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THE GUTENBERG WEBSTER'S UNABRIDGED DICTIONARY BY PROJECT GUTENBERG

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LA

LA La, interj. Etym: [Cf. Lo.] 1. Look; see; behold; -- sometimes followed by you. [Obs.] Shak. 2. An exclamation of surprise; -- commonly followed by me; as, La me! [Low]

LA VALLIERE

LA VALLIERE; LAVALLIERE La val`liere, or La`val`liere, n. Defn: A neck ornament consisting of a chain and single pendant, or drop.

LAAGER

LAAGER Laager (lalger or l?ger), n. [D., also leger. Cf. 2d Leaguer, Lair.] Defn: A camp, esp. one with an inclosure of travelers' wagons for temporary defense. [South Africa] Wagons . . . can be readily formed into a laager, a camp, by being drawn into a circle, with the oxen placed inside and so kept safe from the attacks of wild beasts. James Bryce.

LAAGER

LAAGER Laager, v. t. & i. [From Laager, n.] Defn: To form into, or camp in, a laager, or protected camp.

LAAS

LAAS Laas, n. Defn: A lace. See Lace. [Obs.] Chaucer.

LAB

LAB Lab, v. i. Etym: [Cf. OD. labben to babble.] Defn: To prate; to gossip; to babble; to blab. [Obs.] Chaucer.

LAB

LAB Lab, n. Defn: A telltale; a prater; a blabber. [Obs.] I am no lab. Chaucer.

LABADIST

LABADIST Laba*dist, n. (Eccl. Hist.) Defn: A follower of Jean de Labadie, a religious teacher of the 17th century, who left the Roman Catholic Church and taught a kind of mysticism, and the obligation of community of property among Christians.

LABARRAQUE

LABARRAQUE'S SOLUTION La`bar`raque's so*lution. Etym: [From Labarraque, a Parisian apothecary.] (Med.) Defn: An aqueous solution of hypochlorite of sodium, extensively used as a disinfectant.

LABARUM

LABARUM Laba*rum (, n.; pl. Labara. Etym: [L.] Defn: The standard adopted by the Emperor Constantine after his conversion to Christianity. It is described as a pike bearing a silk banner hanging from a crosspiece, and surmounted by a golden crown. It bore a monogram of the first two letters (CHR) of the name of Christ in its Greek form. Later, the name was given to various modifications of this standard.

LABDANUM

LABDANUM Labda*num, n. (Bot.) Defn: See Ladanum.

LABEFACTION

LABEFACTION Lab`e*faction, n. Etym: [See Labefy.] Defn: The act of labefying or making weak; the state of being weakened; decay; ruin. There is in it such a labefaction of all principles as may be injurious to morality. Johnson.

LABEFY

LABEFY Labe*fy, v. t. Etym: [L. labefacere; labare to totter + facere to make.] Defn: To weaken or impair. [R.]

LABEL

LABEL Label, n. Etym: [OF. label sort of ribbon or fringe, label in heraldry, F. lambeau shred, strip, rag; of uncertain origin; cf. L.labellum, dim. of labrum lip, edge, margin, G. lappen flap, patch, rag, tatter (cf. Lap of a dress), W. llab, llabed, label, flap, Gael. leab, leob, slice, shred, hanging lip.] 1. A tassel. [Obs.] Huloet. Fuller. 2. A slip of silk, paper, parchment, etc., affixed to anything, usually by an inscription, the contents, ownership, destination, etc.; as, the label of a bottle or a package. 3. A slip of ribbon, parchment, etc., attached to a document to hold the appended seal; also, the seal. 4. A writing annexed by way of addition, as a codicil added to a will. 5. (Her.) Defn: A barrulet, or, rarely, a bendlet, with pendants, or points, usually three, especially used as a mark of cadency to distinguish an eldest or only son while his father is still living. 6. A brass rule with sights, formerly used, in connection with a circumferentor, to take altitudes. Knight. 7. (Gothic Arch.) Defn: The name now generally given to the projecting molding by the sides, and over the tops, of openings in medi?val architecture. It always has a Arch. Pub. Soc. 8. In medi?val art, the representation of a band or scroll containing an inscription. Fairholt.

LABEL

LABEL Label, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Labeled or Labelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Labeling or Labelling.] 1. To affix a label to; to mark with a name, etc.; as, to label a bottle or a package. 2. To affix in or on a label. [R.]

