Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Largely adverb In a large manner. Dryden. Milton.
Largeness noun The quality or state of being large.
Largess, Largesse noun
[ French largesse
, from large
. See Large
] 1. Liberality; generosity; bounty.
Fulfilled of largesse and of all grace. Chaucer. 2. A present; a gift; a bounty bestowed.
The heralds finished their proclamation with their usual cry of " Largesse , largesse , gallant knights!" and gold and silver pieces were showered on them from the galleries. Sir W. Scott.
Larget noun [ Confer French larget .] A short piece of bar iron for rolling into a sheet; a small billet.
Larghetto adjective & adverb [ Italian , dim. of largo largo.] (Mus.) Somewhat slow or slowly, but not so slowly as largo , and rather more so than andante .
Largifical adjective [ Latin largificus ; largus large + facere .] Generous; ample; liberal. [ Obsolete]
Largifluous adjective [ Latin largifluus ; large abundantly + fluere to flow.] Flowing copiously. [ Obsolete]
Largiloquent adjective [ Confer Latin largiloquus .] Grandiloquent. [ Obsolete]
Largish adjective Somewhat large. [ Colloq.]
Largition [ Latin largitio , from largiri , past participle largitus , to give bountifully.] The bestowment of a largess or gift. [ Obsolete]
Largo adjective & adverb
[ Italian , large, Latin largus
, See Large
.] (Mus.) Slow or slowly; -- more so than adagio ; next in slowness to grave , which is also weighty and solemn.
-- noun A movement or piece in largo time.
[ Spanish la reata
the rope; la
the + reata
rope. Confer Reata
.] A long, slender rope made of hemp or strips of hide, esp. one with a noose; -- used as a lasso for catching cattle, horses, etc., and for picketing a horse so that he can graze without wandering.
[ Mexico & Western U.S.]
(lăr"ĭ*ăt) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Lariated
; present participle & verbal noun Lariating
.] To secure with a lariat fastened to a stake, as a horse or mule for grazing; also, to lasso or catch with a lariat.
[ Western U.S.]
Larine adjective (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the Gull family ( Laridæ ).
Larixinic adjective (Chemistry) Of, or derived from, the larch ( Larix ); as, larixinic acid.
[ Perh from Anglo-Saxon lāc
play, sport. Confer Lake
, intransitive verb
] A frolic; a jolly time.
[ Colloq.] Dickens.
Lark intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Larked
; present participle & verbal noun Larking
.] To sport; to frolic.
[ Middle English larke
, Anglo-Saxon lāwerce
; akin to Dutch leeuwerik
, LG. lewerke
, Old High German lērahha
, German lerche
, Swedish lärka
, Danish lerke
, Icelandic lævirki
.] (Zoology) Any one numerous species of singing birds of the genus Alauda and allied genera (family Alaudidæ ). They mostly belong to Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa. In America they are represented by the shore larks, or horned larks, of the genus Otocoris . The true larks have holaspidean tarsi, very long hind claws, and, usually, dull, sandy brown colors.
» The European skylark, or lark of the poets ( Alauda arvensis
), is of a brown mottled color, and is noted for its clear and sweet song, uttered as it rises and descends almost perpendicularly in the air. It is considered a table delicacy, and immense numbers are killed for the markets. Other well-known European species are the crested, or tufted, lark ( Alauda cristata
), and the wood lark ( A. arborea
). The pipits, or titlarks, of the genus Anthus
) are often called larks. See Pipit
. The American meadow larks, of the genus Sturnella
, are allied to the starlings. See Meadow Lark
. The Australian bush lark is Mirafra Horsfieldii
. See Shore lark
. Lark bunting (Zoology)
, a fringilline bird ( Calamospiza melanocorys ) found on the plains of the Western United States.
-- Lark sparrow (Zoology)
, a sparrow ( Chondestes grammacus ), found in the Mississippi Valley and the Western United States.
Lark intransitive verb To catch larks; as, to go larking .
Lark-colored adjective Having the sandy brown color of the European larks.
Lark's-heel noun (Botany) Indian cress.
[ See 3d Lark
, for sense 1, and 1st Lark
, for sense 2.] 1. A catcher of larks. 2. One who indulges in a lark or frolic.
Larkspur noun (Botany) A genus of ranunculaceous plants ( Delphinium ), having showy flowers, and a spurred calyx. They are natives of the North Temperate zone. The commonest larkspur of the gardens is D. Consolida . The flower of the bee larkspur ( D. elatum ) has two petals bearded with yellow hairs, and looks not unlike a bee.
