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acid spirit.

The partition between good and evil is broken 2. Genuinely. down; and where one sin has entered, legions will By degrees he rose to Jove's imperial seat ;

force their way through the same breach. Rogers. Thus ditħculties prove a soul legitimately great. LEʻGIONARY, adj. (froin legion.]

Dryden. 1. Relating to a legion.

LEGITIMATION. n. s. [legitimation, Fr. 2. Containing a legion.

from legitimate.] 3. Containing a great indefinite number. 1. Lawiul birth. Too many applying themselves betwixt jest

I have disclaimed my land; and earnest, make up the legionary body of er- Legitimation, name, and all is gone:

Prown. Then, gocd iny mother, let me know my father. LEGISLA’TION. n, s. (from legislator,

From whence will arise many questies of leLat.) The act of giving laws. Pythagoras joined legislation to his philosophy,

gitimation, and what in nature is the difference berwixt a wife and a concubine.

Locke. and, like others, pretended to miracles and revelations from God, to give a more venerable

2. The act of investing with the privileges sanction to the laws he prescribed. Littleton,

of lawful binth. LEGISLA'Tive. adj. [from legislator.] LEGUME. 11. s. [legume, Fr. legumer, Giving laws; law.giving.

LEGUMEN. ) Lat.] Seeds not reaped, Their legislative frenzy they repent,

but gathered by the hand; as, beans : Enacting it should make no precedent. Denhau. in general, all larger seeds; pulse. The poet is a kind of laygiver, and those qua

Some legumens, as peas or beans, if newly lities are proper to the legislative style. Dryden.

gathered and distilled in a retort, will afford an LEGISLA’TOR. n. s. [legislator, Latin ;

Boyle. legislateur, French.] A lawgiver ; one In the spring fell great rains, upon which enwho makes laws for any community.

sued a most destructive mildew upon the corn It spoke like a legislator: the thing spoke was

and leg unnes.

Arburbact, a law.

South. LEGU’MINOUS. adj. [legumineux, Fr. Heroes in animated marble frown,

from legumcn.) Belonging to pulse ; And legislators seem to think in stone.


consisting of pulse. LEGISLA'TURE. n. s. (trom legislator, The properest food of the vegetable kingdom Latin.] The power that makes laws. is taken from the farinaceous seeus: as oats,

Without the concurrent consent of all three barley, and wheat: or of some of the siliquose parts of the legislature, no law is, or can be made. or leguminous; as, peas or beans. Arbuibnos.

Hale. LE'ISURABLY. odv. (from irisurable.] At In the notion of a legislature is implied a power leisure ; without tumult or hurry. to change, repeal, and suspend laws in being, as

Let us beg of God, that when the hour of our well as to make new law's.


rest is come, the patterns of our dissolution may By the supreme magistrate is properly under

be Jacob, Moses, Joshua, and David, who leis stood the legislative power; but the word magi

surably ending their lives in peace, prayed for strate sceming to denote a single person, and to

the mercies of God upon their posterity. Hooker. express the executive power, it came to pass that LE'ISURABLE. adj. [from leisure.] Done the obedience due to the legislature was, for Want of considering this easy distinction, misap

at leisure; not hurried; enjoying lei. plied to the adninistration.

Savijt. LEGITIMACY, 1. s. [from legitimate.]

A relation inexcusable in his works of leisur. ). Lawfulness of birth.

able hours, the examination being as ready as the relation.

Brown. In respect to his legitimacy, it will be good.

riyliffe. LE’ISURE. 1. s. [loisir, French.) 2. Genuineness; not spuriousness.

1. Freedom from business or hurry; va. The legitimacy or reality of these marine bo- cancy of mind; power to spend time dies vindicated, I now inquire by what means according to choice.

they were hurried out of the ocean. Wo.dw. LEGITIMATE. adj. (from legitimus,

A gentleman fell very sick, and a friend said

to him, Send for a physician; but the sick man Lat. kgitime, French.) Born in mar- answercd, It is no matter; for if I die, I will die riage; lawfully begotten.

at leisure.

Bacon's Apopbtbegms. Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land;

Where ambition and avarice have made po Our father's love is to the bastard Edmund. entrance, the desire of leisure is much more na


tural than of business and care. Temple, An adultereus person is tied to make provi- You may enjoy your quiet in a garden, where sion for the children begotten in unlawful em- you have nüt only the leisure of thinking, but braces, that they may do no injury to the legiti

ihe pleasure to think of nothing which can dismate, by receiving a portion.

compose your mind.

