Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Lace-winged adjective (Zoology) Having thin, transparent, reticulated wings; as, the lace- winged flies.
Laceration noun [ Latin laceratio : confer French lacération .]
1. The act of lacerating. 2. A breach or wound made by lacerating. Arbuthnot.
Lacerative adjective Lacerating, or having the power to lacerate; as, lacerative humors. Harvey.
[ Middle English lacerte
. See Lacertus
.] A muscle of the human body.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Lacerta noun [ Latin lacertus the arm.] A fathom. [ Obsolete] Domesday Book.
[ Latin a lizard. See Lizard
.] 1. (Zoology) A genus of lizards. See Lizard .
» Formerly it included nearly all the known lizards. It is now restricted to certain diurnal Old World species, like the green lizard ( Lacerta viridis
) and the sand lizard ( Latin agilis
), of Europe. 2. (Astron.) The Lizard, a northern constellation.
Lacertian adjective [ Confer French lacertien .] (Zoology) Like a lizard; of or pertaining to the Lacertilia. -- noun One of the Lacertilia.
Lacertilia noun plural
[ New Latin , from Latin lacertus
a lizard.] (Zoology) An order of Reptilia, which includes the lizards.
» They are closely related to the snakes, and like the latter, usually have the body covered with scales or granules. They usually have eyelids, and most of then have well-formed legs; but in some groups (amphisbæna, glass-snake, etc.) the legs are wanting and the body is serpentlike. None are venomous, unless Heloderma
be an exception. The order includes the chameleons, the Cionocrania
, or typical lizards, and the amphisbænas. See Amphisbæna
, Gila monster
, and Lizard
(-an) adjective & noun Same as Lacertian .
Lacertiloid adjective [ Lacertilia + -oid .] (Zoology) Like or belonging to the Lacertilia.
Lacertine adjective (Zoology) Lacertian.
; plural Lacerti
(- tī). [ Latin , the upper arm.] (Anat.) A bundle or fascicle of muscular fibers.
Lacewing (lās"wĭng`) noun (Zoology) Any one of several species of neuropterous insects of the genus Chrysopa and allied genera. They have delicate, lacelike wings and brilliant eyes. Their larvæ are useful in destroying aphids. Called also lace-winged fly , and goldeneyed fly .
Laches, Lache noun
[ Old French lachesse
, from lache
lax, indolent, French lâche
, ultimately from Latin laxus
loose, lax. See Lax
.] (Law) Neglect; negligence; remissness; neglect to do a thing at the proper time; delay to assert a claim.
It ill became him to take advantage of such a laches with the eagerness of a shrewd attorney. Macaulay.
Lachrymable adjective [ Latin lacrimabilis , from lacrima a tear.] Lamentable. Martin Parker.
[ Confer French lacrymal
. See Lachrymose
.] 1. Of or pertaining to tears; as, lachrymal effusions. 2. (Anat.) (a) Pertaining to, or secreting, tears; as, the lachrymal gland. (b) Pertaining to the lachrymal organs; as, lachrymal bone; lachrymal duct.
Lachrymals noun plural
[ See Lachrymal
.] Tears; also, lachrymal feelings or organs.
People go to the theaters to have . . . their risibles and lachrymals set agoing. The Lutheran.
Lachrymary adjective Containing, or intended to contain, tears; lachrymal. Addison.
Lachrymate (-māt) intransitive verb To weep. [ R.] Blount.
Lachrymation noun [ Latin lacrimatio , from lacrimare to shed tears, from lacrima tear.] The act of shedding tears; weeping.
. [ Confer French lacrymatoire
.] (Antiq.) A "tear-bottle;" a narrow-necked vessel found in sepulchers of the ancient Romans; -- so called from a former notion that the tears of the deceased person's friends were collected in it. Called also lachrymal or lacrymal .
Lachrymiform adjective , [ Latin lacrima tear + -form ; confer French lacrymiforme .] Having the form of a tear; tear-shaped.
[ Latin lacrymosus
, better lacrimosus
, from lacrima
(also badly spelt lachryma
) a tear, for older dacrima
, akin to English tear
. See Tear
the secretion.] Generating or shedding tears; given to shedding tears; suffused with tears; tearful.
You should have seen his lachrymose visnomy. Lamb.
Lachrymæ Christi [ Latin , lit., Christ's tears.] A rich, sweet, red Neapolitan wine.
1. The act of securing, fastening, or tightening, with a lace or laces. 2. A lace; specifically (Machinery) , a thong of thin leather for uniting the ends of belts. 3. A rope or line passing through eyelet holes in the edge of a sail or an awning to attach it to a yard, gaff, etc. 4. (Bridge Building) A system of bracing bars, not crossing each other in the middle, connecting the channel bars of a compound strut. Waddell.
