Lewis hole, a hole wider at the bottom than at the mouth, into which a lewis is fitted. De Foe.

(||Lex) n.; pl. Leges [L. See Legal.] Law; as, lex talionis, the law of retaliation; lex terræ, the law of the land; lex fori, the law of the forum or court; lex loci, the law of the place; lex mercatoria, the law or custom of merchants.

(Lex"ic*al) a. Of or pertaining to a lexicon, to lexicography, or words; according or conforming to a lexicon.Lex"ic*al*ly, adv.

(Lex`i*cog"ra*pher) (- i*kog"ra*fer), n. [Gr. lexikogra`fos; lexiko`n dictionary + gra`fein to write: cf. F. lexicographe. See Lexicon.] The author or compiler of a lexicon or dictionary.

Every other author may aspire to praise; the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach; and even this negative recompense has been yet granted to very few.

(Lex`i*co*graph"ic) Lexicographical
(Lex`i*co*graph"ic*al) a. [Cf. F. lexicographique.] Of or pertaining to, or according to, lexicography.Lex`i*co*graph"ic*al*ly, adv.

Levyne to Liberal

(Lev"yne Lev"yn*ite) (- in*it), n. [From Mr. Levy, an English mineralogist.] (Min.) A whitish, reddish, or yellowish, transparent or translucent mineral, allied to chabazite.

(Lew) a. [Cf. lee a calm or sheltered place, lukewarm.] Lukewarm; tepid. [Obs.] Wyclif.

(Lewd) a. [Compar. Lewder (-er); superl. OE. lewed, lewd, lay, ignorant, vile, AS. l&aemacrwed laical, belonging to the laity.]

1. Not clerical; laic; laical; hence, unlearned; simple. [Obs.]

For if a priest be foul, on whom we trust,
No wonder is a lewed man to rust.

So these great clerks their little wisdom show
To mock the lewd, as learn'd in this as they.
Sir. J. Davies.

2. Belonging to the lower classes, or the rabble; idle and lawless; bad; vicious. [Archaic] Chaucer.

But the Jews, which believed not, . . . took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, . . . and assaulted the house of Jason.
Acts xvii. 5.

Too lewd to work, and ready for any kind of mischief.

3. Given to the promiscuous indulgence of lust; dissolute; lustful; libidinous. Dryden.

4. Suiting, or proceeding from, lustfulness; involving unlawful sexual desire; as, lewd thoughts, conduct, or language.

Syn. — Lustful; libidinous; licentious; profligate; dissolute; sensual; unchaste; impure; lascivious; lecherous; rakish; debauched.

Lewd"ly, adv.Lewd"ness, n.

(Lewd"ster) n. A lewd person. [Obs.] Shak.

(Lew"is Lew"is*son) (- sun), n.

1. An iron dovetailed tenon, made in sections, which can be fitted into a dovetail mortise; — used in hoisting large stones, etc.

2. A kind of shears used in cropping woolen cloth.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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