Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Lamenting noun Lamentation.
Lamentings heard i' the air. Shak.
Lamentingly adverb In a lamenting manner.
Lames (lȧmz) noun plural [ French lame a thin plate, Latin lamina .] (Armor) Small steel plates combined together so as to slide one upon the other and form a piece of armor.
Lametta noun [ Confer Italian lametta , dim. of lama a thin plate.] Foil or wire made of gold, silver, or brass. De Colange.
Lamia noun [ Latin , from Greek ....] (Class. Myth.) A monster capable of assuming a woman's form, who was said to devour human beings or suck their blood; a vampire; a sorceress; a witch.
(- nē) English Laminas
(-nȧz). [ Latin confer Lamella
.] 1. A thin plate or scale; a layer or coat lying over another; -- said of thin plates or platelike substances, as of bone or minerals. 2. (Botany) The blade of a leaf; the broad, expanded portion of a petal or sepal of a flower. Gray. 3. (Zoology) A thin plate or scale; specif., one of the thin, flat processes composing the vane of a feather.
Laminability noun The quality or state of being laminable.
Laminable adjective Capable of being split into laminæ or thin plates, as mica; capable of being extended under pressure into a thin plate or strip.
When a body can be readily extended in all directions under the hammer, it is said to be malleable; and when into fillets under the rolling press, it is said to be laminable . Ure.
Laminar, Laminal adjective
[ Confer French laminaire
. See Lamina
] In, or consisting of, thin plates or layers; having the form of a thin plate or lamina.
[ New Latin See Lamina
.] (Botany) A genus of great seaweeds with long and broad fronds; kelp, or devil's apron. The fronds commonly grow in clusters, and are sometimes from thirty to fifty feet in length. See Illust. of Kelp .
Laminarian adjective Pertaining to seaweeds of the genus Laminaria, or to that zone of the sea (from two to ten fathoms in depth) where the seaweeds of this genus grow.
[ See Lamina
.] (Paleon.) A broad-leafed fossil alga.
Laminary adjective Laminar.
[ See Lamina
.] Consisting of, or covered with, laminæ, or thin plates, scales, or layers, one over another; laminated.
Laminate transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Laminated
; present participle & verbal noun Laminating
.] [ See Lamina
.] 1. To cause to separate into thin plates or layers; to divide into thin plates. 2. To form, as metal, into a thin plate, as by rolling.
Laminate intransitive verb To separate into laminæ.
Laminated adjective Laminate. Laminated arch (Architecture) , a timber arch made of layers of bent planks secured by treenails.
Laminating adjective Forming, or separating into, scales or thin layers.
Lamination noun The process of laminating, or the state of being laminated.
Laminiferous adjective [ Lamina + -ferous .] Having a structure consisting of laminæ, or thin layers.
Laminiplantar adjective [ Lamina + Latin planta sole of the foot.] (Zoology) Having the tarsus covered behind with a horny sheath continuous on both sides, as in most singing birds, except the larks.
[ New Latin See Lamina
, and -itis
.] (Far.) Inflammation of the laminæ or fleshy plates along the coffin bone of a horse; founder. Youatt.
Lamish adjective Somewhat lame. Wood.
Lamm transitive verb See Lam .
[ Anglo-Saxon hlāmmesse
, loaf mass, bread feast, or feast of first fruits; hlāf
loaf + mæsse
mass. See Loaf
, and Mass
religious service.] The first day of August; -- called also Lammas day , and Lammastide .
Lammergeir (lăm"mẽr*gīr), Lam"mer*gei`er (-gī`ẽr) noun [ German lämmergeier ; lamm , plural lämmer , lamb + geier vulture.] (Zoology) A very large vulture ( Gypaëtus barbatus ), which inhabits the mountains of Southern Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa. When full-grown it is nine or ten feet in extent of wings. It is brownish black above, with the under parts and neck rusty yellow; the forehead and crown white; the sides of the head and beard black. It feeds partly on carrion and partly on small animals, which it kills. It has the habit of carrying tortoises and marrow bones to a great height, and dropping them on stones to obtain the contents, and is therefore called bonebreaker and ossifrage . It is supposed to be the ossifrage of the Bible. Called also bearded vulture and bearded eagle . [ Written also lammergeyer .]
Lamnunguia noun plural
[ New Latin , from Latin lamina
a scale + unguis
a nail.] (Zoology) Same as Hyracoidea .
[ Middle English (with excrescent p
), from French lame
, Latin lamina
. See Lamina
.] A thin plate or lamina.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ French lampe
, Latin lampas
, from Greek ... , ..., torch, from ... to give light, to shine. Confer Lampad
.] 1. A light-producing vessel, instrument or apparatus; especially, a vessel with a wick used for the combustion of oil or other inflammable liquid, for the purpose of producing artificial light. 2. Figuratively, anything which enlightens intellectually or morally; anything regarded metaphorically a performing the uses of a lamp.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Ps. cxix. 105.
