(Lov"a*ble) a. Having qualities that excite, or are fitted to excite, love; worthy of love.
Elaine the fair, Elaine the lovable,Tennyson.
Elaine, the lily maid of Astolat.
(Lov"age) n. [F. livèche, fr. L. levisticum, ligusticum, a plant indigenous to Liguria, lovage, from
Ligusticus Ligustine, Ligurian, Liguria a country of Cisalpine Gaul.] (Bot.) An umbelliferous plant (Levisticum
officinale), sometimes used in medicine as an aromatic stimulant.
(Love) n. [OE. love, luve, AS. lufe, lufu; akin to E. lief, believe, L. lubet, libet,it pleases, Skr.
lubh to be lustful. See Lief.]
1. A feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration; preëminent
kindness or devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, the love of brothers and sisters.
Of all the dearest bonds we proveKeble.
Thou countest sons' and mothers' love
Most sacred, most Thine own.
2. Especially, devoted attachment to, or tender or passionate affection for, one of the opposite sex.
He on his sideMilton.
Leaning half-raised, with looks of cordial love
Hung over her enamored.
3. Courtship; chiefly in the phrase to make love, i. e., to court, to woo, to solicit union in marriage.
Demetrius . . .Shak.
Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena,
And won her soul.
4. Affection; kind feeling; friendship; strong liking or desire; fondness; good will; opposed to hate; often
with of and an object.
Love, and health to all.Shak.
Smit with the love of sacred song.Milton.
The love of science faintly warmed his breast.Fenton.
5. Due gratitude and reverence to God.
Keep yourselves in the love of God.Jude 21.
6. The object of affection; often employed in endearing address. "Trust me, love." Dryden.
Open the temple gates unto my love.Spenser.
7. Cupid, the god of love; sometimes, Venus.
Such was his form as painters, when they showDryden.
Their utmost art, on naked Lores bestow.
Therefore do nimble-pinioned doves draw Love.Shak.
8. A thin silk stuff. [Obs.] Boyle.
9. (Bot.) A climbing species of Clematis