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,Chaucer.
No wonder is a lewed man to rust.
So these great clerks their little wisdom showSir. J. Davies.
To mock the lewd, as learn'd in this as they.
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.Southey.
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,
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.
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.Johnson.
(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.