Ages elapsed ere Homer's lamp appeared. Cowper. 3. (Electricity) A device or mechanism for producing light by electricity. See Incandescent lamp , under Incandescent . Æolipile lamp
, a hollow ball of copper containing alcohol which is converted into vapor by a lamp beneath, so as to make a powerful blowpipe flame when the vapor is ignited. Weale.
-- Arc lamp (Electricity)
, a form of lamp in which the voltaic arc is used as the source of light.
-- Dëbereiner's lamp
, an apparatus for the instantaneous production of a flame by the spontaneous ignition of a jet of hydrogen on being led over platinum sponge; -- named after the German chemist Döbereiner , who invented it. Called also philosopher's lamp .
-- Flameless lamp
, an aphlogistic lamp.
-- Lamp burner
, the part of a lamp where the wick is exposed and ignited. Knight.
-- Lamp fount
, a reservoir for oil, in a lamp.
-- Lamp jack
. See 2d Jack , noun , 4 (l) & (n) .
-- Lamp shade
, a screen, as of paper, glass, or tin, for softening or obstructing the light of a lamp.
-- Lamp shell (Zoology)
, any brachiopod shell of the genus Terebratula and allied genera. The name refers to the shape, which is like that of an antique lamp. See Terebratula .
-- Safety lamp
, a miner's lamp in which the flame is surrounded by fine wire gauze, preventing the kindling of dangerous explosive gases; -- called also, from Sir Humphry Davy the inventor, Davy lamp .
-- To smell of the lamp
, to bear marks of great study and labor, as a literary composition.
Lamp-post noun A post (generally a pillar of iron) supporting a lamp or lantern for lighting a street, park, etc.
[ Greek ... , .... See Lamp
.] A lamp or candlestick.
By him who 'mid the golden lampads went. Trench.
[ Greek ..., from ..., ..., torch. See Lamp
.] (Gr. Antiq.) One who gained the prize in the lampadrome.
Lampadrome noun [ Greek ...; ..., ..., torch + ... course, race, from ... to run.] (Gr. Antiq.) A race run by young men with lighted torches in their hands. He who reached the goal first, with his torch unextinguished, gained the prize.
Lampas noun [ French lampas .] An inflammation and swelling of the soft parts of the roof of the mouth immediately behind the fore teeth in the horse; -- called also lampers .
Lampate noun [ Confer French lampate .] (Chemistry) A supposed salt of lampic acid. [ Obsolete]
Lampblack noun [ Lamp + black .] The fine impalpable soot obtained from the smoke of carbonaceous substances which have been only partly burnt, as in the flame of a smoking lamp. It consists of finely divided carbon, with sometimes a very small proportion of various impurities. It is used as an ingredient of printers' ink, and various black pigments and cements.
[ See Lamprey
.] (Zoology) The river lamprey ( Ammocœtes, or Lampetra, fluviatilis ).
» The name is also applied to other river lampreys.
[ French lampique
, from lampe
lamp. See Lamp
.] (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or produced by, a lamp; -- formerly said of a supposed acid.
Lamping adjective Shining; brilliant. [ Obsolete] " Lamping eyes." Spenser.
Lampless adjective Being without a lamp, or without light; hence, being without appreciation; dull.
Your ladies' eyes are lampless to that virtue. Beau. & Fl.
Lamplight noun Light from a lamp.
This world's artificial lamplights . Owen Meredith.
1. One who, or that which, lights a lamp; esp., a person who lights street lamps. 2. (Zoology) The calico bass.
[ French lampon
a drinking song, from lampons
let us drink, -- the burden of such a song, from lamper
to guzzle, to drink much and greedily; of German origin, and akin to English lap
to drink. Prob. so called because drinking songs often contain personal slander or satire.] A personal satire in writing; usually, malicious and abusive censure written only to reproach and distress.
Like her who missed her name in a lampoon , Dryden.
And grieved to find herself decayed so soon.
Lampoon transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Lampooned
; present participle & verbal noun Lampooning
.] To subject to abusive ridicule expressed in writing; to make the subject of a lampoon.
Ribald poets had lampooned him. Macaulay. Syn.
-- To libel; defame; satirize; lash.
Lampooner noun The writer of a lampoon. "Libelers, lampooners , and pamphleteers." Tatler.
Lampoonry noun The act of lampooning; a lampoon, or lampoons.
Lamprel noun (Zoology) See Lamprey .