(Leap"ing*ly), adv. By leaps.
(Leap" year`) Bissextile; a year containing 366 days; every fourth year which leaps over a day
more than a common year, giving to February twenty-nine days. See Bissextile.
Every year whose number is divisible by four without a remainder is a leap year, excepting the full centuries,
which, to be leap years, must be divisible by 400 without a remainder. If not so divisible they are common
years. 1900, therefore, is not a leap year.
(Lear) v. t. To learn. See Lere, to learn. [Obs.]
(Lear), n. Lore; lesson. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Lear), a. See Leer, a. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
(Lear), n. An annealing oven. See Leer, n.
(Learn) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Learned or Learnt (lernt); p. pr. & vb. n. Learning.] [OE. lernen,
leornen, AS. leornian; akin to OS. linon, for lirnon, OHG. lirnen, lernen, G. lernen, fr. the root of AS.
lran to teach, OS. lerian, OHG. leran, G. lehren, Goth. laisjan, also Goth lais I know, leis acquainted
(in comp.); all prob. from a root meaning, to go, go over, and hence, to learn; cf. AS. leoran to go . Cf.
Last a mold of the foot, lore.]
1. To gain knowledge or information of; to ascertain by inquiry, study, or investigation; to receive instruction
concerning; to fix in the mind; to acquire understanding of, or skill; as, to learn the way; to learn a lesson; to
learn dancing; to learn to skate; to learn the violin; to learn the truth about something. "Learn to do
well." Is. i. 17.
Now learn a parable of the fig tree.Matt. xxiv. 32.
2. To communicate knowledge to; to teach. [Obs.]
Hast thou not learned me howShak.
To make perfumes ?
Learn formerly had also the sense of teach, in accordance with the analogy of the French and other
languages, and hence we find it with this sense in Shakespeare, Spenser, and other old writers. This
usage has now passed away. To learn is to receive instruction, and to teach is to give instruction. He
who is taught learns, not he who teaches.
(Learn), v. i. To acquire knowledge or skill; to make progress in acquiring knowledge or skill; to
receive information or instruction; as, this child learns quickly.
Take my yoke upon you and learn of me.Matt. xi. 29. To learn by heart. See By heart, under Heart. To learn by rote, to memorize by repetition
without exercise of the understanding.
(Learn"a*ble) a. Such as can be learned.