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Az art of contradiction by way of scun, a TO LEASH. v. a. (from the noun.] To krn beretih weitere lng siihence fore- bind; to hold in a string. Tara:,se the riserable times wtiereunto we
Then should the warlike trarry, like himself, are talon siculi abund.
Assume the fort of Mars; and, at his heels, L'ARSEB. 2. 3. (from learn.] One who
Leasit in like hounds, should ramine, sword and is yte in his maiinents; one who is ac
firc, quiring some new art or knowledge. Crouch for employment. Shakspeare's Herry v.
Icelaie karreta cannot so well take the ply, LEASING, N, s. [lease, Saxon.) Lies; except it be in some minds tha: have not suffered
fals-hoo'. the: elves to fix.
Oye sons of men, how long will ye have such No:en a lernst work so cheap as a skilful practised artist can. Grant's Bills oj Murtaliły.
pleasure in vaurity, and seek after leasing!
Psalms. LE AJE. 5. s. (luisser, French. Spelman.) He 'mongst ladies would their fortunes read 1. À contract by wbich, in consideration Out oi their hands, and inerry leasings tell. of some payment, a temporary posses
Hublord's Tale. sion is granicd of houses or lands.
He hates foul leasings and vile flattery, Way, cuesin, vert thou regent of the world,
Tivo tiliday blots in nuble gentery: I were a szime to let this lind by le?se. Sbaksp.
Hulbird's Tale. Lirds of the vcrld have but for lite their lease,
That false şilerim which that kasing told, And that too, if the iuswur please, must crase.
Was indeed old Archimage. Fairy Qiseen. Donbam.
I have ever veritied my friends I have heard a man talk with contempt of
With all the size that verity besons' !eses, as on a worse foot than the rest of
Would without lapsing sutter: nay, sometimes, Szuift.
Like to a bowl upon a subtle ground 2. Any tenure.
I've tumbled past ihe throw; and in his praise
Have almost stampt the bersirg. 0:'r high-plac'd Macbeth S_15sett, kus of nature. Sbakspeare.
Sbukspeare's Coriolanus. Th.32 to give the world increase,
As folks, quoth Richard, prone to leasing, Shortied kast thy own liie's louse. Milton.
Say things at tirss, because they're pleasing;
Then prove what they have once asserted, T. LE:55. V. L.
(from the noun.] To let Nor care to have their lie deserted: by lease.
Till their own dreams at length deceive them, 'Waste the vicar leases his glebe, the tenant And oft repeating they believe them. Prior. meist may the great tithes to the rector or impro- Trading free shall thrive again, priator, and the small tithes to the vicar.
Nor leasings lewd aftright the swain.
riylije's Parergon. LEAST. adj. the superlative of litle.[lait, T. LEASE. v. n. [lesen, Durch.] TO Saxon. This word Waliis would per
Glean; to gather what the harvest men suade us to write list, that it may be lave,
analogous to less; but surely the profit She in harvest usid to lease;
is not worth the change.) Little beyond Bet harvest d..ne, to chaie-work did aspire,
o:bers ; smallest. Meat, dank, aud two-pence, was her daily hire.
I am not worihy of the least of all the mercies shewed co thy servant.
Genesis. LE'ASER. 7. s. (from lease.] Gieaner ; A man can po mors have a positive idea of gatherer atter the reaper.
the greatest than he hus of the least space. Lecle. There was no ofice which a man from Eng. Least. adv. In the lowe t degree; in a land mighero rave; and I looked upon all who vereburn here as only in die condition of leasers
degree below others; less than any other and gleaners.
He resolu'd to wave his suit, LEAS:1. n. s. [lésse, French ; letse, Dutch;
Or for a while play le.st in sigat. Iludibrasa lac 10, Italian.)
Ev’nı that avert; I chuse it not ; 1. A leather thiong, by which a falconer But taste it as the leasi unhappy lot. Dryden. holds his hawk, or a courser leads his No man more truly kno's to place a right gle; hound.
Hanmer. value on your friendship, than he who hasi de
serves it on all other accounts than his due sense H Haz Corioli in the name of Rome, Eveikta jawaing greyhound in the leusb,
Pope. siip at will. Sbudspeare. At LEAST.
