lent'i-ner), n.
genera. They are perennial (rarely annual)
herbs, with entire or pinnate radical leaves, ing till Easter, observed by some Christian
[From Lent, because taken during that sea simple or sparingly branched leafless scapes, churches in commemoration of the forty son.) A kind of hawk. Iz. Walton.
and yellow flowers. They are natives of days' fast of Christ.
Lento (len'to). (It.) In music, a direction Europe, Central and Western Asia, and Lent (lent). Same as Lento.
indicating that the music to which the word
Northern Africa, one (L. autumnale) being Lentando (len-tan'do). (It.) In music, is prefixed is to be performed slowly.
naturalized in North America. slackening; retarding: a direction to sing Lenton,t n. The season of Lent. Chaucer.
Leonurus (le-o-nū'rus), n. [Gr. leön, a lion, or play the notes over which it is written with increasing slowness.
Lentor (lent'ér), n. [L., from lentus, slow, and oura, a tail--in allusion to the appearLentement, Lentamente (länt-män, len
tough, clammy; Fr. lenteur.) 1. Tenacity: ance of the spike of flowers.) A genus of vis
isness; viscidity, as of fluids. ta-men'tā), adv. (Fr, and It., slowly.) In
plants of the nat. order Labiatæ. It includes clamminess and lentor.' Evelyn. --2. Slow about ten species, natives of Europe and music, an instruction prefixed to a movement showing that it is to be performed
ness; delay; sluggishness. The lentor of extra-tropical Asia, one (L. Cardiaca) hav.
eruptions not inflammatory.' Arbuthnot. ing spread throughout the world. They are in slow time. Lenten (lent'en), a. Pertaining to Lent;
Lentoust (lent'us), a. L lentus, slow, erect herbs, with cut or lobed leaves, which
thick.) Viscid; viscous; tenacious. * This are longer than the dense axillary whorls used in Lent; spare; plain; not abundant or
spawn of a lentous and transparent body.' of sessile red or whitish flowers. L. Carostentatious; as, a lenten salad. Lenten Sir T. Browne.
diaca (the common motherwort) is more entertainment.' Shak. Who can read
L'envoi, L'envoy (lähi-vwa), 12. (Fr. See or less naturalized in Britain, growing in In thy pale face, dead eye, and lenten suit,
ENVOY.] 1. A sort of postscript appended hedges and waste places. The liberty thy ever-giving hand
to literary compositions, and serving either Leopard (lepfärd), n. (L. leo, lion, and parHath bought for others?
Beau & FI.
to recommend them to the attention of dus, a panther.) A carnivorous digitigrade Lentibularieæ (len-tib'ū-lā"ri-e-ė), n. pl. some particular person, or to enforce what mammal belonging to the genus l'elis. A small nat. order of monopetalous exogens, we call the moral of them; an explanatory inhabits Central Africa, Persia, China, and growing in water or in marshy places, some or commendatory postscript.
India. The general colour of the leopard
is yellowish fawn, which grows paler in the arctic. L. sativuin is the common garden genus of fishes forming the order Dipnoi; sides till it merges into the white of the cress.
the mud-fish. There are two species, the under part of the body. Over the head, Lepidodendron (lep'id-7-den-dron), n. [Gr. L. paradoxus and the L. annectens, the neck, back, and limbs are scattered black lepis, a shell, rind, or scale, and dendron, a former found in the large intertropical spots of various sizes, while the sides are tree.] An extinct genus of fossil plants of rivers of Western Africa, the latter in the
very frequent occurrence in the coal forma Amazon and other rivers of South America.
the scars formed by the attachment of the
of the sub-order Lepidoganoidei.
and eidos, resemblance.) A sub-order of the mud of their native rivers, the peculiar
ganoid fishes by their external covering concovered with numerous rose-shaped spots.
them to support this mode of existence. See sisting of scales, and not, as in the latter, DIPNOI. The common leopard is the Felis leopardus; of plates. The best known living fishes be- Lepidosis (lep-i-do'sis), n. [Gr. lepis, lepidos, the hunting leopard or chetah, the Felis
longing to the Lepidoganoidei are the bony a scale.) In med. an efflorescence of scales jubata, a useful and docile species which
pike and the polypterus. The fossil lepidoinhabits the greater part both of Asia and
over different parts of the body. Africa. (See CHETAH.) Some naturalists
ganoids begin to appear in the old red also Scale-skin. regard the panther and' leopard as varieties
sandstone epoch, and are largely repre- Lepidosteidæ (lep'id-os-te''i-dē), n. pl. (See
sented in the upper palæozoic strata. of the same species; others, following Cuvier, Lepidogaster (lep'i-do-gas-ter), n. Same as
LEPIDOSTEUS.) A small family of ganoid
fishes containing few species and only one regard them as different species, designing Lepadogaster.
genus, Lepidosteus (which see). the panther Felis pardus. Leopard's-bane (lep'årdz-bān), n. The Eng.
