Syn. — Short; brief; concise; succinct; sententious; pointed; pithy. — Laconic, Concise. Concise means without irrelevant or superfluous matter; it is the opposite of diffuse. Laconic means concise with the additional quality of pithiness, sometimes of brusqueness.

(La*con"ic), n. Laconism. [Obs.] Addison.

(La*con"ic*al) a. See Laconic, a.

(La*con"ic*al*ly), adv. In a laconic manner.

(La*con"i*cism) n. Same as Laconism. Pope.

(Lac"o*nism) n. [Gr. fr. to imitate Lacedæmonian manners, to speak laconically: cf. F. laconisme.]

1. A vigorous, brief manner of expression; laconic style.

2. An instance of laconic style or expression.

(Lac"o*nize) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Laconized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Laconizing ] Laconic.]—> To imitate the manner of the Laconians, especially in brief, pithy speech, or in frugality and austerity.

(Lac"quer) n. [F. lacre a sort of sealing wax, Pg. lacte, fr. laca lac. See Lac the resin.] [Written also lacker.] A varnish, consisting of a solution of shell-lac in alcohol, often colored with gamboge, saffron, or the like; — used for varnishing metals, papier- maché, and wood. The name is also given to varnishes made of other ingredients, esp. the tough, solid varnish of the Japanese, with which ornamental objects are made.

(Lac"quer), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lacquered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Lacquering.] To cover with lacquer. "Lacquer'd chair." Pope.

(Lac"quer*er) n. One who lacquers, especially one who makes a business of lacquering.

(Lac"quer*ing), n. The act or business of putting on lacquer; also, the coat of lacquer put on.

(||La`cri*mo"so) a. [It. See Lachrymose.] (Mus.) Plaintive; — a term applied to a mournful or pathetic movement or style. Moore.

(La*crosse") n. [F. la crosse, lit., the crosier, hooked stick. Cf. Crosier.] A game of ball, originating among the North American Indians, now the popular field sport of Canada, and played also in England and the United States. Each player carries a long-handled racket, called a "crosse". The ball is not handled but caught with the crosse and carried on it, or tossed from it, the object being to carry it or throw it through one of the goals placed at opposite ends of the field.

(Lac"ry*mal) n. & a. See Lachrymatory, n., and Lachrymal, a.

(Lac"ry*ma*ry, Lac"ry*to*ry), Lacrymose
(Lac"ry*mose). See Lachrymary, Lachrymatory, Lachrymose.

(Lac"tage) n. [L. lac, lactis, milk: cf. F. laitage. See Lacteal.] The produce of animals yielding milk; milk and that which is made from it.

(Lac"tam) n. [Lactone + amido.] (Chem.) One of a series of anhydrides of an amido type, analogous to the lactones, as oxindol.

  By PanEris using Melati.

Previous chapter/page Back Home Email this Search Discuss Bookmark Next chapter/page
Copyright: All texts on Bibliomania are © Ltd, and may not be reproduced in any form without our written permission. See our FAQ for more details.