Dryden. To LEGITIMATE. v.a. [legitimer, Fr. 2. Convenience of time. from the adjective.)

We'll make our leisures to attend on yours. i. To procure to any the rights of le.

Sbakspeare gitimate birth.

They summond up their meiny, straic cook Legitimate him that was a bastard. Ayliffe.

horse; 2. To make lawful.

Commanded me to follow, and attend

The leisure of their answer. It would be impossible for any enterprize to

Sbakspeare. be lawful, if that which should legitimate it is

O happy youth!

For whom thy fates reserve so fair a bride: subsequent to it, ard can have no influence to

He sigh'd, and had no leisure more to say, make it good or bad.

Decay of Piety; His honour call'd his eyes another way. Drgd. LEGITIMAT! LY.o.lv. [from legitimate.] I shall leave with him that rebuke, to be con1. Lawfully.

sidered at his leisure.




3. Want of leisure. Not used.

1. To afford or supply, on condition of More than I have said, loving countrymen; repayment. The leisure and enforcement of the tinie

In common worldly things 'tis callid ungrateful Forbids to divell on. Sbalsp. Richard 111. With dull unwillingness to rav a deb', LE'ISURELY. adj. [from leisure. ) Not Which, with a bounteous hand, was kindly lent ; busty ; deliberate ; done without hurry. Much more to be thus opposite with Fleav'n. He was the wretchedest thing when he was


Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usuyoung, So long a growing, and so leisurely

ry, nor lend him thy victuals for increase. Levit. That, if the rule be true, he should be gracious.

They dare not give, and e'en refuse to lend, Sladspeare.

To their poor kindred, or a wanting friend. Dry. The earl of Warwick, with a hardful or men,

2. To sutter to be used on condition that fred Leith and Edinburgh, and returned by a it be restored. leisurely march.

Hayward. I'll lend it thee, my dear, but have no power The bridge is human life: upon a leisurely , to give it from me.

Shakopears. survey of it, I found that it consisted of three- The fair blessing we vouchsafe to send; score and cen intire archies.

riddison, Nor can we spare you long, though often we may LE'ISURELY. adv. (irom leisure.) Not in


Dryden. 2 hurry; slowly deliberately:

3. To afford; to grant in general. The Belgians hop'd, that with disorder'd haste, Covetousness, like the sea, receives the tribute Our deep-cur keels upon the sands might run;

of all rivers, thogh far unlike it in lending any Or it with caution leisurely we past,

back again.

Decay of Piety. Their aumerous gross might charge us one by Painting and poesy are two sisters so like, thac

Dryden. they lend to each other their name and office : We descended very leisurely, my friend being one is called a dumb poesy, and the other a spcak. carciul to count the steps. Addison. ing picture.

Dryden's Dufresnog. Li'MAN. 3.5. (Gener.lly supposed to be

From thy new hope, and from thy growing l'aimunt, the lover, Fr. but imagined by


Now lend assistance, and relieve the poor. Dryd. Jarius, with almost equal probability,

Cato, lend me for a while thy patience, to be derived from lef, Dutch, or leof, And condescend to hear a young man speak. Saxon, beloved and man. This etymo

Addison. logy is strongly supported by the an

Cephisa, thou cient orthography, according io which

Wilt lend a hand to close thy mistress' eyes. Phil. it was written leveman.) A sweetheart; LE'NDER. n. s. (from lend.]

Hanmer. a gallant; or a mistress.

1. One who lends any thing.

2. One who makes a trade of putting moHold for my szke, and do him not to dye; But vanquish'd, thine eternal bondslave make,

ney to interest. And me thy worthy meed unto thy leman lake. Let the state be answered some small matter,


and the rest leit to the lender; if the abatement A cup of wine,

be small, it will not discourage the lendit : he That's brisk and fine,

that took ten in the hundred, will sooner descend And drink unto the lemon mine. Shaksp. to eight than give over this trade. Basconi. L MMA. a. 3. [23 uz ; lemne, French.]

Whole droves of lenders crowd the bankers

doors A proposition previously assumed.

To call in monev. Dryden's Spanisb Fryar. LE'MON. n. s. (limon, Fs. limonium, low

Interest would certainly encourage the lender

to venture in such a time of danger. Addison, 3. The fruit of the lemon-tree.