LABELER

LABELER Label*er, n. Defn: One who labels. [Written also labeller.]

LABELLUM

LABELLUM La*bellum, n.; pl. L. Labella, E. Labellums. Etym: [L., dim. of labrum lip.] 1. (Bot.) Defn: The lower or apparently anterior petal of an orchidaceous flower, often of a very curious shape. 2. (Zo?l.) Defn: A small appendage beneath the upper lip or labrum of certain insects.

LABENT

LABENT Labent, a. Etym: [L. labens, p. pr. of labi to slide, glide.] Defn: Slipping; sliding; gliding. [R.]

LABIA

LABIA Labi*a, n. pl. Defn: See Labium.

LABIAL

LABIAL Labi*al, a. Etym: [LL. labialis, fr. L. labium lip: cf. F. labial. See Lip.] 1. Of or pertaining to the lips or labia; as, labial veins. 2. (Mus.) Defn: Furnished with lips; as, a labial organ pipe. 3. (Phonetics) (a) Articulated, as a consonant, mainly by the lips, as b, p, m, w. (b) Modified, as a vowel, by contraction of the lip opening, as oo (food), o (old), etc., and as eu and u in French, and ?, ? in German. See Guide to Pronunciation, 4. (Zo?l.) Defn: Of or pertaining to the labium; as, the labial palpi of insects. See Labium.

LABIAL

LABIAL Labi*al, n. 1. (Phonetics) Defn: A letter or character representing an articulation or sound formed or uttered chiefly with the lips, as b, p, w. 2. (Mus.) Defn: An organ pipe that is furnished with lips; a flue pipe. 3. (Zo?l.) Defn: One of the scales which border the mouth of a fish or reptile.

LABIALISM

LABIALISM Labi*al*ism, n. (Phonetics) Defn: The quality of being labial; as, the labialism of an articulation; conversion into a labial, as of a sound which is different in another language. J. Peile.

LABIALIZATION

LABIALIZATION La`bi*al*i*zation, n. (Phonetics) Defn: The modification of an articulation by contraction of the lip opening.

LABIALIZE

LABIALIZE Labi*al*ize, v. t. (Phonetics) Defn: To modify by contraction of the lip opening.

LABIALLY

LABIALLY Labi*al*ly, adv. Defn: In a labial manner; with, or by means of, the lips.

LABIATE

LABIATE Labi*ate, v. t. Defn: To labialize. Brewer.

LABIATE

LABIATE Labi*ate, a. Etym: [NL. labiatus, fr. L. labium lip.] (Bot.) (a) Having the limb of a tubular corolla or calyx divided into two unequal parts, one projecting over the other like the lips of a mouth, as in the snapdragon, sage, and catnip. (b) Belonging to a natural order of plants (Labiat?), of which the mint, sage, and catnip are examples. They are mostly aromatic herbs.

LABIATE

LABIATE Labi*ate, n. (Bot.) Defn: A plant of the order Labiat?.

LABIATED

LABIATED Labi*a`ted, a. (Bot.) Defn: Same as Labiate, a. (a).

LABIATIFLORAL; LABIATIFLORAL

LABIATIFLORAL; LABIATIFLORAL La`bi*a`ti*floral, La`bi*a`ti*floral, a. Etym: [Labiate + L. flos, floris, flower.] (Bot.) Defn: Having labiate flowers, as the snapdragon.

LABIDOMETER

LABIDOMETER Lab`i*dome*ter, n. Etym: [Gr.meter: cf. F. labidometre.] (Med.) Defn: A forceps with a measuring attachment for ascertaining the size of the fetal head.

LABILE

LABILE Labile, a. Etym: [L. labilis apt to slip, fr. labi to slip.] Defn: Liable to slip, err, fall, or apostatize. [Obs.] Cheyne.

LABILITY

LABILITY La*bili*ty, n. Defn: Liability to lapse, err, or apostatize. [Archaic] Coleridge.

LABIMETER

LABIMETER La*bime*ter, n. Etym: [Cf. F. labimetre.] (Med.) Defn: See Labidometer.

LABIODENTAL

LABIODENTAL La`bi*o*dental, a. Etym: [Labium + dental.] (Phonetics) Defn: Formed or pronounced by the cooperation of the lips and teeth, as f and v. -- n. Defn: A labiodental sound or letter.

