|Lucky Luck"y adjective
[ Compar. Luckier
; superl. Luckiest
.] 1. Favored by luck; fortunate; meeting with good success or good fortune; -- said of persons; as, a lucky adventurer.
wight." Spenser. 2. Producing, or resulting in, good by chance, or unexpectedly; favorable; auspicious; fortunate; as, a lucky mistake; a lucky cast; a lucky hour.
We doubt not of a fair and lucky war. Shak. Syn.
-- Successful; fortunate; prosperous; auspicious.
Lucky proach Luck`y proach" (Zoology) See Fatherlasher .
Lucrative Lu"cra·tive adjective
[ Latin lucrativus
, from lucrari
to gain, from lucrum
gain: confer French lucratif
. See Lucre
.] 1. Yielding lucre; gainful; profitable; making increase of money or goods; as, a lucrative business or office.
The trade of merchandise being the most lucrative , may bear usury at a good rate. Bacon. 2. Greedy of gain.
Such diligence as the most part of our lucrative lawyers do use, in deferring and prolonging of matters and actions from term to term. Latimer.
Lucratively Lu"cra·tive·ly adverb In a lucrative manner.
Lucre Lu"cre noun
[ French lucre
, Latin lucrum
.] Gain in money or goods; profit; riches; -- often in an ill sense.
The lust of lucre and the dread of death. Pope.
Lucriferous Lu·crif"er·ous adjective [ Latin lucrum gain + -ferous .] Gainful; profitable. [ Obsolete] Boyle.
Lucrific Lu·crif"ic adjective [ Latin lucrificus ; lucrum gain + facere to make.] Producing profit; gainful. [ Obsolete]
Luctation Luc·ta"tion noun [ Latin luctatio , from luctari to wrestle, strive.] Effort to overcome in contest; struggle; endeavor. [ R.] Farindon.
Luctual Luc"tu·al adjective [ Latin luctus mourning, sorrow, from lugere , from luctum , to mourn.] Producing grief; saddening. [ Obsolete] Sir G. Buck.
Lucubrate Lu"cu·brate intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Lucubrated ; present participle & verbal noun Lucubrated .] [ Latin lucubratus , past participle of lucubrare to work by lamplight, from lux light. See Light , noun ] To study by candlelight or a lamp; to study by night.
Lucubrate Lu"cu·brate transitive verb To elaborate, perfect, or compose, by night study or by laborious endeavor.
Lucubration Lu`cu·bra"tion noun
[ l. lucubratio
;cf. French lucubration
.] 1. The act of lucubrating, or studying by candlelight; nocturnal study; meditation.
After long lucubration I have hit upon such an expedient. Goldsmith. 2. That which is composed by night; that which is produced by meditation in retirement; hence (loosely) any literary composition.
Thy lucubrations have been perused by several of our friends. Tatler.
Lucubrator Lu"cu·bra`tor noun One who studies by night; also, one who produces lucubrations.
Lucubratory Lu"cu·bra·to·ry adjective [ Latin lucubratorius .] Composed by candlelight, or by night; of or pertaining to night studies; laborious or painstaking. Pope.
Lucule Lu"cule noun [ Dim. from Latin lux , lucis , light.] (Astron.) A spot or fleck on the sun brighter than the surrounding surface.
Luculent Lu"cu·lent adjective
[ Latin luculentus
, from lux
, light.] 1. Lucid; clear; transparent. Thomson. 2. Clear; evident; luminous.
" Most luculent
testimonies." Hooker. 3. Bright; shining in beauty.
Most debonair and luculent lady. B. Jonson.
Luculently Lu"cu·lent·ly adverb In a luculent manner; clearly.
Lucullite Lu·cul"lite noun [ From Lucullus , a Roman consul, famous for his great wealth and luxury: confer French lucullite .] (Min.) A variety of black limestone, often polished for ornamental purposes.
Lucuma Lu·cu"ma noun (Botany) An American genus of sapotaceous trees bearing sweet and edible fruits. » Lucuma mammosum is called natural marmalade in the West Indies; Latin Caimito , of Peru, furnishes a delicious fruit called lucuma and caimito .
