Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Laryngoscopist noun One skilled in laryngoscopy.

Laryngoscopy noun The art of using the laryngoscope; investigations made with the laryngoscope.

Laryngotome noun (Surg.) An instrument for performing laryngotomy.

Laryngotomy noun [ Greek ; the larynx + te`mnein to cut: confer French laryngotomie .] (Surg.) The operation of cutting into the larynx, from the outside of the neck, for assisting respiration when obstructed, or for removing foreign bodies.

Laryngotracheal adjective [ Larynx + tracheal .] (Anat.) Pertaining to both larynx and trachea; as, the laryngotracheal cartilage in the frog.

Laryngotracheotomy noun [ Larynx + tracheotomy .] (Surg.) The operation of cutting into the larynx and the upper part of the trachea, -- a frequent operation for obstruction to breathing.

Larynx (lăr"ĭnks; 277) noun [ New Latin from Greek la`rygx , - yggos .] (Anat.) The expanded upper end of the windpipe or trachea, connected with the hyoid bone or cartilage. It contains the vocal cords, which produce the voice by their vibrations, when they are stretched and a current of air passes between them. The larynx is connected with the pharynx by an opening, the glottis, which, in mammals, is protected by a lidlike epiglottis.

» In the framework of the human larynx, the thyroid cartilage, attached to the hyoid bone, makes the protuberance on the front of the neck known as Adam's apple , and is articulated below to the ringlike cricoid cartilage. This is narrow in front and high behind, where, within the thyroid, it is surmounted by the two arytenoid cartilages, from which the vocal cords pass forward to be attached together to the front of the thyroid. See Syrinx .

Las noun A lace. See Lace . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Las adjective & adverb Less. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Lascar noun [ Persian & Hind. lashkar an army, an inferior artillery man, a cooly, a native sailor.] A native sailor, employed in European vessels; also, a menial employed about arsenals, camps, camps, etc.; a camp follower. [ East Indies]

Lascious adjective Loose; lascivious. [ Obsolete] "To depaint lascious wantonness." Holland.

Lasciviency (lăs*sĭv"ĭ* e n*sȳ) noun [ See Lascivient .] Lasciviousness; wantonness. [ Obsolete]

Lascivient (- e nt) adjective [ Latin lasciviens , pr. of lascivire to be wanton, from lascivus . See Lascivious .] Lascivious. [ Obsolete] Dr. H. More.

Lascivious (-ŭs) adjective [ Latin lascivia wantonness, from lascivus wanton; confer Greek la`stauros lecherous, lh^n to wish, Sanskrit lash to desire.]
1. Wanton; lewd; lustful; as, lascivious men; lascivious desires. Milton.

2. Tending to produce voluptuous or lewd emotions.

He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber
To the lascivious pleasing of a lute.
Shak.

-- Las*civ"i*ous*ly , adverb -- Las*civ"i*ous*ness , noun

Laserwort (lā"sẽr*wûrt`) noun [ Latin laser the juice of the laserwort.] (Botany) Any plant of the umbelliferous genus Laserpitium , of several species (as Latin glabrum , and Latin siler ), the root of which yields a resinous substance of a bitter taste. The genus is mostly European.

Lash (lăsh) noun [ Middle English lasche ; confer Dutch lasch piece set in, joint, seam, German lashe latchet, a bit of leather, gusset, stripe, laschen to furnish with flaps, to lash or slap, Icelandic laski gusset, flap, laska to break.]
1. The thong or braided cord of a whip, with which the blow is given.

I observed that your whip wanted a lash to it.
Addison.

2. A leash in which an animal is caught or held; hence, a snare. [ Obsolete]

3. A stroke with a whip, or anything pliant and tough; as, the culprit received thirty-nine lashes .

4. A stroke of satire or sarcasm; an expression or retort that cuts or gives pain; a cut.

The moral is a lash at the vanity of arrogating that to ourselves which succeeds well.
L'Estrange.

5. A hair growing from the edge of the eyelid; an eyelash.

6. In carpet weaving, a group of strings for lifting simultaneously certain yarns, to form the figure.

Lash (lăsh) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Lashed ; present participle & verbal noun Lashng .]
1. To strike with a lash; to whip or scourge with a lash, or with something like one.

We lash the pupil, and defraud the ward.
Dryden.

2. To strike forcibly and quickly, as with a lash; to beat, or beat upon, with a motion like that of a lash; as, a whale lashes the sea with his tail.

And big waves lash the frighted shores.
Dryden.

