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lie bump etymology From the myth that they are caused by telling untruths.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A painful hypertrophic red and white papilla on the tongue.
lie detection
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The use of polygraph during interrogation in an attempt to verify the truth or falsity of a subject's responses
  2. (broadly) The use of any technique intended to detect deception.
  • polygraphy
lie detector {{wikipedia}}
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  1. (informal) A polygraph, a device which measures and records several physiological variables such as blood pressure, heart rate, respiration and skin conductivity while a series of questions is being asked to a subject, in an attempt to detect lies.
Synonyms: polygraph
lie doggo
verb: to lie doggo
  1. (slang) To lie still and quiet in order to avoid detection.
    • 1919, , , "Do you think he's done something that we don't know about, and is lying doggo on account of the police?"
    • 1924, , "The Janeites" ... if we lay doggo where we was, Jerry might miss us ...
    • 1946: , "Greenhouse with Cyclamens I," in A Train of Powder, pp. 56-7 They had tricked and turned and doubled on their tracks and lain doggo at the right time all their lives, which their white hairs showed had not been brief; and they had done it this time too.
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    • 2006, , , Vintage 2007, p. 710: We appreciate your need to lie doggo for a bit.
Synonyms: lie low
Lienux etymology {{blend}}
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  1. (slang, derogatory, internet) The Linux operating system.
life {{wikipedia}} {{versity}} {{commons cat}} etymology From Middle English lif, lyf, from Old English līf, from Proto-Germanic *lībą, from Proto-Germanic *lībaną, from Proto-Indo-European *leyp-, *lip-. Cognate with Scots life, leif, Northern Frisian liff, Western Frisian liif, Dutch lijf, Low German lif, German Leib, Swedish liv, Icelandic líf. Related to belive. pronunciation
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  1. The state that follows birth, and precedes death; the state of be alive and living. exampleHaving experienced both, the vampire decided that he preferred (un)death to life.  {{nowrap}}
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    1. A living being. exampleMany lives were lost during the war.
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    2. (biology) A status possessed by any of a number of entities, including animal, plant, fungi, bacteria, and sometimes virus, which have the properties of replication and metabolism.
  2. (heading) A period of time.
    1. The period during which one (a person, an animal, a plant, a star) is alive.
      • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} “My Continental prominence is improving,” I commented dryly. ¶ Von Lindowe cut at a furze bush with his silver-mounted rattan. ¶ “Quite so,” he said as dryly, his hand at his mustache. “I may say if your intentions were known your life would not be worth a curse.”
      • 1916, Ezra Meeker, The Busy Life of Eighty-Five Years of Ezra Meeker
    2. The span of time during which an object operates. exampleThis light bulb is designed to have a life of 2,000 hours.
    3. The period of time during which an object is recognizable. exampleThe life of this milk carton may be thousands of years in this landfill.
    4. (colloquial) A life sentence; a term of imprisonment of a convict until his or her death.
  3. (heading) Personal existence.
    1. (philosophy) The essence of the manifestation and the foundation of the being.
      • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot (novel), Ch.VI: "…I realize as never before how cheap and valueless a thing is life. Life seems a joke, a cruel, grim joke. You are a laughable incident or a terrifying one as you happen to be less powerful or more powerful than some other form of life which crosses your path; but as a rule you are of no moment whatsoever to anything but yourself. You are a comic little figure, hopping from the cradle to the grave. Yes, that is our trouble—we take ourselves too seriously; but Caprona should be a sure cure for that." She paused and laughed.
    2. (phenomenology) The subjective and inner manifestation of the individual.
      • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 1 , “The stories did not seem to me to touch life. They were plainly intended to have a bracing moral effect, and perhaps had this result for the people at whom they were aimed. They left me with the impression of a well-delivered stereopticon lecture, with characters about as life-like as the shadows on the screen, and whisking on and off, at the mercy of the operator.”
    3. The world in general; existence. exampleMan's life on this planet has been marked by continual conflict.
    4. A worthwhile existence. exampleHe gets up early in the morning, works all day long — even on weekends — and hardly sees his family. That's no life!  {{nowrap}} 〈He gets up early in the morning, works all day long — even on weekends — and hardly sees his family. That's no life!  {{nowrap}}
    5. Animation; spirit; vivacity.
      • Henry Felton (1679-1740) No notion of life and fire in fancy and in words.
      • William Wordsworth (1770-1850) That gives thy gestures grace and life.
    6. The most lively component or participant.
      • 1970, Mathuram Bhoothalingam, The finger on the lute: the story of Mahakavi Subramania Bharati, National Council of Educational Research and Training, p.87: "Don't I know that it is you who is the life of this house. Two delightful children!"
      • 1998, Monica F. Cohen, Professional domesticity in the Victorian novel: Women, work and home, Cambridge University Press, page 32: And he is the life of the party at the Musgroves for precisely this reason: the navy has made him into a great storyteller.
    7. Something which is inherently part of a person's existence, such as job, family, a loved one, etc. exampleShe's my love, my life.
    8. (informal) Social life. exampleGet a life.
      • {{RQ:Brmnghm Gsmr}} It is never possible to settle down to the ordinary routine of life at sea until the screw begins to revolve. There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy.
    9. A biography. exampleHis life of the founder is finished, except for the title.
      • Conyers Middleton (1683-1750) Writers of particular lives…are apt to be prejudiced in favour of their subject.
  4. (video games) One of the player's chances to play, lost when a mistake is made. exampleScoring 1000 points is rewarded with an extra life.
  • (philosophy, essence of manifestation and foundation of being) 1994: Violet Quill, Robert Ferro: Most things in life, including life itself, seemed to have articulated sections, discrete and separate and straightforward.
Synonyms: (philosophy, essence of manifestation and foundation of being) existence, experience, (the world in general) time
  • (the state that precedes death) death
  • (biology) coma
  • (philosophy) void
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  • alive
  • lively
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  • lief
lifestylism etymology lifestyle + ism
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  1. (derogatory) The appropriation of something as a lifestyle, without regard to its underlying tenet or meaning.
    • 1998, George McKay, DIY Culture (page 108) We went beyond squatting as lifestylism firstly by barricading our squats; secondly by taking over the street itself…
    • 2010, Leonard Sweet, The Three Hardest Words In the cult of commodified lifestylism, even religion has become one more box on the shelf—promising a personal benefit along with conditioning shampoo, long-lasting antiperspirant, breath-sweetening toothpaste…
    • 2013, Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith, Earth at Risk (page 192) Instead, many fall victim to illusions of reformism, bourgeois democracy, technotopianism, lifestylism, and other bogus schemes.
lifestylist etymology lifestyle + ist
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  1. (derogatory) One who adopt the superficial trappings of a political movement, such as anarchism, without being dedicated to the cause.
related terms:
  • lifestyler
lifetime {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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  1. The duration of the life of someone or something.
  2. (informal, hyperbole) A long period of time. I've been waiting a lifetime for a train.
Synonyms: (informal, hyperbolic: a long period of time) ages, donkey's years (UK slang), an eternity, years, yonks (UK slang)
lift pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English lifte, luft, lefte, from Old English lyft, from Proto-Germanic *luftuz, *luftą, from Proto-Indo-European *lewp-. Cognate with Old High German luft (German Luft), Dutch lucht, Old Norse lopt. More at loft.
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  1. (UK dialectal, chiefly, Scotland) Air.
  2. (UK dialectal, chiefly, Scotland) The sky; the heavens; firmament; atmosphere.
Synonyms: (gas or vapour breathed) air, (firmament, ethereal region surrounding the earth) atmosphere, (the heavens, sky) welkin
etymology 2 From Middle English liften, lyften, from Old Norse lypta, from Proto-Germanic *luftijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *lewp-. Cognate with Danish løfte, Swedish lyfta, German lüften, Old English lyft. See above.
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  1. (transitive, intransitive) To raise or rise. The fog eventually lifted, leaving the streets clear. You never lift a finger to help me!
    • 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, Chapter I, Their walk had continued not more than ten minutes when they crossed a creek by a wooden bridge and came to a row of mean houses standing flush with the street. At the door of one, an old black woman had stooped to lift a large basket, piled high with laundered clothes.
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  2. (transitive, slang) To steal.
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  3. (transitive) To remove (a ban, restriction, etc.).
  4. (transitive) To alleviate, to lighten (pressure, tension, stress, etc.)
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  5. (transitive) to cause to move upwards.
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  6. (informal) To lift weights; to weight-lift. She can lift twice her bodyweight.
  7. To try to raise something; to exert the strength for raising or bearing.
    • John Locke strained by lifting at a weight too heavy
  8. To elevate or improve in rank, condition, etc.; often with up.
    • Addison The Roman virtues lift up mortal man.
    • Bible, 1 Timothy iii. 6 being lifted up with pride
  9. (obsolete) To bear; to support. {{rfquotek}}
  10. To collect, as moneys due; to raise.
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  1. An act of lifting or raising.
  2. The act of transporting someone in a vehicle; a ride; a trip. He gave me a lift to the bus station.
  3. (British, Australia, New Zealand) Mechanical device for vertically transporting goods or people between floors in a building; an elevator. Take the lift to the fourth floor.
  4. An upward force, such as the force that keeps aircraft aloft.
  5. (measurement) the difference in elevation between the upper pool and lower pool of a waterway, separated by lock.
  6. (historical slang) A thief.
    • 1977, Gãmini Salgãdo, The Elizabethan Underworld, Folio Society 2006, page 32: The lift came into the shop dressed like a country gentleman, but was careful not to have a cloak about him, so that the tradesman could see he had no opportunity to conceal any goods about his person.
  7. (dance) The lifting of a dance partner into the air.
  8. Permanent construction with a built-in platform that is lifted vertically.
  9. an improvement in mood
    • November 17 2012, BBC Sport: Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham The dismissal of a player who left Arsenal for Manchester City before joining Tottenham gave the home players and fans a noticeable lift.