. [ Latin , the lappet or flap of a garment.] 1. (Botany) (a) One of the narrow, jagged, irregular pieces or divisions which form a sort of fringe on the borders of the petals of some flowers. (b) A narrow, slender portion of the edge of a monophyllous calyx, or of any irregularly incised leaf. 2. (Zoology) The posterior, inner process of the stipes on the maxillæ of insects.
Laciniate, Laciniated adjective
[ See Lacinia
.] 1. Fringed; having a fringed border. 2. (Bot. & Zoology) Cut into deep, narrow, irregular lobes; slashed.
[ See Lacinia
.] (Botany) Consisting of, or abounding in, very minute laciniæ.
; plural Lacinulæ
, English Lacinulas
. [ New Latin ] (Botany) A diminutive lacinia.
[ Middle English lak
; confer Dutch lak
to blame, Old High German lahan
, Anglo-Saxon leán
.] 1. Blame; cause of blame; fault; crime; offense.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer. 2. Deficiency; want; need; destitution; failure; as, a lack of sufficient food.
She swooneth now and now for lakke of blood. Chaucer.
Let his lack of years be no impediment. Shak.
Lack transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Lacked
; present participle & verbal noun Lacking
.] 1. To blame; to find fault with.
Love them and lakke them not. Piers Plowman. 2. To be without or destitute of; to want; to need.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God. James i. 5.
Lack intransitive verb 1. To be wanting; often, impersonally, with of , meaning, to be less than, short, not quite, etc.
What hour now ? Shak.
I think it lacks of twelve.
Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty. Gen. xvii. 28. 2. To be in want.
The young lions do lack , and suffer hunger. Ps. xxxiv. 10.
[ Confer Alack
.] Exclamation of regret or surprise.
[ Prov. Eng.] Cowper.
[ From Lackadaisy
.] Affectedly pensive; languidly sentimental.
[ From Lackaday
.] An expression of languor.
Lackadaisy adjective Lackadaisical.
Lackaday interj. [ Abbreviated from alackaday .] Alack the day; alas; -- an expression of sorrow, regret, dissatisfaction, or surprise.
Lackbrain noun One who is deficient in understanding; a witless person. Shak.
Lacker noun One who lacks or is in want.
; plural Lackeys
. [ French laquais
; confer Spanish & Portuguese lacayo
; of uncertain origin; perhaps of German origin, and akin to English lick
] An attending male servant; a footman; a servile follower.
Like a Christian footboy or a gentleman's lackey . Shak. Lackey caterpillar (Zoology)
, the caterpillar, or larva, of any bombycid moth of the genus Clisiocampa ; -- so called from its party-colored markings. The common European species ( C. neustria ) is striped with blue, yellow, and red, with a white line on the back. The American species ( C. Americana and C. sylvatica ) are commonly called tent caterpillars . See Tent caterpillar , under Tent .
-- Lackey moth (Zoology)
, the moth which produces the lackey caterpillar.
Lackey transitive verb To attend as a lackey; to wait upon.
A thousand liveried angels lackey her. Milton.
Lackey intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Lackeyed
; present participle & verbal noun Lackeying
.] To act or serve as lackey; to pay servile attendance.
Lackluster, Lacklustre noun A want of luster. -- adjective Wanting luster or brightness. " Lackluster eye." Shak.
Laconian adjective Of or pertaining to Laconia, a division of ancient Greece; Spartan. - - noun An inhabitant of Laconia; esp., a Spartan.
Laconic noun Laconism. [ Obsolete] Addison.
Laconic, Laconical adjective
[ Latin Laconicus
Laconian, Greek ......, from ...... a Laconian, Lacedæmonian, or Spartan: confer French laconique
.] 1. Expressing much in few words, after the manner of the Laconians or Spartans; brief and pithy; brusque; epigrammatic. In this sense laconic is the usual form.
I grow laconic even beyond laconicism; for sometimes I return only yes, or no, to questionary or petitionary epistles of half a yard long. Pope.
His sense was strong and his style laconic . Welwood. 2. Laconian; characteristic of, or like, the Spartans; hence, stern or severe; cruel; unflinching.
His head had now felt the razor, his back the rod; all that laconical discipline pleased him well. Bp. Hall. Syn.
-- Short; brief; concise; succinct; sententious; pointed; pithy. -- Laconic
means without irrelevant or superfluous matter; it is the opposite of diffuse
means concise with the additional quality of pithiness, sometimes of brusqueness.
Laconical adjective See Laconic , adjective