LENGTH. n. s. [from leng, Saxon.) The juice of lemons is inore cooling and astrin

1. The extent of any thing material from genit than that of oranges.

Arbutbrot. The dyers use it for dying of bright yellows

end to end ; the longest line that can and lemon colours.


be drawo through a body: Bear me, Pomona!

There is in Ticinum a church that is in length To where the lemon and the piercing lime,

one hundred feet, in breadth twenty, and in With the deep orange, glowing through the

heighth near fifty: it reportech the voice twelve or thirteen times.

Bacon green, Their lighter glories blend.


2. Horizontal extension. 2. The tree that bears lemons.

Mezentius rushes on his foes, The lenen tree hath large stiff leaves; the

And tirst unhappy Acron overthrows; flower consists of many leaves, which expand in

Stretch'd at nis lengib he spurns the swarthy form of a rose : the fruit is almost of an oval fi


Dryden. fure, and divided into several cells, in which are 3. Comparative extent ; a certain portion lodged hard seeds, surrounded by a thick fleshy of space or time : in this sense it has a substance, which, for the most part, is full of an plural. acid juice. There are many varieties of this

Large lengths of seas and shores tree, and the fruit is yearly imported from Lis- Between my father and my mother lay: Sbaksp. bon in great plenty


To get from th' enemy, and Ralph, free; LEMONA'DE. n. s. (from lemon.) Liquor

Left danger, fears, and foes, behind, made of water, sugar, and the juice of

And beat, at least, three lengths the wind. Hudib. lemons.

Time glides along with undiscover'd hasse,

The future but a length beyond the past. Drgid. Thou, and thy wife, and children, should walk

4. Exrent of duration or space. in my gardens, buy toys, and drink lemonude.


What length of lands, what oceans have you To LEND. v. a. preterit, and part. pass. What storms sustain'd, and on what shores been bens. (lænan, Saxon; lernen, Dutch.)





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Having thus got the idea of duration, the next To LE'NGTHEN. V. n. To grow longer; thing is to get some measure of this common du

to increase in length. ration, whereby to judge of its different lengths.


One may as well make a yard, whose parts

lengiben and shrink, as a measure of trade in ma5. Long duration or protraction.

terials, that have not always a settled value. May heav'n, great monarch, still augment


Still 'tis farther from its end; With length of days, and every day like this. Dry. Still finds its error lengthen with its way. Prier,

Such toil requír'd the Roman name, LE'NGTHWISE. adv. [length and wise.] Such length of labour for so vast a frame. Dryd. In length of time it will cover the whole plain,

According to the length; in a longituand make one mountain with that on which it

dinal direction. now stands.

Addison. LE'NIENT, adj. [leniens, Latin.] 6. Reach or expansion of any thing. 1. Assuasive ; softening; mitigating.

I do not recommend to all a pursuit of sciences, In this one passion man can strength enjoy; to those extensive lengths to which the moderns Time, that on all things lays his lenient hand, have advanced.

Watts. Yet tames not this; it sticks to our last sand. -7. Full extent; uncontracted state.

Popes If Lætitia, who sent me this account, will ac- 2. With of quaint me with the worthy gentleman's name,

Consolatories writ I will insert it at length in one of my papers.

With study'd argument, and much persuasion Spectator.

sought 8. Distance.

Lenient of grief and anxicus thought. Milton. He had marched to the length of Exeter, which 3. Laxative ; emollient. he had some thought of besieging. Clarendon. Oils relax the fibres, are lenient, balsamick,

Arbuthnot. 9. End; latter part of any assignable time.

and abate acrimony in the blood. Churches purged of things burdensome, all LE’NIENT. n. s. 'An emollient, or assuawas brought at the length unto that wherein we sive application. now stand.

Hooker. I dressed it with lenients. Wiseman's Surgery. A crooked stick is not straitened, unless it be To LE'NIFY, V. n. (lenifier, old Fr, lenio, bent as far on the clear contrary side, that so it Lat.) To assuage; to mitigate. may settle itself at the length in a middle state

Used for squinancies and innammations in the of evenness between them both. Hooker.

throat, it seemeth to have a mollifying and icni10. At LENGTH. (An adverbial mode

fying virtue.

Bacon. of speech. It was formerly written at All soft'ning simples, known of sov'reign use, the length.] At last; in conclusion. He presses out, and pours their noble juice ; At length, at length, I have thee in my arms,

These first infus'd, to lenify the pain, Though our malevolent stars have struggled He tugs with pincers, but he tugs in vain. Dryd. hard,

LE'Nitive. adj. [lenitif, Fr. lenio, Lat.) And held us long asunder.