  10. The space or distance through which anything is lifted. {{rfquotek}}
  11. A rise; a degree of elevation. the lift of a lock in canals
  12. A lift gate.
  13. (nautical) A rope leading from the masthead to the extremity of a yard below, and used for raising or supporting the end of the yard.
  14. (engineering) One of the steps of a cone pulley.
  15. (shoemaking) A layer of leather in the heel of a shoe.
  16. (horology) That portion of the vibration of a balance during which the impulse is given. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}} Synonyms: (mechanical device) elevator, (act of transporting) ride, (upward force) uplift
  • flit
etymology 1 From Middle English *liggere, variant of Middle English *liȝere, equivalent to lie + er, or lig + er. See ledger.
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  1. The horizontal timber of a scaffolding; a ledger.
  2. A nether millstone.
etymology 2
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  1. (slang) A freeloader or hanger-on, especially in the music industry.
    • Peaches Geldof may be a top showbiz ligger – but now she’s got a group of her own. – "Peaches gets own band", The Sun, 29 Aug 2006
    • The ligger caused a scene when he begged one reveller to find him some gear – and offered sexual favours in return. – "Wicked Whispers", The Mirror, 29 Jan 2005
etymology 3
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  1. A bait line attached to a float, for night fishing.
light {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: lite (informal); lyght, lyghte (obsolete), licht (Scotland) pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English light, liht, leoht, from Old English lēoht, from Proto-Germanic *leuhtą, from Proto-Indo-European *lewktom, from the root *lewk-. Cognate with Scots licht, Western Frisian ljocht, Dutch licht, Low German licht, German Licht. Related also to Swedish ljus, Icelandic ljós, Latin lūx, Russian луч 〈luč〉, Armenian լույս 〈luys〉.
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  1. (uncountable) The natural medium emanating from the Sun and other very hot sources (now recognised as electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength of 400-750 nm), within which vision is possible. exampleAs you can see, this spacious dining-room gets a lot of light in the mornings.
  2. A source of illumination. examplePut that light out!
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 5 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “He was thinking; but the glory of the song, the swell from the great organ, the clustered lights, […], the height and vastness of this noble fane, its antiquity and its strength—all these things seemed to have their part as causes of the thrilling emotion that accompanied his thoughts.”
  3. Spiritual or mental illumination; enlightenment, useful information. exampleCan you throw any light on this problem?
    • Shakespeare He shall never know / That I had any light of this from thee.
  4. (in the plural, now rare) Facts; pieces of information; ideas, concepts.
    • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}, Book I, New York 2001, page 166: Now these notions are twofold, actions or habits […], which are durable lights and notions, which we may use when we will.
  5. A notable person within a specific field or discipline. examplePicasso was one of the leading lights of the cubist movement.
    • Tennyson Joan of Arc, a light of ancient France
  6. (painting) The manner in which the light strikes a picture; that part of a picture which represents those objects upon which the light is supposed to fall; the more illuminated part of a landscape or other scene; opposed to shade.
  7. A point of view, or aspect from which a concept, person or thing is regarded. exampleI'm really seeing you in a different light today. exampleMagoon's governorship in Cuba was viewed in a negative light by many Cuban historians for years thereafter.
    • South Frequent consideration of a thing … shows it in its several lights and various ways of appearance.
  8. A flame or something used to create fire. exampleHey, buddy, you got a light?
  9. A firework made by filling a case with a substance which burns brilliantly with a white or coloured flame. a Bengal light
  10. A window, or space for a window in architecture. exampleThis facade has eight south-facing lights.
  11. The series of square reserved for the answer to a crossword clue. exampleThe average length of a light on a 15×15 grid is 7 or 8.
  12. (informal) A cross-light in a double acrostic or triple acrostic.
  13. Open view; a visible state or condition; public observation; publicity.
    • Shakespeare The duke yet would have dark deeds darkly answered; he would never bring them to light.
  14. The power of perception by vision.
    • Bible, Psalms xxxviii. 10 My strength faileth me; as for the light of my eyes, it also is gone from me.
  15. The brightness of the eye or eyes.
    • Shakespeare He seemed to find his way without his eyes; / For out o'door he went without their helps, / And, to the last, bended their light on me.
  16. A traffic light, or, by extension, an intersection controlled by one. exampleTo get to our house, turn right at the third light.
Synonyms: (electromagnetic wave perceived by the eye) visible light
etymology 2 From Middle English lighten, lihten, from Old English līhtan, lȳhtan, lēohtan.
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  1. (transitive) To start (a fire). We lit the fire to get some heat.
  2. (transitive) To set fire to; to set burning; to kindle. She lit her last match.
    • Hakewill if a thousand candles be all lighted from one
    • Addison Absence might cure it, or a second mistress / Light up another flame, and put out this.
  3. (transitive) To illuminate. I used my torch to light the way home through the woods in the night.
    • F. Harrison One hundred years ago, to have lit this theatre as brilliantly as it is now lighted would have cost, I suppose, fifty pounds.
    • Dryden The Sun has set, and Vesper, to supply / His absent beams, has lighted up the sky.
  4. (intransitive) To become ignited; to take fire. This soggy match will not light.
  5. To attend or conduct with a light; to show the way to by means of a light.
    • Landor His bishops lead him forth, and light him on.
Synonyms: (start (a fire)) ignite, kindle, conflagrate, (illuminate) illuminate, light up
  • (start (a fire)) extinguish, put out, quench
etymology 3 From Middle English light, liht, leoht, from Old English lēoht, from Proto-Germanic *leuhtaz, from Proto-Indo-European *lewk-. Cognate with Dutch licht, German licht.
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  1. Having light. exampleThe room is light when the Sun shines through the window.
  2. Pale in colour.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients], 1 , “'Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the Sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.”
    exampleShe had light skin.
  3. (of coffee) Serve with extra milk or cream. exampleI like my coffee light.
Synonyms: (having light) bright, (pale in colour) pale, (coffee: served with extra milk or cream): white, with milk, with cream
etymology 4 From Old English lēoht, from Proto-Germanic *linhtaz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁lengʷʰ- 〈*h₁lengʷʰ-〉. Cognate with Dutch licht, German leicht, Swedish lätt, Norwegian lett, Albanian lehtë, Latin levis, Lithuanian lengvas, Sanskrit लघु 〈laghu〉.
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  1. Of low weight; not heavy. My bag was much lighter once I had dropped off the books.
    • Addison These weights did not exert their natural gravity … insomuch that I could not guess which was light or heavy whilst I held them in my hand.
  2. Lightly-built; designed for speed or small loads. We took a light aircraft down to the city.
  3. {{senseid}}Gentle; having little force or momentum. This artist clearly had a light, flowing touch.
  4. Easy to endure or perform. light duties around the house
    • Dryden Light sufferings give us leisure to complain.
  5. Low in fat, calories, alcohol, salt, etc. This light beer still gets you drunk if you have enough of it.
  6. Unimportant, trivial, having little value or significance. I made some light comment, and we moved on.
  7. (rail transport, of a locomotive, usually with "run") travelling with no carriages, wagons attached
  8. (obsolete) Unchaste, wanton.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.i: Long after lay he musing at her mood, / Much grieu'd to thinke that gentle Dame so light, / For whose defence he was to shed his blood.
    • Shakespeare So do not you; for you are a light girl.
    • Shakespeare A light wife doth make a heavy husband.
  9. Not heavily armed; armed with light weapons. light troops; a troop of light horse
  10. Not encumbered; unembarrassed; clear of impediments; hence, active; nimble; swift.
    • Francis Bacon Unmarried men are best friends, best masters … but not always best subjects, for they are light to run away.
  11. (dated) Easily influenced by trifling considerations; unsteady; unsettled; volatile. a light, vain person; a light mind
    • Tillotson There is no greater argument of a light and inconsiderate person than profanely to scoff at religion.
  12. Indulging in, or inclined to, levity; lacking dignity or solemnity; frivolous; airy.
    • Shakespeare Seneca can not be too heavy, nor Plautus too light.
    • Hawthorne specimens of New England humour laboriously light and lamentably mirthful
  13. Not quite sound or normal; somewhat impaired or deranged; dizzy; giddy.
    • Shakespeare Are his wits safe? Is he not light of brain?
  14. Not of the legal, standard, or usual weight; clipped; diminished. light coin
  15. Easily interrupted by stimulation. light sleep, light anesthesia
Synonyms: (of low weight), (lightly-built) lightweight, (having little force or momentum) delicate, gentle, soft, (low in fat, calories, etc) lite, lo-cal (low in calories), low-alcohol (low in alcohol), (having little value or significance) inconsequential, trivial, unimportant
  • (of low weight) heavy, weighty
  • (lightly-built) cumbersome, heavyweight, massive
  • (having little force or momentum) forceful, heavy, strong
  • (low in fat, calories, etc) calorific (high in calories), fatty (high in fat), strong (high in alcohol)
  • (having little value or significance) crucial, important, weighty
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  1. Carrying little. I prefer to travel light.
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  1. (curling) A stone that is not thrown hard enough.
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  1. (nautical) To unload a ship, or to jettison material to make it lighter
  2. To lighten; to ease of a burden; to take off.
    • Spenser His mailèd habergeon she did undight, / And from his head his heavy burgonet did light.
etymology 5 Old English līhtan
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  1. To find by chance. I lit upon a rare book in a second-hand bookseller's.
  2. (archaic) To alight; to land or come down. She fell out of the window but luckily lit on her feet.
    • Theodore Roosevelt, Hunting Trips of a Ranchman Some kinds of ducks in lighting strike the water with their tails first, and skitter along the surface for a few feet before settling down.