To say no more; not to Wi'nsat I was, I am;
deniand or aifirin more More training on, for plucking back; not fol
At the LEAST.
than is barely sufficient; kring
At LEASTWISE. My basbunwalingly.
at the lowest degree. Sbaksp. Winter's Tale. 3. A tierce; three.
He who tempts, though in vain, at least aso I am sworn brother to a kasb cf drawers, and
IIiltor. can call them all by their Christian, names. Sbak.
He from my side subducting, took pernas Suine thought when he did gable T. Otard three labourers of Babel,
More than enough; at least on her best swed Or C'erbjus himself pronounce
Too much of ornament in outward show A lrasb a languages at once.
Milton Elaborate, of is,' ard less exact.
Huibras. Siw at a living comedy; thev are a leash of
Upon the m.si they saw a young man, at least dil devik.
if he were a man, who sat as on horseback. Dennis' Letters.
Sidney. ş, o band wherewith to tie any tuing in Every effect coth after a sort contain, at leastgeneral
wise resemble, the cause from which it proTie ravished soul being shewn such game,
Hooker. brcak tiruse kasb-s that tie her to the Honour and fime at least the thund'rer oird, beajo
Boyle. And ill he pays che promise of a God. Poper
To let ian
The remedies, if any, are to be proposed from When him his dearest Una did behold,
Temple. I make bo!d to press upon you.
Sbakspeare. mission of the omniscient Being. Dryden.
The days 2. It has a sense implying doubt; to say Of Sylla's sway, when the free sword took leave
no more; to say the least; not to say To act all that it would. Ben Jonson's Catilini
Thrice happy snake! that in her sleeve
May boldly creep; we dare not give
Our thoughts so unconfin'd a leave. Wallor.
No friend has leave to bear away the dead.
Offended that we fought without his leave, of the subject of your conversation.
I takes this time his secret hate to shew.
Dradea. from thi same root with loisir, French, One thing more I crave leave to offer about or loose.] Flimsy; of weak texture. Not, syllogism, before I leave it.
Locke. in use.
I must have leave to be grateful to any
y who He never leaveth, while the sense itself be
serves me, let him be never so cbnoxious to left lecse and lasy.
Ascham's Schoolmaster. any party: nor did the tory party put me to the LE'ATHER, n. so [leder, Saxon ; leaár,
hardship of asking this leave.
2. Farewel; adieu. In this sense leave is 3. Dressed hides of animals.
permission to depart. He was a hairy man, and girt with a girdle of
Take leave and part, for you must part forthleather about his loins.
Evils that take lave,
On their departure, most of all shew evil.
There is further compliment of leave laking 2. Skin ; ironically.
between France and fim. Shaksp. King Lear. Returning sound in limb and wind,
Here my father comes;
A double blessing is a double grace ;
Occasion smiles upon a second leave. Sbakspeare. leathern.
But, my dear nothings, take your leave,
No longer must you me deceive. Suckling,
Many stars may be visible in our hemisphere, Is far beyond a prince's delicacies. Shakspeare. that are not so at present; and inany shall také LE'ATHERCOAT. n. s. [leuther and coat.] leave of our horizon, and appear unto southern Anapile with a tough rind.
Brown, There is a cish of leatherceats for you Sbaks. To LEAVE. V. a. pret. I left; I have left. LE'ATBERDRESSER. n. s. [leather and [Of the derivation of this word the
dresser. ] He who prepares leather ; he etymologists give no satisfactory acwho manwactures hides for use.
count.] He removed to Curre; and by the way was 1. To quit ; to forsake. entertained at the house of one Tychius, a A man shall love his father and his mother, leather.resser. Pope. and cleave to lis vite.
Genesis, LEATHER-MOUTHED. adj. [leather and If they love lees, and leave the lusty wine, mouth.]
Envy them not their palates with the swine. By a leather-moutbeil fish, I mean such as have their teeth in their thioat; as, the chiub or che
2. To desert; to abandon. Waltun's Arsler.
He that is of an unthankful mind, will leave LE'ATHERN. adj. [from leather.] Made
him in danger that delivered him. Ecclesiasticus, of leather,
3. To depart froni, without action : as, I I saw her hand; she has a lealbern hand,
left things as I found them.
