|Loyalty Loy"al·ty noun
[ Confer French loyauté
. See Loyal
, and confer Legality
.] The state or quality of being loyal; fidelity to a superior, or to duty, love, etc.
He had such loyalty to the king as the law required. Clarendon.
Not withstanding all the subtle bait Spenser.
With which those Amazons his love still craved,
To his one love his loyalty he saved.
» " Loyalty
. . . expresses, properly, that fidelity which one owes according to law, and does not necessarily include that attachment to the royal person, which, happily, we in England have been able further to throw into the word." Trench. Syn.
-- Allegiance; fealty. See Allegiance
Lozenge Loz"enge (lŏz"ĕnj) noun [ French lozange , losange ; perhaps the same as Old French losenge f flattery, praise, the heraldic sense being the oldest (cf. English hatchment , blazon ). Confer Losenger , Laudable .] 1. (Her.) (a) A diamond-shaped figure usually with the upper and lower angles slightly acute, borne upon a shield or escutcheon. Confer Fusil . (b) A form of the escutcheon used by women instead of the shield which is used by men. 2. A figure with four equal sides, having two acute and two obtuse angles; a rhomb. 3. Anything in the form of lozenge. 4. A small cake of sugar and starch, flavored, and often medicated. -- originally in the form of a lozenge. Lozenge coach , the coach of a dowager, having her coat of arms painted on a lozenge. [ Obsolete] Walpole. -- Lozenge-molding (Architecture) , a kind of molding, used in Norman architecture, characterized by lozenge-shaped ornaments.
(lŏz"ĕnjd), Loz"enge- shaped`
(-shāpt) }, adjective Having the form of a lozenge or rhomb.
The lozenged panes of a very small latticed window. C. Bronté.
Lozengy Loz"en·gy (-ĕn*jȳ) adjective [ French losangé . See Lozenge .] (Her.) Divided into lozenge-shaped compartments, as the field or a bearing, by lines drawn in the direction of the bend sinister.
Lu Lu (lū) noun & transitive verb See Loo .
Lubbard Lub"bard noun [ See Lubber .] A lubber. [ Obsolete] Swift.
Lubbard Lub"bard adjective Lubberly.
Lubber Lub"ber noun
[ Confer dial. Swedish lubber
. See Looby
.] A heavy, clumsy, or awkward fellow; a sturdy drone; a clown.
Lingering lubbers lose many a penny. Tusser. Land lubber
, a name given in contempt by sailors to a person who lives on land.
-- Lubber grasshopper (Zoology)
, a large, stout, clumsy grasshopper; esp., Brachystola magna , from the Rocky Mountain plains, and Romalea microptera , which is injurious to orange trees in Florida.
-- Lubber's hole (Nautical)
, a hole in the floor of the "top," next the mast, through which sailors may go aloft without going over the rim by the futtock shrouds. It is considered by seamen as only fit to be used by lubbers. Totten.
-- Lubber's line
, or mark
, a line or point in the compass case indicating the head of the ship, and consequently the course which the ship is steering.
Lubberly Lub"ber·ly adjective Like a lubber; clumsy.
A great lubberly boy. Shak.
Lubberly Lub"ber·ly adverb Clumsily; awkwardly. Dryden.
Lubric, Lubrical Lu"bric, Lu"bric·al adjective
[ Latin lubricus
: confer French lubrique
.] 1. Having a smooth surface; slippery.
[ R.] 2. Lascivious; wanton; lewd.
This lubric and adulterate age. Dryden.
Lubricant Lu"bri·cant adjective [ Latin lubricans , present participle of lubricare , See Lubricate .] Lubricating.
Lubricant Lu"bri·cant noun That which lubricates; specifically, a substance, as oil, grease, plumbago, etc., used for reducing the friction of the working parts of machinery.
Lubricate Lu"bri·cate transitive verb
[ Latin lubricatus
, past participle of lubricare
to lubricate. See Lubric
.] 1. To make smooth or slippery; as, mucilaginous and saponaceous remedies lubricate the parts to which they are applied. S. Sharp.
Supples, lubricates , and keeps in play, Young. 2. To apply a lubricant to, as oil or tallow.
The various movements of this nice machine.
Lubrication Lu`bri·ca"tion noun The act of lubricating; the act of making slippery.
