(Lan"tern), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lanterned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Lanterning.] [Cf. F. lanterner to
hang at the lamp post, fr. lanterne. See Lantern.] To furnish with a lantern; as, to lantern a lighthouse.
(Lan"tern-jawed`) a. Having lantern jaws or long, thin jaws; as, a lantern-jawed person.
(Lan"tha*nite) n. (Min.) Hydrous carbonate of lanthanum, found in tabular white crystals.
(Lan"tha*num) n. [NL., fr. Gr. lanqa`nein to lie hid, to be concealed.] (Chem.) A rare
element of the group of the earth metals, allied to aluminium. It occurs in certain rare minerals, as cerite,
gadolinite, orthite, etc., and was so named from the difficulty of separating it from cerium, didymium,
and other rare elements with which it is usually associated. Atomic weight 138.5. Symbol La. [Formerly
written also lanthanium.]
(Lan"tho*pine) n. [Gr. lanqa`nein to lie hid + E. opium.] (Chem.) An alkaloid found in
opium in small quantities, and extracted as a white crystalline substance.
(Lan"thorn) n. See Lantern. [Obs.]
(La*nu"gi*nose` La*nu"gi*nous) a. [L. lanuginosus, fr. lanugo, - ginis, woolly substance,
down, fr. lana wool: cf. F. lanugineux.] Covered with down, or fine soft hair; downy.
(||La*nu"go) n. [See Lanuginose.] (Anat.) The soft woolly hair which covers most parts of the
mammal fetus, and in man is shed before or soon after birth.
(Lan"yard) n. [F. lanière thong, strap, OF. lasniere, fr. lasne strap, thong, L. lacinia lappet.
flap, edge of a garment. Cf. Lanier.] [Written also laniard.]
1. (Naut.) A short piece of rope or line for fastening something in ships; as, the lanyards of the gun
ports, of the buoy, and the like; esp., pieces passing through the dead-eyes, and used to extend shrouds,
2. (Mil.) A strong cord, about twelve feet long, with an iron hook at one end a handle at the other,
used in firing cannon with a friction tube.
(Lan"yer) n. See Lanier.
(La*oc"o*ön) n. [L., fr. Gr. ]
1. (Class. Myth.) A priest of Apollo, during the Trojan war. (See 2.)
2. (Sculp.) A marble group in the Vatican at Rome, representing the priest Laocoön, with his sons, infolded
in the coils of two serpents, as described by Virgil.
(La*od`i*ce"an) a. Of or pertaining to Laodicea, a city in Phrygia Major; like the Christians of
Laodicea; lukewarm in religion. Rev. iii. 14- 16.
(Lap) n. [OE. lappe, AS. læppa; akin to D. lap patch, piece, G. lappen, OHG. lappa, Dan. lap,
1. The loose part of a coat; the lower part of a garment that plays loosely; a skirt; an apron. Chaucer.
2. An edge; a border; a hem, as of cloth. Chaucer.
If he cuts off but a lap of truth's garment, his heart smites him.Fuller.