LABIONASAL

LABIONASAL La`bi*o*nasal, a. Etym: [Labium + nasal.] (Phonetics) Defn: Formed by the lips and the nose. -- n. Defn: A labionasal sound or letter.

LABIOPLASTY

LABIOPLASTY Labi*o*plas`ty (labi*o*plas`ty), n. [Labium + -plasty.] (Surg.) Defn: A plastic operation for making a new lip, or for replacing a lost tissue of a lip.

LABIOSE

LABIOSE Labi*ose`, a. Etym: [From Labium.] (Bot.) Defn: Having the appearance of being labiate; -- said of certain polypetalous corollas.

LABIPALP

LABIPALP Labi*palp, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: A labial palp.

LABIPALPUS

LABIPALPUS La`bi*palpus, n.; pl. Labipalpi (. Etym: [NL. See Labium, and Palpus.] (Zo?l.) Defn: One of the labial palpi of an insect. See Illust. under Labium.

LABIUM

LABIUM Labi*um, n. ; pl. L. Labia, E. Labiums. Etym: [L.] 1. A lip, or liplike organ. 2. The lip of an organ pipe. 3. pl. (Anat.) Defn: The folds of integument at the opening of the vulva. 4. (Zo?l.) (a) The organ of insects which covers the mouth beneath, and serves as an under lip. It consists of the second pair of maxill?, usually closely united in the middle line, but bearing a pair of palpi in most insects. It often consists of a thin anterior part (ligula or palpiger) and a firmer posterior plate (mentum). (b) Inner margin of the aperture of a shell.

LABLAB

LABLAB Lablab, n. (Bot.) Defn: an East Indian name for several twining leguminous plants related to the bean, but commonly applied to the hyacinth bean (Delichos Lablab).

LABOR

LABOR Labor, n. Etym: [OE. labour, OF. labour, laber, labur, F. labeur, L. labor; cf. Gr. labh to get, seize.] [Written also labour.] 1. Physical toil or bodily exertion, especially when fatiguing, irksome, or unavoidable, in distinction from sportive exercise; hard, muscular effort directed to some useful end, as agriculture, manufactures, and like; servile toil; exertion; work. God hath set Labor and rest, as day and night, to men Successive. Milton. 2. Intellectual exertion; mental effort; as, the labor of compiling a history. 3. That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort. Being a labor of so great a difficulty, the exact performance thereof we may rather wish than look for. Hooker. 4. Travail; the pangs and efforts of childbirth. The queen's in labor, They say, in great extremity; and feared She'll with the labor end. Shak. 5. Any pang or distress. Shak. 6. (Naut.) Defn: The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging. 7. Etym: [Sp.] Defn: A measure of land in Mexico and Texas, equivalent to an area of 177 Bartlett. Syn. -- Work; toil; drudgery; task; exertion; effort; industry; painstaking. See Toll.

LABOR

LABOR Labor, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Labored; p. pr. & vb. n. Laboring.] Etym: [OE. labouren, F. labourer, L. laborare. See Labor, n.] [Written also labour.] 1. To exert muscular strength; to exert one's strength with painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to work; to toil. Adam, well may we labor still to dress This garden. Milton. 2. To exert one's powers of mind in the prosecution of any design; to strive; to take pains. 3. To be oppressed with difficulties or disease; to do one's work under conditions which make it especially hard, wearisome; to move slowly, as against opposition, or under a burden; to be burdened; -- often with under, and formerly with of. The stone that labors up the hill. Granville. The line too labors,and the words move slow. Pope. To cure the disorder under which he labored. Sir W. Scott. Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matt. xi. 28 4. To be in travail; to suffer the pangs of childbirth. 5. (Naut.) Defn: To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea. Totten.

LABOR

LABOR Labor, v. t. Etym: [F. labourer, L. laborare.] 1. To work at; to work; to till; to cultivate by toil. The most excellent lands are lying fallow, or only labored by children. W. Tooke. 2. To form or fabricate with toil, exertion, or care. To labor arms for Troy. Dryden. 3. To prosecute, or perfect, with effort; to urge streas, to labor a point or argument. 4. To belabor; to beat. [Obs.] Dryden.

LABOR DAY

LABOR DAY Labor Day. Defn: In most of the States and Territories of the United States, a day, usually the first Monday of September, set aside as a legal holiday, in honor of, or in the interest of, workingmen as a class. Also, a similar holiday in Canada, Australia, etc.

