(Leath"er*wood`), n. (Bot.) A small branching shrub with a white, soft wood, and a tough,
leathery bark, common in damp woods in the Northern United States; called also moosewood, and
(Leath"er*y) a. Resembling leather in appearance or consistence; tough. "A leathery skin."
(Leave) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Leaved ; p. pr. & vb. n. Leaving] To send out leaves; to leaf;
often with out. G. Fletcher.
(Leave), v. t. [See Levy.] To raise; to levy. [Obs.]
An army strong she leaved.Spenser.
(Leave), n. [OE. leve, leave, AS. leáf; akin to leóf pleasing, dear, E. lief, D. oorlof leave, G. arlaub,
and erlauben to permit, Icel. leyfi. &radic124. See Lief.]
1. Liberty granted by which restraint or illegality is removed; permission; allowance; license.
David earnestly asked leave of me.1 Sam. xx. 6.
No friend has leave to bear away the dead.Dryden.
2. The act of leaving or departing; a formal parting; a leaving; farewell; adieu; used chiefly in the phrase,
to take leave, i. e., literally, to take permission to go.
A double blessing is a'double grace;Shak.
Occasion smiles upon a second leave.
And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren.Acts xviii.
18. French leave. See under French.
Syn. See Liberty.
(Leave), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Left (left); p. pr. & vb. n. Leaving.] [OE. leven, AS. lfan, fr. laf
remnant, heritage; akin to lifian, libban, to live, orig., to remain; cf. belifan to remain, G. bleiben, Goth.
bileiban. &radic119. See Live, v.]
1. To withdraw one's self from; to go away from; to depart from; as, to leave the house.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife.Gen. ii. 24.
2. To let remain unremoved or undone; to let stay or continue, in distinction from what is removed or
If grape gatherers come to thee, would they not leave some gleaning grapes ?Jer. xlix. 9.
These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.Matt. xxiii. 23.
Besides it leaveth a suspicion, as if more might be said than is expressed.Bacon.
3. To cease from; to desist from; to abstain from.
Now leave complaining and begin your tea.Pope.