1. A free and independent person; specif., a lord paramount; a sovereign. Mrs. Browning.
The anointed sovereign of sighs and groans,Shak.
Liege of all loiterers and malcontents.
2. The subject of a sovereign or lord; a liegeman.
A liege lord seems to have been a lord of a free band; and his lieges, though serving under him, were
privileged men, free from all other obligations, their name being due to their freedom, not to their service.Skeat.
(Liege"man) n.; pl. Liegemen Same as Liege, n., 2. Chaucer. Spenser.
(Lie"ger) n. [See Leger, Ledger.] A resident ambassador. [Obs.] See Leger. Denham.
(Lie"gian*cy) n. See Ligeance.
(Li"en) obs. p. p. of Lie. See Lain. Ps. lxviii. 13.
(Lien) n. [F. lien band, bond, tie, fr. L. ligamen, fr. ligare to bind. Cf. League a union, Leam a
string, Leamer, Ligament.] (Law) A legal claim; a charge upon real or personal property for the satisfaction
of some debt or duty; a right in one to control or hold and retain the property of another until some claim
of the former is paid or satisfied.
(Li*e"nal) a. [L. lien the spleen.] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the spleen; splenic.
(||Li*en"cu*lus) n.; pl. Lienculi (- li). [NL., dim. of L. lien the spleen.] (Anat.) One of the
small nodules sometimes found in the neighborhood of the spleen; an accessory or supplementary spleen.
(Li*e`no-in*tes"ti*nal) (li*e`no- in*tes"ti*nal), a. [L. lien the spleen + E. intestinal.] (Anat.)
Of or pertaining to the spleen and intestine; as, the lieno- intestinal vein of the frog.
(Li`en*ter"ic) a. [L. lientericus, Gr. leienteriko`s: cf. F. lientérique. See Lientery.] (Med.) Of
or pertaining to, or of the nature of, a lientery. n. (Med.) A lientery. Grew.
(Li"en*ter*y) n. [Gr. leienteri`a; lei^os smooth, soft + 'e`nteron an intestine: cf. F. lientérie.]
(Med.) A diarrhea, in which the food is discharged imperfectly digested, or with but little change. Dunglison.
(Li"er) n. [From Lie. ] One who lies down; one who rests or remains, as in concealment.
There were liers in ambush against him.Josh. viii. 14.
(Lierne" rib`) [F. lierne.] (Arch.) In Gothic vaulting, any rib which does not spring from the
impost and is not a ridge rib, but passes from one boss or intersection of the principal ribs to another.
(Lieu) n. [F., OF. also liu, leu, lou, fr. L. locus place. See Local, Locus.] Place; room; stead;
used only in the phrase in lieu of, that is, instead of.
The plan of extortion had been adopted in lieu of the scheme of confiscation.Burke.
(Lieu*ten"an*cy) (lu*ten"an*sy; 277), n.