Lepidoid (lep'id-oid), n. [Gr. lepis, a scale, Lepidosteus (lep-id-os'tē-us), í. (Gr. lepis,
and eidos, form, shape, appearance.) One lepidos, a scale, and osteon, a bone.) A lish popular name of Doronicum Pardali. anches, nat, order Compositæ. It is a robust
of the Lepidoidei, a family of extinct fossil genus of fishes with bony polished or ganoid fishes.
scales, and hence known by the name of plant, with large roughish leaves and con- Lepidoidei (lep-i-doid'é-i), n. pl. A family bony-pikes. This genus belongs to the faspicuous yellow flower-heads. It is said to
of extinct fossil fishes, found in the colitic have been used formerly to destroy leopards,
mily Lepidosteidæ and order Ganoidei, of series, as also in the trias and carboniferous, which it is one of the few living representawolves, and other wild animals.
The family was remarkable for its large Leopard-wood (lep'ård-wyd), n. The wood
tives. They are only found in North Amerhomboidal bony ganoid scales, of great rica, and resemble many of the mesozoic of Brosimum Aublettii. Also said to be
thickness, and covered with enamel. applied to a fancy-wood of the palm tribe.
fossil genera more than any other living Lepidolite (lep'id-o-līt), n. [Gr. lepis, lepi fishes. Leopart, t Lepard,+ n. A leopard. Chaucer.
dos, a scale, and lithos, a stone.) A mineral Lepidote, Lepidoted (lep'i-dot, lep'i-dotLepadidæ (le-pad'i-dē), n. pl. The barnacles found in scaly masses, ordinarily of a violet ed), a. (Gr. lepidotos, scaly, from lepie, or goose-mussels, a family of cirriped crus or lilac colour, allied to mica. Lepidolite a scale.] In bot. covered with scurfy scaly taceans, free-swimming when in the larva is of a peach-blossom red colour, sometimes spots; leprous. state, but when adult attached by the an gray; massive and in small concretions. Lepidotini (lep'i-do-ti"ni), n. pl. (From tennae to submarine bodies. The antennæ Lepidoptera (lep-id-op'tér-a), n. pl. [Gr. Lepidotus.] A synonym of Lepidoidei. become developed into a long flexible mus lepis, a scale, and pteron, a wing:) The Lepidotus (lep-i-dōʻtus), n. (Gr. lepis, tepidos, cular peduncle, bearing at its free end a most beautiful of all the orders of insects, a scale.) A fossil fish of the Wealden forcalcareous shell, usually of five valves, which
mation, characterized by large, thick, rhomprotects the principal organs and opens at
boidal, enamelled scales, and hemispherical will to admit of the protrusion of jointed
or obtusely conical teeth. and ciliated rudimentary limbs or tentacles,
Lepis (lep'is), n. (Gr. lepis, a scale.) In bot. having near the base slender processes
a thin flat membranous process or scale, homologous with the gills of higher crusta
attached by its middle, and having a lacercea. The Lepadidæ are mostly hermaphro
ated irregular margin, such as covers the dite, but in some species the animal of the
foliage of the oleaster. normal form is strictly female, having one
Lepismidæ (le-pis' mi-dē), n. pl. [Gr. or more males of minute size and more
lepisma, a husk, and eidos, resemblance.) simple organization lodged inside its shell.
A family of wingless insects, belonging to In others which, though hermaphrodite,
the order Thysanura, having the abdomen have the male organs less developed than
fringed with a series of movable appendages, the female, similar males are met with, and
which assist the legs in locomotion, and are termed complemental males.
furnished at its extremity with three caudal Lepadite (lep'a-dit), n. [L. lepas, Gr. lepas,
bristles, which are used in leaping. It a kind of shell-fish.) The barnacle, one of the Lepadidæ (which see).
includes the genera Lepisma proper and Lepadogaster (lep'a-do-gas-ter), n. [Gr.
