Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Lux transitive verb [ Confer French luxer . See Luxate .] To put out of joint; to luxate. [ Obsolete]

Luxate adjective [ Latin luxatus , past participle of luxare to dislocate.] Luxated. [ Obsolete]

Luxate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Luxated ; present participle & verbal noun Luxating .] To displace, or remove from its proper place, as a joint; to put out of joint; to dislocate.

Luxation noun [ Latin luxatio : confer French luxation .] The act of luxating, or the state of being luxated; a dislocation.

Luxe noun [ Latin luxus : confer French luxe .] Luxury. [ Obsolete] Shenstone.

Luxive adjective Given to luxury; voluptuous. [ Obsolete]

Luxullianite noun [ So called from Luxullian , in Cornwall.] (Min.) A kind of granite from Luxullian, Cornwall, characterized by the presence of radiating groups of minute tourmaline crystals.

Luxuriance noun [ Confer French luxuriance .] The state or quality of being luxuriant; rank, vigorous growth; excessive abundance produced by rank growth. "Tropical luxuriance ." B. Taylor.

Luxuriancy noun The state or quality of being luxuriant; luxuriance.

Flowers grow up in the garden in the greatest luxuriancy and profusion.
Spectator.

Luxuriant adjective [ Latin luxurians , present participle of luxuriare : confer French luxuriant . See Luxuriate .] Exuberant in growth; rank; excessive; very abundant; as, a luxuriant growth of grass; luxuriant foliage.

Prune the luxuriant , the uncouth refine.
Pope.

Luxuriant flower (Botany) , one in which the floral envelopes are overdeveloped at the expense of the essential organs.

Luxuriantly adverb In a luxuriant manner.

Luxuriate intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Luxuriated ; present participle & verbal noun Luxuriating .] [ Latin luxuriatus , past participle of luxuriari , -are , to luxuriate. See Luxury .]


1. To grow exuberantly; to grow to superfluous abundance. " Corn luxuriates in a better mold." Burton.

2. To feed or live luxuriously; as, the herds luxuriate in the pastures.

3. To indulge with unrestrained delight and freedom; as, to luxuriate in description.

Luxuriation noun The act or process of luxuriating.

Luxuriety noun Luxuriance. [ Obsolete]

Luxurious adjective [ Latin luxuriosus : confer French luxurieux . See Luxury .] Of or pertaining to luxury; ministering to luxury; supplied with the conditions of luxury; as, a luxurious life; a luxurious table; luxurious ease. " Luxurious cities. " Milton.

-- Lux*u"ri*ous*ly , adverb -- Lux*u"ri*ous*ness , noun

Luxurist noun One given to luxury. [ Obsolete] Sir W. Temple.

Luxury noun ; plural Luxuries . [ Latin luxuria , from luxus : confer French luxure .]
1. A free indulgence in costly food, dress, furniture, or anything expensive which gratifies the appetites or tastes.

Riches expose a man to pride and luxury .
Spectator.

2. Anything which pleases the senses, and is also costly, or difficult to obtain; an expensive rarity; as, silks, jewels, and rare fruits are luxuries ; in some countries ice is a great luxury .

He cut the side of a rock for a garden, and, by laying on it earth, furnished out a kind of luxury for a hermit.
Addison.

3. Lechery; lust. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Luxury is in wine and drunkenness.
Chaucer.

4. Luxuriance; exuberance. [ Obsolete] Bacon.

Syn. -- Voluptuousness; epicurism; effeminacy; sensuality; lasciviousness; dainty; delicacy; gratification.

Luz noun A bone of the human body which was supposed by certain Rabbinical writers to be indestructible. Its location was a matter of dispute. Brande & C.

Lyam noun [ See Leam .] A leash. [ Obsolete]

Lycanthrope noun [ Greek ...; ... a wolf + ... a man.]
1. A human being fabled to have been changed into a wolf; a werewolf.

2. One affected with lycanthropy.

Lycanthropia noun [ New Latin ] See Lycanthropy , 2.

Lycanthropic adjective Pertaining to lycanthropy.

Lycanthropist noun One affected by the disease lycanthropy.

Lycanthropous adjective Lycanthropic.

Lycanthropy noun [ Greek ...: confer French lycanthropie .]
1. The supposed act of turning one's self or another person into a wolf. Lowell.