Synonyms: (find by chance) chance upon, come upon, find, happen upon, hit upon, (alight) alight, land
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light bucket
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  1. (astronomy, idiomatic, informal) A reflecting telescope, especially one with a relatively large aperture and suitable for observing deep sky object such as nebula and galaxies.
light bulb {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: light-bulb, lightbulb etymology light + bulb, from Middle French bulbe, from Latin bulbus, from Ancient Greek βολβός 〈bolbós〉.
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  1. An evacuated glass bulb containing a metal filament which is heated by electrical resistance to produce light.
  2. (by extension) An article that resembles such a bulb and converts electricity to light by any process. a fluorescent light bulb or an LED light bulb
  3. (figuratively) Used in reference to the sudden arrival of a realization, an inspiration, an idea, or the like.
    • 1949, in Forbes (magazine), volume 64, page 18: Figuratively speaking, a light-bulb flashed over Galvin's head early this year, and in March–along …
    • 2010, Sandy Abrams, Your Idea, Inc., Abrams Media, ISBN 978-1-59869-909-8, page xi: A light bulb went off in my head as I had an incredible idea for a beauty product.
Synonyms: (bulb containing a filament) bulb, glow-lamp, incandescent lamp, light globe (Australia)
light day
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  1. (informal, astronomy) The distance that light travels in one day
related terms:
  • light second
  • light year
light-emitting diode {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: LED
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (physics) a rectifying semiconductor device which converts electrical energy into electromagnetic radiation of a wavelength in or near the visible spectrum of light.
lighter pronunciation
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etymology 1 See light + -er
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  1. en-comparative of light I prefer a lighter shade of pink.
etymology 2 See light + -er
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  1. One who, or that which, light. a lighter of lamps
  2. A small, reusable handheld device for creating fire, especially for lighting cigarettes. Cigarette in mouth, he clutched his pockets in search of a lighter.
etymology 3 See light + -er; or possibly from gml luchter
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  1. A flat-bottomed boat for carrying heavy loads across short distances (especially for canal or for loading or unloading larger boats).
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  1. To transfer cargo or fuel from a ship, lightening it to make its draft less or to make it easier to refloat.
etymology 4 See light + -er
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  1. en-comparative of light What happened? You look 10 lbs. lighter! I wish I'd thrown a lighter punch; he's out cold.
  • relight
light in the loafers Alternative forms: light in the sneakers
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  1. (idiomatic, slang, pejorative, dated) Gay; homosexual.
lightning {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} {{wikiversity lecture}} etymology light(e)n + -ing pronunciation
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  1. A flash of light produced by short-duration, high-voltage discharge of electricity within a cloud, between clouds, or between a cloud and the earth. Although we did not see the lightning, we did hear the thunder.
    • 1901, E. L. Morris, The Child's Eden, page 16: It was the thought of hot July and August days, when the clouds piled up like woolly mountains, and lightnings streaked the sky.
  2. A discharge of this kind. The lightning was hot enough to melt the sand. That tree was hit by lightning.
    • 1881, Daniel Pierce Thompson, The Green Mountain Boys, page 281: The rain at length ceased; and the lightnings, as they played along the black parapet of clouds, that lay piled in the east, shone with less dazzling fierceness, …
  3. (figuratively) Anything that moves very fast.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, , chapter V: Nobs, though, was lightning by comparison with the slow thinking beast and dodged his opponent's thrust with ease. Then he raced to the rear of the tremendous thing and seized it by the tail.
  4. The act of making bright, or the state of being made bright; enlightenment; brightening, as of the mental powers.
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  • 2008, Kathy Clark, Stand By Your Man, page 280: Manny drove a few miles per hour under the speed limit, entranced by the awesome display of lightning streaking out of the clouds toward earth.
coordinate terms:
  • thunderbolt
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  1. Extremely fast or sudden.
  2. Moving at the speed of lightning.
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  1. (impersonal, childish or nonstandard) To produce lightning.
    • 1916, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Understood Betsy Or if it thundered and lightninged, Aunt Frances always dropped everything she might be doing and held Elizabeth Ann tightly in her arms until it was all over.
    • 1968, Dan Greenburg, Chewsday: a sex novel The next day, though it is not only raining but thundering and lightninging as well, antiquing is seen by three-fourths of those present as a lesser evil than free play.
    • 1987, Tricia Springstubb, Eunice Gottlieb and the unwhitewashed truth about life "Hey!" yelled Reggie, pulling her back. "Get in here! It's lightninging. I don't want a charcoal-broiled friend!"
    • 1988, Carlo Collodi, Roberto Innocenti, The adventures of Pinocchio I don't know, Father, but believe me, it has been a horrible night — one that I'll never forget. It thundered and lightninged, and I was very hungry.
  • bolt, flash, strike are some of the words used to count lightning.
  • The standard, but rare, verb for "lightning occurs" is lighten, used only in the impersonal form "it lightens", or as "it’s lightening".
light out
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  1. (slang, dated) To run away. As he would hitch it up, the horse would bolt and light out for home.
  2. (slang, dated) To seek to escape pursuit by fleeing. The outlaws lit out for the border when the soldiers came.
light up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To bring light to something, to brighten.
    • {{RQ:Joyce Ulysses}} Episode 12, The Cyclops: The deafening claps of thunder and the dazzling flashes of lightning which lit up the ghastly scene testified that the artillery of heaven had lent its supernatural pomp to the already gruesome spectacle.
  2. (intransitive) To become light, to brighten. He saw Mary and his face lit up.
    • 2009, President Nixon's Pilot, Jim Bell, in The Propinquity Effect (ISBN 1467870803): When we cranked up the engine, the fire warning light lit up.
  3. (intransitive) To light a cigarette, pipe{{,}} etc. Smoking in this building is not allowed, so I always step outside to light up.
  4. (transitive) To make happy.
    • 2001, Ash (band), Shining Light You are a shining light, and you light up my life.
    • 2010,, Young Girl Continues Bike Giveaway Tradition, 25 Nov 2010 "It lights me up, make me happy. Sometimes I go home, go in my room and cry with joy,"said Hudson smiling
  5. (transitive, slang) To open fire on a target or group of targets.
like {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English liken, from Old English līcian, from Proto-Germanic *līkijaną, *līkāną, from Proto-Indo-European *līg-. Cognate with Saterland Frisian liekje, Dutch lijken, German gleichen, Icelandic líka, Norwegian like.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, archaic) To please.
    • {{RQ:Mlry MArthrP1}}: Madam, said Sir Uwaine, they are to blame, for they do against the high order of knighthood, and the oath that they made; and if it like you I will speak with them, because I am a knight of King Arthur's, and I will entreat them with fairness; and if they will not, I shall do battle with them, and in the defence of your right. • {{RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr}}: Madame sayd syr Vwayne / they are to blame / for they doo ageynst the hyghe ordre of knyghthode & the othe that they made / And yf hit lyke yow I wille speke with hem by cause I am a knyghte of kynge Arthurs / and I wylle entrete them with fayrenesse / And yf they wylle not I shalle doo bataille with them and in the deffense of youre ryghte
    • Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586) I willingly confess that it likes me much better when I find virtue in a fair lodging than when I am bound to seek it in an ill-favoured creature.
    • 1608, William Shakespeare, King Lear: His countenance likes me not.
  2. To enjoy, be pleased by; favor; be in favor of. exampleI like hamburgers;  I like skiing in winter;  I like the Seattle Mariners this season
    • John Locke (1632-1705) He may either go or stay, as he best likes.
    • 1865, Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, : “I can tell you more than that, if you like,” said the Gryphon. “Do you know why it’s called a whiting?”
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} At her invitation he outlined for her the succeeding chapters with terse military accuracy ; and what she liked best and best understood was avoidance of that false modesty which condescends, turning technicality into pabulum.
  3. (obsolete) To derive pleasure of, by or with someone or something.
    • 1662, Sir_Thomas_Salusbury,_2nd_Baronet, Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Systems of the World (Dialogue Two) And therefore it is the best way, if you like of it, to examine these taken from experiments touching the Earth, and then proceed to those of the other kind.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 1 , “He used to drop into my chambers once in a while to smoke, and was first-rate company. When I gave a dinner there was generally a cover laid for him. I liked the man for his own sake, and even had he promised to turn out a celebrity it would have had no weight with me.”
  4. To prefer and maintain (an action) as a regular habit or activity. exampleI like to go to the dentist every six months;  She likes to keep herself physically fit;  we like to keep one around the office just in case
  5. (obsolete) To have an appearance or expression; to look; to seem to be (in a specified condition).
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) You like well, and bear your years very well.
  6. (archaic) To come near; to avoid with difficulty; to escape narrowly. exampleHe liked to have been too late.
    • Horace Walpole (1717-1797) He probably got his death, as he liked to have done two years ago, by viewing the troops for the expedition from the wall of Kensington Garden.
  7. To find attractive; to prefer the company of; to have mild romantic feelings for. exampleI really like Sandra but don't know how to tell her.
  8. (obsolete) To liken; to compare.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Like me to the peasant boys of France.
  9. (Internet, transitive) To show support for, or approval of, something posted on the Internet by marking it with a vote. exampleI liked my friend's last status on Facebook. exampleI can't stand Bloggs' tomato ketchup, but I liked it on Facebook so I could enter a competition.
  • In its senses of “enjoy” and “maintain as a regular habit”, is a catenative verb; in the former, it usually takes a gerund (-ing form), while in the latter, it takes a to-infinitive. See also .
  • Like is only used to mean “want” in certain expressions, such as “if you like” and “I would like”. The conditional form, would like, is used quite freely as a polite synonym for want.
Synonyms: (find attractive) fancy (British), enjoy, love
  • dislike, hate, mislike
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (usually plural) Something that a person likes (prefers). Tell me your likes and dislikes.
  2. (internet) The act of showing support for, or approval of, something posted on the Internet by marking it with a vote.
Synonyms: favorite (US), favourite (UK), preference
  • dislike, pet hate, pet peeve
etymology 2 From Middle English, from Old English ġelīċ by shortening, influenced by Old Norse líkr. Cognate with alike; more distantly, with lich and -ly.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Similar. exampleMy partner and I have like minds.