Dryden. Assuasive; emollient. TO LE'NGTHEN. v. a. [from length.)

Some plants have a milk in them; the cause 1. To draw out; to make longer; to may be an inception of putrefaction i for those elongate.

milks have all an acrimony, though one would Relaxing the fibres, is making them flexible, or

think they should be lenitive.

Bacon. casy to be lengthened without rupture. Arbuthnot.

There is aliment lenitive expelling the faces Falling dews with spangles deck'd the glade,

without stimulating the bowels; such are animal oils.

Arbuthnot. And the low sun had lengthen'd every shade.


Pope. 2. To protract; to continue.

1. Any thing medicinally applied to ease Frame your mind to mirth and merriment, pain. Which bars a thousand harms, and lengthens life. 2. A palliative.

Sbakspeare. There are lenitives that friendship will apply, Break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine before it would be brought to decretory rigours. iniquities by showing mercy to the poor: if it

South. may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity. Daniel. It is in our power to secure to ourselves an

LE'NITY. n. s. [lenitas, Lat.) Mildness; interest in the divine mercies that are yet to

mercy; tenderness; softness of temper. come, and to lengtben the course of our present

He iry gives consent, prosperity.


Of meer compassion, and of lenity,
To case your country.

Shakspeer! * 3. To protract pronunciation.

Lenity must gain
The learned languages were less constrained

The mighty men, and please the discontent. in the quantity of every syilable, beside helps of

Daniel grammatical figures for the lengthening or abbre- Albeit so ample a pardon was prockimed viation of them.


touching treason, yet could not the boldness be 4. TO LENGTHEN out. [The particle out

beaten down either with severity, or with lerity is only emphatical.] To protract; to

be abated.

Hayri ard.

These jealousies extend.

Have but one root, the old imprison'd king, What if I please to lengthen out his date

Whose lenity first pleas'd the gaping crowd: A day, and take a pride to cozen fate? Dryden. But when long ery'd, and found supinely good, I'd hoard up every moment of my life,

Like A sop's log, they leap: upon his back. To lengthen out the payment of my tears. Dryd. It lengtbens out every act of worship, and proo Lens. n. s. [from rest mblance to the seed

Dryden. duces more lasting and permanent impressions in the mind, than those which accompany any

of a lentil.) transient form of words.

Aduison. A glass spherically convex on both sides, is usually called a lens; such is a burning-glass, or LE'NTOUS. adj. [lentus, Latin.) Viscous; spectacle-glass, or an object glass of a telescope. tenacious; capable to be drawn out.


In this spawn of a lentous and transparent body, According to the difference of the lenses, I

are to be discerned many specks which become usad various distances.


black, a substance more compacted and terresLENT. The part. pass. from lend.

trious than the other; for it riseth not in disBy Jove the stranger and the poor are sent, tillation.

Brown. And what to those we give, to Jove is lent. Pope, Le'od. n. s. LENT. n. s. [lenten, che spring, Sax.)

Leod signifies the people ; The quadragesimal fast; a time of ab.

or, rather, a nation, country, Sc. Thus, stinence; the time from Ashwednesday

leodgar is one of great interest with the to Easter.

people or nation. Gibson's Camden. Lent is from springing, because it falleth in the

L'of. n. S. Leof denotes love ; so leofspring; for which our progenitors, the Germans,

win is a winner of love ; leofstan, best use plent.

Camden. beloved : like these Agapetus, Erasmus, LE'NTEN. adj. (from lent.] Such as is Philo, Amandus, 6c. Gibson's Camden. used in lent; sparing.

LE'ONINE, adj. [leoninus, Latin.] My lord, if you delight not in man, what 3. Belonging to a lion; having the nature kuten entertainment the players shall receive of a lion. from you! Shakspeare's Hamlet.

2. Leonine verses are those of which the She quench'd her fury at the food, And with a lenten sallad cool'd her blood.

end rhimes to the middle ; so named Their commons, though but coarse, were no

from Leo the inventor: as thing scant. Dry. Hind and Panther. Gloria factorum temere conceditur horum. LENTICULAR. adj. (lenticulaire, Fr.] Le'OPARD. n. s. [leo and pardus, Latin.} Doubly convex ; of the form of a lens.

A spotted beast of prey.
The crystalline humour is of a lenticular fi-

Sheep run not half so tim'rous from the wolf, gure, convex on both sides. Ray on Creation.