3. To throw out with a jerk or quickly.

He falls, and lashing up his heels, his rider throws.
Dryden.

4. To scold; to berate; to satirize; to censure with severity; as, to lash vice.

Lash intransitive verb To ply the whip; to strike; to utter censure or sarcastic language.

To laugh at follies, or to lash at vice.
Dryden.

To lash out , to strike out wildly or furiously.

Lash transitive verb [ Confer Dutch lasschen to fasten together, lasch piece, joint, Swedish laska to stitch, Danish laske stitch. See Lash , noun ] To bind with a rope, cord, thong, or chain, so as to fasten; as, to lash something to a spar; to lash a pack on a horse's back.

Lasher noun One who whips or lashes.

Lasher noun
1. A piece of rope for binding or making fast one thing to another; -- called also lashing .

2. A weir in a river. [ Eng.] Halliwell.

Lashing noun The act of one who, or that which, lashes; castigation; chastisement. South.

Lashing out , a striking out; also, extravagance.

Lashing noun See 2d Lasher .

Lask noun A diarrhea or flux. [ Obsolete] Holland.

Lasket noun [ Confer Lash , Latching .] (Nautical) latching.

Lass (lȧs) noun [ Middle English lasse ; probably of Celtic origin; confer W. llodes girl, fem. of llawd lad. √123. See Lad a youth.] A young woman; a girl; a sweetheart.

Lasse adjective & adverb Less. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Lassie noun A young girl; a lass. [ Scot.]

Lassitude noun [ Latin lassitudo , from lassus faint, weary; akin to English late : confer French lassitude . See Late .] A condition of the body, or mind, when its voluntary functions are performed with difficulty, and only by a strong exertion of the will; languor; debility; weariness.

The corporeal instruments of action being strained to a high pitch . . . will soon feel a lassitude .
Barrow.

Lasslorn adjective Forsaken by a lass. Shak.

Lasso (lăs"so) noun ; plural Lassos (-sōz). [ Spanish lazo , Latin laqueus . See Lace .] A rope or long thong of leather with a running noose, used for catching horses, cattle, etc.

Lasso cell (Zoology) , one of a peculiar kind of defensive and offensive stinging cells, found in great numbers in all cœlenterates, and in a few animals of other groups. They are most highly developed in the tentacles of jellyfishes, hydroids, and Actiniæ. Each of these cells is filled with, fluid, and contains a long, slender, often barbed, hollow thread coiled up within it. When the cell contracts the thread is quickly ejected, being at the same time turned inside out. The thread is able to penetrate the flesh of various small, soft-bodied animals, and carries a subtle poison by which they are speedily paralyzed and killed. The threads, at the same time, hold the prey in position, attached to the tentacles. Some of the jellyfishes, as the Portuguese man-of-war, and Cyanea , are able to penetrate the human skin, and inflict painful stings in the same way. Called also nettling cell , cnida , cnidocell .

Lasso transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Lassoed ; present participle & verbal noun Lassoing .] To catch with a lasso.

Last 3d pers. sing. present of Last , to endure, contracted from lasteth . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Last adjective [ Middle English last , latst , contr. of latest , superl. of late ; akin to Old Saxon lezt , lazt , last , Dutch laatst , German letzt. See Late , and confer Latest .]
1. Being after all the others, similarly classed or considered, in time, place, or order of succession; following all the rest; final; hindmost; farthest; as, the last year of a century; the last man in a line of soldiers; the last page in a book; his last chance.

Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he read in the book of the law of God.
Neh. viii. 18.

Fairest of stars, last in the train of night.
Milton.

2. Next before the present; as, I saw him last week.

3. Supreme; highest in degree; utmost.

Contending for principles of the last importance.
R. Hall.

4. Lowest in rank or degree; as, the last prize. Pope.

5. Farthest of all from a given quality, character, or condition; most unlikely; having least fitness; as, he is the last person to be accused of theft.

At last , at the end of a certain period; after delay. "The duke of Savoy felt that the time had at last arrived." Motley. -- At the last . [ Prob. from Anglo-Saxon on lāste behind, following behind, from lāst race, track, footstep. See Last mold of the foot.] At the end; in the conclusion. [ Obsolete] "Gad, a troop shall overcome him; but he shall overcome at the last ." Gen. xlix. 19. -- Last heir , the person to whom lands escheat for want of an heir. [ Eng.] Abbott. -- On one's last legs , at, or near, the end of one's resources; hence, on the verge of failure or ruin, especially in a financial sense. [ Colloq.] -- To breathe one's last , to die. -- To the last , to the end; till the conclusion.