  2. (obsolete) likely; probable
    • South But it is like the jolly world about us will scoff at the paradox of these practices.
    • Clarendon Many were not easy to be governed, nor like to conform themselves to strict rules.
related terms:
  • alike
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) For example, such as: to introduce an example or list of examples.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 2 , “Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.”
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 10 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.”
    exampleThere are lots of birds, like ducks and gulls, in this park.
  2. (archaic, colloquial) Likely.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, DON PEDRO. May be she doth but counterfeit. CLAUDIO. Faith, like enough. [= Indeed, quite likely.]
  3. (obsolete) In a like or similar manner.
    • Bible, Psalms ciii. 13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
In formal writing, such as is preferred over like. Synonyms: for example, (formal) such as
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes as the likes of) Someone similar to a given person, or something similar to a given object; a comparative; a type; a sort.
    • {{rfdate}}, Winston Churchill on T.E. Lawrence We shall never see his like again.
    There were bowls full of sweets, chocolates and the like. It was something the likes of which I had never seen before.
  2. (golf) The stroke that equalize the number of strokes played by the opposing player or side. to play the like
Synonyms: ilk
  • antithesis, opposite
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  1. (colloquial) as, the way 1966, Advertising slogan for 1978, "Do Unto Others" by But if you do right to me, baby I’ll do right to you, too Ya got to do unto others Like you’d have them, like you’d have them, do unto you
  2. as if; as though It looks like you've finished the project. It seemed like you didn't care.
usage note: Using like as a conjunction, instead of as, the way, as if, or as though, is nonstandard.
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. Similar to, reminiscent of. exampleThese hamburgers taste like leather.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 1 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients], 1 , “Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path […]. It twisted and turned,…and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn. And, back of the lawn, was a big, old-fashioned house, with piazzas stretching in front of it, and all blazing with lights. 'Twas the house I'd seen the roof of from the beach.”
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, The China Governess , 19, , “When Timothy and Julia hurried up the staircase to the bedroom floor, where a considerable commotion was taking place, Tim took Barry Leach with him. […]. The captive made no resistance and came not only quietly but in a series of eager little rushes like a timid dog on a choke chain.”
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  • unlike
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  1. (colloquial, obsolete, current in Scots) A delayed filler. He was so angry, like.
  2. (colloquial) A mild intensifier. She was, like, sooooo happy.
  3. (colloquial) indicating approximation or uncertainty There were, like, twenty of them. And then he, like, got all angry and left the room.
  4. (colloquial, slang) When preceded by any form of the verb to be, used to mean “to say” or “to think”; used to precede an approximate quotation or paraphrase. I was like, “Why did you do that?” and he's like, “I don't know.”
    • 2006, Lily Allen, Knock 'Em Out You're just doing your own thing and some one comes out the blue, They're like, "Alright" What ya saying, "Yeah can I take your digits?" And you're like, "no not in a million years, you're nasty please leave me alone."
Synonyms: (colloquial: used to precede paraphrased quotations) be all, go The use as a quotative is deliberately informal and commonly used by young people, and often combined with the use of the present tense as a narrative. Similar terms are to go and all, as in I go, “Why did you do that?” and he goes, “I don't know” and I was all, “Why did you do that?” and he was all, “I don't know.” These expressions can imply that the attributed remark which follows is representative rather than necessarily an exact quotation; however, in speech these structures do tend to require mimicking the original speaker's inflection in a way said would not.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Liverpool, Geordie) Used to place emphasis upon a statement. divint ye knaa, like?
  • {{rank}}
  • ilke
like a cat on a hot tin roof etymology A simile developed from the behaviour of a cat observed on a hot tin roof.
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  1. (simile, colloquial, chiefly, US) Jumpy, nervous.
Once said as like a cat on hot bricks, but this form is less common because of the 1955 play and subsequent movie titled .
like a man
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  1. (colloquial, simile) bravely, decisively and without complain Don't be a wimp, deal with it like a man!
like a million bucks
prepositional phrase: {{head}}
  1. (simile, colloquial) extremely good or well After that vacation I feel like a million bucks.
  • Used most often with the verbs look (to appear) and feel (to have a sensation of).
Synonyms: like a million dollars
like a million dollars
prepositional phrase: {{head}}
  1. (simile, colloquial) extremely good or well After that vacation I feel like a million dollars
  • Used most often with the verbs look (to appear) and feel (to have a sensation of).
Synonyms: like a million bucks
like a spare prick at a wedding
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  1. (slang, vulgar) Uselessly superfluous.
like ass
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  1. (slang) Like feces That dog smells like ass
  2. (slang) Offensively bad Your band is good, but the singer sounds like ass.
  • asslike, sea silk
like a ton of bricks
prepositional phrase: {{head}}
  1. (simile, colloquial) Very strongly; very heavily; often unexpected.
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like crazy
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  1. (simile, colloquial) To a great or excessive degree; with great speed, output, enthusiasm, etc. She stayed late, working like crazy to get the project done before the deadline.
like fuck
prepositional phrase: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar) {{alt form}}
like gangbusters
adverb: {{head}}
  1. (simile, colloquial) Vigorously, rapidly, zealously, or forcibly; in a manner which has considerable impact.
    • 1954, , "Chandler, Baxter 'Spoilers' Costars," Los Angeles Times, 9. Dec., p. B12: "Put an actress in knock-out clothes and she'll come through like gangbusters."
like hot cakes
adverb: like hot cakes
  1. (simile, colloquial) Quickly, especially by purchase or consumption. These new toys should sell like hot cakes.
like it's going out of style Alternative forms: like it's going out of fashion
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  1. (simile, colloquial) enthusiastically, to an excessive degree. Jim has been drinking like it's going out of style.
like like pronunciation
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  1. (slang) To fancy. Do you just "like" her or do you "like like" her?
    • How to Be Popular, page 131, Meg Cabot, 2008, “i seriously think he likes me. Like, LIKE likes me. Did you see how he let me draw all over his shoes today during the convocation? Oh my God. What a mess. Because of course there was NO WAY Jason LIKE liked Becca.”
    • One True Theory of Love, Laura Fitzgerald, 2009, ““I mean, he like likes her. Like, he likes her.” … / “That's different than like-liking her. Are you saying you have other feelings for her?” Henry sighed.”
    • This Isn't What It Looks Like, Pseudonymous Bosch, 2010, ““Yeah, you know, like liked,” said Cass, automatically raising her eyebrows to make the point, even though the Jester couldn't see them. / … / “Like liked? What does that mean—that I like her twice? But I don't like her even once—I loathe her thrice!” protested the Jester.”
  • Used by children and teenagers to distinguish between liking someone as a friend and fancying them; it's far less blunt than simply saying "fancy".
  • Generally used as part of a question (or in the answer to the question), and usually in comparison to "like".
like nobody's business
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  1. (simile, colloquial) In an extreme manner; rapidly; excessively; like crazy. His customers reimburse him for the equipment he buys, but it looks like he spends money like nobody's business.
like one owns the place
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  1. (informal) With a sense of arrogant superiority. He strutted in here like he owned the place.
like shit
adverb: {{head}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Very bad.
  • shitlike
like shit through a goose
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar) very fast
like the back end of a bus
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  1. (simile, colloquial, British, derogatory) Very unattractive.
    • 2001, "Richard", "A sign of our times...", demon.local Not really fighting over her (puns aside). When you get a current beau and an ex, full of booze and testosterone, meeting up, their common interest isn't much of an issue in the subsequent display of machismo. I think she looks like the back end of a bus but, to them, she was a 'possession'.
    • 2002, "Tanuki the Raccoon-dog", I drove a..., Must admit, I like the *original* 911s - the original, late-1960s ones back before they fitted bulgey wheelarches and silly tea-tray rear spoilers. They look much more like delicate, precision instruments compared with the later 'sledgehammer" versions [which IMHO are about as attractive as the back end of a bus].
    • 2004, David Platt, "DUCHESS OF YORK NUDE", uk.politics.misc You surely can't be comparing Alicia Witt with Sarah Fergusson? Alicia Witt looks stunning, while the duchess of Pork looks like the back end of a bus.
    • 2005, Will Hadcroft, Anne Droyd And Century Lodge ‘You’ve got a face like the back end of a bus,’ he spat, his eyes raw and burning. Then he grinned, his yellow-stained teeth spreading across his mush [...]
    • 2006, "sheelagh", "Bookie: Did you adopt the blind cat?", As I once told him, being British, looking like the back end of a bus or weighing 30 stone, was utterly irrelevant to the posting i made
Synonyms: (very unattractive): butt-ugly (slang), fugly (slang), grotesque, hideous, plug-ugly (slang), ugly
like the clappers etymology Partridge says: "Possibly rhyming slang for 'clappers of a bell', 'hell'."
adverb: {{head}}
  1. (simile, colloquial) Very hard or very rapidly. After hurling their insults, they ran like the clappers to get away.
    • 1998, Diana Gittins, Madness in its Place: Narratives of Severalls Hospital, 1913-1997, And when it started off they first studied them, and of course they went like the clappers to prove what they could do, which was the thing they shouldn't be doing because it was a study, and of course, they've got to work like the clappers all the time once it came into operation.
    • 2001, , Volumes 6264-6271, We've gone through regional and rural Australia like the clappers, and everywhere we went, irate voters shouted at us and we stuck our heads out the windows and shouted: "What?" and the electorate respected us for it.
    • 2006, , Murder in the Dark, In fact she made quite a nice little rider — a bit rough, like these Australians always were, but quite secure in her seat and going like the clappers.
Synonyms: like the clappers of fuck, like the clappers of hell
like the new time
adverb: like the new time
  1. (simile, colloquial, Ireland) Furiously or vigorously, repeatedly. He was running like the new time when the dog chased him.
like turkeys voting for an early Christmas
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (simile, colloquial) alternative form of like turkeys voting for Christmas
like water off a duck's back
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  1. (simile, colloquial) Without immediate or lasting effect.