When they were departed from him, they l-ft
him in great diseases.
2 Cbroniciis. That their discharge uid stretch his leathern coat
4. To have remaining at death. Almost to burstig. Sbakspeare's As you like it.
There be of them that have left a name be. In silken er in leatherr: purse retain
Ecclesiasticis. A splendid snilling.
Philips. 5. Nii to leprive of. LE'ATHERSELLER. [leather and They saill ha e left me the providence of God, seller.] He who dials in leather, and
and all le promises of the gospel, and my charity to them too.
Taylor. vends it. LE'ATHER Y. adj. (from leather.] Resem
6. To suífer to remain. bling leather.
If it be done without order, the mind compreWormius calls this crust a leatbery skin. Grew.
hendeth less that which is set down; and hesides, LEAVE. 1.5. Llefe, Saxon ; from lypin,
it leav.th a suspicion, as if more might be said
than is expressed. to grant.)
These things must be loft uncertain to farther J. Grant of liberty; permission; allow- discoveries in future ages. ance.
Who those are, to whom this right by descent By your leave, Ireneus, notwithstanding all
belongs, he lerves out of the reach of any one to this your careful foresight, methinks I see an
discover from his writings, evil durk unespied.
Spenser. 7. Not to carry away.
They encamped against them, and destroyed 2. TO LEAVE off. To desist. the increase of the earth, and left no sustenance Grittus, hoping that they in the castle would for Israel.
not hold out, left of to batter or undermine it, He shall eat the fruit of thy cattle; which also
wherewith he perceived he little prevailed. shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil.
Knolles Deuteronomy, But when you find that vigorous heat abace, Vaszius gave strict commandment, that they Leave off, and for another summons wait. should leave behind them unnecessary baggage.
Roscommon. Knolles' History. 3. TO LEAVE of. To stop. 8. To rejeci; not to choose.
Wrongs do not leave off there where they beIn all the common incidents of life,
gin, I am superiour, i can take or leave. Steele. But still beget new mischiefs in their course. To ix as a rohen or re'vembrance.
Daniel. This I have with my reader, as an occasion for TO LEAVE. v. a. [from levy; lever, him to consider, how much he may be beholden French.) To levy; to raise ; a corrupt to experience.
word, made, I believe, by Spenser, for a 10. To bequeath; to give as i: heritance.
rhime. That price thou leao'st to thy imperial line,
An army strong she leavid, That peace, Oh happy shade! be ever thine.
To war on those which him had of his realm Dryden.
bereav'd. 11. To give up; to resign.
Spenser's Fairy Queen.
LE'AVED. adj. [from leaves, of leaf.) Thou shalt no: glean thy vineyard; thou shalt kax them for the poor and stranger. Leviticus,
1. Furnished with foliage. li a wise man were life to himself, and his own
2. Made with leaves or folds. cacice, to wish the grediest good to himselt he I will loose che loins of kings, to open before could devise; the sun of all his wishes would be him the trio leaved gates.
Isaiab. this, that there were just such a being as God is. LE'AVEN. n. s. [levain, Fr. levare, Lat.)
1. Ferment mixed with any body to make 12. To permit without interposition.
it light; particularly used of sour dough Whether Esau were a vassal, I leave the rea- mixed in a mass of bread. der to judge.
It shall not be baken with leaven. Leviticus. 13. To ce se to do; to desist from.
All fermented meats and drinks are easiest Let us return, lest my father leave caring for
digested; and those unfermented, by barm or the asses, and take thought for us. 1 Samuel.
leaven, are hardly digested.
Floyer. 14. 16 LEAVE of. To desist from ; to 2. Any mixture which makes a general forbear.
change in the mass : it generally means lf , upon any occasion, you bid him leave of
something that depraves or corrupts the doing or any thing, you must be sure to carry
that with which it is mixed.
Locke. In proportion as old age came on, he lefi of
Many of their propositions savour very stronge fcs-hunang.
ly of the old leaven of innovations. 15. TO LEAVE off. To forsake.