Lubricator Lu"bri·ca`tor noun 1. One who, or that which, lubricates. " Lubricator of the fibers." Burke. 2. A contrivance, as an oil cup, for supplying a lubricant to machinery.
Lubricitate Lu·bric"i·tate intransitive verb See Lubricate .
Lubricity Lu·bric"i·ty noun
[ Latin lubricitas
: confer French lubricité
.] 1. Smoothness; freedom from friction; also, property which diminishes friction; as, the lubricity of oil. Ray. 2. Slipperiness; instability; as, the lubricity of fortune. L'Estrange. 3. Lasciviousness; propensity to lewdness; lewdness; lechery; incontinency. Sir T. Herbert.
As if wantonness and lubricity were essential to that poem. Dryden.
Lubricous Lu"bri·cous adjective [ Latin lubricus .] Lubric.
Lubrification, Lubrifaction Lu`bri·fi·ca"tion, Lu`bri·fac"tion noun [ Latin lubricus lubric + facere to make.] The act of lubricating, or making smooth. Ray. Bacon.
Lucarne Lu`carne" noun [ French, from Latin lucerna a lamp. See Luthern .] (Architecture) A dormer window.
Lucchese Luc·chese" noun sing. & plural [ Italian Lucchese .] A native or inhabitant of Lucca, in Tuscany; in the plural, the people of Lucca.
Luce Luce noun [ Old French lus , Latin lucius a kind of fish.] (Zoology) A pike when full grown. Halliwell.
Lucency Lu"cen·cy noun The quality of being lucent.
Lucent Lu"cent adjective [ Latin lucens , present participle of lucere to shine, from lux , lucis , light.] Shining; bright; resplendent. " The sun's lucent orb." Milton.
Lucern Lu"cern noun
[ Etymology uncertain.] [ Obsolete] 1. A sort of hunting dog; -- perhaps from Lucerne , in Switzerland.
My lucerns , too, or dogs inured to hunt Chapman. 2. An animal whose fur was formerly much in request (by some supposed to be the lynx).
Beasts of most rapine.
[ Written also lusern
The polecat, mastern, and the richskinned lucern Beau. & Fl.
I know to chase.
Lucern Lu"cern noun [ French luzerne .] (Botany) A leguminous plant ( Medicago sativa ), having bluish purple cloverlike flowers, cultivated for fodder; -- called also alfalfa . [ Written also lucerne .]
Lucern Lu"cern noun [ Latin lucerna .] A lamp. [ Obsolete] Lydgate.
Lucernal Lu·cer"nal adjective [ Latin lucerna a lamp.] Of or pertaining to a lamp. Lucernal microscope , a form of the microscope in which the object is illuminated by means of a lamp, and its image is thrown upon a plate of ground glass connected with the instrument, or on a screen independent of it.
Lucernaria Lu`cer·na"ri·a noun [ New Latin , from Latin lucerna a lamp.] (Zoology) A genus of acalephs, having a bell-shaped body with eight groups of short tentacles around the margin. It attaches itself by a sucker at the base of the pedicel.
Lucernarian Lu`cer·na"ri·an adjective (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the Lucernarida. - - noun One of the Lucernarida.
Lucernarida Lu`cer·nar"i·da noun plural [ New Latin See Lucernaria .] (Zoology) (a) A division of acalephs, including Lucernaria and allied genera; -- called also Calycozoa . (b) A more extensive group of acalephs, including both the true Lucernarida and the Discophora.
Lucerne Lu"cerne noun (Botany) See Lucern , the plant.
Lucid Lu"cid adjective
[ Latin lucidus
, from lux
, light. See Light
] 1. Shining; bright; resplendent; as, the lucid orbs of heaven.
Lucid , like a glowworm. Sir I. Newton.
A court compact of lucid marbles. Tennyson. 2. Clear; transparent.
streams." Milton. 3. Presenting a clear view; easily understood; clear.
A lucid and interesting abstract of the debate. Macaulay. 4. Bright with the radiance of intellect; not darkened or confused by delirium or madness; marked by the regular operations of reason; as, a lucid interval. Syn.
-- Luminous; bright; clear; transparent; sane; reasonable. See Luminous
Lucidity Lu·cid"i·ty noun [ Confer French lucidité . See Lucid .] The quality or state of being lucid.
Lucidly Lu"cid·ly adverb In a lucid manner.
Lucidness Lu"cid·ness noun The quality of being lucid; lucidity.