Or horse or oxen from the leopard, LE'NTIFOR:4. adj. [lens and forma, Lat.] As you fly from your oft-subdued slaves. Shak. Having the form of a lens.

A leopard is every way, in shape and actions, LENTIGINOUS. adj. [from lentigo, Lat.)

like a cat: his head, teeih, tongue, feet, claws, Scurfy ; scurfuraceous.

tail, all like a cat's: he boxes with his fore-feet, LENTIGO. n. s. (Latin.] A freckly or

as a cat doth her kittens; leaps at the prey, as a

eat at a mouse; and will also spit much after the scurfy eruption upon the skin ; such

same manner: so that they seem to differ, just especially as is common to women in as a kite doth from an eagle.

Grew. childbearing.

Quincy. Before the king came leopards led the way, LENTIL. n. s. [lens, Lat. Lentille, Fr.] A

And troops of liens innocentiy play. Drydeno plant.

LE'PER. 11. s. (lepra, leprosus, Lat.) One It hath a papilionaceous flower, the pointal of infected with a leprosy. which becomes a short pod, containing orbicular I am no loathsome leper; look on me. Shals. seeds, for the most part conver; the leaves are

The leper in whom the plague is, his cloaths conjugated, growing to one mid-rib, and are ter- shall be rent.

Leviticus. minated by tendrils. Tne Philistines were gathered together where LE'PEROUS. adj. [formed from leprous,

to make out a verse.] Causing leprosy i was a piece of ground full of lentiles. 2 Sam.

infected with leprosy; leprous. LE'NTISCK. n. s. [lentiscus, Lat. lentisque, Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole,

Fr.) Lentisck wood is of a pale brown, With juice of cursed hebenon in a vial, al post whitish, resinous, fragrant, and

And in the porches of mine ears did pour acrid : it is the tree which produces

The leperous distilment. Sbaksp. Humlet. masticb, esteemed astringent and bil. Le'Porine. adj. [leporinus, Lat.) Belong. sarnick.

Hill, ing to a hare; having the nature of a Luentisck is a beautiful evergreen, the mastich hare. oz gum of which is of use for the teeth or gums. LEPRO'SITY. .n. s. [from leprous.] SquaMortimer's Husbandry.

mous disease. LE'NTITUDE. n. s. [from lentus, Litin.] If the crudities, impurities, and leprosities of Slugzishness; slowness.


metals were cured, they would become gold. LI'NTNER. 7. S. A kind of hawk.

Bacon. I should enlarge my discourse to the observa- LEPROSY. n. s. (lepra, Lat. lepre, Fr.] A tion of the haggard, and the two sorts of lentners.

Walton's Angler.

loathsome distemper, which covers the LE'NTOR. a. s. (lentor, Lat. lenteur, tr.]

body with a kind of white scales.

Itches, blains, 1. Tenacity; viscosity:

So all the Athenian bosoms, and their crop Some bodies have a kind of lentor, and more Be general leprosy,

Shaksp. Timor of Athens. deyectible nature than others. Васол. . li is a plague of leprosy.

Leviticus. 2. Slowness; delay; sluggish coldness. Between the malice of my enemies and other The lentor of eruptions, not infiammatory,

men's mistakes, I put as great a difference as bepoints to an acid cause. Arbutbrot on Diet. tween the itch of novelty and the lzprosy of dis-, 1. (la physick.] That sizy, viscid, coa- loyalty;

King Cbarles. & 1 ted part of tlie biood, which, in

Authors, upon the first entrance of the pox, inabigaart fexers, obstructs the capil

looked upon it so highly infectious, that they ran

away froin it as much as the jew's did from the lary vogels. Quincy. leprosy:

Wiseman's Surgery


LE'PROUS, adj. [lepra, Lat. lepreux, Fr.]

Kings may give Infected with a leprosy.

To beggars, and not lessen their own greatness. The silly amorous sucks his death,

Denbart. By drawing in a leprous barlot's breath. Donne. Though charity alone will not make one LERE. 11. s. [lære, Saxon ; leere, Dutci.]

happy in cho other world, yet it shall lesson his

punishment. A lesson ; lore; doctrine. Obsolete.

Calamy's Sermons.

Collect into one sum as great a number 83 This sense is still retained in Scotland.

you please, this multitude, how great soever, lese The kid pitying his heaviness,

sens notone jot the power of addingtoit, or brings Asked the cause of his great distress;

him any nearer the end of the inexhaustible And also who, and whence, that he were,

stock of number.

