Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Loathy adjective Loathsome. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Loaves noun ; plural of Loaf .

Lob noun [ W. llob an unwieldy lump, a dull fellow, a blockhead. Confer Looby , Lubber .]
1. A dull, heavy person. " Country lobs ." Gauden.

2. Something thick and heavy.

Lob transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Lobbed ; present participle & verbal noun Lobbing .] To let fall heavily or lazily.

And their poor jades
Lob down their heads.
Shak.

To lob a ball (Lawn Tennis) , to strike a ball so as to send it up into the air.

Lob transitive verb (Mining) See Cob , transitive verb

Lob noun [ Danish lubbe .] (Zoology) The European pollock.

Lob noun The act of lobbing; specif., an (often gentle) stroke which sends a ball up into the air, as in tennis to avoid a player at the net.

Lobar adjective Of or pertaining to a lobe; characterized by, or like, a lobe or lobes.

Lobate, Lobated adjective [ See Lobe .]
1. (Botany) Consisting of, or having, lobes; lobed; as, a lobate leaf.

2. (Zoology) (a) Having lobes; -- said of the tails of certain fishes having the integument continued to the bases of the fin rays. (b) Furnished with membranous flaps, as the toes of a coot. See Illust. (m) under Aves .

Lobately adverb As a lobe; so as to make a lobe; in a lobate manner.

Lobbish adjective Like a lob; consisting of lobs. Sir. P. Sidney.

Lobby noun ; plural Lobbies . [ Late Latin lobium , lobia , laubia , a covered portico fit for walking, from Old High German louba , German laube , arbor. See Lodge .]
1. (Architecture) A passage or hall of communication, especially when large enough to serve also as a waiting room. It differs from an antechamber in that a lobby communicates between several rooms, an antechamber to one only; but this distinction is not carefully preserved.

2. That part of a hall of legislation not appropriated to the official use of the assembly; hence, the persons, collectively, who frequent such a place to transact business with the legislators; any persons, not members of a legislative body, who strive to influence its proceedings by personal agency. [ U.S.]

3. (Nautical) An apartment or passageway in the fore part of an old-fashioned cabin under the quarter- deck.

4. (Agriculture) A confined place for cattle, formed by hedges. trees, or other fencing, near the farmyard.

Lobby member , a lobbyist. [ Humorous cant, U. S.]

Lobby intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Lobbied ; present participle & verbal noun Lobbying .] To address or solicit members of a legislative body in the lobby or elsewhere, with the purpose to influence their votes. [ U.S.] Bartlett.

Lobby transitive verb To urge the adoption or passage of by soliciting members of a legislative body; as, to lobby a bill. [ U.S.]

Lobbyist noun A member of the lobby; a person who solicits members of a legislature for the purpose of influencing legislation. [ U.S.]

Lobcock noun A dull, sluggish person; a lubber; a lob. [ Low]

Lobe (lōb) noun [ French lobe , Greek lobo`s .] Any projection or division, especially one of a somewhat rounded form ; as: (a) (Botany) A rounded projection or division of a leaf. Gray. (b) (Zoology) A membranous flap on the sides of the toes of certain birds, as the coot. (c) (Anat.) A round projecting part of an organ, as of the liver, lungs, brain, etc. See Illust. of Brain . (b) (Machinery) The projecting part of a cam wheel or of a non-circular gear wheel.

Lobe of the ear , the soft, fleshy prominence in which the human ear terminates below. See. Illust. of Ear .

Lobe-footed adjective (Zoology) Lobiped.

Lobed adjective Having lobes; lobate.

Lobefoot noun (Zoology) A bird having lobate toes; esp., a phalarope.

Lobelet noun (Botany) A small lobe; a lobule.

Lobelia noun [ New Latin So called from Lobel , botanist to King James I.] (Botany) A genus of plants, including a great number of species. Lobelia inflata , or Indian tobacco, is an annual plant of North America, whose leaves contain a poisonous white viscid juice, of an acrid taste. It has often been used in medicine as an emetic, expectorant, etc. Latin cardinalis is the cardinal flower, remarkable for the deep and vivid red color of its flowers.

Lobeliaceous adjective (Botany) Of or pertaining to a natural order of plants of which the genus Lobelia is the type.

Lobelin noun (Medicine) A yellowish green resin from Lobelia , used as an emetic and diaphoretic.

Lobeline noun (Chemistry) A poisonous narcotic alkaloid extracted from the leaves of Indian tobacco ( Lobelia inflata ) as a yellow oil, having a tobaccolike taste and odor.

Lobiped adjective [ Lobe + Latin pes , pedis , foot.] (Zoology) Having lobate toes, as a coot.

Loblolly noun [ Etymol. uncertain.] Gruel; porridge; -- so called among seamen.

Loblolly bay (Botany) , an elegant white-flowered evergreen shrub or small tree, of the genus Gordonia ( G. Lasianthus ), growing in the maritime parts of the Southern United States. Its bark is sometimes used in tanning. Also, a similar West Indian tree ( Laplacea hæmatoxylon ). -- Loblolly boy , a surgeon's attendant on shipboard. Smollett. -- Loblolly pine (Botany) , a kind of pitch pine found from Delaware southward along the coast; old field pine ( Pinus Tæda ). Also, P. Bahamensis , of the West Indies. -- Loblolly tree (Botany) , a name of several West Indian trees, having more or less leathery foliage, but alike in no other respect; as Pisonia subcordata , Cordia alba , and Cupania glabra .

Lobosa noun plural [ New Latin See Lobe .] (Zoology) An order of Rhizopoda, in which the pseudopodia are thick and irregular in form, as in the Amœba .