Leporidæ (lē-por'i-dē), n. pl. (L. lepus, lepolepas, lepados, a limpet, and gastër, the belly.) A genus of small acanthopterygious
ris, a hare, and Gr. eidos, resemblance.] The WW
hare tribe, or the family of rodents of fishes which have the power of attaching
which the genus Lepus is the type. The themselves to rocks and other hard sub
dentition is very peculiar, there being four stances by means of a disk or sucker formed 1, Butterfly-Hipparchia galathea, marbled white by the modification of the pectoral fins. butterfly. 2. Hawk-moth or sphinx -- Macroglossa
upper incisors, two of these being small
stellatarum, humming bird hawk-moth. 3. Moth ones, situated immediately behind the norLepal(le'pal), n. In bot. a barren transformed Abraxas grossalariata, magpie moth. 4. Palpi and mal pair. stamen. spiral mouth of butterfly. 5, Antennæ-a, Butter
(L. Lepas (le'pas), n. [L. and Gr., a limpet.] A Hy's; b. Sphinx's; c, Moth's.", Portion
of' wing of Leporine (lep'or-in or lep'or-in), a. cabbage-butterfly, with part of the scales removed.
leporinus, from lepus, a hare.) Pertaining genus of cirripeds, of which the barnacle
7, Scales of do, magnified.
to a hare; having the nature or qualities of (L. anatifera) is an example. They adhere
the hare. in clusters to rocks, shells, floating wood, comprising the butterflies and moths. From Lepped t (lept), pp. Leaped. Spenser. &c. See LEPADIDÆ.
the former being active by day, and the Lepraria (le-prā'ri-a), n. (L. lepra, leprosy, Leper (lep'er), 1. [Originally and properly
latter mostly towards twilight or at night, the plants on which the species grow appearleprosy, from Fr. lepre, leprosy, L. lepra, the butterflies are known as the diurnal, ing as if affected with leprosy. ) A former from Gr. lepra, leprosy, from lepros, scaly, the moths as the crepuscular or nocturnal generic term for lichens in which the crust lepos, a husk.) A person affected with lep
divisions. All have four membranous wings, is broken up into a dusty mass, occasionally rosy. Lev. xiii. 45.
covered more or less completely with modi mixed with a few threads. The yellow Leperedt (lep'èrd), a. Affected with leprosy. fied hairs or scales. The mouth is entirely powdery and white patches on the oak are Leperous (lep'ér-us), a. Leprous; causing suctorial, the maxillæ being converted into examples. leprosy. In the porches of my ears did pour
a tube, and the mandibles rudimentary. Leprose (lep'ros), a. In bot. having a scurfy The leperous distilment.
The metamorphosis is complete. The larvæ appearance.
are termed caterpillars, and are provided Leprosity (lē-pros'i-ti), n. The state of Lepid (lep'id), a. [L. lepidus, pleasant. ) with masticatory organs fitted for dividing being leprous. Pleasant; jocose.
solid substances. They possess false legs Leprosy (lep'ro-si), n. [0. Fr. leprosie. See Lepidium (lé-pid'i-um), 12. (L.; Gr. lepidion, in addition to the three pairs proper to the LEPER.) A name given to several different from lepis, lepidos, a scale.) An extensive adult, and have attached to the upper lip a diseases. Elephantiasis is sometimes called genus of herbs or undershrubs of the nat. tubular organ or spinneret, by which silken Arabic leprosy. Regarding the leprosy of order Cruciferæ. They are simple or usually threads can be manufactured.
the Jews nothing certain is known. The branched, of varied habit, with small ra- Lepidopteral, Lepidopterous (lep-id-op'. term was probably applied to various invetcemes of white (very rarely yellow) flowers. tér-al, lep-id-op'tér-us), a. Of or belonging erate cutaneous diseases, especially those of About sixty to eighty species are recognized, to the Lepidoptera.
a chronic or contagious order. The name is natives of warm and temperate regions Lepidosiren (lep'id-o-si”ren), n. [Gr. lepis, now frequently restricted by medical writers throughout the world, none being alpine or lepidos, a scale, and seirën, a siren. ] A to the Greek or tubercular leprosy which
prevailed during the middle ages, and is less, without children; fatherless; faithless; &c., los=less, the, indeclinable relative. ) still met with in Iceland, the Orkney and penniless; lawless ; &c.
For fear that; in case; that ... not. Shetland Islands, Norway and Sweden, as Less (les), a. (O. E. lesse, lasse, A. Sax. les,
Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest well as in Africa, the East and West Indies, lassa (for læsra). Allied to Goth. lasivs,
Gen. iii. 3and many tropical islands. The disease is weak (comp. lazy); the superl. least is a con Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. characterized by dusky red or livid tuber tracted form of Ă. Sax. læsast, læsest. Little, Lest+ (lest), v.i. To listen. Spenser.
Jn. v. 14. cles of various sizes on the face, ears, and which serves as the positive, is from a extremities; thickened or rugose state of different root.) Smaller; not so large or Lest,t n. [A form of lust.) Pleasure. the skin, with loss of its sensibility, falling great; as, a less quantity or number; a
Chaucer. off of the hair, excepting that of the scalp; horse of less size or value; we are 'ali Leste, v.i. To list; to please: generally hoarse, nasal, or lost voice; ozcena, ulcera destined to suffer affliction in a greater
used as an impersonal. tions of the surface, and extreme fetor; or less degree.