    • 2009, Jan Espeut, "The honeymoon is over," Jamaica Gleaner, 2 Jan. (retrieved 20 Jan. 2009): Scandal after scandal would break, but it would be like water off a duck's back; no heads rolled, and no one seemed particularly perturbed.
  • Used especially in relation to unheeded criticism.
adverb: {{head}}
  1. (simile, colloquial) In a manner which has no effect; immediately and without causing any difference.
    • 1919, , Rainbow Valley, ch. 18: "She combs me down with her tongue sometimes though, but that just slips off me like water off a duck's back."
  • Used especially in relation to unheeded criticism.
likewise Alternative forms: likewize etymology Shortened from in like wise; equivalent to like + wise. pronunciation
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  1. (manner) In a similar manner. Public transportation is virtually inaccessible in this country; likewise, its hospitals are also not very user-friendly.
  2. (conjunctive) also; moreover; too. Margaret enjoys playing tennis on Saturdays, Jeremy likewise.
    • about 1900, O. Henry, "But it looks like the kid ain't got no appetite to git well, for they misses him from the tent in the night and finds him rootin' in the grass, and likewise a drizzle fallin'. 'G'wan,' he says, 'lemme go and die like I wanter. He said I was a liar and a fake and I was playin' sick. Lemme alone.'
  3. The same to you; used as a response. It was very nice meeting you, Samantha. ― Likewise, Mr Thompson.
Synonyms: (in a similar manner) similarly
lily {{wikipedia}} etymology Old English lilie, from Latin līlia, plural of līlium, from Ancient Greek λείριον 〈leírion〉, from Coptic (dial. Fayyumic) ϩⲗⲏⲣⲓ 〈ϩⲗⲏⲣⲓ〉, variant of ϩⲣⲏⲣⲉ 〈ϩⲣⲏⲣⲉ〉, from Demotic (ḥrry), from Ancient Egyptian D2:D21-D21:X1-M2 ḥrr.t 〈ḥrr.t〉 'flower'. Perhaps also the root of Sanskrit हली/हलिनी 〈halī/halinī〉, both also meaning lily. pronunciation
  • /ˈlɪli/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of several flower in the genus Lilium of the family Liliaceae, which includes a great many ornamental species.
  2. Any of several species of herbaceous flower which may or may not resemble the genus Lilium in some way, and which are not closely related to it or each other.
  3. (heraldiccharge) The flower used as a heraldic charge; also commonly used to describe the fleur-de-lis.
  4. The end of a compass needle that should point north, traditionally often ornamented with the figure of a lily or fleur-de-lis.
    • {{rfdate}} Sir Thomas Browne But sailing further, it veers its lily to the west.
  5. (card games, mostly, plural) A royal spade in auction bridge.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) White (as a racial epithet).
    • 1994, Colleen Faulkner, Captive "Can't you see I'm trying to save your lily ass?" "I don't want to be saved," Tess moaned as he hauled her up and into his lap with one beefy hand.
  • illy
  • yill
adjective: {{head}}
  1. A shade of the color white.
  2. Pure, unblemished, immaculate. Not a pimple nor freckle marred her lily-white skin
  3. Innocent, having a reputation beyond reproach.
  4. (slang) Restricted to Caucasian; pejorative in describing a white person, as are white-bread and paleface.
limey etymology From 18th and 19th century British sailors drinking lime juice to ward off scurvy pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Resembling lime (the fruit), lime-like.
  2. Of, or pertaining to, lime (the fruit). Full of limey goodness.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) An Englishman or other Briton, or a person of British descent.
Synonyms: pommy (Australia), pom (Australia)
  • Emily
Limeyland etymology Limey + land
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) England; the United Kingdom.
liming etymology {{rfe}} 1) The word is associated with sitting under a lime tree, or having nothing more demanding to do than squeezing limes. It is also thought to originate from "limey", a slang term meaning a British serviceman during World War II (noted for hanging around bars and drinking). 2) During long voyages at sea, sailors would suffer from a disease known as Scurvy which was caused from a lack of Vitamin C. British soldiers would counteract this by taking limes on board and sucking them periodically. For this, they came to be known as "limeys". During WW2 when many limeys were stationed in Trinidad and Tobago, they would seek amusement from the local prostitutes (Green-Corner, Port-of-Spain was famous for this and there is more than one calypso sung about it eg. Jean and Dinah - Sparrow). The locals would see the limeys hanging out and say that they were "liming", hence, liming became a verb which means to hang out (source: English teacher in Hillview College, Trinidad-and_Tobago early 90's). Alternative forms: limin', lyming
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of lime
  2. (Trinidadian, Caribbean, slang) hanging around, usually in a public place with friends, enjoying the scene. "No Liming or Loitering - No Shouting or Loud Noise" (written on a sign in Port of Spain shopping mall).
  • Lionel Ritchie. All Night Long (pop song, verse 2): We're going to party, Liming, Fiesta, forever Come on and sing along.
limo etymology Abbreviation of limousine pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈlɪ.məʊ/
  • (US) /ˈlɪ.moʊ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a limousine
  • Milo, milo, moil
limolike etymology limo + like
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling or characteristic of a limousine.
Synonyms: limousinelike
  • {{pedialite}}
etymology From French limousine, from region Limousin, originally an adjective referring to the city Limoges, from Latin Lemovices (adjective Lemovicinus), name of a Gaulish tribe in central France, most likely a reference to their elm bows and spears, of same ultimate origin as elm.
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  1. An automobile body with seats and permanent top like a coupe, and with the top projecting over the driver and a projecting front.
  2. An automobile with such a body.
  3. A luxury sedan/saloon car, especially one with a lengthened wheelbase or driven by a chauffeur.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} It was flood-tide along Fifth Avenue; motor, brougham, and victoria swept by on the glittering current; pretty women glanced out from limousine and tonneau; young men of his own type, silk-hatted, frock-coated, the crooks of their walking sticks tucked up under their left arms, passed on the Park side.
  4. An automobile for transportation to or from an airport, including sedans, vans, and buses.
Synonyms: limo (slang), (airport transport) shuttle
limousine liberal etymology c. 1969
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, pejorative) A wealthy person, liberal in politics, deemed insulated from any adverse consequences of the policies they support.
Synonyms: champagne socialist, chardonnay socialist
limp dick Alternative forms: limp-dick, limpdick
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) A weak person.
limp-dick Alternative forms: limpdick, limp dick
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) A weak person.
    • The Thought of Her, 175, 1434329410, Blake Bailey, 2008, Hell, Bob. That wasn't a meeting. That was a chance for those limp-dicks to scold a real man.
    • A Clean Kill, 78, 0759294666, Ted Wood, 2010, 'You're a limp-dick little freak who gets off making dirty phone calls. When I catch up with you I'll wash your mouth out with soap.' He sniggered. 'You've got me all wrong, Chiefy. I'm not a freak and I am certainly not a limp-dick. Just wait a while and your wife will know all about me.'
    • Wounds, 57, 1428511008, Jemiah Jefferson, 2011, And don't call Beckmann a limp-dick — he was a very vital force.
  2. erectile dysfunction, impotence, whiskey dick.
    • 2007, T. N. Barker, Dice, St. Martins’s Press, page 66: Ever since I slept with Tone, our sexual endeavors have been replaced by limp-dick disaster, …
    • Matt Casarino, Something Went Wrong, in 2008, Open 24 Hours, Original Works, page 22: You think I don’t know how your guilty conscience triggers a severe case of limp-dick when you’re with those sad little women?
    • 2009, Allen R. Henson, You Do Know Jack: Our Path of Self Destruction, iUniverse, page 70: He left I finish off with a porno style cum-shot right on Jane’s tits. I exaggerate not. From limp-dick to threesome.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) implicitly weak; lacking strength.
  2. (slang, derogatory) If referring to a male, having effeminate qualities or characteristics perceived to be homosexual in nature.
  • macho
Lincoln {{wikipedia}} etymology Old English Lindcoln, from Latin Lindum Colonia, from cel Lindo, Lindon, probably from *linn ‘pool’, in reference to the . pronunciation
  • /ˈlɪŋkən/
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A city and the county town of Lincolnshire, United Kingdom.
  2. {{surname}}
  3. , President of the United States during the Civil War.
  4. A given name of American usage, originally in honor of Abraham Lincoln.
  5. A brand of American automobile.
  6. An English breed of sheep.
  7. The capital of Nebraska.
  8. A county in many U.S. states.
  9. (US, informal) A five-dollar bill.
    • 1955, Ray Charles, Greenbacks As I was walking down the street last night A pretty little girl came into sight I bowed and smiled and asked her name She said, "Hold it bud, I don't play that game" I reached in my pocket, and to her big surprise There was Lincoln staring her dead in the eyes.
    • 1989, Albert William Gray, Size, page 117 A Jackson, a Lincoln, three singles. He was seven bucks short, […].
    • 2006, EminemsRevenge, Jew Girl, page 181 […] not only winning the hand, but also collecting a five dollar per player bonus. […]. Jonah yelled to Fred, who crumpled up a Lincoln and tossed it toward him.
  10. (aviation) A high altitude, long range bomber based on the Avro Lancaster.
related terms:
  • Lindsey
noun: {{head}}
  1. (US, slang) plural of Lincoln, especially of five-dollar bills.
line {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Middle English line, lyne, from Old English līne, from Proto-Germanic *līnǭ, from Proto-Germanic *līną, from Proto-Indo-European *līno-. {{rel-top}} Cognate with Scots line, Northern Frisian liin, Western Frisian line, Dutch lijn, German Leine, Danish line, Swedish lina, Icelandic lína. Related also to Dutch lijn, German Lein, Gothic , Latin linea, Latin linum, Ancient Greek λίνον 〈línon〉, Church Slavic , Lithuanian linai, Irish lin, lion. {{rel-bottom}} Influenced in Middle English by Middle French ligne, from Latin linea. More at linen. The oldest sense of the word is "rope, cord, thread"; from this the senses "path", "continuous mark" were derived. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /laɪn/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A path through two or more point (compare ‘segment); a continuous mark, including as made by a pen; any path, curved or straight. exampleThe arrow descended in a curved line.