King Charles He began to beave off some of his old acquaint- TO LE'Aven. v. n. (from the noun.] ance, his rvaring and bullying about the streets: 1. To ferment by something mixed. he put on a serious air.
Arbutónot, You must tarry the leav'ning. Sbakse: 16. 10 LEAVE out. r'o omit; to neglect.
Whosoever eateth leavened bread, that soul I am so fraught with curious business, that
shall be cut off.
Exodus. I leave out ceremony. Sbaksp. Winter's Tale.
Breads we have of several grains, with divers You may parsake: I have told 'em who you
kinds of leavenings, and seasonings; so that some do extremely move appetites.
Bacon, -I should be loch to be left out, and here too.
2. To taint; to imbue. Ben Jonson.
That cruel something unpossest, What is set down by order and division doth Corrodes, and leavens all the rest. Prior. dercastrate, that nothing is left out or omiteed, LE'AVER. n. s. [from leave.] One who but all is there.
Bacon. deserts or forsakes.
Let the world rank me in register
LEAVES. n. s. The plural of leaf: From her cabin'd loop-hole peep.
Parts fit for the nourishment of man in plants We ask, it those subvert Reason's establish'd maxims, who assert
are, seeds, roots, and fruits; for leuves they give That He the world's existence may conceive,
no nourishment at all. Bacon's Natural History. Though xe one atom out of matter leave?
LEAVINGS. n. 5. (from leave.] Remnant ;
Bluckmore. relicks; offal; refuse : it has no singuI always thought this passage left out with a lar, great deal of judgment, by Tucca and Varius, as My father has this morning call’d together, It seems to contradict a part in the sixth Eneid. To this poor hall, his little Roman senate,
Addison. The leavings of Pharsalia. Addison's Cato. TO LEAVE. V. 1.
Then who can think we'll quit the place, 1. To cease ; to desist.
Or stop and light at Chloe's head, She is my essence, and I leave to be,
With scraps and leavings to be fed ? Swift. If I be not by her fair influence
LE'AVY. adj. [from leaf.] Full of leaves; Foster'd, illumin'd, cherish’d, kept alive. Sbaksp.
covered with leaves : leafy is more used. And since this business so far fair is done,
Strephon, with leavy twigs of laurel cree,
For he then chosen was the dignity
Now, near enough: your leady screens throw 3. A magisterial reprimand ; a pedantick down,
discourse. And show like those you are. Shaksperre. Numidia will he blest by Cato's lectures. TO LECH. v.a. [lecber, Fr.] To lick över.
Addison. Hiermir. To Le'cture. v. a. [from the noun.] Hast thou vet lethed the Athenian's eyes 1. To instruct formaiy. With the love juice ?
2. To instruct insulently and dogmatiLE'CHER. n s. (Derived by Shinner from
cally. luxure, old French : luxuriu is used in
To LECTURE. V. n. To read in publick; the middle ages in the same sense.] A
to instruct an audience by a tormai exwhoremaster. I will now take the beacher; he's at my house;
planation or discourse: as, Vallis leciur. he cannot ’scape me.
til on geometry: You, like a lcteber, out of whorish loins, LECTURER. n. s. [from lecture. ] Are pleas'd to breed out your itinuturs. Sbals 1. An instructor ; a teacher by way of
The lecher soon transtorms fois inistress; now lecture.
2. A prea' her in a church bired by the About his churning chaps the frotny bubbles rise. parish to assist the rector or vicar.
Ituny minister refused to admit into his church She yields her charms
a lecturer recommended by them, and there was To that fair lecher, the strong god of arms. Poje.
not one orthodox or Itamad maa recommended, To LE'CHER. V. n. (from the noun.]
he was presently required to attend upon the commitce.
Die fer adultery? no. The wren goes to't, LECTURESHIP. N. s. [from lecture.] The and the small gilded Aly does letcher in uy siglio
office of a lecturer.
Shukspralco He gợt a lecturesbip in town of sixty pounds aGut eats all day, and letchers all the night. year, where he preached constüatly in person.
Swift LE'CHEROUS. adj. [from lecher.] lcwd; LED;. The part. pret. of lead. Justful.
Then shall they know that I am the Lord The sapphire should grow foul, and lose its your God, which caused them to be led into cape beauty, when worn by one that is lecherous; the tivity mong the heathen.
