1. That part of surrounding space toward which the left side of one's body is turned; as, the house is on
the left when you face North.
Put that rose a little more to the left.Ld. Lytton.
2. Those members of a legislative assembly (as in France) who are in the opposition; the advanced
republicans and extreme radicals. They have their seats at the left-hand side of the presiding officer.
See Center, and Right.
Left-hand rope, rope laid up and twisted over from right to left, or against the sun; called also water-
(Left"-hand`) a. Situated on the left; nearer the left hand than the right; as, the left-hand side; the
1. Having the left hand or arm stronger and more dexterous than the right; using the left hand and arm
with more dexterity than the right.
2. Clumsy; awkward; unlucky; insincere; sinister; malicious; as, a left-handed compliment.
The commendations of this people are not always left-handed and detractive.Landor.
3. Having a direction contrary to that of the hands of a watch when seen in front; said of a twist, a
rotary motion, etc., looked at from a given direction.
Left-handed marriage, a morganatic marriage. See Morganatic. Left-handed screw, a screw
constructed to advance away from the observer, when turned, as in a nut, with a left-handed rotation.
An ordinary wood screw is right-handed.
(Left"-hand`ed*ness, Left"-hand`i*ness) (- i*nes), n. The state or quality of being left-
An awkward address, ungraceful attitudes and actions, and a certain left-handiness (if I may use the
expression) proclaim low education.Chesterfield.
(Left"-off`) a. Laid aside; cast-off.
(Left"ward) adv. Toward or on the left side.
Rightward and leftward rise the rocks.Southey.
(Le"ful) a. See Leveful. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Leg) n. [Icel. leggr; akin to Dan. læg calf of the leg, Sw. lägg.]
1. A limb or member of an animal used for supporting the body, and in running, climbing, and swimming; esp.,
that part of the limb between the knee and foot.
2. That which resembles a leg in form or use; especially, any long and slender support on which any
object rests; as, the leg of a table; the leg of a pair of compasses or dividers.
3. The part of any article of clothing which covers the leg; as, the leg of a stocking or of a pair of trousers.
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