Locke. Though he that had well ycond his lere,

This thirst after fanie betra;'s him into such 'Thus melled his talk with many a teare. Spens. indecencies as are a lessening to his reputation, LE'RRY. (from here.] A rating; a lec- and is looked upon as a weakness in the greatest ture. Rustick word.


Spectatur. LES. A negative or privative termina- Nor are the pleasures which the brutal part of tion. (lear, Saxon ; loos, Dutch.)

the creation enjoy, subject to be lessened by the

uneasiness which arises from fancy. Atterbury. Joined to a substantive, it implies the

3. To degrade ; to deprive of power or absence or privation of the thing ex

dignity. pressed by that substantive: as, a wit

Who seeks less man, a man without wit ; childless, To lessen thee, against his purpose serves without children; fatherless, deprived To manifest the more thy might. Millor. of a father ; pennyless, wanting money.

St. Paul chose to magnify his office, when ilf Less. adj. [lear, Sax.] The comparative To Le'ssen. v. n.

men conspired to lessen it. Atterbury's Sernos. of little: opposed to greater, or to so

To grow less; 10

shrink; to be diminished. great; not so much; not equal.

All government may be esteemed to grow Mary, the mother of James the less. Mark. He that thinks he has a positive idea of infi

strong or weak, as the general opinion in those

that govern is seen to lessen or increase. Temple. nite space will find, that he can no more have a

The objection lessens much, and comes to na positive idea of the greatest than he has of the

more than this, there was one witness of no least space; for in this latter we are capable only

good reputation.

dtterburys of a comparative idea of smallness, which will

LE'SSER. adj. A barbarous corruption of always be less than any one whereof we have the positive idea.

Locke. less, formed by the vulgar froin the ha. All the ideas that are considered as having bit of terminating comparatives in er; parts, and are capable of increase by the addition afterward adopted by poets, and then of any equal or less parts, affuid us, by their re

by writers of prose, till it has all the petition, ihe idea of infinity.


authority which a mode originally er"Tis less to conquer, than to make wars cease, And, without fighting, awe the world to peace.

soneous can derive from custom. Hollifox.

What great despite doth fortune ta thee bear, LESS. n. s. Not so much : opposed to

Thus lowly to abase thy beauty bright,

I hat it should not deface all other lesser light? more, or to as much.

Fairy Quenta They gathered some more, some less. Exod.

It is the lesser blot, modesty finds, Thy servant knew nothing of this, less or more.

Women to change their shapes than men their 1 Samuel.

minds Yet could he not his closing eyes withdraw,


The mountains, and higher parts of the earth, Though less and less of Emily he saw. Dryden.

grow lesser and lesser from age to age : someLess. adv. In a smaller degree ; in a times the roots of them are weakened by sublower degree.

terraneous fires, and sometimes tuinbled by This opinion presents a less merry, but not earthquakes into caverns that are under thein.

Burnet. less dangerous, temptation to those in adversity.

Cain, after the murder of his brother, cies

Decay of Piety. The less space there is betwixt us and the ob

out, Every man that findeth me shall lay me.

By the same reason may a man, in the state ject, and the more pure the air is, by so much the more the species are preserved and distin

of nature, punish the lesser breaches of that law.

Locko. guished; and, on the contrary, the more sp.ce

Any heat promotes the ascent of mineral of air there is, and the less it is pure, so much the more the object is confused and embroiled.

maiter, but more especially of that which is Dryden.

subtle, and is consequently moveable more easi-
and with a lesser power.

Woodward. Their learning lay chiefly in flourish; they

The larger here, and there the lesser lainbs, were not much wiser than the less prerending multitude.

Collier on Pride.

The new-lall’n young herd bleating for their

dams. The less they themselves want from others, they will be less careful to supply the necessities Le'sser. adv. [formed by corruption of the indigent.

Smulridge. from less.) Happy, and happy still, she might have prov'd, Some say he's mad; others, that lesser hate Were she less beautiful, or less belov’d. Pope.

him, LE'SSEE, n. s.

Do call it valiant fury. The person to whom a lease is given.

LE'SSES. 1. s. (laissées, Fr.). The dung To Le'ssen. v. a. (from less.]

of beasts left on the ground. 1. To make less; to diminish in bulk. LE'SSON. n. s. [leçon, Fr. lectio, Lat.) 2. To diminish the degree of any state or 1. Any thing read or repeated to a teach, quality; to make less intense.

er, in order to improvement.



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