Ezekiel, emerald should fly to pieces, it it touch the skin
The le:ders of this people cause them to err, of any unchaste person.
Isaiab. LE'CHEROUSLY. adv. (from lechirous.]
As in vegetables and animals, so in most other Lewdly; lustfully,
bodies, not propagated by seed, it is the colour LE'CHEROUSNESS. n. s. [from lecherous.] we most tix on, and are most led by. Locke. Lewdness:
LEDGE. n. s. (leggen, Dutch, to lie.] LE'CHERY. n. s. [from lecher.] Lewdness;
1. A row; laser; stratum. lust.
The lowest ledive or row should be merely of The rest welter with as little shame in onen
stone, closely laid, without montar: a generid lechery, as swine do in the common mire. discham.
caution for all parts in building contiguous to Against such lewusters, and their lechery,
Woiien. Those that betray them do no treachery.
2. A ridge rising above the rest, or proLE'CTION. 1. s. [iectio, Lat.] A reading;
jecting beyond the resi.
The four parallel sticks rising above five inches a variety in copies.
higher than the handkercliie, served as ledges Every critick has his own hypothesis; if the
0:1 esch side.
Guliver. common text be not favourable to his opinion, a
3. Any prominence, or rising part. yarious lection shall be made auther dick
Bancath a leige of rocks his teet he hides, LE'CTURE. 1. s. [lecture, Fri nch.}
The bending vrow abcve a sate retreat providrs.
Drgeten. 1. A discourse
LEDHORSE. n. s. [led and borse.] А ject.
Mark him, while Dametas reads his rustick decture unto him, how to feed his beasts before Lit. n. 5. (lie, French.) noon, and where to shade them in the extreme 1. Dregs; sediment; refuse: commonly
My cleaths, my sex, exrhana'd for thee,
I'll mingle with the people's wretched leo. Prior. Your lucture shall have leisure for as much.
2. (Sea term; supposed by Shiiiner from
Shakspeare. When letters from Cæsar were given to Rus
l'eau, French.} It is generally that side ricus, he refused to open them till the philoso
which is opposite to the wind, as the pher had done his lectures. Til r's Holy Living:
lee shore is that the wind blows on. To Virtue is the solid good, which tutors should be under the lee of the shore, is to be not only read iectares and talk oi, hut the labour close under the weather shore. A lee. and art of education should furnish the mind
ward ship is one that is not fast by a with, and fasten there.
Locke. 9. The act or practice of reading; peru
wind, to make her way so good as she sal.
might. To lay a ship by the lee, is to In the lecture of holy scripture, their appre.
bring her so that all her sails may lie hensions are commonly confined unto the literal against the masts and shrowds flat, and sense or the text.
Breuen. the wind to come right on her broad
side, so that she will make little or no way.
Dict. live, in the bay of Biscay, had had a port under our ler, that we might have kept our transporting stries with our men of war, we had taken ine ldian feet.
Raleigh. 17. Hoiladers were before Dunkirk with me wird ai nurthwest, making a lee shore in all wethers.
Raleiró. Unproided of tackling and victualling, they are tied to sea by a storm; yet better do so than selure splicing and sinking on a lee shere.
King Charles. Him, haply slumb'ring on the Norway toam, The motor sume sanall night-founder'd skidt, Dcemini some island, ott, as seamen tell, Wittised archor in his scaly rind, dorbs hus side under the det, while night Invests the sea.
Milton. Batter'd by his lee they lay, The passing winds through their corn canvass pay.
Dryden. LEECH. 2. s. [læc, Sixon.) 1. A physician; a professor of the art of healing: whence we still use cow.cech.
Ale, the which had great insight, In that disease of grievod conscience, And weil could cure the same; his name was
Patience Spenser's Fairy Quirli. Her words frem ld, and then th learneuleeth His cunzing hand'gan to his wounds to lay, And all things eise the which is art aid teach.
Fairy Queen. Ph: sick is their bane, The learned aius in dosrair depart, And shake their heads, desponding of their art.
Dryrien, Wise leerbes will not vain receipts obtrude : Deaf to complaints they wait upon the ill, Tu cone sate crisis.
