4 letter word starting with la

Words Parts of Speech Meaning/Definition/Similar Words
laas noun A lace. See Lace.
lakh noun One hundred thousand; also, a vaguely great number; as, a lac of rupees., Same as Lac, one hundred thousand.
lace noun That which binds or holds, especially by being interwoven; a string, cord, or band, usually one passing through eyelet or other holes, and used in drawing and holding together parts of a garment, of a shoe, of a machine belt, etc., A snare or gin, especially one made of interwoven cords; a net., A fabric of fine threads of linen, silk, cotton, etc., often ornamented with figures; a delicate tissue of thread, much worn as an ornament of dress., Spirits added to coffee or some other beverage., To fasten with a lace; to draw together with a lace passed through eyelet holes; to unite with a lace or laces, or, figuratively. with anything resembling laces., To adorn with narrow strips or braids of some decorative material; as, cloth laced with silver., To beat; to lash; to make stripes on., To add spirits to (a beverage)., To be fastened with a lace, or laces; as, these boots lace.
lack noun Blame; cause of blame; fault; crime; offense., Deficiency; want; need; destitution; failure; as, a lack of sufficient food., To blame; to find fault with., To be without or destitute of; to want; to need., To be wanting; often, impersonally, with of, meaning, to be less than, short, not quite, etc., To be in want., Exclamation of regret or surprise.
lade verb t. To load; to put a burden or freight on or in; — generally followed by that which receives the load, as the direct object., To throw in out. with a ladle or dipper; to dip; as, to lade water out of a tub, or into a cistern., To transfer (the molten glass) from the pot to the forming table., To draw water., To admit water by leakage, as a ship, etc., The mouth of a river., A passage for water; a ditch or drain.
lady noun A woman who looks after the domestic affairs of a family; a mistress; the female head of a household., A woman having proprietary rights or authority; mistress; — a feminine correlative of lord., A woman to whom the particular homage of a knight was paid; a woman to whom one is devoted or bound; a sweetheart., A woman of social distinction or position. In England, a title prefixed to the name of any woman whose husband is not of lower rank than a baron, or whose father was a nobleman not lower than an earl. The wife of a baronet or knight has the title of Lady by courtesy, but not by right., A woman of refined or gentle manners; a well-bred woman; — the feminine correlative of gentleman., A wife; — not now in approved usage., The triturating apparatus in the stomach of a lobster; — so called from a fancied resemblance to a seated female figure. It consists of calcareous plates., Belonging or becoming to a lady; ladylike., The day of the annunciation of the Virgin Mary, March 25. See Annunciation.
laft p. p. of Leave.
laic adjective Alt. of Laical, A layman.
laid imp. & past participle of Lay., of Lay
lain past participle of Lie, v. i., of Lie
lair noun A place in which to lie or rest; especially, the bed or couch of a wild beast., A burying place., A pasture; sometimes, food.
lake noun A pigment formed by combining some coloring matter, usually by precipitation, with a metallic oxide or earth, esp. with aluminium hydrate; as, madder lake; Florentine lake; yellow lake, etc., A kind of fine white linen, formerly in use., To play; to sport., A large body of water contained in a depression of the earth’s surface, and supplied from the drainage of a more or less extended area.
laky adjective Pertaining to a lake., Transparent; — said of blood rendered transparent by the action of some solvent agent on the red blood corpuscles.
lalo noun The powdered leaves of the baobab tree, used by the Africans to mix in their soup, as the southern negroes use powdered sassafras. Cf. Couscous.
lama noun See Llama., In Thibet, Mongolia, etc., a priest or monk of the belief called Lamaism.
lamb noun The young of the sheep., Any person who is as innocent or gentle as a lamb., A simple, unsophisticated person; in the cant of the Stock Exchange, one who ignorantly speculates and is victimized., To bring forth a lamb or lambs, as sheep.
lame superl. Moving with pain or difficulty on account of injury, defect, or temporary obstruction of a function; as, a lame leg, arm, or muscle., To some degree disabled by reason of the imperfect action of a limb; crippled; as, a lame man., Hence, hobbling; limping; inefficient; imperfect., To make lame.
