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to our own tents.
Peruse my leaves through ev'ry part,
Where fraud and falshood invade society, the And think thou geest my owner's heart
band presently breaks, and men are put to a loss Scrawl'd o'er with trifes.
Swift. where to league and to fasten their dependances. 3. One side of a double door.
South. The two leaves of the one door were folding. LEAGUE. n. s. [lieuë, Fr.]
1. A league ; leuca, Lat. from lech, Welsh; 4. Any thing foliated, or thinly beaten. a stone that was used to be erected at Eleven ounces two pence sterling ought to be the end of every league.
Camden. of so pure silver, as is called leaf silver, and then the melter must add of other weight seventeen
2. A measure of length, containing three
Camden. pence halfpenny farthing. Leaf gold, that flies in the air as light as down,
Ere the ships could meet by twice five leagues, is as truly gold as that in an ingot.
We were encount'red by a mighty rock. Sbaksp.
Addison. TO LEAF. v. n. (from the noun.] To bring leaves; to bear leaves.
LE’AGUED. adj. [from league.] ConfeMost trees fall off the leaves at autumn; and
derated. if not kept back by cold, would leaf about the And now thus leagu'd by an eternal bond, solstice.
What shall retard the Britons bold designs ? LE'AFLESS. adj. [from leaf.] Naked of
Le’AGUER. n. s. [beleggeren, Dutcb.] leaves. Bare honesty, without some other adornment,
Siege ; investment of a town.
We will bind and hoodwink him so, that he being looked on as a leafless tree, nobody will take himself to its shelter. Gov. of the Tonçue.
shall suppose no other but that he is carried into Where doves in flocks the leafless trees o'er
the leaguer of the adversaries, when we bring him shade,
Shakspeare. And lonely woodcocks haunt the wat’ry glade. LEAK. a. s. [leck, leke, Dutch.] A breach
or hole which lets in water. LE'AFY. adj. [from leaf.] Full of leaves. There will be always evils, which no art of The frauds of men were ever so,
man can cure: breaches and leaks more than Since summer was first leafy. Sbakspeare.
man's wit hach hands to stop.
Hooker. What chance, good lady, hath bereff you The water rushes in, as it doth usually in che thus?
leak of a ship.
Wilkins. - Dim darkness, and this leefy labyrinth. Milt. Whether she sprung a leak I cannot find, O'er barren mountains, o'er the flow'ry plain,
* Or whether she was overset with wind, The leafy forest, and the liquid main,
Or that some rock below her bottom rent, Extends thy uncontroul'd and boundless reign. But down at once with all her crew she went.
They will allow us ne'er a jordan, and then
we leak in your chimney.
Shakspeare. To leafy shades, near the cool sunless verge
His feet should be washed every day in cold Of Paraba, Brasilian stream; her tail
water; and have his shoes so thin, that they A grisly hydra suddenly shoots forth. Pbilips.
might leak, and let in water.
Locke. LEAGUE. 7. s. [ligue, Fr. ligo, Ļat.] A
2. To drop through a breach or disconti. confederacy; a combination 'either of
nuity. interest or friendship.
The water, which will perhaps by degrees You peers, continue this united league : leak into several parts, may be emptied out again. I every day expect an embassage
Wilkins. From my Redeemer, to redeem me hence.
Golden stars hung o'er their heads, And now in peace my soul shall part to heav'n, And seemed so crowded, that they burst upon Since I have made my friends at peace on earth.
Sbakspeare. And dart at once their baleful influence
In leaking fire.
Dryden ard Leo. What the conditions of that league must be.
LE'AKAGE. n. s. [from leak.] Allowance Thou shalt be in league with the stones of the
made for accidental toss in liquid meafield; and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.
Feb. LE’AKY. adj. (from leak.]
1. Battered or pierced, so as to let water depart from me.
in or out.
Thou’rt so leaky,
That we must leave thee to thy sinking; for scvereignty, or a conjunction in pacts or leagues:
Thy dearest quit thee. Shaksi. Ant. and Clcop. there are other bands of society and implicit con
If you have not enjoy'd what youth could give, federations.