And blunder on in business to the last .
Pope.

Syn. -- At Last , At Length . These phrases both denote that some delayed end or result has been reached. At length implies that a long period was spent in so doing; as, after a voyage of more than three months, we at Length arrived safe. At last commonly implies that something has occurred (as interruptions, disappointments, etc.) which leads us to emphasize the idea of having reached the end; as, in spite of every obstacle, we have at last arrived.

Last adverb [ See Last , adjective ]
1. At a time or on an occasion which is the latest of all those spoken of or which have occurred; the last time; as, I saw him last in New York.

2. In conclusion; finally.

Pleased with his idol, he commends, admires,
Adores; and, last , the thing adored desires.
Dryden.

3. At a time next preceding the present time.

How long is't now since last yourself and I
Were in a mask ?
Shak.

Last intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Lasted ; present participle & verbal noun Lasting .] [ Middle English lasten , As. læstan to perform, execute, follow, last, continue, from lāst , l...st , trace, footstep, course; akin to German leisten to perform, Goth. laistjan to follow. See Last mold of the foot.]
1. To continue in time; to endure; to remain in existence.

[ I] proffered me to be slave in all that she me would ordain while my life lasted .
Testament of Love.

2. To endure use, or continue in existence, without impairment or exhaustion; as, this cloth lasts better than that; the fuel will last through the winter.

Last noun [ Anglo-Saxon lāst trace, track, footstep; akin to Dutch leest a last, German leisten , Swedish läst , Danish læst , Icel . leistr the foot below the ankle, Goth. laists track, way; from a root signifying, to go. Confer Last , intransitive verb , Learn , Delirium .] A wooden block shaped like the human foot, on which boots and shoes are formed.

The cobbler is not to go beyond his last .
L'Estrange.

Darning last , a smooth, hard body, often egg-shaped, put into a stocking to preserve its shape in darning.

Last transitive verb To shape with a last; to fasten or fit to a last; to place smoothly on a last; as, to last a boot.

Last noun [ As. hlæst , from hladan to lade; akin to Old High German hlast , G., D., Dan., & Swedish last : confer French laste , last , a last, of German or Dutch origin. See Lade .]
1. A load; a heavy burden; hence, a certain weight or measure, generally estimated at 4,000 lbs., but varying for different articles and in different countries. In England, a last of codfish, white herrings, meal, or ashes, is twelve barrels; a last of corn, ten quarters, or eighty bushels, in some parts of England, twenty-one quarters; of gunpowder, twenty-four barrels, each containing 100 lbs; of red herrings, twenty cades, or 20,000; of hides, twelve dozen; of leather, twenty dickers; of pitch and tar, fourteen barrels; of wool, twelve sacks; of flax or feathers, 1,700 lbs.

2. The burden of a ship; a cargo.

Lastage noun [ English lestage ballasting, from lest ballast, or Late Latin lastagium , lestagium . See Last a load.]
1. A duty exacted, in some fairs or markets, for the right to carry things where one will. [ Obsolete]

2. A tax on wares sold by the last. [ Obsolete] Cowell.

3. The lading of a ship; also, ballast. Spelman.

4. Room for stowing goods, as in a ship.

Laste obsolete imperfect of Last , to endure. Chaucer.

Laster noun A workman whose business it is to shape boots or shoes, or place leather smoothly, on lasts; a tool for stretching leather on a last.

Lastery noun A red color. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Lasting adjective Existing or continuing a long while; enduring; as, a lasting good or evil; a lasting color.

Syn. -- Durable; permanent; undecaying; perpetual; unending. -- Lasting , Permanent , Durable . Lasting commonly means merely continuing in existence; permanent carries the idea of continuing in the same state, position, or course; durable means lasting in spite of agencies which tend to destroy.

Lasting noun
1. Continuance; endurance. Locke.

2. A species of very durable woolen stuff, used for women's shoes; everlasting.

3. The act or process of shaping on a last.

Lastingly adverb In a lasting manner.

Lastly adverb
1. In the last place; in conclusion.

2. at last; finally.

Lat (lăt) transitive verb To let; to allow. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Lata, Latah noun [ Malay.] A convulsive tic or hysteric neurosis prevalent among Malays, similar to or identical with miryachit and jumping disease, the person affected performing various involuntary actions and making rapid inarticulate ejaculations in imitation of the actions and words of another person.

Latakia noun [ Turk.] A superior quality of Turkish smoking tobacco, so called from the place where produced, the ancient Laodicea.