lamm verb t. See Lam.
lamp noun A thin plate or lamina., A light-producing vessel, instrument or apparatus; especially, a vessel with a wick used for the combustion of oil or other inflammable liquid, for the purpose of producing artificial light., Figuratively, anything which enlightens intellectually or morally; anything regarded metaphorically a performing the uses of a lamp., A device or mechanism for producing light by electricity. See Incandescent lamp, under Incandescent.
land noun Urine. See Lant., The solid part of the surface of the earth; — opposed to water as constituting a part of such surface, especially to oceans and seas; as, to sight land after a long voyage., Any portion, large or small, of the surface of the earth, considered by itself, or as belonging to an individual or a people, as a country, estate, farm, or tract., Ground, in respect to its nature or quality; soil; as, wet land; good or bad land., The inhabitants of a nation or people., The mainland, in distinction from islands., The ground or floor., The ground left unplowed between furrows; any one of several portions into which a field is divided for convenience in plowing., Any ground, soil, or earth whatsoever, as meadows, pastures, woods, etc., and everything annexed to it, whether by nature, as trees, water, etc., or by the hand of man, as buildings, fences, etc.; real estate., The lap of the strakes in a clinker-built boat; the lap of plates in an iron vessel; — called also landing., In any surface prepared with indentations, perforations, or grooves, that part of the surface which is not so treated, as the level part of a millstone between the furrows, or the surface of the bore of a rifled gun between the grooves., To set or put on shore from a ship or other water craft; to disembark; to debark., To catch and bring to shore; to capture; as, to land a fish., To set down after conveying; to cause to fall, alight, or reach; to bring to the end of a course; as, he landed the quoit near the stake; to be thrown from a horse and landed in the mud; to land one in difficulties or mistakes., To go on shore from a ship or boat; to disembark; to come to the end of a course.
lane adjective Alone., A passageway between fences or hedges which is not traveled as a highroad; an alley between buildings; a narrow way among trees, rocks, and other natural obstructions; hence, in a general sense, a narrow passageway; as, a lane between lines of men, or through a field of ice.
lang adjective & adverb Long.
lank superl. Slender and thin; not well filled out; not plump; shrunken; lean., Languid; drooping., To become lank; to make lank.
lant noun Urine., Any one of several species of small, slender, marine fishes of the genus Ammedytes. The common European species (A. tobianus) and the American species (A. Americanus) live on sandy shores, buried in the sand, and are caught in large quantities for bait. Called also launce, and sand eel., See Lanterloo.
lapp noun Same as Laplander. Cf. Lapps.
lars plural of Lar
lard noun Bacon; the flesh of swine., The fat of swine, esp. the internal fat of the abdomen; also, this fat melted and strained., To stuff with bacon; to dress or enrich with lard; esp., to insert lardons of bacon or pork in the surface of, before roasting; as, to lard poultry., To fatten; to enrich., To smear with lard or fat., To mix or garnish with something, as by way of improvement; to interlard., To grow fat.
lare noun Lore; learning., Pasture; feed. See Lair., To feed; to fatten.
lark verb i. A frolic; a jolly time., To sport; to frolic., Any one numerous species of singing birds of the genus Alauda and allied genera (family Alaudidae). They mostly belong to Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa. In America they are represented by the shore larks, or horned by the shore larks, or horned larks, of the genus Otocoris. The true larks have holaspidean tarsi, very long hind claws, and usually, dull, sandy brown colors., To catch larks; as, to go larking.
lary noun A guillemot; — called also lavy.
lash noun The thong or braided cord of a whip, with which the blow is given., A leash in which an animal is caught or held; hence, a snare., A stroke with a whip, or anything pliant and tough; as, the culprit received thirty-nine lashes., A stroke of satire or sarcasm; an expression or retort that cuts or gives pain; a cut., A hair growing from the edge of the eyelid; an eyelash., In carpet weaving, a group of strings for lifting simultaneously certain yarns, to form the figure., To strike with a lash ; to whip or scourge with a lash, or with something like one., To strike forcibly and quickly, as with a lash; to beat, or beat upon, with a motion like that of a lash; as, a whale lashes the sea with his tail., To throw out with a jerk or quickly., To scold; to berate; to satirize; to censure with severity; as, to lash vice., To ply the whip; to strike; to utter censure or sarcastic language., To bind with a rope, cord, thong, or chain, so as to fasten; as, to lash something to a spar; to lash a pack on a horse’s back.
