2. (Arch.) (a) A large flat stone, esp. one laid over a tomb. Oxf. Gloss. (b) A horizontal piece of
timber secured to the uprights and supporting floor timbers, a staircase, scaffolding, or the like. It differs
from an intertie in being intended to carry weight. [Written also ligger.]
Ledger bait, fishing bait attached to a floating line fastened to the bank of a stream, pond, etc. Walton.
J. H. Walsh. Ledger blade, a stationary shearing blade in a machine for shearing the nap of cloth.
Ledger line. See Leger line, under 3d Leger, a. Ledger wall (Mining), the wall under a
vein; the foot wall. Raymond.
(Ledg"ment) n. (Arch.) (a) A string-course or horizontal suit of moldings, such as the base
moldings of a building. Oxf. Gloss. (b) The development of the surface of a body on a plane, so that
the dimensions of the different sides may be easily ascertained. Gwilt. [Written also ledgement, legement,
(Ledg"y) a. Abounding in ledges; consisting of a ledge or reef; as, a ledgy island.
(Lee) v. i., To lie; to speak falsely. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Lee), n.; pl. Lees [F. lie, perh. fr. L. levare to lift up, raise. Cf. Lever.] That which settles
at the bottom, as of a cask of liquor (esp. wine); sediment; dregs; used now only in the plural. [Lees
occurs also as a form of the singular.] "The lees of wine." Holland.
A thousand demons lurk within the lee.Young.
The wine of life is drawn, and the mere leesShak.
Is left this vault to brag of.
(Lee), n. [OE. lee shelter, Icel. hle, akin to AS. hleó, hleów, shelter, protection, OS. hlèo, D. lij lee,
Sw. lä, Dan. læ.]
1. A sheltered place; esp., a place protected from the wind by some object; the side sheltered from the
wind; shelter; protection; as, the lee of a mountain, an island, or a ship.
We lurked under lee.Morte d'Arthure.
Desiring me to take shelter in his lee.Tyndall.
2. (Naut.) That part of the hemisphere, as one stands on shipboard, toward which the wind blows.
See Lee, a.
By the lee, To bring by the lee. See under By, and Bring. Under the lee of, on that side which
is sheltered from the wind; as, to be under the lee of a ship.
Lee gauge. See Gauge, n. (Naut.) Lee shore, the shore on the lee side of a vessel. Lee
tide, a tide running in the same direction that the wind blows. On the lee beam, directly to the
leeward; in a line at right angles to the length of the vessel and to the leeward.
(Lee), a. (Naut.) Of or pertaining to the part or side opposite to that against which the wind blows;
opposed to weather; as, the lee side or lee rail of a vessel.
(Lee"board`) n. A board, or frame of planks, lowered over the side of a vessel to lessen her
leeway when closehauled, by giving her greater draught.
(Leech) n. See 2d Leach.
(Leech), v. t. See Leach, v. t.
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