Leste, t a. Last. Chaucer.
Chaucer. while in some severe cases the fingers and Less (les), adv. In a smaller or lower degree; Leste, t a. superl. Least. toes drop off. The causes of this disease are as, less bright or loud; less beautiful; less Lestris (les'tris), n. [Gr. lêstris, piratical, uncertain, but poor living, uncleanliness, obliging; less careful; the less a man praises
from lësi ēs, a robber, pirate.) A genus of disuse of salt, and exposure to cold and himself the more disposed are others to
palmiped birds, distinguished from the true damp are its constant attendants.
gulls by their membranous nostrils being is always uncertain, and, in advanced cases, Less (les), n. 1. Not so much; a quantity not
larger, and opening nearer to the point and improbable. so great as another quantity; anything be
edge of the beak; the tail is also pointed. Leprous (lep'rus), a. [L. leprosus; Fr. lé low a certain standard; as, he said he would The L. parasiticus is the arctic gull, and preux. See LEPER.) 1. Infected with leprosy; have all his rights and honours, and would
the L. catarrhactes the skua gull, the most covered with white scales. not be contented with less.
formidable of all the gull kind. They both His hand was leprons as snow. Ex. iv. 6. And the children of Israel did so, and gathered,
force gulls and other sea-birds to give up 2. In bot. covered with a sort of scurfiness, some more, some dess.
Ex, xvi. 17.
their prey; hence their name. as crustaceous lichens; lepidote.
2. A younger; an inferior,
Let (let), v.t. pret, & pp let; ppr. letting.
(Common to the Teutonic languages, and oriLeprously (lep'rus-li), adv. In a leprous The less is blessed of the better.
Heb. vii, 7.
ginally with reduplicated preterite. A. Sax. manner.
-No less, nothing of inferior consequence Leprousness (lep'rus-nes), n. The state of
lætan, létan, pret. leót, leolt, for lolót (Goth. being leprous. or moment; nothing else.
lailót); D.laaten, Icel. láta, Goth létan, leitan,
He is no less than what we say he is. Skak, Leptocardii (lep'to-kär-di-i), n. pl. [Gr.
G. lassen, to let, to permit, to let go, set free; leptos, slender, and kardia, the heart.)
Look for no less than death. Shak. allied to E. late, and probably to L. lassus, The name given by Müller to the order of Less † (les), v. t. To make less. Gower, weary, exhausted.] 1. To permit; to allow; fishes comprising the lancelet, now called Lessee (les-sē'), n. [From lease.) The person
to suffer; to give leave or power by a posiPharyngobranchii. to whom a lease is given, or who takes an
tive act, or negatively to withhold restraint; Leptodactyl, Leptodactyle (lep-to-dak'til), estate by lease.
not to prevent; as, a leaky ship lets water Lessen (les'n), v.t. (Gr. leptos, slender, and daktylos, a
enter into the hold. 1. To make less; to
Let is now always toe.) A bird or other animal having slender diminish; to reduce in size, number, degree,
followed by the infinitive without the sign toes, state, or quality; as, to lessen a kingdom or
to; and the examples of its use with the Leptodactylous (lep-to-dak'til-us), a. (Gr. its population; awkward manners tend to
infinitive preceded by to are rare even in leptos, slender, and daktylos, a finger.] lessen our respect for men of merit. -2. To
older English degrade; to reduce in dignity; to depreciate;
Pharaoh said, I will let you go. Having slender toes.
Ex. viii. 28. Leptolepis (lep-tol'e-pis), n. [Gr. leptos, to disparage.
When the ship was caught and could not bear up
into the wind, we let her drive. Acts xxvii, 15. smooth, and lepis, a scale.) A genus of St. Paul chose to magnify his office when ill men small sauroid fossil fishes found in the lias conspired to lessen it.
2. To cause; to make. and oolite.
Lessen (les'n), v.i. To become less; to There's a letter for you, sir, : . . if your name be shrink ; to contract in bulk, quantity,
Horatio, as I am let to know it is. Leptology (lep-tol'o-ji), 12. (Gr. leptologia
Shak. Leptos, small, and logos, discourse. ) A minute number, or amount; to become less in [In this sense the word let is pretty common and tedious discourse on trifling things. degree; to decrease; to diminish. “Listen in Old English with the infinitive not preLeptospermum (lep-to-spér'mum), n. [Gr. to the lessening music.' Tennyson.
ceded by to, in constructions similar to those leptos, smooth, and sperma, seed.) A large Lesser (les'ér), a. [A double compar.
in which do is used with the infinitive in genus of New Zealand and Australian trees from less.) Less ; smaller.
modern English. Thus Chaucer has-and shrubs of the nat. order Myrtaceae. By the same reason may a man in the state of nature
For which this noble Theseus anon They have small leathery dotted leaves and punish the lesser breaches of that law. Locke.