Lobscouse noun [ Written also lobscourse from which lobscouse is corrupted.] [ Lob + course .] (Nautical) A combination of meat with vegetables, bread, etc., usually stewed, sometimes baked; an olio.

Lobsided adjective See Lopsided .

Lobspound noun [ Lob + pound a prison.] A prison. [ Obsolete] Hudibras.

Lobster noun [ Anglo-Saxon loppestre , lopystre probably , corrupted from Latin locusta a marine shellfish, a kind of lobster, a locust. Confer Locust .] (Zoology) Any large macrurous crustacean used as food, esp. those of the genus Homarus ; as the American lobster ( H. Americanus ), and the European lobster ( H. vulgaris ). The Norwegian lobster ( Nephrops Norvegicus ) is similar in form. All these have a pair of large unequal claws. The spiny lobsters of more southern waters, belonging to Palinurus , Panulirus , and allied genera, have no large claws. The fresh-water crayfishes are sometimes called lobsters .

Lobster caterpillar (Zoology) , the caterpillar of a European bombycid moth ( Stauropus fagi ); -- so called from its form. Lobster louse (Zoology) , a copepod crustacean ( Nicothoë astaci ) parasitic on the gills of the European lobster.

Lobster noun As a term of opprobrium or contempt: A gullible, awkward, bungling, or undesirable person. [ Slang]

Lobular adjective [ Confer French lobulaire .] Like a lobule; pertaining to a lobule or lobules.

Lobulate, Lobulated adjective Made up of, or divided into, lobules; as, a lobulated gland.

Lobule noun [ Confer French lobule , dim. of lobe . See Lobe .] A small lobe; a subdivision of a lobe.

Lobule of the ear . (Anat.) Same as Lobe of the ear .

Lobulette noun [ Dim. of lobule .] (Anat.) A little lobule, or subdivision of a lobule.

Lobworm noun (Zoology) The lugworm.

Local adjective [ Latin localis , from locus place: confer French local . See Lieu , Locus .] Of or pertaining to a particular place, or to a definite region or portion of space; restricted to one place or region; as, a local custom.

Gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
Shak.

Local actions (Law) , actions such as must be brought in a particular county, where the cause arises; -- distinguished from transitory actions . -- Local affection (Medicine) , a disease or ailment confined to a particular part or organ, and not directly affecting the system. -- Local attraction (Magnetism) , an attraction near a compass, causing its needle to deviate from its proper direction, especially on shipboard. -- Local battery (Teleg.) , the battery which actuates the recording instruments of a telegraphic station, as distinguished from the battery furnishing a current for the line. -- Local circuit (Teleg.) , the circuit of the local battery. -- Local color . (a) (Paint.) The color which belongs to an object, and is not caused by accidental influences, as of reflection, shadow, etc. (b) (Literature) Peculiarities of the place and its inhabitants where the scene of an action or story is laid. -- Local option , the right or obligation of determining by popular vote within certain districts, as in each county, city, or town, whether the sale of alcoholic beverages within the district shall be allowed.

Local noun
1. (Railroad) A train which receives and deposits passengers or freight along the line of the road; a train for the accommodation of a certain district. [ U.S.]

2. On newspaper cant, an item of news relating to the place where the paper is published. [ U.S.]

Locale noun [ French local .]
1. A place, spot, or location.

2. A principle, practice, form of speech, or other thing of local use, or limited to a locality.

Localism noun
1. The state or quality of being local; affection for a particular place.

2. A method of speaking or acting peculiar to a certain district; a local idiom or phrase.

Locality noun ; plural Localitiees [ Latin localitas : confer French localité .]
1. The state, or condition, of belonging to a definite place, or of being contained within definite limits.

It is thought that the soul and angels are devoid of quantity
and dimension, and that they have nothing to do with grosser locality .
Glanvill.

2. Position; situation; a place; a spot; esp., a geographical place or situation, as of a mineral or plant.

3. Limitation to a county, district, or place; as, locality of trial. Blackstone.

4. (Phren.) The perceptive faculty concerned with the ability to remember the relative positions of places.

Localization noun [ Confer French localisation .] Act of localizing, or state of being localized.

Cerebral localization (Physiol.) , the localization of the control of special functions, as of sight or of the various movements of the body, in special regions of the brain.

Localize transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Localized ; present participle & verbal noun Localizing .] [ Confer French localiser . See Local .] To make local; to fix in, or assign to, a definite place. H. Spencer. Wordsworth.

Locally adverb With respect to place; in place; as, to be locally separated or distant.

Locate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Located ; present participle & verbal noun Locating .] [ Latin locatus , past participle of locare to place, from locus place. See Local .]
1. To place; to set in a particular spot or position.

The captives and emigrants whom he brought with him were located in the trans-Tiberine quarter.
B. F. Westcott.

2. To designate the site or place of; to define the limits of; as, to locate a public building; to locate a mining claim; to locate (the land granted by) a land warrant.

That part of the body in which the sense of touch is located .
H. Spencer.

Locate intransitive verb To place one's self; to take up one's residence; to settle. [ Colloq.]

Location noun [ Latin locatio , from locare .]


1. The act or process of locating.

2. Situation; place; locality. Locke.

3. That which is located; a tract of land designated in place. [ U.S.]

4. (Law) (a) (Civil Law) A leasing on rent. (b) (Scots Law) A contract for the use of a thing, or service of a person, for hire. Wharton. (c) (Amer. Law) The marking out of the boundaries, or identifying the place or site of, a piece of land, according to the description given in an entry, plan, map, etc. Burrill. Bouvier.

Locative adjective (Gram.) Indicating place, or the place where, or wherein; as, a locative adjective; locative case of a noun. -- noun The locative case.