(Lease"hold`) a. Held by lease.
(Lease"hold`), n. A tenure by lease; specifically, land held as personalty under a lease for
(Lease"hold`er) n. A tenant under a lease. Lease"hold`ing, a. & n.
(Leas"er) n. [From 1st Lease.] One who leases or gleans. [Obs.] Swift.
(Leas"er), n. A liar. [Obs.] See Leasing.
(Leash) n. [OE. lese, lees, leece, OF. lesse, F. laisse, LL. laxa, fr. L. laxus loose. See Lax.]
1. A thong of leather, or a long cord, by which a falconer holds his hawk, or a courser his dog.
Even like a fawning greyhound in the leash.Shak.
2. (Sporting) A brace and a half; a tierce; three; three creatures of any kind, especially greyhounds, foxes,
bucks, and hares; hence, the number three in general.
[I] kept my chamber a leash of days.B. Jonson.
Then were I wealthier than a leash of kings.Tennyson.
3. (Weaving) A string with a loop at the end for lifting warp threads, in a loom.
(Leash), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Leashed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Leashing.] To tie together, or hold,
with a leash.
(Leas"ing) n. [AS. leásung, fr. leás loose, false, deceitful. See -less, Loose, a.] The act of
lying; falsehood; a lie or lies. [Archaic] Spenser.
Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing.Ps. v. 6.
Blessed be the lips that such a leasing told.Fairfax. Leasing making (Scots Law), the uttering of lies or libels upon the personal character of the sovereign,
his court, or his family. Bp. Burnet.
(Lea"sow) n. [AS. lesu, læsu.] A pasture. [Obs.]
(Least) a. [OE. last, lest, AS. l&aemacrsast, l&aemacrsest, superl. of l&aemacrssa less. See
Less, a.] [Used as the superlative of little.] Smallest, either in size or degree; shortest; lowest; most
unimportant; as, the least insect; the least mercy; the least space.
Least is often used with the, as if a noun.
I am the least of the apostles.1 Cor. xv. 9. At least, or At the least, at the least estimate, consideration, chance, etc.; hence, at any rate; at all
events; even. See However.
He who tempts, though in vain, at least aspersesMilton.
The tempted with dishonor.
Upon the mast they saw a young man, at least if he were a man, who sat as on horseback.Sir P.