(Læ"vo*ro"ta*to*ry) a. Same as Levorotatory. Cf. Dextrorotatory.
(Læv"u*lose`) n. (Chem.) See Levulose.
(La`fa`yette") n. (Zoöl.) (a) The dollar fish. (b) A market fish, the goody, or spot of the southern
coast of the United States.
(Laft) obs. p. p. of Leave. Chaucer.
(Laf"te) obs. imp. of Leave. Chaucer.
(Lag) a. [Of Celtic origin: cf. Gael. & Ir. lagweak, feeble, faint, W. llag, llac, slack, loose, remiss,
sluggish; prob. akin to E. lax, languid.]
1. Coming tardily after or behind; slow; tardy. [Obs.]
Came too lag to see him buried.Shak.
2. Last; long-delayed; obsolete, except in the phrase lag end. "The lag end of my life." Shak.
3. Last made; hence, made of refuse; inferior. [Obs.] "Lag souls." Dryden.
1. One who lags; that which comes in last. [Obs.] "The lag of all the flock." Pope.
2. The fag-end; the rump; hence, the lowest class.
The common lag of people.Shak.
3. The amount of retardation of anything, as of a valve in a steam engine, in opening or closing.
4. A stave of a cask, drum, etc.; especially (Mach.), one of the narrow boards or staves forming the
covering of a cylindrical object, as a boiler, or the cylinder of a carding machine or a steam engine.
5. (Zoöl.) See Graylag.
Lag of the tide, the interval by which the time of high water falls behind the mean time, in the first and
third quarters of the moon; opposed to priming of the tide, or the acceleration of the time of high
water, in the second and fourth quarters; depending on the relative positions of the sun and moon.
Lag screw, an iron bolt with a square head, a sharp-edged thread, and a sharp point, adapted for
screwing into wood; a screw for fastening lags.
(Lag), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lagged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Lagging ] To walk or more slowly; to stay or
fall behind; to linger or loiter. "I shall not lag behind." Milton.
Syn. To loiter; linger; saunter; delay; be tardy.
(Lag), v. t.
1. To cause to lag; to slacken. [Obs.] "To lag his flight." Heywood.
2. (Mach.) To cover, as the cylinder of a steam engine, with lags. See Lag, n., 4.
(Lag), n. One transported for a crime. [Slang, Eng.]