LABOR-SAVING

LABOR-SAVING Labor-sav`ing, a. Defn: Saving labor; adapted to supersede or diminish the labor of men; as, laborsaving machinery.

LABORANT

LABORANT Labo*rant, n. Etym: [L.laborans, p. pr. of laborare to labor.] Defn: A chemist. [Obs.] Boyle.

LABORATORY

LABORATORY Labo*ra*to*ry, n.; pl. Laboratories. Etym: [Shortened fr. elaboratory; cf. OF. elaboratoire, F. laboratoire. See Elaborate, Labor.] [Formerly written also elaboratory.] Defn: The workroom of a chemist; also, a place devoted to experiments in any branch of natural science; as, a chemical, physical, or biological laboratory. Hence, by extension, a place where something is prepared, or some operation is performed; as, the liver is the laboratory of the bile.

LABORED

LABORED Labored, a. Defn: Bearing marks of labor and effort; elaborately wrought; not easy or natural; as, labored poetry; a labored style.

LABOREDLY

LABOREDLY Labored*ly, adv. Defn: In a labored manner; with labor.

LABORER

LABORER Labor*er, n. Etym: [Written also labourer.] Defn: One who labors in a toilsome occupation; a person who does work that requires strength rather than skill, as distinguished from that of an artisan.

LABORING

LABORING Labor*ing, a. 1. That labors; performing labor; esp., performing coarse, heavy work, not requiring skill also, set apart for labor; as, laboring days. The sleep of a laboring man is sweet. eccl. v. 12. 2. Suffering pain or grief. Pope. Laboring oar, the oar which requires most strength and exertion; often used figuratively; as, to have, or pull, the laboring oar in some difficult undertaking.

LABORIOUS

LABORIOUS La*bori*ous, a. Etym: [L. laboriosus,fr. labor labor: cf. F. laborieux.] 1. Requiring labor, perseverance, or sacrifices; toilsome; tiresome. Dost thou love watchings, abstinence, or toil, Laborious virtues all Learn these from Cato. Addison. 2. Devoted to labor; diligent; industrious; as, a laborious mechanic. -- La*bori*ous*ly, adv. -- La*bori*ous*ness, n.

LABORLESS

LABORLESS Labor*less, a. Defn: Not involving labor; not laborious; easy.

LABOROUS

LABOROUS Labor*ous, a. Defn: Laborious. [Obs.] Wyatt. -- Labor*ous*ly, adv. [Obs.] Sir T. Elyot.

LABORSOME

LABORSOME Labor*some, a. 1. Made with, or requiring, great labor, pains, or diligence. [Obs.] Shak. 2. (Naut.) Defn: Likely or inclined to roll or pitch, as a ship in a heavy sea; having a tendency to labor.

LABRADOR

LABRADOR Lab`ra*dor, n. Defn: A region of British America on the Atlantic coast, north of Newfoundland. Labrador duck (Zo?l.), a sea duck (Camtolaimus Labradorius) allied to the eider ducks. It was formerly common on the coast of New England, but is now supposed to be extinct, no specimens having been reported since 1878. -- Labrador feldspar. See Labradorite. -- Labrador tea (Bot.), a name of two low, evergreen shrubs of the genus Ledum (L. palustre and L. latifolium), found in Northern Europe and America. They are used as tea in British America, and in Scandinavia as a substitute for hops.

LABRADORITE

LABRADORITE Labra*dor`ite (, n. (Min.) Defn: A kind of feldspar commonly showing a beautiful play of colors, and hence much used for ornamental purposes. The finest specimens come from Labrador. See Feldspar.

LABRAS

LABRAS Labras, n. pl. Etym: [L.labrum; cf. It. labbro, pl. labbra.] Defn: Lips. [Obs. & R.] Shak.

LABRET

LABRET Labret, n. [L. labrum lip.] (Anthropology) Defn: A piece of wood, shell, stone, or other substance, worn in a perforation of the lip or cheek by many savages.

LABROID

LABROID Labroid, a. Etym: [Labrus + -oid.] (Zo?l.) Defn: Like the genus Labrus; belonging to the family Labrid?, an extensive family of marine fishes, often brilliantly colored, which are very abundant in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The tautog and cunner are American examples.

LABROSE

LABROSE Labrose`, a. Etym: [L. labrosus, fr. labrum lip.] Defn: Having thick lips.

