Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Loiter intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Loitered
; present participle & verbal noun Loitering
.] [ Dutch leuteren
to delay, loiter; cf; Prov. German lottern
to be louse, lotter
louse, slack, unsettled, vagrant, Old High German lotar
.] 1. To be slow in moving; to delay; to linger; to be dilatory; to spend time idly; to saunter; to lag behind.
Sir John, you loiter here too long. Shak.
If we have loitered , let us quicken our pace. Rogers. 2. To wander as an idle vagrant.
[ Obsolete] Spenser. Syn.
-- To linger; delay; lag; saunter; tarry.
1. One who loiters; an idler. 2. An idle vagrant; a tramp. [ Obsolete] Bp. Sanderson.
Loiteringly adverb In a loitering manner.
Lok (lŏk), Lo"ki (lō"k) noun [ Icelandic Loki , perhaps akin to lokka , locka to allure, entice.] (Scandinavian Myth.) The evil deity, the author of all calamities and mischief, answering to the Ahriman of the Persians.
Lokao noun A green vegetable dye imported from China.
[ See Lock
a fastening.] A private path or road; also, the wicket or hatch of a door.
[ Prov. Eng.]
Lokorys noun Liquorice. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Loligo noun [ Latin , cuttle fish.] (Zoology) A genus of cephalopods, including numerous species of squids, common on the coasts of America and Europe. They are much used for fish bait.
Loll intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Lolled
; present participle & verbal noun Lolling
.] [ Confer Icelandic lolla
to act lazily, loll
, laziness, OD. lollen
to sit over the fire, and English lull
. Confer Lill
.] 1. To act lazily or indolently; to recline; to lean; to throw one's self down; to lie at ease.
Void of care, he lolls supine in state. Dryden. 2. To hand extended from the mouth, as the tongue of an ox or a log when heated with labor or exertion.
The triple porter of the Stygian seat, Dryden. 3. To let the tongue hang from the mouth, as an ox, dog, or other animal, when heated by labor; as, the ox stood lolling in the furrow.
With lolling tongue, lay fawning at thy feet.
Loll transitive verb To let hang from the mouth, as the tongue.
Fierce tigers couched around and lolled their fawning tongues. Dryden.
[ Late Latin Lollardi
, from Walter Lolhardus
, a German; confer LG. & Dutch lollen
to mumble, to hum, sing in a murmuring strain; hence, OD. lollaerd
a mumbler, i. e.
, of prayers or psalms, which was probably the origin of the name. See Loll
.] (Eccl. Hist.) (a) One of a sect of early reformers in Germany. (b) One of the followers of Wyclif in England.
[ Called also Loller
By Lollards all know the Wyclifities are meant, so called from Walter Lollardus, one of their teachers in Germany. Fuller.
Lollardism, Lollardy noun The doctrines or principles of the Lollards.
[ See Loll
.] 1. One who lolls. 2. An idle vagabond.
[ Obsolete] Piers Plowman. 3. A Lollard.
Lollingly adverb In a lolling manner. Buckle.
Lollipop noun [ Perhaps from Prov. English loll to soothe + pope a mixed liquor.] A kind of sugar confection which dissolves easily in the mouth. Thackeray.
Lollop intransitive verb
[ From Loll
.] To move heavily; to lounge or idle; to loll.
[ Low.] Charles Reade.
; plural Lomata
. [ New Latin , from Greek ..., ..., a fringe.] (Zoology) A lobe; a membranous fringe or flap.
[ See Loma
.] (Zoology) Furnished with lobes or flaps.
Lombard adjective Of or pertaining to Lombardy, or the inhabitants of Lombardy.
[ French lombard
, from the Longobardi
, i. e., Longbeards, a people of Northern Germany, west of the Elbe, and afterward in Northern Italy. See Long
, and Beard
, and confer Lumber
.] 1. A native or inhabitant of Lombardy. 2. A money lender or banker; -- so called because the business of banking was first carried on in London by Lombards . 3. Same as Lombard-house .
A Lombard unto this day signifying a bank for usury or pawns. Fuller. 4. (Mil.) A form of cannon formerly in use. Prescott. Lombard Street
, the principal street in London for banks and the offices of note brokers; hence, the money market and interest of London.
[ French or Dutch lombard
. See Lombard
] 1. A bank or a pawnbroker's shop. 2. A public institution for lending money to the poor at a moderate interest, upon articles deposited and pledged; -- called also mont de piété .
Lombardeer noun A pawnbroker. [ Obsolete] Howell.