Bacon's Holy War.
But site sunk through you like a læky sieve, I, a private person, whom my country
Accuse yourself, you liv'd not while you might,
Women are so leaky, that I have hardly met
with one that could not hold her breath longer 'Twixt us and them no league nor amity,
than she could keep a secret.
Derkam. To LEAN. V. n. preter. lennid or ieunt. 70 LEAGUE, V. n. To unite on certain [blinan, Saxon; lenen, Durm.] terms; to confcderate.
1. To incline against ; to res, against.
Lean thine aged back against mine arm,
quors, those that are fat and light, and those that And in that case I'll tell thee my disease. Sb.zks. are lean and more earthy, like common water. Security is expressed among the medals of
Burnef. Gordianus, by a lady leaning against a pillar, a 3. Low; poor : in opposition to great op scepter in her hand, before an altar.
rich. Peacham on Drawing. That which combin'd us was most great, and The columns may be allowed somewhat above their ordinary length, because they lean unto so
A leaner action rend us. Shaksp. Ant. and Cleop. good supporters.
Wotton. Upon his iv'ry sceptre first he leant,
4. Jejune; not comprehensive; not em. Then shook his head, that shook the firmament.
bellished : as, a lean dissertation.
Dryden. LEAN. n. s. That part of Hesh which conOppress'd with anguish, panting and o'erspent, sists of the muscle without the fat. His fainting limbs against an oak he leant.
With razors keen we cut our passage clean
Dryden. Through rills of fat, and deluges of lean. If God be angry, all our other dependencies
Fargubar. will profit us nothing; every other support will LE’ANLY. adv. (from lean.] Meagerly ; fail under us when we come to lean upon it, and without plumpness. deceive us in the day when we want it most.
LE'ANNess. n. š. (from lcon.] Then leaning o'er the rails he musing stood. 1. Extenuation of body; want of flesh;
There are those, that for thy sake,
Ben Jonson, 2. To propend; to tend toward.
The symptoms of too great fluidity are excess They delight rather to lean to their old cus
of universal secretions, as of perspiration, sweat, toms, though they be more unjust, and more in- urine, liquid dejectures, leanness, and weakness. convenient. Spenser.
Arbuthnote Trust in the Lord with all thine heari ; and
2. Want of matter; thinness; poverty. kan not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs. The poor king Reignier, whose large style
A desire leaning to either side, biasses the Agrees not with the leanness of his purse. judgment strangely. Watts.
Sbakspeare. 3. To be in a bending posture.
To LEAP. V. n. [hleapan, Saxon ; loup, She leans me out at her mistress's chamber Scottish.] window, bids me a thousand times good night. 1. To jump; to move upward or progreso
Shakspeare. sively without change of the feet. Wearied with length of ways, and worn with If I could win a lady at leap-frog, or by vault. toil,
ing into my saddle with my armour on, I should She laid her down; and, leaning on her knees, quickly leap into a wife. Sbakspeare's Henry y. Invok'd the cause of all her miseries. Dryden. A man leapeth better with weights in his hands
The gods came downward to behold the wars, than without; for that the weignt, it it be proSharp'ning their sights, and leaning from their
portionable, strengtheneth the sinews by constars.
tracting them. In leaping with weights, the LEAN. adj. [hlæne, Saxon.]
arms are first cast backwards and then forwards
with so much the greater force; for the hands 1. Not fat; meagre ; wanting flesh; bare. boned.
go backward before they take their rise. Bacon.
In a narrow pic You tempt the fury of my three attendants,
He saw a lion, and leap'd down to it. Cowley. Lean famine, quartering steel, and climbing fire.
Thrice from the ground she leap'd, was seen
Shakspeare. Lan raw-bon'd rascals! who would e'er sup
Her brandish'd lance. Dryden's Æneid. pose, They had such courage and audacity!
2. To rush with vehemence.
Sbaksp. Lun-look'd prophets whisper fearful change.