LABRUM

LABRUM Labrum, n.; pl. L. Labra, E. Labrums. Etym: [L.] 1. A lip or edge, as of a basin. 2. (Zo?l.) (a) An organ in insects and crustaceans covering the upper part of the mouth, and serving as an upper lip. See Illust. of Hymenoptera. (b) The external margin of the aperture of a shell. See Univalve.

LABRUS

LABRUS Labrus, n.; pl. Labri (-bri). Etym: [L., a sort of fish.] (Zo?l.) Defn: A genus of marine fishes, including the wrasses of Europe. See Wrasse.

LABURNIC

LABURNIC La*bur`nic, a. Defn: Of, pertaining to, or derived from, the laburnum.

LABURNINE

LABURNINE La*bur`nine, n. (Chem.) Defn: A poisonous alkaloid found in the unripe seeds of the laburnum.

LABURNUM

LABURNUM La*burnum, n. Etym: [L.] (Bot.) Defn: A small leguminous tree (Cytisus Laburnum), native of the Alps. The plant is reputed to be poisonous, esp. the bark and seeds. It has handsome racemes of yellow blossoms. Note: Scotch laburnum (Cytisus alpinus) is similar, but has smooth leaves; purple laburnum is C. purpureus.

LABYRINTH

LABYRINTH Laby*rinth, n. Etym: [L. labyrinthus, Gr. laby`rinthos: cf. F. labyrinthe.] 1. An edifice or place full of intricate passageways which render it difficult to find the way from the interior to the entrance; as, the Egyptian and Cretan labyrinths. 2. Any intricate or involved inclosure; especially, an ornamental maze or inclosure in a park or garden. 3. Any object or arrangement of an intricate or involved form, or having a very complicated nature. The serpent . . . fast sleeping soon he found, In labyrinth of many a round self-rolled. Milton. The labyrinth of the mind. Tennyson. 4. An inextricable or bewildering difficulty. I' the maze and winding labyrinths o' the world. Denham. 5. (Anat.) Defn: The internal ear. See Note under Ear. 6. (Metal.) Defn: A series of canals through which a stream of water is directed for suspending, carrying off, and depositing at different distances, the ground ore of a metal. Ure. 7. (Arch.) Defn: A pattern or design representing a maze, -- often inlaid in the tiled floor of a church, etc. Syn. -- Maze; confusion; intricacy; windings. -- Labyrinth, Maze. Labyrinth, originally; the name of an edifice or excavation, carries the idea of design, and construction in a permanent form, while maze is used of anything confused or confusing, whether fixed or shifting. Maze is less restricted in its figurative uses than labyrinth. We speak of the labyrinth of the ear, or of the mind, and of a labyrinth of difficulties; but of the mazes of the dance, the mazes of political intrigue, or of the mind being in a maze.

LABYRINTHAL

LABYRINTHAL Lab`y*rinthal, a. Defn: Pertaining to, or resembling, a labyrinth; intricate; labyrinthian.

LABYRINTHIAN

LABYRINTHIAN Lab`y*rinthi*an (, a. Defn: Intricately winding; like a labyrinth; perplexed; labyrinthal.

LABYRINTHIBRANCH

LABYRINTHIBRANCH Lab`y*rinthi*branch, a. Etym: [See Labyrinth, and Branchia.] (Zo?l.) Defn: Of or pertaining to the Labyrinthici. -- n. Defn: One of the Labyrinthici.

LABYRINTHIC; LABYRINTHICAL

LABYRINTHIC; LABYRINTHICAL Lab`y*rinthic, Lab`y*rin`thic*al, a. Etym: [L. labyrinthicus: cf. F. labyrinthique.] Defn: Like or pertaining to a labyrinth.

LABYRINTHICI

LABYRINTHICI Lab`y*rinthi*ci, n. pl. Etym: [NL. See Labyrinth.] (Zo?l.) Defn: An order of teleostean fishes, including the Anabas, or climbing perch, and other allied fishes. Note: They have, connected with the gill chamber, a special cavity in which a labyrinthiform membrane is arranged so as to retain water to supply the gills while the fish leaves the water and travels about on land, or even climbs trees.

LABYRINTHIFORM

LABYRINTHIFORM Lab`y*rinthi*form, a. Etym: [Labyrinth + -form: cf. F. labyrinthiforme.] Defn: Having the form of a labyrinth; intricate.