Lombardic adjective Of or pertaining to Lombardy of the Lombards. Lombardic alphabet
, the ancient alphabet derived from the Roman, and employed in the manuscript of Italy.
-- Lombardic architecture
, the debased Roman style of architecture as found in parts of Northern Italy. F. G. Lee. Lombardy poplar
. (Botany) See Poplar .
Loment noun [ Latin lomentum a mixture of bean meal and rice, used as a cosmetic wash, bean meal, from lavare , lotum , to wash.] (Botany) An elongated pod, consisting, like the legume, of two valves, but divided transversely into small cells, each containing a single seed.
[ From Loment
.] (Botany) Of the nature of a loment; having fruits like loments.
Lompish adjective Lumpish. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Lond noun Land. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
London noun The capital city of England. London paste (Medicine) , a paste made of caustic soda and unslacked lime; -- used as a caustic to destroy tumors and other morbid enlargements. -- London pride . (Botany) (a) A garden name for Saxifraga umbrosa , a hardy perennial herbaceous plant, a native of high lands in Great Britain . (b) A name anciently given to the Sweet William. Dr. Prior. -- London rocket (Botany) , a cruciferous plant ( Sisymbrium Irio ) which sprung up in London abundantly on the ruins of the great fire of 1667.
London smoke A neutral tint given to spectacles, shade glasses for optical instruments, etc., which reduces the intensity without materially changing the color of the transmitted light.
London tuft (Botany) The Sweet William ( Dianthus barbatus ).
Londoner (-ẽr) noun A native or inhabitant of London. Shak.
Londonism noun A characteristic of Londoners; a mode of speaking peculiar to London.
Londonize intransitive verb To impart to (one) a manner or character like that which distinguishes Londoners.
Lone noun A lane. See Loanin .
[ Prov. Eng.]
[ Abbrev. from alone
.] 1. Being without a companion; being by one's self; also, sad from lack of companionship; lonely; as, a lone traveler or watcher.
When I have on those pathless wilds a appeared, Shenstone. 2. Single; unmarried, or in widowhood.
And the lone wanderer with my presence cheered.
Queen Elizabeth being a lone woman. Collection of Records (1642).
A hundred mark is a long one for a poor lone woman to bear. Shak. 3. Being apart from other things of the kind; being by itself; also, apart from human dwellings and resort; as, a lone house.
" A lone
By a lone well a lonelier column rears. Byron. 4. Unfrequented by human beings; solitary.
Thus vanish scepters, coronets, and balls, Pope.
And leave you on lone woods, or empty walls.
Lone-Star State Texas; -- a nickname alluding to the single star on its coat of arms, being the device used on its flag and seal when it was a republic.
Loneliness noun 1. The condition of being lonely; solitude; seclusion. 2. The state of being unfrequented by human beings; as, the loneliness of a road. 3. Love of retirement; disposition to solitude.
I see Shak. 4. A feeling of depression resulting from being alone. Syn.
The mystery of your loneliness .
-- Solitude; seclusion. See Solitude
[ Compar. Lonelier
; superl. Loneliest
.] [ Shortened from alonely
.] 1. Sequestered from company or neighbors; solitary; retired; as, a lonely situation; a lonely cell. 2. Alone, or in want of company; forsaken.
To the misled and lonely traveler. Milton. 3. Not frequented by human beings; as, a lonely wood. 4. Having a feeling of depression or sadness resulting from the consciousness of being alone; lonesome.
I am very often alone. I don't mean I am lonely . H. James. Syn.
-- Solitary; lone; lonesome; retired; unfrequented; sequestered; secluded.
Loneness noun Solitude; seclusion. [ Obsolete] Donne.
[ Compar. Lonesomer
; superl. Lonesomest
.] 1. Secluded from society; not frequented by human beings; solitary.
Like one that on a lonesome road Coleridge. 2. Conscious of, and somewhat depressed by, solitude; as, to feel lonesome .
Doth walk in fear and dread.
[ Compar. Longer
; superl. Longest
.] [ Anglo-Saxon long
; akin to OS, OFries., D., & German lang
, Icelandic langr
, Swedish lång
, Danish lang
, Goth. laggs
, Latin longus
. √125. Confer Length
a fish, Linger
.] 1. Drawn out in a line, or in the direction of length; protracted; extended; as, a long line; -- opposed to short , and distinguished from broad or wide . 2. Drawn out or extended in time; continued through a considerable tine, or to a great length; as, a long series of events; a long debate; a long drama; a long history; a long book. 3. Slow in passing; causing weariness by length or duration; lingering; as, long hours of watching. 4. Occurring or coming after an extended interval; distant in time; far away.