[ French, from larme
tear, drop, Latin lacrima
. See Lachrymose
.] (Anat.) See Tearpit .
Laroid adjective [ Larus + - oid .] (Zoology) Like or belonging to the Gull family ( Laridæ ).
[ Confer E. dial. larrikin
a mischievous or frolicsome youth, larrick
lively, careless, larack
to trolic, to romp.] A rowdy street loafer; a rowdyish or noisy ill-bred fellow; -- variously applied, as to a street blackguard, a street Arab, a youth given to horse-play, etc.
[ Australia & Eng.] -- adjective Rowdy; rough; disorderly.
[ Australia & Eng.]
Mobs of unruly larrikins . Sydney Daily Telegraph.
is often popularly explained by the following anecdote (which is without foundation): An Irish policeman at Melbourne, on bringing a notorious rough into court, was asked by the magistrate what the prisoner had been doing, and replied, "He was a-larrikin'
[ i. e., a-larking] about the streets."
Larrup transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Larruped
; present participle & verbal noun Larruping
.] [ Perh, a corrupt. of lee rope
, used by sailors in beating the boys; but confer Dutch larpen
to thresh, larp
a whip, blow.] To beat or flog soundly.
[ Prov. Eng. & Colloq. U.S.] Forby.
(-væ), English Larvas
(-vȧz). [ Latin larva
ghost, specter, mask.] 1. (Zoology) Any young insect from the time that it hatches from the egg until it becomes a pupa, or chrysalis. During this time it usually molts several times, and may change its form or color each time. The larvæ of many insects are much like the adults in form and habits, but have no trace of wings, the rudimentary wings appearing only in the pupa stage. In other groups of insects the larvæ are totally unlike the parents in structure and habits, and are called caterpillars , grubs , maggots , etc. 2. (Zoology) The early, immature form of any animal when more or less of a metamorphosis takes place, before the assumption of the mature shape.
[ Latin larvalis
ghostly. See Larva
.] (Zoology) Of or pertaining to a larva.
Larvalia noun plural
[ New Latin See Larval
.] (Zoology) An order of Tunicata, including Appendicularia, and allied genera; -- so called because certain larval features are retained by them through life. Called also Copelata . See Appendicularia .
Larvate adjective [ Latin larva mask.] Masked; hence, concealed; obscure; -- applied in medicine to doubtful cases of some diseases; as, larvate pneumonis; larvate epilepsy.
[ Latin larvatus
bewitched. See Larva
.] Masked; clothed as with a mask.
; plural Larves
(lärvz). [ French] A larva.
Larviform adjective [ Larva + -form .] (Zoology) Having the form or structure of a larva.
Larviparous adjective [ Larva + Latin parete to bring forth.] (Zoology) Depositing living larvæ, instead of eggs; -- said of certain insects.
Lary (lā"rȳ) noun [ Confer French lare sea gull, Latin larus a sort of sea bird, Greek la`ros .] A guillemot; -- called also lavy . [ Prov. Eng.]
[ From Larynx
.] Of or pertaining to the larynx; adapted to operations on the larynx; as, laryngeal forceps.
Laryngectomy noun [ Larynx + Greek ... to cut out.] (Surg.) Excision of the larynx.
[ New Latin , from Greek laryggismo`s
a croaking. See Larynx
.] (Medicine) A spasmodic state of the glottis, giving rise to contraction or closure of the opening.
[ New Latin See Larynx
, and -tis
.] (Medicine) Inflammation of the larynx.
Laryngograph noun [ larynx + -graph .] An instrument for recording the larynx movements in speech.
Laryngological adjective Of or pertaining to laryngology.
Laryngologist noun One who applies himself to laryngology.
Laryngology noun [ Larynx + -logy .] Systematized knowledge of the action and functions of the larynx; in pathology, the department which treats of the diseases of the larynx.
Laryngophony noun [ Larynx + Greek voice.] The sound of the voice as heard through a stethoscope when the latter is placed upon the larynx.
Laryngoscope noun [ Larynx + -scope .] (Surg.) An instrument, consisting of an arrangement of two mirrors, for reflecting light upon the larynx, and for examining its image.
Laryngoscopic adjective Of or pertaining to the inspection of the larynx.