LABYRINTHINE

LABYRINTHINE Lab`y*rinthine, a. Defn: Pertaining to, or like, a labyrinth; labyrinthal.

LABYRINTHODON

LABYRINTHODON Lab`y*rintho*don, n. Etym: [Gr. (Paleon.) Defn: A genus of very large fossil amphibians, of the Triassic period, having bony plates on the under side of the body. It is the type of the order Labyrinthodonta. Called also Mastodonsaurus.

LABYRINTHODONT

LABYRINTHODONT Lab`y*rintho*dont, a. (Paleon.) Defn: Of or pertaining to the Labyrinthodonta. -- n. Defn: One of the Labyrinthodonta.

LABYRINTHODONTA

LABYRINTHODONTA Lab`y*rin`tho*donta, n. pl. Etym: [NL. See Labyrinthodon.] (Paleon.) Defn: An extinct order of Amphibia, including the typical genus Labyrinthodon, and many other allied forms, from the Carboniferous, Permian, and Triassic formations. By recent writers they are divided into two or more orders. See Stegocephala.

LAC

LAC Lac, n. Etym: [Per. lak; akin to Skr. laksha: cf. F. lague, It. & NL. lacca. Cf. Lake a color, Lacquer, Litmus.] Defn: A resinous substance produced mainly on the banyan tree, but to some extent on other trees, by the Coccus lacca, a scale-shaped insect, the female of which fixes herself on the bark, and exudes from the margin of her body this resinous substance. Note: Stick-lac is the substance in its natural state, incrusting small twigs. When broken off, and the coloring matter partly removed, the granular residuum is called seed-lac. When melted, and reduced to a thin crust, it is called shell-lac or shellac. Lac is an important ingredient in sealing wax, dyes, varnishes, and lacquers. Ceylon lac, a resinous exudation of the tree Croton lacciferum, resembling lac. -- Lac dye, a scarlet dye obtained from stick-lac. -- Lac lake, the coloring matter of lac dye when precipitated from its solutions by alum. -- Mexican lac, an exudation of the tree Croton Draco.

LAC; LAKH

LAC; LAKH Lac, Lakh (, n. Etym: [Hind. lak, lakh, laksh, Skr. laksha a mark, sign, lakh.] Defn: One hundred thousand; also, a vaguely great number; as, a lac of rupees. [Written also lack.] [East Indies]

LACCIC

LACCIC Laccic, a. Etym: [Cf. F. laccique.] (Chem.) Defn: Pertaining to lac, or produced from it; as, laccic acid.

LACCIN

LACCIN Laccin, n. Etym: [Cf. F. laccine.] (Chem.) Defn: A yellow amorphous substance obtained from lac.

LACCOLITE; LACCOLITH

LACCOLITE; LACCOLITH Lacco*lite, Lacco*lith, n. Etym: [Gr. -lite, -lith.] (Geol.) Defn: A mass of igneous rock intruded between sedimentary beds and resulting in a mammiform bulging of the overlying strata. -- Lac`co*litic, a.

LACE

LACE Lace (las), n. Etym: [OE. las, OF. laz, F. lacs, dim. lacet, fr. L. laqueus noose, snare; prob. akin to lacere to entice. Cf. Delight, Elicit, Lasso, Latchet.] 1. That which binds or holds, especially by being interwoven; a string, cord, or band, usually one passing through eyelet or other holes, and used in drawing and holding together parts of a garment, of a shoe, of a machine belt, etc. His hat hung at his back down by a lace. Chaucer. For striving more, the more in laces strong Himself he tied. Spenser. 2. A snare or gin, especially one made of interwoven cords; a net. [Obs.] Fairfax. Vulcanus had caught thee [Venus] in his lace. Chaucer. 3. A fabric of fine threads of linen, silk, cotton, etc., often ornamented with figures; a delicate tissue of thread, much worn as an ornament of dress. Our English dames are much given to the wearing of costlylaces. Bacon. 4. Spirits added to coffee or some other beverage. [Old Slang] Addison. Alencon lace, a kind of point lace, entirely of needlework, first made at Alencon in France, in the 17th century. It is very durable and of great beauty and cost. -- Bone lace, Brussels lace, etc. See under Bone, Brussels, etc. -- Gold lace, or Silver lace, lace having warp threads of silk, or silk and cotton, and a weft of silk threads covered with gold (or silver), or with gilt. -- Lace leather, thin, oil-tanned leather suitable for cutting into lacings for machine belts. -- Lace lizard (Zo?l.), a large, aquatic, Australian lizard (Hydrosaurus giganteus), allied to the monitors. -- Lace paper, paper with an openwork design in imitation of lace. -- Lace piece (Shipbuilding), the main piece of timber which supports the beak or head projecting beyond the stem of a ship. -- Lace pillow, and Pillow lace. See under Pillow.