The we may us reserve both fresh and strong Spenser. 5. Extended to any specified measure; of a specified length; as, a span long ; a yard long ; a mile long , that is, extended to the measure of a mile, etc. 6. Far-reaching; extensive.
Against the tournament, which is not long .
views." Burke. 7. (Phonetics) Prolonged, or relatively more prolonged, in utterance; -- said of vowels and syllables. See Short , adjective , 13, and Guide to Pronunciation , §§ 22, 30.
is used as a prefix in a large number of compound adjectives which are mostly of obvious meaning; as, long-
worded, etc. In the long run
, in the whole course of things taken together; in the ultimate result; eventually.
-- Long clam (Zoology)
, the common clam ( Mya arenaria ) of the Northern United States and Canada; -- called also soft-shell clam and long-neck clam . See Mya .
-- Long cloth
, a kind of cotton cloth of superior quality.
-- Long clothes
, clothes worn by a young infant, extending below the feet.
-- Long division
. (Math.) See Division .
-- Long dozen
, one more than a dozen; thirteen.
-- Long home
, the grave.
-- Long measure
, Long meter
. See under Measure , Meter .
-- Long Parliament (Eng. Hist.)
, the Parliament which assembled Nov. 3, 1640, and was dissolved by Cromwell, April 20, 1653.
-- Long price
, the full retail price.
-- Long purple (Botany)
, a plant with purple flowers, supposed to be the Orchis mascula . Dr. Prior.
-- Long suit (Whist)
, a suit of which one holds originally more than three cards. R. A. Proctor.
-- Long tom
. (a) A pivot gun of great length and range, on the dock of a vessel
. (b) A long trough for washing auriferous earth
. [ Western U.S.] (c) (Zoology) The long-tailed titmouse.
-- Long wall (Coal Mining)
, a working in which the whole seam is removed and the roof allowed to fall in, as the work progresses, except where passages are needed.
-- Of long
, a long time.
[ Obsolete] Fairfax.
-- To be
, or go
, long of the market
, To be on the long side of the market
, etc. (Stock Exchange)
, to hold stock for a rise in price, or to have a contract under which one can demand stock on or before a certain day at a stipulated price; -- opposed to short in such phrases as, to be short of stock , to sell short , etc.
[ Cant] See Short
. -- To have a long head
, to have a farseeing or sagacious mind.
1. (Mus.) A note formerly used in music, one half the length of a large, twice that of a breve. 2. (Phonetics) A long sound, syllable, or vowel. 3. The longest dimension; the greatest extent; -- in the phrase, the long and the short of it , that is, the sum and substance of it. Addison.
[ Anglo-Saxon lance
.] 1. To a great extent in space; as, a long drawn out line. 2. To a great extent in time; during a long time.
They that tarry long at the wine. Prov. xxiii. 30.
When the trumpet soundeth long . Ex. xix. 13. 3. At a point of duration far distant, either prior or posterior; as, not long before; not long after; long before the foundation of Rome; long after the Conquest. 4. Through the whole extent or duration.
The bird of dawning singeth all night long . Shak. 5. Through an extent of time, more or less; - - only in question; as, how long will you be gone?
[ Abbreviated from along
. See 3d Along
.] By means of; by the fault of; because of.
[ Obsolete] See Along of
, under 3d Along
Long intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Longed
; present participle & verbal noun Longing
.] [ Anglo-Saxon langian
to increase, to lengthen, to stretch out the mind after, to long, to crave, to belong to, from lang
long. See Long
] 1. To feel a strong or morbid desire or craving; to wish for something with eagerness; -- followed by an infinitive, or by after or for .
I long to see you. Rom. i. 11.
I have longed after thy precepts. Ps. cxix. 40.
I have longed for thy salvation. Ps. cxix. 174.
Nicomedes, longing for herrings, was supplied with fresh ones . . . at a great distance from the sea. Arbuthnot. 2. To belong; -- used with to , unto , or for .
The labor which that longeth unto me. Chaucer.
Long adjective (Finance & Com.) Having a supply of stocks or goods; prepared for, or depending for a profit upon, advance in prices; as, long of cotton. Hence, the phrases: to be , or go , long of the market , to be on the long side of the market , to hold products or securities for a rise in price, esp. when bought on a margin.
Long primer (Print.) A kind of type, in size between small pica and bourgeois. » This line is printed in long primer .
Longan noun (Botany) A pulpy fruit related to the litchi, and produced by an evergreen East Indian tree ( Nephelium Longan ).