Let sender after gentle Palamon; white flowers. Captain Cook's crew used God made ... the lesser light to rule the night. where let senden is equivalent to did send. the leaves of L. lanigerum for tea, and they
Gen, i. 16. are said to improve the flavour of beer. [The use of this form of the comparative of
See Abbott's Shaksperian Grammar, $ 303. ]
3. To lease; to grant possession and use for Lepus (lē'pus), n. (L., a hare.] 1. A genus little is not so common as that of the form
a compensation; as, to let an estate for a of rodents, comprising the hare and rabbit. less, but it is almost uniform after the defi
year; to let a house to a tenant; to let a See HARE, RABBIT.-2. In astron, the Hare, nite article, and in antithesis to greater as
room to lodgers: often followed by out; but a southern constellation containing nine
well as in certain special instances; as, in the out is unnecessary.-4. To give out, as any teen stars. It is situated directly under Lesser Asia.)
work to be performed at a fixed rate; as, to Orion. Lesser (les'ér), adv. Less.
let the works on a railway.-5. In the imperaLeret (ler), a. Empty. See LEER.
Some say he's mad; others that lesser hate him tive mood, let has the following uses. (a) FolLernæadæ (ler-ne'a-dë), n. pl. A group of
Do call it valiant fury.
lowed by the first and third persons it ex. parasitic suctorial crustaceans, of the order Lesses (les'ez), n. [Fr. laissées, lit. leavings, presses desire or wish; hence it is used in Ichthyophthira or fish-lice, having the mouth from laisser, to leave.) In hunting, the or prayer and entreaty to superiors, and to those armed with piercing mandibles, and the dure or excrement of the boar, wolf, and who have us in their power; as, let me not feet, jaws, and true legs undeveloped, found bear.
wander from thy commandments. Ps. cxix. attached to fishes. Some species penetrate Lesson (les'n), n. [Fr. leçon; L. lectio, lec 10. (6) Followed by the first person plural, let the skin, and feed on the viscera. The tionis, from L. lego, lectum, to pick up, expresses exhortation or entreaty; as, rise, typical genus is Lernra.
gather, or collect, to read.] 1. Anything let us go. (c) Followed by the third person, Lernæan, Lernean (lér-nē'an), 12. An indi read or recited to a teacher by a pupil or it implies permission, desire, command, or vidual of the genus Lernæada.
learner, or such a portion of a book as is concession, addressed to an inferior; as, let Lerot (lē'rot), n. [Fr., dim. from loir, a dor assigned by a preceptor to a pupil to be him go; let them remain. mouse, from L. glis, gliris, a dormouse.) A learned at one time; something to be
Let the waters under the heaven be gathered to. name of the garden dormouse (Myoxus ni learned. --2. Instruction conveyed to a pupil gether unto one place, and let the dry land appear. tela), a little rodent which makes great at one time; as, to receive twelve lessons in
Gen. i. 9. havoc among fruit.
Pope. It hibernates in win music; a half-hour lesson on the piano.-
O'er golden sands let rich Pactolus flow. ter, six or seven crowding into one cell. 3. Anything learned or that may be learned -To let alone, to leave; to suffer to remain Lese, t n. A leash. Chaucer. from experience.
without intermeddling; as, let alone this idle Lese, t a. (A. Sax, leás, false.) False; lying. O learn to love; the lesson is but plain. Shak.
project; let me alone. Adverbially used in Chaucer. 4. A portion of Scripture read in divine ser
the sense of not to take into account; not Lese, t v.t. To lose. Chaucer. vice; as, here endeth the first lesson. -
to mention. [Colloq. or vulgar.) Lese Majesty (lēz' maj'es-ti), n. See LEZE 5. Precept; doctrine or notion inculcated.
He's vurth a shilling a day; let alone the arrands. MAJESTY.
Dickens. Lesion (lē’zhon), n. [L. læsio, from lædo, to
Be not jealous over the wife of thy bosom, and I wouldn't turn out a badger to you, let alone a man, teach her not an evil lesson against thyself.
Dickens. hurt.) 1. A hurting; hurt; wound; injury.
Ecclus. ix. 1. -- To let be, to suffer to be as at present; to 2. In Scots law, the degree of harm or injury 6. Severe lecture; reproof; rebuke.
suffer to go or to cease; to let alone. - To let done to the interests of a minor, or of a
She would give her a lesson for walking so late. blood, to open a vein and suffer the blood person of weak capacity, necessary to entitle
Sir P. Sidney to flow out.--To let down, (a) to permit to him to reduce or set aside the deed by which 7. A musical composition written as an sink or fall; to lower. he has suffered.-3. In pathol. derangement; exercise for an instrument.
