2. (Anat.) A band of white matter in the wall of fourth ventricle of the brain.
(Lig`u*li*flo"rous) a. [Ligule + L. flos, floris, a flower.] (Bot.) Bearing only ligulate flowers;
said of a large suborder of composite plants, such as the dandelion, lettuce, hawkweed, etc.
(Lig"ure) n. [L. ligurius, Gr. ligy`rion, liggoy`rion, ligkoy`rion, lygkoy`rion, equiv. to Heb. leshem.]
A kind of precious stone.
The third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst.Ex. xxviii. 19.
(Li*gus"trin) n. (Chem.) A bitter principle found in the bark of the privet (Ligustrum vulgare),
and extracted as a white crystalline substance with a warm, bitter taste; called also ligustron.
(Lik"a*ble) a. Such as can be liked; such as to attract liking; as, a likable person. Thackeray.
(Like) a. [Compar. Liker (lik"er); superl. Likest.] [OE. lik, ilik, gelic, AS. gelic, fr. pref. ge-
+ lic body, and orig. meaning, having the same body, shape, or appearance, and hence, like; akin to
OS. gilik, D. gelijk, G. gleich, OHG. gilih, Icel. likr, glikr, Dan. lig, Sw. lik, Goth. galeiks, OS.
lik body, D. lijk, G. leiche, Icel. lik, Sw. lik, Goth. leik. The English adverbial ending-ly is from the
same adjective. Cf. Each, Such, Which.]
1. Having the same, or nearly the same, appearance, qualities, or characteristics; resembling; similar
to; similar; alike; often with in and the particulars of the resemblance; as, they are like each other in
features, complexion, and many traits of character.
'T is as like youShak.
As cherry is to cherry.
Like master, like man.Old Prov.
He giveth snow like wool; he scattereth the hoar-frost like ashes.Ps. cxlvii. 16.
To, which formerly often followed like, is now usually omitted.
2. Equal, or nearly equal; as, fields of like extent.
More clergymen were impoverished by the late war than ever in the like space before.Sprat.
3. Having probability; affording probability; probable; likely. [Likely is more used now.] Shak.
But it is like the jolly world about us will scoff at the paradox of these practices.South.
Many were not easy to be governed, nor like to conform themselves to strict rules.Clarendon.
4. Inclined toward; disposed to; as, to feel like taking a walk.
Had like had nearly; came little short of.
Had like to have been my utter overthrow.Sir W. Raleigh
Ramona had like to have said the literal truth, . . . but recollected herself in time.Mrs. H. H. Jackson. Like figures (Geom.), similar figures.
Like is used as a suffix, converting nouns into adjectives expressing resemblance to the noun; as, manlike,
like a man; childlike, like a child; godlike, like a god, etc. Such compounds are readily formed whenever
convenient, and several, as crescentlike, serpentlike, hairlike, etc., are used in this book, although, in
some cases, not entered in the vocabulary. Such combinations as bell-like, ball- like, etc., are hyphened.