LACE

LACE Lace, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Laced (ast); p. pr. & vb. n. Lacing.] 1. To fasten with a lace; to draw together with a lace passed through eyelet holes; to unite with a lace or laces, or, figuratively. with anything resembling laces. Shak. When Jenny's stays are newly laced. Prior. 2. To adorn with narrow strips or braids of some decorative material; as, cloth laced with silver. Shak. 3. To beat; to lash; to make stripes on. [Colloq.] I'll lace your coat for ye. L'Estrange. 4. To add spirits to (a beverage). [Old Slang]

LACE

LACE Lace, v. i. Defn: To be fastened with a lace, or laces; as, these boots lace.

LACE-BARK

LACE-BARK Lace-bark`, n. (Bot.) Defn: A shrub in the West Indies (Lagetta Iintearia); -- so called from the lacelike layers of its inner bark.

LACE-WINGED

LACE-WINGED Lace-winged`, a. (Zo?l.) Defn: Having thin, transparent, reticulated wings; as, the lace- winged flies.

LACED

LACED Laced, a. 1. Fastened with a lace or laces; decorated with narrow strips or braid. See Lace, v. t. 2. Decorated with the fabric lace. A shirt with laced ruffles. Fielding. Laced mutton, a prostitute. [Old slang] -- Laced stocking, a strong stocking which can be tightly laced; -- used in cases of weak legs, varicose veins, etc. Dunglison.

LACEDAEMONIAN

LACEDAEMONIAN Lac`e*d?*moni*an, a. Etym: [L. Lacedamonius, Gr. Lakedaimo`nios, fr. Lakedai`mwn Laced?mon.] Defn: Of or pertaining to Laced?mon or Sparta, the chief city of Laconia in the Peloponnesus. -- n. Defn: A Spartan. [Written also Lacedemonian.]

LACEMAN

LACEMAN Laceman, n.; pl. Lacemen (. Defn: A man who deals in lace.

LACERABLE

LACERABLE Lacer*a*ble, a. Etym: [L. lacerabilis: cf. F. lac?rable.]Etym: Defn: That can be lacerated or torn.

LACERATE

LACERATE Lacer*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lacerated; p. pr. & vb. n. Lacerating ().] Etym: [L. laceratus, p. p. of lacerare to lacerate, fr. lacer mangled, lacerated; cf. Gr. slay.] Defn: To tear; to rend; to separate by tearing; to mangle; as, to lacerate the flesh. Hence: To afflict; to torture; as, to lacerate the heart.

LACERATE; LACERATED

LACERATE; LACERATED Lacer*ate, Lacer*a`ted, p. a. Etym: [L. laceratus, p. p.] 1. Rent; torn; mangled; as, a lacerated wound. By each other's fury lacerate Southey. 2. (Bot. & Zo?l.) Defn: Jagged, or slashed irregularly, at the end, or along the edge.

LACERATION

LACERATION Lac`er*ation, n. Etym: [L.laceratio: cf. F. lac?ration.] 1. The act of lacerating. 2. A breach or wound made by lacerating. Arbuthnot.

LACERATIVE

LACERATIVE Lacer*a*tive, a. Defn: Lacerating, or having the power to lacerate; as, lacerative humors. Harvey.

LACERT

LACERT Lacert, n. Etym: [OE. lacerte. See Lacertus.] Defn: A muscle of the human body. [Obs.] Chaucer.

LACERTA

LACERTA La*certa, n. Etym: [L. lacertus the arm.] Defn: A fathom. [Obs.] Domesday Book.

LACERTA

LACERTA La*certa, n. Etym: [L. a lizard. See Lizard.] 1. (Zo?l.) Defn: A genus of lizards. See Lizard. Note: Formerly it included nearly all the known lizards. It is now restricted to certain diurnal Old World species, like the green lizard (Lacerta viridis) and the sand lizard (L. agilis), of Europe. 2. (Astron.) Defn: The Lizard, a northern constellation.

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