She let them down by a cord through the window, disorder; any morbid change, either in the Those good laws were like good lessons set for a
Josh. ii. 15. exercise of functions or in the texture of flute out of tune.
Sir 7. Davies. (6) To soften in tempering, as tools, cutlery, organs.
Lesson (les'n), v.t. To teach; to instruct. &c. - To let drive or let fly, to send forth or Lesst (les). For Unless. B. Jonson.
Children should be seasoned betimes, and lessoned discharge with violence, as an arrow, stone, -Less (les). A terminating syllable appended into a contempt and detestation of this vice.
&c. --To let go, to allow or suffer to go: to to many nouns, and thus forming adjectives,
Sir R. L'Estrange. release from confinement; to relax hold of is the X. Sax. leds, Goth. -laus, Icel. -lauss, Lessor (les-sor), n. (From lease.) One who
anything: often, by a vulgar corruption, 0. Sax. -los, O.H.G. -laos, -168, signifying liter leases; the person who lets to a tenant for
with of ally loose from, and allied to the A. Sax. a term of years, or gives a lease.
'Don't,' cried Oliver, struggling. 'Let go of me.' lysan, leósan, E. lose. It forms adjectives Lest (lest), conj. (O. E. leste, leoste, for les the,
Dickens. denoting destitute of, void of, wanting; as, shortened from A. Sax, thý læs the, the --To let in or into, (a) to permit or suffer to a witless man, a man destitute of wit; child less that, lest—thý, by that=the in the more, enter; to admit; as, open the door, let in
my friend; we are not let into the secrets of
royal signet or privy seal. -Letters patent or the cabinet. (6) To place in as an insertion. lethargy; as, lethargic sleep.
overt,a writing executed and sealed, by which (c) To cheat. Halliwell. -- To let loose, to Lethargically (le-thär'jik-al-li), adv. In a
power and authority are granted to a person free from restraint; to permit to wander at lethargic manner.
to do some act or enjoy some right. -- 'To run large. - To let of, (a) to allow to escape; to
one's letters, in Scols law, to apply, as a
Mr. Muzzy was not only unwieldy, but so lethar. release, as from a penalty or an engage gically stupid, that he fell asleep even in musical prisoner, for trial at the Court of Justiciary, nient (6) To discharge, as an arrow; to assemblies.
Lord Corke. in cases when such trial could be brought tire, as a gun. -To let out, (a) to suffer Lethargicalness, Lethargicness (le-thär'.
on in that court before the circuit court sits to escape. (6) To loosen; to extend; to jik-al-nes, le-thär'jik-nes), n. The state or
in the locality in which he is imprisoned. enlarge; as, to let out a rope (by allowing it quality of being lethargic; morbid or un Letter (let'èr), v.t. To impress or form letto slip); to let out a sail or a garment. (c) To natural sleepiness or drowsiness.
ters on; as, to letter a book; a book gilt and lease or let to hire. (d) To give on contract.
lettered. Lethargize (leth'är-jiz), v. t. pret. & pp. leSee above def. 4.-To let slide, to let alone;
thargized; ppr. lethargizing. To render le. Letter-board (let'ér-bord), n. In printing, not to mind; to pay no more attention to. thargic.
a board on which pages of types are placed Let the world slide : sessa! Shak.
for distribution, and also when they are
All bitters are poison, and act by stilling, and de- To let slip, to let go; to let loose; to omit; pressing, and lethargizing the irritability:
not immediately wanted.
Coleridge. Letter-book (let'ér-bùk), n. A book in to lose by negligence.-- Let that flee stick
which a business man inserts copies of letters to the wa', let that alone; say nothing about Lethargy (leth'är-ji), n. [L. lethargia; Gr. that (Scotch. )--To let weil alone, to for
léthargia - lethē, oblivion, and argos, idle, despatched by him. bear trying to improve that which is already
or more probably algos, pain, morbid affec- Letter-box (let'ér-boks), n. A box for rein a satisfactory condition; to leave matters
tion, the 1 being dissimilated to r on ac ceiving letters; a post-office box. as they are. count of the l in the previous part of the Letter-carrier (let'er-kar-i-ér), n.
Aman Let (lei), v.i. 1.4 To forbear; to leave off.
word.) 1. Unnatural sleepiness; morbid who carries about and delivers letters; a
drowsiness; continued or profound sleep, postman. That man is bounden to his observance For Goddes sake to leten of his will. Chancer. from which a person can scarcely be awaked.
