17-letter words starting with l

  • lay it on (thick) — to exaggerate
  • lazy daisy stitch — an embroidery stitch consisting of a long chain stitch, usually used in making flower patterns
  • le morte d'arthur — a compilation and translation of French Arthurian romances by Sir Thomas Malory, printed by Caxton in 1485.
  • lead a dog's life — a domesticated canid, Canis familiaris, bred in many varieties.
  • lead acid battery — A lead acid battery is a 12-volt battery for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles consisting of lead-acid cells in series.
  • lead to the altar — to marry
  • leading indicator — A leading indicator is an economic indicator that changes before a change in the economy, and that can be used to predict future economic or financial activity.
  • league of nations — an international organization to promote world peace and cooperation that was created by the Treaty of Versailles (1919): dissolved April 1946.
  • learned borrowing — a word or other linguistic form borrowed from a classical language into a modern language.
  • learner's license — a provisional driving licence
  • learning-disabled — pertaining to or having a learning disability: a learning-disabled child.
  • least fixed point — (mathematics)   A function f may have many fixed points (x such that f x = x). For example, any value is a fixed point of the identity function, (\ x . x). If f is recursive, we can represent it as f = fix F where F is some higher-order function and fix F = F (fix F). The standard denotational semantics of f is then given by the least fixed point of F. This is the least upper bound of the infinite sequence (the ascending Kleene chain) obtained by repeatedly applying F to the totally undefined value, bottom. I.e. fix F = LUB {bottom, F bottom, F (F bottom), ...}. The least fixed point is guaranteed to exist for a continuous function over a cpo.
  • least upper bound — an upper bound that is less than or equal to all the upper bounds of a particular set. 3 is the least upper bound of the set consisting of 1, 2, 3. Abbr.: lub.
  • lebanon mountains — a mountain range extending the length of Lebanon, in the central part. Highest peak, 10,049 feet (3063 meters).
  • lebesgue integral — an integral obtained by application of the theory of measure and more general than the Riemann integral.
  • lee harvey oswaldLee Harvey, 1939–63, designated by a presidential commission to be the lone assassin of John F. Kennedy.
  • leg before wicket — a manner of dismissal on the grounds that a batsman has been struck on the leg by a bowled ball that otherwise would have hit the wicket
  • legal aid society — an organization providing free legal guidance and service to persons who cannot afford a lawyer.
  • legal proceedings — court case
  • legendre equation — a differential equation of the form (1− x 2) d2y/dx2 − 2 xdy/dx + a (a + 1) y = 0, where a is an arbitrary constant.
  • leibniz mountains — a mountain range on the SW limb of the moon, containing the highest peaks (10 000 metres) on the moon
  • leizhou peninsula — a peninsula of SE China, in SW Guangdong province, separated from Hainan Island by Hainan Strait
  • lempert operation — fenestration (def 3c).
  • leninsk-kuznetski — a city in the S Russian Federation in Asia.
  • leonardo da vinci — Leonardo [lee-uh-nahr-doh,, ley-;; Italian le-aw-nahr-daw] /ˌli əˈnɑr doʊ,, ˌleɪ-;; Italian ˌlɛ ɔˈnɑr dɔ/ (Show IPA), Leonardo da Vinci.
  • lepidopterologist — One who studies lepidopterology.
  • lesser periwinkle — a Eurasian apocynaceous evergreen plant of the genus Vinca,; V. minor, having trailing stems and blue flowers
  • lesser yellowlegs — either of two American shorebirds having yellow legs, Tringa melanoleuca (greater yellowlegs) or T. flavipes (lesser yellowlegs)
  • let something rip — If you let something rip, you do it as quickly or as forcefully as possible. You can say 'let it rip' or 'let her rip' to someone when you want them to make a vehicle go as fast as it possibly can.
  • letter of comfort — comfort letter.
  • letter of request — a letter sent from a court to a foreign court requesting judicial assistance
  • letters of marque — a former government document authorizing an individual to make reprisals on the subjects of an enemy nation, specif. to arm a ship and capture enemy merchant ships and cargo
  • lettre de creance — letter of credit.
  • level compensator — an automatic gain control device used in the receivers of telegraphic circuits.
  • lewis with harris — the northernmost island of the Hebrides, in NW Scotland. 825 sq. mi. (2135 sq. km).
  • lexical insertion — the process in which actual morphemes of a language are substituted either for semantic material or for place-fillers in the course of a derivation of a sentence
  • lexicographically — the writing, editing, or compiling of dictionaries.
  • liability account — A liability account is an account recording a company's liabilities.
  • liberal democracy — a democracy based on the recognition of individual rights and freedoms, in which decisions from direct or representative processes prevail in many policy areas
  • liberal democrats — (in Britain) a political party with centrist policies; established in 1988 as the Social and Liberal Democrats when the Liberal Party merged with the Social Democratic Party; renamed Liberal Democrats in 1989
  • liberal education — an education based primarily on the liberal arts, emphasizing the development of intellectual abilities as opposed to the acquisition of professional skills.
  • liberty of speech — freedom of speech.
  • librocubicularist — (rare) A person who reads in bed.
  • lick one's wounds — an injury, usually involving division of tissue or rupture of the integument or mucous membrane, due to external violence or some mechanical agency rather than disease.
  • lick the boots of — to be servile, obsequious, or flattering towards
  • lie in wait (for) — to wait so as to catch after planning an ambush or trap (for)
  • life and/or death — If you say that something is a matter of life and death, you are emphasizing that it is extremely important, often because someone may die or suffer great harm if people do not act immediately.
  • life imprisonment — long-term prison sentence
  • life of the party — most lively, outgoing person
  • lifelong learning — the provision or use of both formal and informal learning opportunities throughout people's lives in order to foster the continuous development and improvement of the knowledge and skills needed for employment and personal fulfilment
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