Dryden. i ne boary wrinkled leech has watch'd and
toid, Tried every health-restoring herb and gum, And wearied out his paintul skill in vain. Rozve.
A skiltul lecil,
Tous leuib Arbuthnui was yclept. Guy's Pastor. 2, A kind of small water serpent, which
fastens on a:.imals, and sucks the blood : i: is used to draw blood where the lancet is less safe, whence perhaps the name.
I drew blood by leecbes behind his ear. Wisem. Sevning like leeches, till they burst with blood, W rhuut retholde insatiably. Roscommun. T. LEICH, V. a. (from the noun.] To
treat with medicaments. LE'ECHCRAFT. 11. s. [leech and craft.] The art of healing.
We stud: speech, but others we persuade : We leceberapiloarn, but others cure with it.
Davies. LEEF. adj. (licve, leve, Dutch.] Kind ; tond.
hiloine all these were low and leef, Ardler'd their rocks to reed;
Te neser strove to be the chief, And cuple was their weed. Spenser's Pastorals. LEEK. H.S. (leac, Saxon ; loock, Dutch ; keték, Erse; forrum, Latin.) A plant.
Know'st thou, fluellen!-Yus. -Tebin I'll knock his leck about his pate, Upea St. David's day.
Sluispeare. hics to the Weisii, to Dutchmen batter's dear.
Gwy. We wee acrid plants inwardly aud outwardly
in gangrenes; in the scurvy, water-cresses, horse. radish, garlick, or leek pottage.
Fivyer, LEER. 1. s. Chleane, Saxon.] 1. An oblique view.
spy entertainment in her; she gives the lear of invitation. Sbaks. Mirry Wives of Windsor.
Aside the devil turn'd
Milton. 2. A laboured cast of countenance. Damn with faint praise, concede with civil leer.
With shameless visage, and pertidivus leer. Swift. 10 LEER. V. n. (trom the noun.] 1. To look obliquely ; to look archly.
I will leer upon hini as he comes by; and do biit mark the countenance that he will give me.
Sbakspeare, I wonder whether you taste the pleasure of independency, or whether you do not sometimes icer upon the court.
Swift. 2. so look with a forced countenance.
Bertran has been taught the arts of courts, To gild a face with smiles, and leer a man to ruin.
Dryden. LEES. 1, s. [lie, French.] Dregs; sedi. ment: it has seldom a singular.
The memory of king Richard was so strong, that it lay like lees at the bottom of men's hearts; and if the vessel was but stirred, it would come up:
Bacon's Henry VII. If they love lees, and leave the lusty wine, Envy them not their palates with the swine.
Ben Yorison. Those lees that trouble it, refine The agitated soul of generous wine. Dryder. TO LIESE. V. a. [lesen, Dutci.] To lose: an old word.
Then sell to thy profit both butter and cheese, Wno buleth it sooner the more he shall leese.
Tusser. No cause, nor client fat, will Chev'ril leese, But as they come on both sides he takes fees; And pleasech boih: for while he molts his grease For this, that wins for whom lie holds his peace.
Ben Jonson. How in the port our feet dear time did leese, Withering like prisoners, whichilie but for fecs.
Donne. LEET. n. S.
Lerte, or leta, is otherwise called a law-day. The word seemeth to have grown from the Saxon lede, which was a court of jurisdiction abuve the wapen-take or hundred, comprebending three or four of them, otherwise called thirshing, and contained the third part of a prue vince or shire: these jurisdictious, one and other, be now abolishi, and swallowed up in the coun, ty court.
Guwel. Who has a breast so pure, But some uncleanly apprehensions Keep leets and lau-days, and in scssions sit With meditations lautul?
Stakap. You would present her at the lvet, Because she boughe stone jugs, and no seal'd quarts.
Slutspcare: LE ́EWARD. adj. [lee and pears, Saxon.} Toward the wind. See Lee.
The classicæ were called long ships, the onerariæ round, because of their figure approcching towards circular: this figure, though proper for the stowage of goods, was not the titrest for cail. ing, because ottnegien quantity of lexueriway; exçept ihen they sailed suid veiore the wind.