God changed the spirit of the king into milde Shakspeare.
ness, who in a fear lip'd from his throne, and I vould invent as bitter searching terins,
took her in his arms, till she came to herself With full as many signs of deadly hate,
After he went into the tent and found her As leir-fac'd envy in her loathsome cave.
not, he leapel out to the people. Judith. Seven other kine came up out of the river, ill
He ruin upon ruin hears, favour'd and lear-fieshed.
And on me, like a furious giant, leaps. Sandys. Lei a physician beware how he purge after
Sirait leaping from his horse he raised me up.
Rowe. hard frosty weather, and in a lean body, without prepaation.
Bacon. 3. To bound; to spring. Ani ferch their precepts from the cynic tub,
Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy. Luke. Pratsng the lean, and sallow, abstinence. Milton.
I am warm’d, my heart Swear that Adrastus, and the lean-look'd pro
Leaps at the trumpet's voice, and burns for phet,
Addison. Arejont conspirators. Dryden and Lee. 4. To Ay ; to start.
Lea: people often suffer for wanit of fat, as fat He parted frowning from me, as if ruin peoplemay by obstruction of the vessels.
Leaped from his eyes: so looks the chased lion
Arbutbrot. Upon the daring huntsman that has gallid him; No'aughing graces wanton in my eyes; Then makes him nothing. Shaksp. Henry vill, But higger'd grief, lean-looking sallow care,
Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks Duellon my brow. Rogue's Jane Sbore. of fire leap out.
Job. 2. N tunctuous; thin; hungry,
TO LEAP. V. n.
Every man is 110c of a constitution :o leap a You
ingy raly upon my tender cire, guli for the siving of his country. L'Estrange. Tokiepium tar from perils of ambition : As onc condemn’d to lap a precipict,
All he can learn of me, will be to weep! Pbilip, Who sees before his eyes ihe depth bcior, 2. To teach. (It is observable, that in Stops short.
Dryaien's Spanish liruar. many of the European languages, the Sne dares pursue, if they dare lead: As their example still prevails,
same word signities to learn and to She tempts the stream, or leaps the pales. Prior. teach; to gain or impart knowledge.]
This sense is now obsolete, 2. To compress, as be::sts.
He would learn
The lion stoop to hiin in lowly wise,
Spenser's Fairy Queen. LEAP. 11. s. [!rom the verbs.]
You taught me language, and my prüfit on't 1. Bound ; jump ; act of icaping.
Is, I know how to curse: the red plague zid you, 2. Space passed by leaping.
For learning me your language. Sbaks. Tenpesi. After they have carried their riders safe over A thousand more mischances than this one, all leaps, and though all dangers, what comes of Have learn'd me how to brook this patiently. them in the end but to be broken-winded?
Hast thou not lourn'd me how 3. Sudden transition.
To make perfumes ? Sbakspeare's Cymbeline. Wickedness comes on by degrees, as well as
TO LEARN. v. n. To take pattern: with of: virtue; and sudden leaps from one extreme to Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; tor another are unnatural.
Mał:bew. The commous wrested even the power of
In imitation of sounds, that Man should be the chusing a king intirely out of the hands of the teacher is no part of the matier; for birds will nobles; which was so great a leup, and caused learn one of another. L'acon's Natural Histery. such a convulsion in the state, that the constitu
LE'ARNED. axlj. (from learn.] tion could not bear.
1. Versed in science and literature. 4. An assault of an animal of prey.
It is indifferent to the matter in hand, which The cat made a leap at the mouse. L'Estrange.
Locko way the learned shall determine of it.
Some by old words to fame have made pis5. Embrace of animals.
How she cheats her bellowing lover's eye;, Such labour'd nothings, in so strange a style, The rushing leap, the doubtrul progeny. Dryden. Amaze ih'unitarn'd, and make the learned smile. 6. Hazard, or effect of leaping. Methinks, it were an easy leap
The learred met with free approach, To pluck bright honour from the pale-fac'd Although they came not in a coach. Swift
The best account is given of them by their owa You take a precipice for no leap of danger,
authors: but I trust more to the table of the And woo your own destruction.
learned bishop of Bath. Arbuthnot on Coins. Behold that dreadful downfal of a rock, 2. Skilled ; skilful, knowing : with in. Where yon old fisher views the waves from high! 'Though train'd in arms, and learned in martia) 'Tis the convenient leup I mean to try. Dryden.
arts, LEAP-FROG. 1. s. [leap and frog.) A play
Thou chusesi not to conquer men but hearts.
