Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Lady's bedstraw (Botany) The common bedstraw ( Galium verum ); also, a slender-leaved East Indian shrub ( Pharnaceum Mollugo ), with white flowers in umbels.
Lady's bower (Botany) A climbing plant with fragrant blossoms ( Clematis vitalba ). » This term is sometimes applied to other plants of the same genus.
Lady's cloth A kind of broadcloth of light weight, used for women's dresses, cloaks, etc.
Lady's comb (Botany) An umbelliferous plant ( Scandix Pecten-Veneris ), its clusters of long slender fruits remotely resembling a comb.
Lady's cushion (Botany) An herb growing in dense tufts; the thrift ( Armeria vulgaris ).
1. plural (Botany) The kidney vetch. 2. (Cookery) A variety of small cake of about the dimensions of a finger. 3. A long, slender variety of the potato. 4. (Zoology) One of the branchiæ of the lobster.
Lady's garters (Botany) Ribbon grass.
Lady's hair (Botany) A plant of the genus Briza ( B. media ); a variety of quaking grass.
Lady's laces (Botany) A slender climbing plant; dodder.
Lady's looking-glass (Botany) See Venus's looking-glass , under Venus .
Lady's mantle (Botany) A genus of rosaceous herbs ( Alchemilla ), esp. the European A. vulgaris , which has leaves with rounded and finely serrated lobes.
Lady's seal (Botany) (a) The European Solomon's seal ( Polygonatum verticillatum ). (b) The black bryony ( Tamus communis ).
Lady's slipper (Botany) Any orchidaceous plant of the genus Cypripedium , the labellum of which resembles a slipper. Less commonly, in the United States, the garden balsam ( Impatiens Balsamina ).
Lady's smock (Botany) A plant of the genus Cardamine ( C. pratensis ); cuckoo flower.
Lady's thimble (Botany) The harebell.
Lady's thumb (Botany) An annual weed ( Polygonum Persicaria ), having a lanceolate leaf with a dark spot in the middle.
Lady's traces, Ladies' tresses (Botany) A name given to several species of the orchidaceous genus Spiranthes , in which the white flowers are set in spirals about a slender axis and remotely resemble braided hair.
Ladylove noun A sweetheart or mistress.
Ladyship noun The rank or position of a lady; -- given as a title (preceded by her or your ).
Your ladyship shall observe their gravity. B. Jonson.
Lafayette noun (Zoology) (a) The dollar fish. (b) A market fish, the goody, or spot ( Liostomus xanthurus ), of the southern coast of the United States.
obsolete past participle of Leave . Chaucer.
obsolete imperfect of Leave . Chaucer.
[ Of Celtic origin: confer Gael. & Ir. lag
weak, feeble, faint, W. llag
, slack, loose, remiss, sluggish; probably akin to English lax
.] 1. Coming tardily after or behind; slow; tardy.
Came too lag to see him buried. Shak. 2. Last; long-delayed; -- obsolete, except in the phrase lag end .
"The lag end
of my life." Shak. 3. Last made; hence, made of refuse; inferior.
[ Obsolete] " Lag
Lag noun 1. One who lags; that which comes in last.
[ Obsolete] "The lag
of all the flock." Pope. 2. The fag-end; the rump; hence, the lowest class.
The common lag of people. Shak. 3. The amount of retardation of anything, as of a valve in a steam engine, in opening or closing. 4. A stave of a cask, drum, etc.; especially (Machinery) , one of the narrow boards or staves forming the covering of a cylindrical object, as a boiler, or the cylinder of a carding machine or a steam engine. 5. (Zoology) See Graylag . Lag of the tide
, the interval by which the time of high water falls behind the mean time, in the first and third quarters of the moon; -- opposed to priming of the tide, or the acceleration of the time of high water, in the second and fourth quarters; depending on the relative positions of the sun and moon.
-- Lag screw
, an iron bolt with a square head, a sharp-edged thread, and a sharp point, adapted for screwing into wood; a screw for fastening lags.
Lag intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Lagged
; present participle & verbal noun Lagging
.] To walk or more slowly; to stay or fall behind; to linger or loiter.
"I shall not lag
behind." Milton. Syn.
-- To loiter; linger; saunter; delay; be tardy.
Lag transitive verb 1. To cause to lag; to slacken.
[ Obsolete] "To lag
his flight." Heywood. 2. (Machinery) To cover, as the cylinder of a steam engine, with lags. See Lag , noun , 4.
Lag noun One transported for a crime. [ Slang, Eng.]
Lag transitive verb To transport for crime.
[ Slang, Eng.]
She lags us if we poach. De Quincey.
Lag noun The failing behind or retardation of one phenomenon with respect to another to which it is closely related; as, the lag of magnetization compared with the magnetizing force (hysteresis); the lag of the current in an alternating circuit behind the impressed electro-motive force which produced it.
Lagan noun & v. See Ligan .
[ See Alligator
.] An alligator.
[ Obsolete] Sir W. Raleigh.
, English Lagenas
. [ Latin , a flask; confer Greek ..., ....] (Anat.) The terminal part of the cochlea in birds and most reptiles; an appendage of the sacculus, corresponding to the cochlea, in fishes and amphibians.
[ See Lagena
.] (Zoology) Like, or pertaining to, Lagena , a genus of Foraminifera having a straight, chambered shell.
[ See Lagena
, and -form
.] (Botany) Shaped like a bottle or flask; flag-shaped.
Lager (lä"gẽr) noun Lager beer.
[ German lager
bed, storehouse + bier
beer. See Lair
, and Beer
.] Originally a German beer, but now also made in immense quantities in the United States; -- so called from its being laid up or stored for some months before use.
Lager wine Wine which has been kept for some time in the cellar. Simmonds.
Laggard adjective [ Lag + - ard .] Slow; sluggish; backward.
Laggard noun One who lags; a loiterer.
Lagger noun A laggard.