1. A case for
Letter-case (let'ér-kās), n. When Collatine unwisely did not let 2. Dulness; inaction; inattention.
containing letters or epistles.-2. In printTo praise the clear unmatched red and white. Europe lay then under a deep lethargy. Atterbury, ing, a case of letters or types.
Shok. 2. To be offered for hire; as, a house to let.
Lethargy (leth'är-ji), v.t. To make lethargic Letter-clip (let'er-klip), n. A contrivance, or dull. (Rare.)
generally in the form of a spring-clasp, for 3. To yield a certain rent by being hired out;
His notion weakens, his discernings
keeping letters or papers fast together. as, this house lets for £50 a year. – To let
Are lethargied-Ha! waking? 'tis not so, Shak Letter-cutter (let'er-kut-ér), n. One who in, to leak; to admit water. - To let on,
cuts types to make a disclosure; to betray knowledge;
Lethe (lē'the), n. [Gr. lethë, forgetfulness. as, don't let on about that; that is, don't
Akin L. lateo, to lie hid.] 1. In Greek myth.
Lettered (let'érd), a. 1. Literate; educated;
versed in literature or science. ‘Lettered mention it. (Scotch and American.)
the river of oblivion; one of the streams of Let (let), n.
Rabbins.' Prior.--2. Belonging to learning; A letting for hire. the infernal regions. Its waters possessed
suiting letters; as, a lettered retirement; the quality of causing those who drank them Till this coach-house ... gets a better let, we live to forget the whole of their former exist
lettered ease. – 3. Furnished, marked, or here cheap.
designated with letters; as, a lettered cut Let (let), v.t. pret. & pp. letted; ppr. letting.
or illustration. The conquering wine hath steep'd our sense
One (A. Sax lettan, to delay, to hinder, from
Letter-founder (let'ér-found-ér), n. In soft and delicate Lethe.
Shak. lt, late; comp. hinder, from hind.) To re- Lethet (lēth), n. [L. lethum, death. ) Death.
who casts letters; a type-founder. tard; to hinder; to impede; to interpose
Letter-foundry (let'ér-found-ri), n. A place obstructions to.
Here did'st thou fall; and here thy hunters stand, where types are cast.
Sign'd in thy spoil, and crimson'd in thy lethe. Shak. Lettering (let'ér-ing), n. 1. The act of imMine ancient wound is hardly whole, And lets me from the saddle. Tennyson..
Lethean (le-thē'an), a. Pertaining to the pressing letters. -2. The letters impressed Let (let), n. A retarding; hinderance; obriver Lethe; inducing forgetfulness or obli
or formed upon anything. vion. stacle; impediment; delay.
'If Death so taste lethean springs.' Letterize (let'er-iz), v.i. To write letters or Tennyson.
epistles. Lamb. (Rare.] And hath set Us young immortals, without any let,
Letheed (lēth'ēd), pp. [A word coined by Letterless (let'ér-les), a. Devoid of letters; To watch his slumber through. Keats. Shakspere from Lethe, the river of oblivion.] illiterate; unlettered; not learned. “A mere
Oblivious; lethean. A letheed dulness.' daring letterless commander.' Waterhouse. -Let (let). A diminutive termination of nouns; as, hamlet, a little house; rivulet, a Letheon (lē’the-on), n. [Gr. lēthë, forgetful- Letterling (let'èr-ling), n. A little letter. small stream. It is from French et, with 1
ness.) A name sometimes applied to sul Letter-lock (let'ér-lok), n. A lock whose interposed, which is also recognized as a
phuric ether when used as an anæsthetic. bolt is surrounded by several rings having diminutive, hence let is properly a double Letheontze (lē'the-on-iz),
v.t. To subject to notches, through which a set of studs on
the influence of letheon; to render uncondiminutive.
the bolt must pass before the lock can be scious or forgetful. Let-a bee (let-a-bē), n. Let alone; forbear
opened. These notches are so arranged as ance: used chiefly in the phrase let-abee Lethiferous (le-thif'er-us), a. (L. lethum,
to prevent the passage of the bolt except for let-abee, forbearance for forbearance;
death, and fero, to bring. ) Deadly; mortal; when certain letters on a series of exterior mutual forbearance. (Scotch.) bringing death or destruction.
rings are brought into line with each other Letch (lech), n. (See following verb.) An
Those that are really lethiferous are but excres. so as to form a particular word or combinacencies of sin.
Dr. Robinson, tion on which the lock has been set. almost stagnant ditch. [Provincial.] Letch (lech), v.t. (A. Sax. leccan, to wet, to Lethy, (lēth'i), a. Causing oblivion or for Lettern (let'érn), n. See LECTERX. moisten. See LEAK.) To wash, as ashes, getfulness; lethean. (Rare.)