Lucifer Lu"ci·fer noun
[ Latin , bringing light, noun
, the morning star, from lux
, light + ferre
to bring.] 1. The planet Venus, when appearing as the morning star; -- applied in Isaiah by a metaphor to a king of Babylon.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer , son of the morning ! how art thou cut down to the ground which didst weaken the nations ! Is. xiv. 12.
Tertullian and Gregory the Great understood this passage of Isaiah in reference to the fall of Satan; in consequence of which the name Lucifer has since been applied to Satan. Kitto. 2. Hence, Satan.
How wretched Shak. 3. A match made of a sliver of wood tipped with a combustible substance, and ignited by friction; -- called also lucifer match , and locofoco . See Locofoco . 4. (Zoology) A genus of free- swimming macruran Crustacea, having a slender body and long appendages.
Is that poor man that hangs on princes' favors! . . .
When he falls, he falls like Lucifer ,
Never to hope again.
Luciferian Lu`ci·fe"ri·an adjective 1. Of or pertaining to Lucifer; having the pride of Lucifer; satanic; devilish. 2. Of or pertaining to the Luciferians or their leader.
Luciferian Lu`ci·fe"ri·an noun (Eccl. Hist.) One of the followers of Lucifer, bishop of Cagliari, in the fourth century, who separated from the orthodox churches because they would not go as far as he did in opposing the Arians.
Luciferous Lu·cif"er·ous adjective [ See Lucifer .] Giving light; affording light or means of discovery. Boyle.
Luciferously Lu·cif"er·ous·ly adverb In a luciferous manner.
Lucific Lu·cif"ic adjective [ Latin lucificus ; lux , lucis , light + facere to make.] Producing light. Grew.
Luciform Lu"ci·form adjective [ Latin lux , lucis , light = -form .] Having, in some respects, the nature of light; resembling light. Berkeley.
Lucifrian Lu·cif"ri·an adjective Luciferian; satanic. [ Obsolete] Marston.
Lucimeter Lu·cim"e·ter noun [ Latin lux , lucis , light + -meter .] an instrument for measuring the intensity of light; a photometer.
Luck Luck noun
[ Akin to Dutch luk
, German glück
, Icelandic lukka
, Swedish lycka
, Danish lykke
, and perhaps to German locken
to entice. Confer 3d Gleck
.] That which happens to a person; an event, good or ill, affecting one's interests or happiness, and which is deemed casual; a course or series of such events regarded as occurring by chance; chance; hap; fate; fortune; often, one's habitual or characteristic fortune; as, good, bad, ill, or hard luck . Luck is often used for good luck ; as, luck is better than skill.
If thou dost play with him at any game, Shak. Luck penny
Thou art sure to lose; and of that natural luck ,
He beats thee 'gainst the odds.
, a small sum given back for luck to one who pays money.
[ Prov. Eng.] -- To be in luck
, to receive some good, or to meet with some success, in an unexpected manner, or as the result of circumstances beyond one's control; to be fortunate.
Luckily Luck"i·ly adverb [ From Lucky .] In a lucky manner; by good fortune; fortunately; -- used in a good sense; as, they luckily escaped injury.
Luckiness Luck"i·ness noun 1. The state or quality of being lucky; as, the luckiness of a man or of an event. 2. Good fortune; favorable issue or event. Locke.
Luckless Luck"less adjective Being without luck; unpropitious; unfortunate; unlucky; meeting with ill success or bad fortune; as, a luckless gamester; a luckless maid.
Prayers made and granted in a luckless hour. Dryden.
Typ a word and hit `Search`.
The most recent searches on Encyclo. Between brackets you will find the number of results and number of related results.
• Amersham (3)
• Physiogeny (3)
• Haroon Ka Nasha (1)
• Jeroen Delmee (1)
• Dharam Veer (3)
• Goulburn Airport (1)
• WJHL TV (1)
• Trillium stamineum (1)
• unexpected (11)
• plectra (1)
• Widdringtonia (2)
• Lorenzo Silva (1)
• Idolon (2)
• COME BACK (23)
• Angelica sinensis (1)
• blepharostat (4)
• Natsilane (1)
• Superalloy (3)
• back em (11)
• Kenegut (1)
• Richard Dillingham (1)
• Brandy (23)
• Valea Ursoaiei River (1)
• Andrés Mignucci (1)