Granville of children, in which they imitate the
3. Skilled in scholastick, as distinct from jump of frogs.
other knowledge. If ! corid win a lady at leap-frog. I should quickly leap into a wife. Sbakspeare's Henry v.
Till a man can judge whether they be truths
or no, his' understanding is but little improved : LEAP-YEAR. n. s.
and thus men of much reading are greatly Leap-year or bissextile is every fourth year, learned, but may be little knowing. Locke. and so called from its leaping a day more that year than in a common year: so that the com
LE'ARNEDLY. adv. (from learned.] With mon year has 065 days, but the leap-year 366;
knowledge; with skill. and then February hath 29 days, which in com
The apostle seemed in his eyes but learned', mon years bain but 28. To find the leap-year
Hookita you have this rule:
He spoke, and learned'y, for life; but all For leap-year 0: for past 1, 2, 3. Harris.
Was either pitied in him, or forgotten. Sbaks. The reason of the name of leap-year is, that a
Ev'ry coxcemb swears as learnediy as they. day of the week is missed; as, it on one year the
Swift. first of March be on Monday, it will on the next
LE'ARNING. M. s. (from learn.) year be on Tuesday, but on lap-year it will leap 1. Literature ; skill in languages or scito Wednesday:
ences; generally scholastick know. That the sun consistcth of 365 days and almost
ledge. six hours, wanting eleven minutes; which six hours omitted will, in process of time, largely
Learning hath its infancy, when it is almost
childish; then its youth, when luxuriant and judeprave the coinpute; and this is the occasion of the bissextile or leup-year.
venile ; then its strength of years, when solid;
and, lastly, its old age, when dry and exhaust. TO LEARN. v.a. [leornian, Saxon.]
Bacon. 1. To gain the knowledge or skill of. To tongue or pudding thou hast no pretence,
Learn a parable of the big-tree. Mattberu. Learning thy talent is, but mine is sense. Prior.
As Moses was learned in all the wisdom of ble, learned both to speak and write the Arabian the Egyptians, so it is manifest from this chaptongue.
Knolles. that St. Paul was a great master in all the Learn, wretches! learn the motions of the inind, learning of the Greeks.
Bentlega And the greäi moral end of human kind. Dijd 2. Skill in any thing good or bad.
A: art of contradiction by way of scurn, a To LEASH. v. a. [from the noun.] To. karm wherewith we were long sizhence fore- bind; to hold in a string. warned, that the riserable times whereunto we
Then should the warlike trarry, like himself, are tallen should abound.
Assume tile port of Mars; and, at his heels, LE'ARNER. ib. s. [from learn.] One who Leasit in like hounds, should ramine, sword and is yer in his relinents; one who is ac
tire, quiring some new art or knowledge. Crouch for employment. Sbakspeare's Herry v.
The late learners cannot so well take the ply, LEASING, n. s. [lease, Saxon.) except it be is some minds tha: have not suffered
fals-hoo'. thernelves to fix.
O ye sons of men, how long will ye have such Norcan a lorner work so cheap as a skilful practised artist can. Graunt's Bills of Vortality.
pleasure in vanity, and seek after leasing?
*Psalms. LEASE. n. s. [luisser, French. Spelman.)
He 'monyst ladies would their fortunes read 1. A contract by which, in consideration Out oi their hands, and merry leasings tell. of some payment, a temporary posses
Hubuerd's Tale. sion is granted of houses or lands.
He hates foul leasirigs and vile flattery, Way, cousin, wer't thou regent of the world,
Two tilthy blots in noble gentery;,
Hubbard's Tale. I were a shame to let this land by lerse. Sbaksp. Lords of the world have but tor lite their lease,
That false silerim which that leasing told, And that too, it the issur please, must crase.
