(Length"en) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lengthened (-'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Lengthening ] To extent
in length; to make longer in extent or duration; as, to lengthen a line or a road; to lengthen life; sometimes
followed by out.
What if I please to lengthen out his date.Dryden.
(Length"en), v. i. To become longer. Locke.
(Length"ful) a. Long. [Obs.] Pope.
(Length"i*ly) adv. In a lengthy manner; at great length or extent.
(Length"i*ness), n. The state or quality of being lengthy; prolixity.
(Length"ways` Length"wise`) (- wiz`), adv. In the direction of the length; in a longitudinal
(Length"y) a. [Compar. Lengthier (-i*er); superl. Lengthiest.] Having length; rather long or
too long; prolix; not brief; said chiefly of discourses, writings, and the like. "Lengthy periods." Washington.
"Some lengthy additions." Byron. "These would be details too lengthy." Jefferson. "To cut short lengthy
(Le"ni*ence) (le"ni*ens or len"yens; 106), Leniency
(Le"ni*en*cy) (le"ni*en*sy or len"yen*sy),
n. The quality or state of being lenient; lenity; clemency.
(Le"ni*ent) (le"ni*ent or len"yent), a. [L. leniens, - entis, p. pr. of lenire to soften, fr. lenis
soft, mild. Cf. Lithe.]
1. Relaxing; emollient; softening; assuasive; sometimes followed by of. "Lenient of grief." Milton.
Of relax the fibers, are lenient, balsamic.Arbuthnot.
Time, that on all things lays his lenient hand.Pope.
2. Mild; clement; merciful; not rigorous or severe; as, a lenient disposition; a lenient judge or sentence.
(Le"ni*ent), n. (Med.) A lenitive; an emollient.
(Le"ni*ent*ly), adv. In a lenient manner.
(Len"i*fy) v. t. [L. lenis soft, mild + -fy: cf. F. lénifier.] To assuage; to soften; to mitigate; to alleviate.
(Len"i*ment) n. [L. lenimentum: cf. OF. leniment. See Lenient.] An assuasive. [Obs.]
(Len"i*tive) a. [Cf. F. lénitif. See Lenient.] Having the quality of softening or mitigating, as
pain or acrimony; assuasive; emollient.
(Len"i*tive), n. [Cf. F. lénitif.]
1. (Med.) (a) A medicine or application that has the quality of easing pain or protecting from the action
of irritants. (b) A mild purgative; a laxative.
2. That which softens or mitigates; that which tends to allay passion, excitement, or pain; a palliative.
There is one sweet lenitive at least for evils, which Nature holds out; so I took it kindly at her hands, and