    • 1816, Percy Bysshe Shelley , [ The Daemon of the World] , “The atmosphere in flaming sparkles flew; / And where the burning wheels / Eddied above the mountain’s loftiest peak / Was traced a line of lightning.”
    • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} So this was my future home, I thought!…Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
    • 2009, Jory Sherman, Sidewinder , “For their present position, he drew an inverted V. Then he drew a line and on either side he inscribed landmarks, ridges, passes. At the other end he drew a number of inverted Vs to represent the Arapaho village.”
    1. (geometry) An infinite extend one-dimensional figure that has no curvature; one that has length but not breadth or thickness.
    2. (geometry, informal) A line segment; a continuous finite segment of such a figure.
    3. (graph theory) An edge of a graph.
    4. (geography) A circle of latitude or of longitude, as represented on a map.
    5. (geography, ‘the line’ or ‘equinoctial line’) The equator.
      • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick , 54, “She [a ship called Town-Ho] was somewhere to the northward of the Line.”
    6. (music) One of the straight horizontal and parallel prolonged stroke on and between which the note are placed.
    7. (cricket) The horizontal path of a ball towards the batsman (see also length).
    8. (soccer) The goal line.
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  2. A rope, cord, string, or thread, of any thickness.
    • 1884, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 9 , “Then we hunted up a place close by to hide the canoe in, amongst the thick willows. We took some fish off of the lines and set them again, and begun to get ready for dinner.”
    • 2007, Robert Newcomb, A March Into Darkness, page 29 , “…he found preparing the hook far less fun than dangling the line in the water and waiting for a fish to come along. Finally succeeding, he beamed a smile up at his father, then lowered his line into the swift-moving Sippora.”
    • 2008, Joshua Plunkett, Jeanne K. Hanson, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Trees and Shrubs, page 164 , “Use fabric or nursery grade webbing around stakes and trunk, loosely tying the line to the tree about 6 inches below the point where the tree bounces back in your hand when you grab the trunk.”
    1. (firefighting) A hose.
  3. Direction, path. the line of sight;  the line of vision
  4. The wire connecting one telegraphic station with another, a telephone or internet cable between two points: a telephone or network connection. exampleI tried to make a call, but the line was dead. examplea dedicated line;  a shared line examplePlease speak up, the line is very faint.
  5. A letter, a written form of communication. exampleDrop me a line.
  6. A connect series of public conveyance, as a roadbed or railway track; and hence, an establish arrangement for forwarding merchandise, etc. examplea line of stages;  an express line
  7. (military) A trench or rampart, or the non-physical demarcation of the extent of the territory occupied by specified forces.
    • 1917, John Masefield , [ The Old Front Line] , “This description of the old front line, as it was when the Battle of the Somme began, may some day be of use.…It is hoped that this description of the line will be followed by an account of our people's share in the battle.”
  8. The exterior limit of a figure or territory: a boundary, contour, or outline; a demarcation.
    • 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost , IV, Eden stretch'd her Line / From Auran Eastward to the Royal Towrs / Of great Seleucia,”
  9. A long tape or ribbon marked with units for measuring; a tape measure.
  10. (obsolete) A measuring line or cord.
    • {{RQ:Authorized Version}} The carpenter stretcheth out his rule; he marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house.
  11. That which was measured by a line, such as a field or any piece of land set apart; hence, allot place of abode.
    • {{RQ:Authorized Version}} The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
  12. A threadlike crease or wrinkle marking the face, hand, or body; hence, a characteristic mark.
    • 1651, John Cleveland, Fuscara , Minor poets of the Caroline period, George Saintsbury, 1921) , “He tipples palmistry, and dines On all her fortune-telling lines.”
    • 1812-1818, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage , “Though on his brow were graven lines austere.”
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  13. Lineament; feature; figure (of one's body).
    • c.1609, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Cymbeline, “I mean, the lines of my body are as well drawn as his.”
  14. A more-or-less straight sequence of people, objects, etc., either arranged as a queue or column and often waiting to be process or dealt with, or arranged abreast of one another in a row (and contrasted with a column), as in a military formation. {{defdate}} exampleThe line forms on the right. exampleThere is a line of houses.
    • 1817, Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Revolt of Islam , “A band of brothers gathering round me, made, / Although unarmed, a steadfast front…now the line / Of war extended, to our rallying cry / As myriads flocked in love and brotherhood to die.”
  15. (military) The regular infantry of an army, as distinguished from militia, guards, volunteer corps, cavalry, artillery{{,}} etc.
  16. {{senseid}} A series or succession of ancestor or descendant of a given person; a family or race; compare lineage.
    • Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales , “Of his lineage am I, and his offspring / By very line,”
    • c.1604, William Shakespeare, Macbeth , “They hail'd him father to a line of kings.”
    • {{RQ:Authorized Version}} Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun.
    • 1651, Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan , “[T]he rest of the history of the Old Testament derives the succession of the line of David to the Captivity, of which line was to spring the restorer of the kingdom of God{{nb...}}.”
  17. A small amount of text. Specifically:
    1. A written or printed row of letter, word, number{{,}} or other text, especially a row of words extending across a page or column, or a blank in place of such text. exampleThe answer to the comprehension question can be found in the third line of the accompanying text.
    2. A verse (in poetry).
      • 1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet 71 , “Nay if you read this line, remember not, / The hand that writ it.”
    3. A sentence of dialogue, especially {{defdate}} in a play, movie{{,}} or the like. exampleHe was perfecting his pickup lines for use at the bar. example"It is what it is" was one his more annoying lines.
      • Actor training, page 138, Alison Hodge, 2010, “Anyone who has worked with Littlewood will wince at the memory of going over single lines time and time again, each actor in turn speaking the line until the valid intonation, phasing and emphasis emerged.”
    4. A lie or exaggeration, especially one told to gain another's approval or prevent losing it. exampleDon't feed me a line!
  18. Course of conduct, thought, occupation, or policy; method of argument; department of industry, trade, or intellectual activity. {{defdate}}
    • Specimens of the table talk of the late Samuel Taylor Coleridge, page 45, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Henry Nelson Coleridge, 1835, “He is uncommonly powerful in his own line; but it is not the line of a first-rate man.”
  19. The official, state position (or set of positions) of an individual or group, particularly a political or religious faction. {{defdate}} exampleRemember, your answers must match the party line.
  20. The product or service sold by a business, or by extension, the business itself. {{defdate}} exampleline of business, product line'' exampleHow many buses does the line have? exampleThe airline is in danger of bankruptcy.
  21. (stock exchange) A number of share taken by a jobber.
  22. A measure of length:
    1. (historical) A tsarist-era Russian unit of measure, approximately equal to one tenth of an English inch, used especially when measuring the calibre of firearms.
      • 1906, Reports of military observers to the armies in Manchuria, page 261 , “The arm of the Russian infantry is the three-line rifle, model 1891 (caliber 0.299 inch){{nb...}}.”
      • 2013, The United States in the First World War: An Encyclopedia, page 561, 1135684464 , “A “line” was a unit of measurement used in tsarist Russia and equal to about a tenth of an inch. The 3-line rifle, therefore, had a bore of three lines, or approximately .30 caliber.”
    2. One twelfth of an inch.
      • 1883, Alfred Swaine Taylor, Thomas Stevenson, The principles and practice of medical jurisprudence , “The cutis measures in thickness from a quarter of a line to a line and a half (a line is one-twelfth of an inch).”
    3. One fortieth of an inch.
      • 1922, Hearings Before the Committee on Finance, United States Senate, Statement of James Turner, Representing Universal Button Fastening Co., Detriot, Mich., page 5337 , “In case any of the committee do not understand what is meant by a rate per line, I may say that buttons, being very small, are not measured by the foot or inch, but by the line, a line being one-fortieth of an inch. For example, that is a 27-line button{{nb...}}.”
  23. (historical) Alternative name for a maxwell, a unit of magnetic flux.
    • 1898, Alfred Eugene Wiener, Practical calculation of dynamo-electric machines, page 47 , “At the same time, however, for calculation in the metric system, one metre is taken as the unit for the length of the conductor, one metre per second as the unit velocity, and one line per square centimetre as the unit of field density.”
    • 1903, William Richard Kelsey, Continuous current dynamos and motors and their control, page 39 , “The density will now be only one quarter of a line per square centimetre, and therefore a unit pole placed at a distance of 2 centimetres from a similar pole, will only be acted on with a force of one quarter of a dyne,{{nb...}}.”
    • 1904, Silvanus Phillips Thompson, Dynamo-electric machinery: a manual for students of electrotechniques: Volume 1, Part 1, page 74 , “The Paris Congress of 1900 adopted the name gauss as that of the unit of intensity of field, one gauss signifying one line per square centimetre. The same Congress also named one line as one maxwell, but everybody still uses the term line.”
    • 1909, Henry Metcalf Hobart, Electricity: a text book designed in particular for engineering, page 58 , “A magnetic flux is said to have a density of one line per square centimeter when it exerts on a unit north pole a force of one dyne.”
  24. (baseball, slang, 1800s, ‘the line’) The batter’s box.
  25. (fencing, ‘line of engagement’) The position in which the fencer hold their swords.
    • 1861, George Chapman, Foil Practice, with a Review of the Art of Fencing, page 12 , “Thus, for example, in the line of Quarte, the direct thrust is parried by dropping the point under the adversary's blade and circling upwards, throwing off the attack in the opposite line (that of Tierce), and upon the direct thrust in the line of Tierce, by a similar action throwing off the attack in the opposite line (that of Quarte).”