Luddite Lud"dite noun One of a number of riotous persons in England, who for six years (1811-17) tried to prevent the use of labor-saving machinery by breaking it, burning factories, etc.; -- so called from Ned Lud , a half-witted man who some years previously had broken stocking frames. J. & H. Smith. H. Martineau.
Ludibrious Lu·dib"ri·ous adjective [ Latin ludibrium mockery, derision, from ludere to play, sport.] Sportive; ridiculous; wanton. [ Obsolete] Tooker.
Ludibund Lu"di·bund adjective [ Latin ludibundus .] Sportive. [ Obsolete] -- Lu"di*bund*ness , noun [ Obsolete] Dr. H. More.
Ludicrous Lu"di·crous adjective
[ Latin ludicrus
, or ludicer
, from ludus
play, sport, from ludere
to play.] Adapted to excite laughter, without scorn or contempt; sportive. Broome.
A chapter upon German rhetoric would be in the same ludicrous predicament as Van Troil's chapter on the snakes of Iceland, which delivers its business in one summary sentence, announcing, that snakes in Iceland -- there are none. De Quincey. Syn.
-- Laughable; sportive; burlesque; comic; droll; ridiculous. -- Ludicrous
. We speak of a thing as ludicrous
when it tends to produce laughter; as laughable
when the impression is somewhat stronger; as ridiculous
when more or less contempt is mingled with the merriment created. -- Lu"di*crous*ly
Ludification Lu`di·fi·ca"tion noun [ Latin ludificatio , from ludificare to make sport of; ludus sport + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See - fy .] The act of deriding.
Ludificatory Lu·dif"i·ca·to·ry adjective [ Latin ludificatorius .] Making sport; tending to excite derision. [ Obsolete]
Ludlamite Lud"lam·ite noun [ Named after Mr. Ludlam , of London.] (Min.) A mineral occurring in small, green, transparent, monoclinic crystals. It is a hydrous phosphate of iron.
Ludlow group Lud"low group` (Geol.) A subdivision of the British Upper Silurian lying below the Old Red Sandstone; -- so named from the Ludlow , in Western England. See the Chart of Geology .
Ludwigite Lud"wig·ite noun [ Named after the chemist Ludwig .] (Min.) A borate of iron and magnesia, occurring in fibrous masses of a blackish green color.
Lues Lu"es noun [ Latin ] (Medicine) Disease, especially of a contagious kind. Lues venerea , syphilis; -- called also simply lues .
Luff Luff noun [ Middle English lof , probably a sort of timber by which the course of a ship was directed, perhaps a sort of paddle; confer Dutch loef luff, loeven to luff. The word is perhaps akin to English glove . Confer Aloof .] (Nautical) (a) The side of a ship toward the wind. (b) The act of sailing a ship close to the wind. (c) The roundest part of a ship's bow. (d) The forward or weather leech of a sail, especially of the jib, spanker, and other fore-and- aft sails. Luff tackle , a purchase composed of a double and single block and fall, used for various purposes. Totten. -- Luff upon luff , a luff tackle attached to the fall of another luff tackle. R. H. Dana, Jr.
Luff Luff (lŭf) intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Luffed ; present participle & verbal noun Luffing .] (Nautical) To turn the head of a vessel toward the wind; to sail nearer the wind; to turn the tiller so as to make the vessel sail nearer the wind. To luff round , or To luff alee , to make the extreme of this movement, for the purpose of throwing the ship's head into the wind.
Luffa Luf"fa noun [ New Latin , from Arabic lūfah .] (Botany) (a) A small genus of tropical cucurbitaceous plants having white flowers, the staminate borne in racemes, and large fruits with a dry fibrous pericarp. The fruit of several species and the species themselves, esp. Latin Ægyptiaca , are called dishcloth gourds . (b) Any plant of this genus, or its fruit. (c) The fibrous skeleton of the fruit, used as a sponge and in the manufacture of caps and women's hats; -- written also loofah .
Luffer Luf"fer (lŭf"fẽr) noun (Architecture) See Louver .
Lug Lug (lŭg) noun [ Swedish lugg the forelock.] 1. The ear, or its lobe. [ Scot. & Prov. Eng.] 2. That which projects like an ear, esp. that by which anything is supported, carried, or grasped, or to which a support is fastened; an ear; as, the lugs of a kettle; the lugs of a founder's flask; the lug (handle) of a jug. 3. (Machinery) A projecting piece to which anything, as a rod, is attached, or against which anything, as a wedge or key, bears, or through which a bolt passes, etc. 4. (Harness) The leather loop or ear by which a shaft is held up. 5. (Zoology) The lugworm. Lug bolt (Machinery) , a bolt terminating in a long, flat extension which takes the place of a head; a strap bolt.
