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Definition of LEE

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Lee \Lee\, a. (Naut.)
     Of or pertaining to the part or side opposite to that against which the wind blows; -- opposed to {weather}; as, the lee side or lee rail of a vessel. [1913 Webster]

     {Lee gauge}. See {Gauge}, n. (Naut.)

     {Lee shore}, the shore on the lee side of a vessel.

     {Lee tide}, a tide running in the same direction that the wind blows.

     {On the lee beam}, directly to the leeward; in a line at right angles to the length of the vessel and to the leeward. [1913 Webster] Leeangle

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

Lee \Lee\ (l[=e]), v. i.,
     To lie; to speak falsely. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
     [1913 Webster]

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

Lee \Lee\, n.; pl. {Lees} (l[=e]z). [F. lie, perh. fr. L. levare to lift up, raise. Cf. {Lever}.] That which settles at the bottom, as of a cask of liquor (esp. wine); sediment; dregs; -- used now only in the plural. [Lees occurs also as a form of the singular.] "The lees of wine." --Holland. [1913 Webster]

           A thousand demons lurk within the lee.   --Young. [1913 Webster]

           The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees Is left this vault to brag of.           --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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

Lee \Lee\, n. [OE. lee shelter, Icel. hl[=e], akin to AS. hle['o], hle['o]w, shelter, protection, OS. hl[`e]o, D. lij lee, Sw. l[aum], Dan. l[ae].]
     1. A sheltered place; esp., a place protected from the wind by some object; the side sheltered from the wind; shelter; protection; as, the lee of a mountain, an island, or a ship. [1913 Webster]

              We lurked under lee.                  --Morte d'Arthure. [1913 Webster]

              Desiring me to take shelter in his lee. --Tyndall. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Naut.) That part of the hemisphere, as one stands on shipboard, toward which the wind blows. See {Lee}, a. [1913 Webster]

     {By the lee}, {To bring by the lee}. See under {By}, and {Bring}.

     {Under the lee of}, on that side which is sheltered from the wind; as, to be under the lee of a ship. [1913 Webster]

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

34 Moby Thesaurus words for "lee":
     cover, defense, eye, flanking, glancing, guard, lateral, lee sheet, lee shore, lee side, lee tack, leeward, next-beside, preservation, protection, protective custody, refuge, safekeeping, safety, shade, shadow, shelter, side, sideling, sidelong, sideward, sidewards, sideway, sideways, sidewise, skirting, watchful eye, weather, windward


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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