lask noun A diarrhea or flux.
lass noun A youth woman; a girl; a sweetheart.
last 3d pers. sing. pres. of Last, to endure, contracted from lasteth., Being after all the others, similarly classed or considered, in time, place, or order of succession; following all the rest; final; hindmost; farthest; as, the last year of a century; the last man in a line of soldiers; the last page in a book; his last chance., Next before the present; as, I saw him last week., Supreme; highest in degree; utmost., Lowest in rank or degree; as, the last prize., Farthest of all from a given quality, character, or condition; most unlikely; having least fitness; as, he is the last person to be accused of theft., At a time or on an occasion which is the latest of all those spoken of or which have occurred; the last time; as, I saw him last in New York., In conclusion; finally., At a time next preceding the present time., To continue in time; to endure; to remain in existence., To endure use, or continue in existence, without impairment or exhaustion; as, this cloth lasts better than that; the fuel will last through the winter., A wooden block shaped like the human foot, on which boots and shoes are formed., To shape with a last; to fasten or fit to a last; to place smoothly on a last; as, to last a boot., A load; a heavy burden; hence, a certain weight or measure, generally estimated at 4,000 lbs., but varying for different articles and in different countries. In England, a last of codfish, white herrings, meal, or ashes, is twelve barrels; a last of corn, ten quarters, or eighty bushels, in some parts of England, twenty-one quarters; of gunpowder, twenty-four barrels, each containing 100 lbs; of red herrings, twenty cades, or 20,000; of hides, twelve dozen; of leather, twenty dickers; of pitch and tar, fourteen barrels; of wool, twelve sacks; of flax or feathers, 1,700 lbs., The burden of a ship; a cargo.
late verb Coming after the time when due, or after the usual or proper time; not early; slow; tardy; long delayed; as, a late spring., Far advanced toward the end or close; as, a late hour of the day; a late period of life., Existing or holding some position not long ago, but not now; lately deceased, departed, or gone out of office; as, the late bishop of London; the late administration., Not long past; happening not long ago; recent; as, the late rains; we have received late intelligence., Continuing or doing until an advanced hour of the night; as, late revels; a late watcher., After the usual or proper time, or the time appointed; after delay; as, he arrived late; — opposed to early., Not long ago; lately., Far in the night, day, week, or other particular period; as, to lie abed late; to sit up late at night.
lath noun A thin, narrow strip of wood, nailed to the rafters, studs, or floor beams of a building, for the purpose of supporting the tiles, plastering, etc. A corrugated metallic strip or plate is sometimes used., To cover or line with laths.
laud verb i. High commendation; praise; honor; exaltation; glory., A part of divine worship, consisting chiefly of praise; — usually in the pl., Music or singing in honor of any one., To praise in words alone, or with words and singing; to celebrate; to extol.
laus adjective Loose.
lava noun The melted rock ejected by a volcano from its top or fissured sides. It flows out in streams sometimes miles in length. It also issues from fissures in the earth’s surface, and forms beds covering many square miles, as in the Northwestern United States.
lave verb t. To wash; to bathe; as, to lave a bruise., To bathe; to wash one’s self., To lade, dip, or pour out., The remainder; others.
lawe verb t. To cut off the claws and balls of, as of a dog’s fore feet.
lawn noun An open space between woods., Ground (generally in front of or around a house) covered with grass kept closely mown.
lawm noun A very fine linen (or sometimes cotton) fabric with a rather open texture. Lawn is used for the sleeves of a bishop’s official dress in the English Church, and, figuratively, stands for the office itself.
laze verb i. To be lazy or idle., To waste in sloth; to spend, as time, in idleness; as, to laze away whole days.
lazy superl. Disinclined to action or exertion; averse to labor; idle; shirking work., Inactive; slothful; slow; sluggish; as, a lazy stream., Wicked; vicious.