2. (Medicine) A kind of erratic melancholy, in which the patient imagines himself a wolf, and imitates the actions of that animal.

Lycée noun [ French Confer Lyceum .] A French lyceum, or secondary school supported by the French government, for preparing students for the university.

Lyceum noun ; plural English Lyceums , Latin Lycea . [ Latin lyceum , Greek ..., so named after the neighboring temple of ... ... Apollo the wolf slayer, probably from ... belonging to a wolf, fr ... wolf. See Wolf .]
1. A place of exercise with covered walks, in the suburbs of Athens, where Aristotle taught philosophy.

2. A house or apartment appropriated to instruction by lectures or disquisitions.

3. A higher school, in Europe, which prepares youths for the university.

4. An association for debate and literary improvement.

Lych gate See under Lich .

Lyche adjective Like. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Lychee noun (Botany) See Litchi .

Lychnis noun [ Latin , a kind of red flower, Greek lychni`s ; confer ly`chnos a lamp.] (Botany) A genus of Old World plants belonging to the Pink family ( Caryophyllaceæ ). Most of the species have brilliantly colored flowers and cottony leaves, which may have anciently answered as wicks for lamps. The botanical name is in common use for the garden species. The corn cockle ( Lychnis Githago ) is a common weed in wheat fields.

Lychnobite noun [ Greek ly`chnos a lamp + bi`os life.] One who labors at night and sleeps in the day.

Lychnoscope noun [ Greek ... + - scope .] (Architecture) Same as Low side window , under Low, adjective

Lycine noun (Chemistry) A weak base identical with betaine; -- so called because found in the boxthorn ( Lycium barbarum ). See Betaine .

Lycoperdon noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... wolf + ... to break wind.] (Botany) A genus of fungi, remarkable for the great quantity of spores, forming a fine dust, which is thrown out like smoke when the plant is compressed or burst; puffball.

Lycopod noun [ Confer French lycopode .] (Botany) A plant of the genus Lycopodium.

Lycopode noun [ French] Same as Lycopodium powder . See under Lycopodium .

Lycopodiaceous adjective (Botany) Belonging, or relating, to the Lycopodiaceæ , an order of cryptogamous plants (called also club mosses ) with branching stems, and small, crowded, one-nerved, and usually pointed leaves.

Lycopodite noun (Paleon.) An old name for a fossil club moss.

Lycopodium noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... wolf + ..., ..., a foot.] (Botany) A genus of mosslike plants, the type of the order Lycopodiaceæ ; club moss.

Lycopodium powder , a fine powder or dust composed of the spores of Lycopodium, and other plants of the order Lycopodiaceæ . It is highly inflammable, and is sometimes used in the manufacture of fireworks, and the artificial representation of lightning.

Lycotropous adjective [ Greek ... hook + ... to turn.] (Botany) Campylotropous.

Lyddite noun (Chemistry) A high explosive consisting principally of picric acid, used as a shell explosive in the British service; -- so named from the proving grounds at Lydd , England.

Lyden noun See Leden . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Lydian adjective [ Latin Lydius , from Lydia , Greek ....] Of or pertaining to Lydia, a country of Asia Minor, or to its inhabitants; hence, soft; effeminate; -- said especially of one of the ancient Greek modes or keys, the music in which was of a soft, pathetic, or voluptuous character.

Softly sweet in Lydian measures,
Soon he soothed his soul to pleasures.
Dryden.

Lydian stone , a flint slate used by the ancients to try gold and silver; a touchstone. See Basanite .

Lydine noun (Dyeing) A violet dye derived from aniline.

Lye noun [ Written also lie and ley .] [ Anglo-Saxon leáh ; akin to Dutch loog , Old High German louga , German lauge ; confer Icelandic laug a bath, a hot spring.] A strong caustic alkaline solution of potassium salts, obtained by leaching wood ashes. It is much used in making soap, etc.

Lye noun (Railroad) A short side line, connected with the main line; a turn-out; a siding. [ Eng.]

Lye noun A falsehood. [ Obsolete] See Lie .

Lyencephala noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ... to loose + ... the brain.] (Zoology) A group of Mammalia, including the marsupials and monotremes; -- so called because the corpus callosum is rudimentary.

Lyencephalous adjective (Zoology) Pertaining to, or characteristic of, the Lyencephala.