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Words starting with l

Word Definition
L 1. L is the twelfth letter of the English alphabet, and a vocal consonant. It is usually called a semivowel or liquid. Its form and value are from the Greek, through the Latin, the form of the Greek letter being from the Phoenician, and the ultimate origin prob. Egyptian. Etymologically, it is most closely related to r and u; as in pilgrim, peregrine, couch (fr. collocare), aubura (fr. LL. alburnus).
2. As a numeral, L stands for fifty in the English, as in the Latin language.
3. (n.) An extension at right angles to the length of a main building, giving to the ground plan a form resembling the letter L; sometimes less properly applied to a narrower, or lower, extension in the direction of the length of the main building; a wing.
4. (n.) A short right-angled pipe fitting, used in connecting two pipes at right angles.
5. (adj.) being ten more than forty
6. (n.) the 12th letter of the Roman alphabet
7. (n.) a metric unit of capacity, formerly defined as the volume of one kilogram of pure water under standard conditions; now equal to 1,000 cubic centimeters (or approximately 1.75 pints)
8. (n.) a cgs unit of illumination equal to the brightness of a perfectly diffusing surface that emits or reflects one lumen per square centimeter
9. (n.) the cardinal number that is the product of ten and five
L-dopa 1. (n.) the levorotatory form of dopa (trade names Bendopa and Brocadopa and Larodopa); as a drug it is used to treat Parkinson's disease
L-P 1. (n.) a long-playing phonograph record; designed to be played at 33.3 rpm
L-plate 1. (n.) a square plate bearing the letter L that is attached to both ends of a car to indicate that the driver is a learner
L-shaped 1. (adj.) shaped in the form of the letter L
L. M. Montgomery 1. (n.) Canadian novelist (1874-1942)
L. monocytogenes 1. (n.) the type species of the genus Listeria; can cause meningitis, encephalitis, septicemia, endocarditis, abortion, abscesses, listeriosis
L. Ron Hubbard 1. (n.) a United States writer of science fiction and founder of Scientology (1911-1986)
L. S. Lowry 1. (n.) English painter (1887-1976)
L.A. 1. (n.) a city in southern California; motion picture capital of the world; most populous city of California and second largest in the United States
L'Aquila 1. (n.) the provincial capital of the Abruzzi region in central Italy
L'Enfant 1. (n.) United States architect (born in France) who laid out the city plan for Washington (1754-1825)
l'envoi 1. (n.) Alt. of L'envoy
l'envoy 1. (n.) One or more detached verses at the end of a literary composition, serving to convey the moral, or to address the poem to a particular person; -- orig. employed in old French poetry.
2. (n.) A conclusion; a result.
la 1. (n.) A syllable applied to the sixth tone of the scale in music in solmization.
2. (n.) The tone A; -- so called among the French and Italians.
3. (interj.) Look; see; behold; -- sometimes followed by you.
4. (interj.) An exclamation of surprise; -- commonly followed by me; as, La me!
5. (n.) the syllable naming the sixth (submediant) note of a major or minor scale in solmization
6. (n.) a state in southern United States on the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
7. (n.) a white soft metallic element that tarnishes readily; occurs in rare earth minerals and is usually classified as a rare earth
La Crosse 1. (n.) a town in western Wisconsin on the Mississippi River
La Fayette 1. (n.) French soldier who served under George Washington in the American Revolution (1757-1834)
La Fontaine 1. (n.) French writer who collected Aesop's fables and published them (1621-1695)
La Paz 1. (n.) capital city in western Bolivia and the administrative seat of Bolivia's government; largest city in Bolivia
La Plata 1. (n.) an estuary between Argentina and Uruguay
La Rochefoucauld 1. (n.) French writer of moralistic maxims (1613-1680)
La Spezia 1. (n.) a port city in Liguria on an arm of the Ligurian Sea; a major seaport and year-round resort
La Tour 1. (n.) French painter of religious works (1593-1652)
la-di-da 1. (adj.) affectedly genteel
La. 1. (n.) a state in southern United States on the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
laager 1. (n.) a camp defended by a circular formation of wagons
laas 1. (n.) A lace. See Lace.
lab 1. (v. i.) To prate; to gossip; to babble; to blab.
2. (n.) A telltale; a prater; a blabber.
3. (n.) a workplace for the conduct of scientific research
lab bench 1. (n.) a workbench in a laboratory
lab coat 1. (n.) a light coat worn to protect clothing from substances used while working in a laboratory