Lug Lug intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Lugged
; present participle & verbal noun Lugging
.] [ Middle English luggen
, Swedish lugga
to pull by the hair, from lugg
the forelock.] To pull with force; to haul; to drag along; to carry with difficulty, as something heavy or cumbersome. Dryden.
They must divide the image among them, and so lug off every one his share. Collier.
Lug Lug intransitive verb To move slowly and heavily.
Lug Lug noun 1. The act of lugging; as, a hard lug ; that which is lugged; as, the pack is a heavy lug . [ Colloq.] 2. Anything which moves slowly. [ Obsolete] Ascham.
Lug Lug noun [ Etymol. uncertain.] 1. A rod or pole. [ Prov. Eng.] Wright. 2. A measure of length, being 16½ feet; a rod, pole, or perch. [ Obsolete] " Eight lugs of ground." Spenser. Chimney lug , or Lug pole , a pole on which a kettle is hung over the fire, either in a chimney or in the open air. [ Local, U.S.] Whittier.
Luggage Lug"gage noun
[ From 4th Lug
.] That which is lugged; anything cumbrous and heavy to be carried; especially, a traveler's trunks, baggage, etc., or their contents.
I am gathering up my luggage , and preparing for my journey. Swift.
What do you mean, Shak. Syn.
To dote thus on such luggage !
-- Plunder; baggage. Luggage van
, a vehicle for carrying luggage; a railway car, or compartment of a car, for carrying luggage.
Lugger Lug"ger noun (Nautical) A small vessel having two or three masts, and a running bowsprit, and carrying lugsails. See Illustration in Appendix. Totten.
Lugger Lug"ger noun (Zoology) An Indian falcon ( Falco jugger ), similar to the European lanner and the American prairie falcon.
Lugmark Lug"mark` noun [ From Lug an ear.] A mark cut into the ear of an animal to identify it; an earmark.
Lugsail Lug"sail` noun (Nautical) A square sail bent upon a yard that hangs obliquely to the mast and is raised or lowered with the sail. Totten.
Lugubrious Lu·gu"bri·ous adjective
[ Latin lugubris
, from lugere
to mourn; confer Greek lygro`s
sad, Sanskrit ruj
to break.] Mournful; indicating sorrow, often ridiculously or feignedly; doleful; woful; pitiable; as, a whining tone and a lugubrious look.
Crossbones, scythes, hourglasses, and other lugubrious emblems of mortality. Hawthorne.
Lugworm Lug"worm` noun [ 1st lug + worm .] (Zoology) A large marine annelid ( Arenicola marina ) having a row of tufted gills along each side of the back. It is found burrowing in sandy beaches, both in America and Europe, and is used for bait by European fishermen. Called also lobworm , and baitworm .
Luke Luke adjective
[ Prob. from lew
, perhaps influenced by Anglo-Saxon wlæc
warm, lukewarm, remiss. Confer Lew.] Moderately warm; not hot; tepid.
Nine penn'orth o'brandy and water luke . Dickens.
Lukewarm Luke"warm` adjective
[ See Luke
.] Moderately warm; neither cold nor hot; tepid; not ardent; not zealous; cool; indifferent.
An obedience so lukewarm and languishing that it merits not the name of passion. Dryden.
(lŭl) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Lulled
(lŭld); present participle & verbal noun Lulling
.] [ Akin to OD. lullen
to sing to sleep, German lullen
, Danish lulle
, Swedish lulla
; all of imitative origin. Confer Loll
.] To cause to rest by soothing influences; to compose; to calm; to soothe; to quiet.
" To lull
him soft asleep." Spenser.
Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie, Milton.
To lull the daughters of necessity.
Lull Lull intransitive verb To become gradually calm; to subside; to cease or abate for a time; as, the storm lulls .
Lull Lull noun 1. The power or quality of soothing; that which soothes; a lullaby. [ R.] Young. 2. A temporary cessation of storm or confusion.
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