Was indeed old Archimago. Fairy Queen. Donbam.
I have ever verified my friends I have heard a man talk with contempt of
With all the size that verity bishops' leases, as on a worse foot than the rest of
Would without lapsinsuiter: nay, sometimes, Swift.
Like to a bowl upon a subtle ground 3. Any tenure.
l':e tumbled past the throw; and in his praise
Have almost stampt the leasing.
Sikspeare's Coriolanus. Thou to give the world increase,
As folks, quoth Richard, prone to leasing, Shor:'ned hast thy own life's leuse. Milton.
Say things at tirst, because they're pleasing;
Then prove what they have once asserted, T. LEASE. V. a. (from the noun.) To let Nor care to have their lie deserted: by lease.
Till their own dreams at length deceive them, Where the vicar leases his glebe, the tenant And oft repeating they believe them. Prior. must say the great tithes to the rector or impro
Trading free shall thrive again, phator, and the small tithes to the vicar.
Nur leasings levd attright the swain.
Aylijja's Parergon. LEAST. adj. the superlative of litrle. [læ;t, T: LEASE. V. n. [lesen, Dutch.)
Saxon. This word Wallis would perglean; to gather what the harvest men suade us to write list, that it may be leave,
analogous to less; but surely the profit She in harvest usd to lease;
is not wortii the change.) Little beyond But harvest done, to chare-work did aspire,
others; smailest. Meet, drink, aud (wo-pence, was her daily hire.
I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies shewed to thy servant.
Genesis. LE'ASER. n. s. [from lease.] Gieaner ; A man can no more have a positive idea of gatherer after the reaper.
the greatest than he hus of the least space. Loche. There was no office which a man from Eng
LEAST. adv. In the lowe i degree; in a land might not have; and I looked upon all who Kere born here as only in the condition of leasers
degree below others; less than any other Srvift.
He resolu'd to wave his suit, LEAS:1. n. s. [lésse, French ; letse, Dutch;
Or for a while play le ist in simat. Iludibras, leccio, Italim.)
Ev’n that avert; I chuse it rot; 1. A leather thong, hy which a falconer But taste it as the least unhappy lot. Dryden.
holds his hawk, or a courser leads his No man more truly knows to place a right greyhound.
value on your friends. ip, than he who koud deHuling Corioli in the name of Rome,
surves it on all other accounts than his due sense
of it. Even like a fawaing greynuund in the leash,
Hope. Tu let hiin ship at will. Shakespeare. At LEAST.
To say no more; not to What I was, I am;
demand or aifirin more More straining on, for plucking back; not fol
At the LEAST.
than is barely sutlicient; lowing
At LEASTWISE. My leasbunwillingly.
at the lowest degree. Sbaksp. Winter's Tale. 2. A tierce ; three.
He who tempts, though in vain, at least as I am sworn brother to a leasb cf drawers, and can call them all by their Christian, names. Sbak.
The tempted with dishonour.
ntillon Some thought when he did gabble
He from my side subducting, took perna: s Tui'ad beard three labourers of Babel,
More than enough; at least on her bestowed Or Cerberus himself pronounce
Too much of ornament in outward show A leasb of languages at once.
Milton Elaborate, of in ard less exact.
Huibres. Thou art a living comedy; they are a leash of
Upon the m.ist they saw a young man, at least
if he were a man, who sat as on horseback. Dennis' Lellers.
Sidney. 3: t band wherewith to tie any tuing in Every effect doth after a sort contain, at leasta general.
wise resemble, the cause from which it proThe ravished soul being shewn such game,
Honker. wfuld break those kasbes that tie her to the Honour and fime at least the thund'rerowd,
Doyle. And ill he pays the promise of a God. Paper
The remedies, if any, are to be proposed from
When him his dearest Una did behold, a constant course of the milken diet, continued Disdairing life, desiring leave to dye. Spenser. at least a year.
