Syn. Literature; erudition; lore; scholarship; science; letters. See Literature.
(Leas"a*ble) a. [From 2d Lease.] Such as can be leased.
(Lease) v. i. [AS. lesan to gather; akin to D. lezen to gather, read, G. lesen, Goth. lisan to
gather; cf. Lith lesti to peck.] To gather what harvesters have left behind; to glean. [Obs.] Dryden.
(Lease) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Leased ; p. pr. & vb. n. Leasing.] [F. laisser, OF. laissier, lessier,
to leave, transmit, L. laxare to loose, slacken, from laxus loose, wide. See Lax, and cf. Lesser.]
1. To grant to another by lease the possession of, as of lands, tenements, and hereditaments; to let; to
demise; as, a landowner leases a farm to a tenant; sometimes with out.
There were some [houses] that were leased out for three lives.Addison.
2. To hold under a lease; to take lease of; as, a tenant leases his land from the owner.
(Lease) n. [Cf. OF. lais. See Lease, v. t.]
1. A demise or letting of lands, tenements, or hereditaments to another for life, for a term of years, or at
will, or for any less interest than that which the lessor has in the property, usually for a specified rent or
2. The contract for such letting.
3. Any tenure by grant or permission; the time for which such a tenure holds good; allotted time.
Our high-placed MacbethShak. Lease and release a mode of conveyance of freehold estates, formerly common in England and in New
York. its place is now supplied by a simple deed of grant. Burrill. Warren's Blackstone.
Shall live the lease of nature.