  26. (engineering) Proper relative position or adjustment (of parts, not as to design or proportion, but with reference to smooth working). examplethe engine is [[in line|in line]] / [[out of line|out of line]]
  27. A small portion or serving (of a powder illegal drug).
    • 1998, Luke Davis, Candy , “"Let's have a line." He pulled a razor blade from his pocket and scooped out a couple of mounds. He laid out seven thick lines on a mirror. He rolled up a fifty-dollar note and snorted a line.”
    • 2004, Burl Barer, Broken Doll, page 64 , “"Yes, we did. We both did a line, but maybe close to a half gram of crystal meth. I did a line and he did a way much bigger line."”
    • 2007, D. C. Fuller, Meth Monster: Crankin' Thru Life a Look Into the Abyss, page 474 , “Snorting it was a much slower blast off and a longer less intense buzz, that was much easier to function on. A few minutes after you snort a line you can feel the niacin rush coming up your back and washing over your head,{{nb...}}.”
  28. (obsolete) Instruction; doctrine.
    • {{RQ:Authorized Version}} Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun.
  29. (genetics) Population of cells derived from a single cell and containing the same genetic makeup.
  30. A catheter introduced in a vein or peripheral artery.
Synonyms: (geometry: infinite one-dimensional figure) straight line, (geometry: continuous segment of an infinite line) line segment, (letter) epistle, letter, note, (row of text) row
related terms:
  • (geometry) curve, point, segment
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To place (objects) into a line (usually used with "up"); to form into a line; to align. exampleto line troops {{rfex}}
  2. (transitive) To place persons or things along the side of for security or defense; to strengthen by adding; to fortify. exampleto line works with soldiers
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  3. To form a line along.
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  4. (transitive) To mark with a line or lines, to cover with lines. exampleto line a copy book
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To represent by lines; to delineate; to portray.
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  6. (transitive) To read or repeat line by line. exampleto line out a hymn
  7. (intransitive, ‘line up’) To form or enter into a line.
  8. (intransitive, baseball) To hit a line drive; to hit a line drive which is caught for an out. Compare fly and ground. exampleJones lined to left in his last at-bat.
  9. To track (wild bees) to their nest by following their line of flight.
etymology 2 Old English līn. For more information, see the entry "linen". pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /laɪn/
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) Flax; linen, particularly the longer fiber of flax.
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cover the inner surface of (something), originally especially with linen.
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    exampleThe bird lines its nest with soft grass. exampleto line a cloak with silk or fur exampleto line a box with paper or tin examplepaintings lined the walls of the cavernous dining room
  2. To reinforce (the back of a book) with glue and glued scrap material such as fabric or paper.
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  3. (transitive) To fill or supply (something), as a purse with money.
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    exampleto line the shelves
etymology 3 Borrowing from Middle French ligner.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, now rare, of a dog) to copulate with, to impregnate.
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    • 1868 September, The Country Gentleman's Magazine, page 292: Bedlamite was a black dog, and although it may be safely asserted that he lined upwards of 100 bitches of all colours, red, white, and blue, all his produce were black.
  • {{rank}}
  • LEIN
  • lien
  • Neil
  • Nile
line drive
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball, softball) A batted ball hit hard enough and low enough that it appears to travel in a relatively straight line. The line drive went straight into the shortstop's glove.
Synonyms: liner (informal)
  • driveline
line noise
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing) Spurious characters due to in a communications link.
  2. (programming) Data that looks random, as when outputting a binary file literally.
  3. (programming, pejorative) Incomprehensible source code or programming language (often due to terseness or overuse of operators). Write-only code or a .
    • 2000, Simon Cozens, Ten Perl Myths,{{cite web |title=Ten Perl Myths |author=Simon Cozens |date=2000-02-23 |url= |accessdate=2008-06-28 |work=[] }}, In short, Perl doesn't write illegible Perl, people do. If you can stop yourself being one of them, we can agree that Perl's reputation for looking like line noise is no more than a myth.
liner pronunciation
  • /ˈlaɪnə/
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etymology 1 From line (verb).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who fits a lining to something. a liner of shoes
    • 1973, A good liner has a pretty shrewd idea of the value of the painting he is treating and usually charges accordingly. — Kyril Bonfiglioli, Don't Point That Thing at Me (Penguin 2001, p. 41)
  2. A removable cover or lining I threw out the trash can liner.
  3. The pamphlet which is contained inside an album of music or movie Does it have the lyrics in the liner notes?
  4. A lining within the cylinder of a steam engine, in which the piston works and between which and the outer shell of the cylinder a space is left to form a steam jacket.
  5. A slab on which small pieces of marble, tile, etc., are fastened for grind.
etymology 2 From line (noun).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A large passenger-carrying ship, especially one on a regular route; an ocean liner.
  2. (nautical)  A ship of the line.
  3. (baseball)  A line drive. The liner glanced off the pitcher's foot.
  4. (marketing, slang)  A basic salesperson.
  5. (in combination)  Something with a specified number of lines.
    • 2005, G. J. H. Van Gelder, Close Relationships (page 130) the following three-liner by an unknown poet
lingo pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈlɪŋ.ɡəʊ/
  • (US) /ˈliŋ.ɡoʊ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Language, especially language peculiar to a particular group or region; jargon or a dialect.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 12 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “She had Lord James' collar in one big fist and she pounded the table with the other and talked a blue streak. Nobody could make out plain what she said, for she was mainly jabbering Swede lingo, but there was English enough, of a kind, to give us some idee.”
  • login, log in
linguanaut etymology New Latin, lingua language + nauta (sailor).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Someone who is passionate about language,.
linguisticky etymology linguistic + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Of, pertaining to, involved in, or interested in linguistics.
linker etymology {{-er}} pronunciation
  • (US) ˈlɪŋkɚ
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. That which link.
  2. (computer science) a computer program that takes one or more object generated by compiler and assembles them into a single executable program.
  3. (genetics) A short oligonucleotide containing a recognition sequence for a restriction enzyme, used to blunt the ends of sticky DNA segments.
  4. (grammar) A word that serves to link other elements.
  5. (finance, informal) A linked bond, one for which the principal is index to inflation.
Synonyms: link editor
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (genetics) To ligate a DNA segment using a linker.
    • 1994, Ray Shillito et al., "Zea mays plants regenerated from protoplasts or protoplast-derived cells", US Patent 5770450, page 52: 38. The plasmid pRK252 Km is cut with ecoRI, blunt-ended using Klenow, and linkered with BgIII linkers (New England Biolabs).
linkfest etymology link + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (internet, informal) A situation where there are many hyperlink.
linkify etymology link + ify
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Internet, informal) To convert (a piece of text) to a hyperlink.
related terms:
  • linkification
linky etymology link + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of or pertaining to hyperlink.
    • 2008, Dori Smith, Dreamweaver CS4 for Windows and Macintosh (page 68) You'll see how to add links to either text or graphics and lots of other linky goodness.
lino etymology Contraction of linoleum, probably influenced by -o. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, NZ, UK, colloquial, informal) abbreviation of linoleum
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  • lion
  • loin
  • noil
linoleum {{wikipedia}} etymology Coined c. 1864 by inventor Frederick Walton, from Latin linum + oleum. Used as a trade name but never registered as a trademark, it was the first product whose name was ruled to be . pronunciation
  • (UK) /lɪˈnəʊliəm/
  • (US) /lɪˈnoʊliəm/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An inexpensive waterproof covering used especially for floors, made from solidified linseed oil over a burlap or canvas backing, or from its modern replacement, polyvinyl chloride.
    • 1929, , , Chapter VII, Section vi The house seemed unfamiliar in the dark stormy light; the red and purple glass of the front door made livid bruises on the linoleum; the green chenille curtain was like a veil of seaweed.
Synonyms: lino colloquial
Lion City etymology From the literal meaning of name, which derives from singa ("lion") and pura ("city"), from सिंह 〈sinha〉 and पुर 〈pura〉.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) Nickname of Singapore.
    • 2008, Helen Oon, Singapore, New Holland (2008), ISBN 9781847730978, page 5: Singapore is a place to be included on any traveller's itinerary, whether for pleasure or business. Its manifold attractions lure over six million visitors to the Lion City every year.
lip etymology From Middle English lippe, from Old English lippe, lippa, from Proto-Germanic *lipjô, from Proto-Indo-European *leb-. Cognate with Western Frisian lippe, Dutch lip, German Lippe and Lefze, Swedish läpp, Norwegian leppe, Latin labium, Russian целова́ть 〈celovátʹ〉. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /lɪp/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) Either of the two fleshy protrusions around the opening of the mouth.
    • Bible, Jeb. xv. 6 Thine own lips testify against thee.
  2. (countable) A part of the body that resembles a lip, such as the edge of a wound or the labia.
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  1. (countable) The projecting rim of an open container; a short open spout.
  2. (slang, uncountable) Backtalk; verbal impertinence. Don’t give me any lip!
  3. The edge of a high spot of land.
    • 1913, , , They toiled forward along a tiny path on the river’s lip. Suddenly it vanished. The bank was sheer red solid clay in front of them, sloping straight into the river.
    • 1894, David Livingstone, A Popular Account of Dr Livingstone's Expedition to the Zambesi and its Tributaries, We landed at the head of Garden Island, which is situated near the middle of the river and on the lip of the Falls. On reaching that lip, and peering over the giddy height, the wondrous and unique character of the magnificent cascade at once burst upon us.
  4. The sharp cutting edge on the end of an auger.
  5. (botany) One of the two opposite divisions of a labiate corolla.
  6. (botany) The distinctive petal of the Orchis family.
  7. (zoology) One of the edges of the aperture of a univalve shell.
