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
(||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,
(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.