Temple. I make bold to press upon you. A fiend may deceive a creature of more ex- -You're welcome; give us l_ave, drzwer. 'cellency than himself, at least by the tacit per
Sbakspeare. mission of the omniscient Being. Dryden. 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 Forson's Catiiine. all that mig be said.
Thrice happy snake! that in her sleeve
May boldly creep; we dare not give Whether such virtue spent now fail'd
Our thoughits so unconfin'd a leave. Wallor. New angels to create, if they at least
No friend has leave to bear away the dead. Are his created Milton.
Dryden. Let use vi observations be at least some part
Offended that we fought without his leave, of the subject of your conversation.
1:: takes this time his secret hate to shew. LE'ASY. (dj. [This word seems formed
Dryden. from the 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 who He never leaveth, while the sense itself be
serves me, let him be never so cbnoxious to Icft loose and lasy.
Ascham's Schoolmaster. any party : nor did the tory party put me to the LE'ATHER, n. š. (leden, Saxon ; leaár,
hardship of asking this leave.
2. Farewel; adieu. In this sense leave is 1. Dressed hides of animals.
permission io depart. He was a hairy man, and girt with a girdle of
Take leave and part, for you must part forthleatber about his loins. 2 Kings.
Evils that take love,
On their departure, most of all shew evil.
There is further compliment of lervi taking 2. Skin; ironically.
betwcen France and him. Sbaksp. King Lear. Returning sound in limb and wind,
Here my father comes; Except some leather lost behind. Stvift.
A double blessing is a double grace ; 3. It is often used in composition for
Occasion smiles upon a second leave. Sbakspeare. leathern.
But, my dear nothings, take your leave,
No longer must you me deceive. Suckling: His cold thin drink out of his leatber bottle;
Many stars may be visible in our hemisphere, Is far beyond a prince's delicacies.
that are not so at present; and inany shall take LE'ATHERCOAT. n. s. (leather and coat. ) leave of our horizon, and appear unto southern An ap;le with a tough rind.
Brown, There is a dish of leathercoats for you Sbaks. TO LEAVE. v. a. pret. I left; I have left. LE'ATHERDRESSER. n. s. [leather and [Of the derivation of this word the
dresser. ] He who prepares leather ; he etymologists give no satisfactory acwho nanuiactures hides for use.
count.) He removed to Curræ ; and by the way was
1. To quit ; to forsake. entertained at the house of one Tychius, a
A man shall leave his father and his mother, lea'ber.resser.
Genesis. LIATHER-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
Ben Jonson. their teeth in their throat; as, the ciiub or che
2. To desert; to abandon.
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 fron, without action : as, I I saw her hand; she has a leatbern hand,
left things as I found them. A free-stone colour'd hand: I verily did think That bier old gloves were on.
When they were departed from him, they lift Tie wretched animal heav'd forth such cars,
him in great diseases.
2 Cbroniciosa That their discharge vid stretch his leatbern coat
4. To have rumuning at death. Almost to bursting. Shokspeare's as
There be of them that have left a name beyou
like it. In silken er in leatherr purse retain
Ecclesiasticus. A splendid snilling.
Philips. 5. Nut to teprive of. LE'ATHERSELLER. s. [leather and They s-ill have left me the providence of God,
seller.) He who dials in leather, and and all the promises of the gospel, and my chavends it.
rity to them too. LE'ATHERY. adj. [from leather.) Resem- 6. To suífer to remain. bling leather.
If it be done without order, the mind compre
hendeth less that which is set down; and besides, Wormius calls this crust a leatbery skin. Grew. LEAVE. 7. s. Llege, Saxon ; from lyfan,
it leaveth a suspicion, as if more might be said than is expressed.
Bacon. t grant.]
These things must be loft uncertain to farther 1. Grant of liberty; permission ; allow- discoveries in future ages.
Who those are, to whom this right by descent By your leave, Ireneus, notwithstanding all belongs, he leaves out of the reach of any one to this your careful foresight, methinks I see an
discover from his writings.
Locke. evil Jurk unespied.
Spenser. 7. Not to carry away.