Synonyms: (either of the fleshy protrusions around the mouth) labium (medical term), (part of body resembling a lip) labium (medical), (rim of an open container) edge, rim, (impertinence) backchat, cheek (informal), impudence, rudeness
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To touch with the lips; to kiss or lick; to lap the lips against something.
    • Praed The bubble on the wine which breaks / Before you lip the glass.
    • Shakespeare A hand that kings / Have lipped and trembled kissing.
  2. To utter verbally. {{rfquotek}}
  3. To simulate speech merely by lip-movement, as suffices for a lip-reader.
  4. (sports) to make a golf ball hit the lip of the cup, without dropping in.
lip balm {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a substance topically applied to the lip of the mouth to relieve chapped or dry lips, angular cheilitis or stomatitis, and cold sore.
Synonyms: lip salve
liplock Alternative forms: lip lock, lip-lock
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, US, informal) A kiss; especially a long, passionate one.
    • 1997, Bruce Handy, "Roll Over, Ward Cleaver," Time, 14 Apr., The character is also denied an affirming liplock with her female love interest—a former taboo that was long ago shattered by L.A. Law, Roseanne and, earlier this season, Relativity (men kissing men, on the other hand, remains, for now, a no-no).
    • 2007, Matt Stevens, "E! Reviews: P.S. I Love You," E! Online, 20 Dec. (retrieved 23 Jan. 2008), After lots of talk about "the perfect kiss," their close-up lip-lock is surprisingly boring.
related terms:
  • lock lips
  • pillock
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) liposuction
    • 2005, Cap Lesesne, Confessions of a Park Avenue Plastic Surgeon She complained about the lip of fat creeping over the waist of her jeans. "Maybe I'll get lipo, too, next time," she said.
    • 2009, Greg Liberman, Aging with Grace You're the one who told me I couldn't get lipo like I wanted, so this is the next best thing. But to do it, it has to be now. Tonight.
lip off
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial, intransitive) To make speak rudely, harshly or belligerently
    • 2000, James W. Marlin, On the Other Hand: An Autobiography She spanked hard enough that she broke the yardstick in half, and picked up the bottom half and continued on with the punishment. I hold no grudge—I deserved it for lipping off.
liposuck etymology Back-formation from liposuction, modelled after suck.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, informal) To perform liposuction on (fat).
  2. (transitive, informal) To perform liposuction on (a person).
lippy etymology lip + y pronunciation
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  1. (informal) Talking back, in a cheeky manner.
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  1. (colloquial) lipstick
  2. (colloquial) lip gloss
lip service
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  1. (idiomatic) Promising but empty talk; word absent of real action or intention. The candidate gave lip service to fixing the problems, but it is doubtful that he will do much.
  2. (slang, vulgar) Cunnilingus, the act of using the mouth and tongue to stimulate the female genitals, especially the clitoris and labia. (Sometimes also referred to as giving lip.) Jack gave Samantha lip service.
lip-smacking etymology See smack one's lips
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  1. (informal) Tasty; appetizing.
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  1. (degree, informal) very. Aunt Bessy's Easter ham is always lip-smacking good.
    • 2003. Susan Donovan. Take a Chance on Me. St. Martin's Press. page 313. She looked so lip-smacking good that he knew even a brief conversation would be a challenge.
  • Only used for positive adjectives relating to taste, smell, and the mouth and, by extension analogous things.
Synonyms: lip-smackingly
lip-smackingly etymology lip-smacking + ly
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  1. (degree, informal) very. Aunt Bessy's Easter ham is always lip-smackingly good.
  2. (manner) With audibly expressed enjoyment.
  • Only used for positive adjectives relating to taste, smell, and the mouth and, by extension analogous things.
Synonyms: lipsmacking (adverb)
lipstick lesbian
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  1. (LGBT, slang) A lesbian who has glamorously feminine characteristic, as opposed to the stereotypically masculine lesbian. A lipstick lesbian, strictly speaking, is attracted to other feminine women, as opposed to the femme, a feminine lesbian attracted to butch lesbians.
related terms:
  • lipstick lesbianism
Synonyms: designer dyke
  • bulldyke, butch
lipsticky etymology lipstick + y
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  1. (informal) Resembling, or characterised by, lipstick. She gave me a lipsticky kiss on the cheek.
liquid ammonia
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  1. (inorganic chemistry) Pure ammonia cooled or condensed to the liquid state.
  2. (informal, inorganic chemistry) An aqueous solution of ammonia.
  • Not to be confused with 880 ammonia, a saturated solution of the gas in water.
liquid laugh
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  1. (Australia, colloquial, slang, jocular) An act of vomit; vomit.
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Synonyms: (Australian): multicolour yawn, pavement pizza
liquid lunch
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  1. (informal) The consumption of alcohol with no (or little) food at lunchtime
liquoricey etymology liquorice + y
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  1. (informal) Resembling or characteristic of liquorice.
liquor store
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  1. (US) a shop that sells alcoholic beverage to be drunk off the premises
Synonyms: off licence (British), package store (US), bottle shop (Australian)
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  1. Of, from, or pertaining to, Lisbon.
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  1. Someone from Lisbon.
Synonyms: (person from Lisbon) Lisbonite
Lisbonite etymology From Lisbon + ite. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈlɪz.bə.naɪt/
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  1. A person from Lisbon, Portugal.
    • 2006, Marco de Andrade, Em casa: a Portuguese family's favourite recipes, page 32 The only true Lisbonite in our family is my sister, Tacha, who was born in 1992.
Synonyms: (person from Lisbon) Lisboner
listen up
verb: listen up
  1. (idiomatic, informal) To listen closely; to pay attention. Often used in the imperative. I'm only gonna say this once, so listen up.
listicle {{wikipedia}} etymology {{blend}}
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  1. (informal) An article based around a list.
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Such articles often feature a cardinal number in the title, as in “10 Best Movies of the Year” or “7 Ways to Spice up your Sex Life”.
related terms:
  • charticle
lit pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English lit, lut, from Old English lȳt, from Proto-Germanic *lūtilaz, from Proto-Indo-European *leud-. Cognate with osx lut, Middle High German lützen. More at little.
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  1. (obsolete) Little.
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  1. (obsolete) Little.
related terms:
  • lite
etymology 2 From Middle English lihte, from Old English līhtte, first and third person singular preterit of līhtan. More at light.
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  1. en-past of light
  2. (US, dialectal) To run, or light
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  1. illuminated
    • He walked down the lit corridor.
  2. (slang) intoxicated or under the influence of drug; stoned
  3. (slang) Sexually aroused (usually a female), especially visibly sexually aroused (e.g., labial swelling is present)
etymology 3 From Middle English lit, from Old Norse litr, from Proto-Germanic *wlitiz, *wlitaz, from Proto-Indo-European *wel-. Cognate with Icelandic litur, Old English wlite, Old English wlītan.
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  1. (UK dialectal) Colour; blee; dye; stain.
etymology 4 From Middle English litten, liten, from Old Norse lita, from litr. See above.
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  1. (transitive) To colour; dye.
etymology 5 Short for literature.
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  1. Abbreviated form of literature.
  • til, 'til
literally Alternative forms: litterally (obsolete) etymology literal + ly pronunciation
  • [ˈlɪt͡ʃɹəli]
  • (US) [ˈlɪɾɚ(ɹ)əli]
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  1. (speech act) word for word; not figuratively; not as an idiom or metaphor When I saw on the news that there would be no school tomorrow because of the snowstorm, I literally jumped for joy, and hit my head on the ceiling fan.
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  2. (degree, proscribed) used non-literally as an intensifier for figurative statements: virtually (often considered incorrect; see usage notes)
    • 1827, Sir Walter Scott, Chronicles of the Canongate The house was literally electrified; and it was only from witnessing the effects of her genius that he could guess to what a pitch theatrical excellence could be carried.
    • 1993, , Real Magic, page 193: You literally become the ball in a tennis match, you become the report that you are working on …
    • 2009, : - She took a giant shit on my face. Literally. - Literally? - Well, no, not literally. That's disgusting. What's wrong with you?
  3. (colloquial) Used as a generic downtoner: just, merely. You literally put it in the microwave for five minutes and it's done.
"Literally" is the opposite of "figuratively", so many authorities object to the use of literally as an intensifier for figurative statements. For example "you literally become the ball", by the primary sense, would mean actually transforming into a spherical object, but the speaker is using literally as an intensifier. However, this type of usage is common in informal speech ("she was literally in floods of tears") and has a history of use in written English going back to at least 1827.
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Synonyms: (not metaphorically) actually, really, (as an intensifier) virtually
  • (not metaphorically) figuratively, metaphorically, virtually
literate {{wikipedia}} etymology From Latin litteratus.
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  1. Able to read and write; having literacy.
  2. Knowledgeable in literature, writing; literary; well-read.
  3. Which is used in writing (of a language or dialect).
    • 2005, Nicholas Ostler, Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World, Harper: The Mongol emperor Kublai Khan even commissioned an alphabetic script for his empire, to be used officially for all its literate languages, Mongolian, Chinese, Turkic and Persian.
  • illiterate
related terms:
  • letter
  • literal
  • literacy
  • literary
  • literature
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  1. A person who is able to read and write
  • laterite
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  1. (informal, inorganic compound) lithium aluminium hydride;
  2. (informal, geomorphology) A pingo or hydrolaccolith; a mound of earth-covered ice found in the Arctic and subarctic environments that can reach up to 70 m in height and up to 600 m in diameter.
  • thalli
litigation {{wikipedia}} etymology litigate + tion pronunciation
  • /ˌlɪtəˈɡeɪʃən/
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  1. (legal) The conduct of a lawsuit. There is ongoing litigation in this matter. This law firm is known for its litigation practice. That attorney has been chastized for his litigation behavior.
litogen etymology From litigation + -gen
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  1. (US, informal, legal) Any drug or similar substance, administered during pregnancy, that although probably harmless, can lead to lawsuit
  • lentigo

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