Archive for June, 2009



LO’VESECRET. n.s.

LO'VESECRET. n.s.

LO’VESECRET. n.s. [love and secret.] Secret between lovers.
What danger, Arimant, is this you fear?
Or what lovesecret which I must not hear.  Dryden’s Aur.

LO’VELILY. adj.

LO'VELILY. adv.

LOVELILY. adj. [from lovely.] Amiably; in such a manner
as to excite love.
Thou look’st
Lovelily dreadful.  Otway’s Venice Preserv’d.

LO’USY. adj.

LO'USY. adj.

LO’USY. adj. [from louse.]
I. Swarming with lice; over-run with lice.
Let him be daub’d with lace, live high and whore,
Sometimes be lousy, but be never poor.  Dryden’s Juv.
Sweetbriar and gooseberry are only  lousy in dry times, or
very hot places. Mortimer’s Husbandry.
2. Mean; low born; bred on the dunghill.
I pray you now remembrance on the lousy knave mine host.
A lousy knave, to have his gibes and his mockeries. Shakesp.

To break LOOSE.

To break LOOSE.

To break LOOSE. To gain liberty.
If to break loose from the conduct of reason, and to want
that restraint of examination which keeps us from chusing
the worse, be liberty, madmen and fools are only the free-
men. Locke.
Like two black storms on either hand,
Our Spanish army and the Indians stand;
Where you, like day, broke loose from both appear.  Dryd.

LO’OPHOLE. n.s.

LO'OPHOLE. n.s.

LO’OPHOLE. n.s. [loop and hole.]
I. Aperture; hole to give a passage.
The Indian hersman shunning heat,
Shelters in cool, and tends his pasturing herds;
At loopholes cut through thickest shade. Milton’s Par. Lost.
Ere the blabbing Eastern scout
The nice morn on the Indian steep,
From her cabin’d loophole peep.  Milton.
Walk not near yon corner house by night; for there are
blunderbusses planted in every loophole, that go off at the
squeaking of a fiddle.  Dryden’s Spanish Friar.
2. A shift; an evasion.
Needless, or needful, I not now contend,
For still you have a loophole for a friend.  Dryden.

LONGANIMITY. n.s.

LONGANIMITY. n.s.

LONGANIMITY. n.s. [longanimitas, Latin; longanimité, Fr.]
Forbearance; patience of offences.
It had overcome the patience of Job, as it did the meek-
ness of Moses, and surely had mastered any but the longa
nimity and lasting sufferance of God.  Brown’s Vulg. Errours.
That innocent and holy matron had rather go clad in the
snowy white robes of meekness and longanimity, than in the
purple mantle of blood.  Howell’s England’s Tears.

LO’GGERHEADED. adj.

To fall tto LOGGERHEADS.

LO’GGERHEADED. adj. [from loggerhead.] Dull; stupid;
doltish.
You loggerheaded and unpolish’d groom, what! no at-
tendance? Shakesp. Taming of the Shrew.

LI’FEBLOOD. n.s.

LI'FEBLOOD. n.s.

LI’FEBLOOD. n.s. [life and blood.] The blood necessary to life;
the vital blood.
This sickness doth infect
The very lifeblood of our enterprise.  Shakes. Henry IV.
How could’st thou drain the lifeblood of the child. Shak.
They loved with that calm and noble value which dwells
in the heart, with a warmth like that of lifeblood. Spectator.
Money, the lifeblood of the nation,
Corrupts and stagnates in the veins,
Unless a proper circulation
Its motion and its heat maintains. Swift.
His forehead struck the ground,
Lifeblood and life rush’d mingled through wound. Dryd.

LEXICO’GRAPHER. n.s.

LEXICO'GRAPHER. n.s.

LEXICO’GRAPHER. n.s. [λεξιχου and γραφω; lexicographe,
French.] A writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge, that
busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signi-
fication of words.
Commentators and lexicographers acquainted with the Sy-
riac language, have given these hints in their writings on
scripture. Watt’s Improvement of the Mind.

LE’VELLER. n.s.

LE'VELLER. n.s.

LE’VELLER. n.s. [from level.]
I. One who makes any thing even
2. One who destroys superiority; one who endeavours to bring
all to the same state of equality.
You are an everlasting leveller; you won’t allow encourage-
ment to extraordinary merit.  Collier on Pride.