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Definition of L

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L \L\ ([e^]l), n.
     1. An extension at right angles to the length of a main building, giving to the ground plan a form resembling the letter L; sometimes less properly applied to a narrower, or lower, extension in the direction of the length of the main building; a wing. [Written also {ell}.] [1913 Webster]

     2. (Mech.) A short right-angled pipe fitting, used in connecting two pipes at right angles. [Written also {ell}.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

L \L\ ([e^]l) n.
     1. L is the twelfth letter of the English alphabet, and a vocal consonant. It is usually called a semivowel or liquid. Its form and value are from the Greek, through the Latin, the form of the Greek letter being from the Ph[oe]nician, and the ultimate origin prob. Egyptian. Etymologically, it is most closely related to r and u; as in pilgrim, peregrine, couch (fr. collocare), aubura (fr. LL. alburnus). [1913 Webster]

     Note: At the end of monosyllables containing a single vowel, it is often doubled, as in fall, full, bell; but not after digraphs, as in foul, fool, prowl, growl, foal. In English words, the terminating syllable le is unaccented, the e is silent, and l is preceded by a voice glide, as in able, eagle, pronounced [=a]"b'l, [=e]"g'l. See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect]241. [1913 Webster]

     2. As a numeral, L stands for fifty in the English, as in the Latin language. [1913 Webster]

              For 50 the Romans used the Chalcidian chi, ?, which assumed the less difficult lapidary type, ?, and was then easily assimilated to L.         --I. Taylor (The Alphabet). [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

L \L\, a.
     1. Having the general shape of the (capital) letter L; as, an L beam, or L-beam. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     2. Elevated; -- a symbol for {el.} as an abbreviation of elevated in elevated road or railroad. -- n. An elevated road; as, to ride on the L. [Colloq., U. S.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

162 Moby Thesaurus words for "L":
     R, Sexagesima, acting area, addition, angle, annex, apex, apron, apron stage, backstage, band shell, bandstand, bend, bifurcation, bight, board, boxcar, boxcars, branch, bridge, cable railway, cant, chevron, cog railway, coin, corner, coulisse, crank, crook, crotchet, deflection, dock, dogleg, dozen, dressing room, duodecimo, eighty, el, elbow, electric railway, elevated, elevated railway, eleven, ell, embankment, extension, feeder, feeder line, fifteen, fifty, five and twenty, flies, fly floor, fly gallery, forestage, fork, fortnight, forty, four and twenty, fourscore, fourscore and ten, fourteen, furcation, gravity-operated railway, greenroom, grid, gridiron, half a hundred, hook, horse railway, inflection, junction, knee, light railroad, lightboard, line, long dozen, main line, metro, monorail, ninety, nonagenarian, nook, octogenarian, orchestra, orchestra pit, performing area, pit, point, proscenium, proscenium stage, quindecennial, quindecim, quindecima, quindene, quoin, rack railway, rack-and-pinion railway, rail, rail line, railroad, railway, roadbed, roadway, score, septuagenarian, seventy, sexagenarian, sexagenary, sexagesimo-quarto, shell, sidetrack, siding, sixteen, sixteenmo, sixty, sixty-four, sixty-fourmo, stage, stage left, stage right, street railway, streetcar line, subway, swerve, switchback, switchboard, teens, terminal, terminus, the boards, thirteen, thirty-two, thirty-twomo, threescore, threescore and ten, track, tram, tramline, trestle, trolley line, trunk, trunk line, tube, turnout, twelve, twelvemo, twenty, twenty-five, twenty-four, twenty-fourmo, two dozen, two weeks, twoscore, underground, veer, vertex, wing, wings, zag, zig, zigzag


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