Letter-office (let'ér-of-fis), n. A place where by percolation, or causing water to pass Lett (let), 11. A native or inhabitant of the letters are deposited and from which they through them, and thus to separate from Russian Baltic province of Livonia.
are distributed. them the alkali. The water thus charged Letter (let'ér), n. One who lets or permits. Letter-paper (let'er-pa-per), n. Paper for with alkali is called lye. Written also Leach.
-Letter-go, one who lets go; a spendthrift; writing letters on. Letch (lech), v.i. To pass through by per
Letterpress (let'er-pres), n. 1. Letters and colation. Written also Leach.
A provider slow
words impressed on paper or other material Letch (lech), n. 1. A quantity of wood ashes
For his own good, a careless letter.go
by types; print.-2. Same as Copying-ma
B. Jonson. through which water letches or passes, and
chine. thus imbibes the alkali.-2. A letch-tub.
Letter (let'ér), n. One who lets, retards, or Letterpress (let'ér-pres), a. Consisting of, Letch (lech), n. [See LECH, LECHER. ] Strong Letter (letér), n. (Fr. lettre, L. litera, from hinders.
lating to, or employed in, type-printing; desire; passion.
as, a letterpress printer; letterpress printing. lino, litum, to besmear, an early mode of Letter-sorter (let'ér-sort-er), n. Some people have a ietch for unmasking impostors,
An assistand for avenging the wrongs of others. De Quincey. writing being by graving the characters
ant in a post-office who is engaged in ar
upon tablets smeared over with wax. See Letch-tub (lech'tub), n. A wooden vessel
LIQUOR.) 1. A mark or character, written, Letter-wood (let'ér-wyd), n.
ranging letters. or tub in which ashes are letched. Some
The heartprinted, engraved, or painted, used as the times written Leach-tub.
wood of a tree of the genus Brosimum (B. Letchy (lech'i), a. Allowing water to perrepresentative of a sound, or of an articula
Aubletin), belonging to the bread-fruit family colate through: said of gravelly and sandy tion of the organs of speech.-2. A written
(Artocarpacere), and a native of Guiana. It or printed message; an epistle; a communisoils. Lete, t n.
is extremely hard, of a beautiful brown cation made by visible characters from one The river Lethe. Chaucer.
colour with black spots, which have been Letgame,t n. (Let, hinderance, and game, person to another at a distance.
compared to hieroglyphics; hence the name.
I have a letter from her sport, play.) A hinderer of pleasure. Chau
It is used in cabinet-work for veneering
Of such contents as you will wonder at. Shak. cer.
only, its scarcity and costliness making it Lethal (lē'thal), a. [L. lethalis, letalis, mor
3. Neither more nor less than what words
an article of rare and limited application. tal, from letum, death.] Deadly; mortal;
literally express; literal or verbal meaning. Letter-writer (let'ér-rit-ér), n. One who fatal.
We must observe the letter of the law, without writes letters ; à book which teaches the Could not your heavenly charms, your tuneful voice,
doing violence to the reason of the law, and the in. proper modes of writing letters; an instruHave sooth'd the rage of rueful fate, and stay'd
tentions of the lawgiver.
ment for copying letters. The lethal blow?
W. Richardson. Broke the letter of it to keep the sense. Tennyson. Letticet (let'is), n. Same as Lattice. Lethality (lë-thal'i-ti), n. Mortality. 4. In printing, a single type or character; 'Lettice-capt '(let'is-kap), n. (Probably a The certain punishment being preferable to the
also types collectively; as, plenty of letter; form of lettuce-cap, lettuce being a mild doubtful lethality of the fetish.
Alkins. scarcity of letter.-5. pl. Learning; erudition; soporific and sedative.) A soporific in which Lethargic, Lethargical (le-thär'jik, le as, a man of letters. In the flowery walk of lettuce was probably a leading ingredient. thar'jik-al), a. (L. lethargicus; Gr. lethar. letters.' Tennyson.-Letter of attorney. See
Bring in the lettice-cap. You must be shaved, sir, gikos, from lethargos, drowsiness. See ATTORNEY.-Letter of credence. See CRED
And then how suddenly we'll make you sleep: LETHARGY.) 1. Affected with lethargy; mor ENCE, 2. -Letter of credit. See under CREDIT.
Brau. FI. bidly inclined to sleep; extremely drowsy ; ---Letter of Marque. See MARQUE. - Signet Lettice-capt (let'is-kap), n: (Comp. 0. Fr. dull; heavy.
letter. See SIGNET. -- Dead letter. See DĚAD letice, a gray fur.) A kind of cap. Sparta, Sparta, why in slumbers LETTER. - Letters clause, in law, close letters,
A letrice-cap it wears and beard not short. Lethargic dost thou lie! Byron. being usually closed or sealed up with the
Shippe v Safegarde (1569).