5 letter word starting with la

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label noun A tassel., A slip of silk, paper, parchment, etc., affixed to anything, usually by an inscription, the contents, ownership, destination, etc.; as, the label of a bottle or a package., A slip of ribbon, parchment, etc., attached to a document to hold the appended seal; also, the seal., A writing annexed by way of addition, as a codicil added to a will., A barrulet, or, rarely, a bendlet, with pendants, or points, usually three, especially used as a mark of cadency to distinguish an eldest or only son while his father is still living., A brass rule with sights, formerly used, in connection with a circumferentor, to take altitudes., The name now generally given to the projecting molding by the sides, and over the tops, of openings in mediaeval architecture. It always has a /quare form, as in the illustration., In mediaeval art, the representation of a band or scroll containing an inscription., To affix a label to; to mark with a name, etc.; as, to label a bottle or a package., To affix in or on a label.
labia noun pl. See Labium., of Labium
labor noun Physical toil or bodily exertion, especially when fatiguing, irksome, or unavoidable, in distinction from sportive exercise; hard, muscular effort directed to some useful end, as agriculture, manufactures, and like; servile toil; exertion; work., Intellectual exertion; mental effort; as, the labor of compiling a history., That which requires hard work for its accomplishment; that which demands effort., Travail; the pangs and efforts of childbirth., Any pang or distress., The pitching or tossing of a vessel which results in the straining of timbers and rigging., A measure of land in Mexico and Texas, equivalent to an area of 177/ acres., To exert muscular strength; to exert one’s strength with painful effort, particularly in servile occupations; to work; to toil., To exert one’s powers of mind in the prosecution of any design; to strive; to take pains., To be oppressed with difficulties or disease; to do one’s work under conditions which make it especially hard, wearisome; to move slowly, as against opposition, or under a burden; to be burdened; — often with under, and formerly with of., To be in travail; to suffer the pangs of childbirth., To pitch or roll heavily, as a ship in a turbulent sea., To work at; to work; to till; to cultivate by toil., To form or fabricate with toil, exertion, or care., To prosecute, or perfect, with effort; to urge stre/uously; as, to labor a point or argument., To belabor; to beat.
labra plural of Labrum
labri plural of Labrus
laced imp. & past participle of Lace, Fastened with a lace or laces; decorated with narrow strips or braid. See Lace, v. t., Decorated with the fabric lace.
lache noun Neglect; negligence; remissness; neglect to do a thing at the proper time; delay to assert a claim.
ladde obs. imp. of Lead, to guide.
laded imp. of Lade, of Lade, of Lade
laden p. & adjective Loaded; freighted; burdened; as, a laden vessel; a laden heart.
ladin noun A Romansch dialect spoken in some parts of Switzerland and the Tyrol.
ladle verb t. A cuplike spoon, often of large size, with a long handle, used in lading or dipping., A vessel to carry liquid metal from the furnace to the mold., The float of a mill wheel; — called also ladle board., An instrument for drawing the charge of a cannon., A ring, with a handle or handles fitted to it, for carrying shot., To take up and convey in a ladle; to dip with, or as with, a ladle; as, to ladle out soup; to ladle oatmeal into a kettle.
lafte imp. of Leave.
lagan noun & verb See Ligan.
lager noun Lager beer.
lagly adverb Laggingly.
laird noun A lord; a landholder, esp. one who holds land directly of the crown.
laism noun See Lamaism.
laity adjective The people, as distinguished from the clergy; the body of the people not in orders., The state of a layman., Those who are not of a certain profession, as law or medicine, in distinction from those belonging to it.
lakao noun Sap green.
lakin noun See Ladykin.
lakke noun & verb See Lack.
lamed imp. & past participle of Lame
lamel noun See Lamella.
lames noun pl. Small steel plates combined together so as to slide one upon the other and form a piece of armor.
lamia noun A monster capable of assuming a woman’s form, who was said to devour human beings or suck their blood; a vampire; a sorceress; a witch.
lance noun A weapon of war, consisting of a long shaft or handle and a steel blade or head; a spear carried by horsemen, and often decorated with a small flag; also, a spear or harpoon used by whalers and fishermen., A soldier armed with a lance; a lancer., A small iron rod which suspends the core of the mold in casting a shell., An instrument which conveys the charge of a piece of ordnance and forces it home., One of the small paper cases filled with combustible composition, which mark the outlines of a figure., To pierce with a lance, or with any similar weapon., To open with a lancet; to pierce; as, to lance a vein or an abscess., To throw in the manner of a lance. See Lanch.
lanch verb t. To throw, as a lance; to let fly; to launch.
lanky adjective Somewhat lank.
lapel noun That part of a garment which is turned back; specifically, the lap, or fold, of the front of a coat in continuation of collar.
lapis noun A stone.
lapps noun pl. A branch of the Mongolian race, now living in the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, and the adjacent parts of Russia.
lapse noun A gliding, slipping, or gradual falling; an unobserved or imperceptible progress or passing away,; — restricted usually to immaterial things, or to figurative uses., A slip; an error; a fault; a failing in duty; a slight deviation from truth or rectitude., The termination of a right or privilege through neglect to exercise it within the limited time, or through failure of some contingency; hence, the devolution of a right or privilege., A fall or apostasy., To pass slowly and smoothly downward, backward, or away; to slip downward, backward, or away; to glide; — mostly restricted to figurative uses., To slide or slip in moral conduct; to fail in duty; to fall from virtue; to deviate from rectitude; to commit a fault by inadvertence or mistake., To fall or pass from one proprietor to another, or from the original destination, by the omission, negligence, or failure of some one, as a patron, a legatee, etc., To become ineffectual or void; to fall., To let slip; to permit to devolve on another; to allow to pass., To surprise in a fault or error; hence, to surprise or catch, as an offender.
lares plural of Lar, See 1st Lar.
larch noun A genus of coniferous trees, having deciduous leaves, in fascicles (see Illust. of Fascicle).
lardy adjective Containing, or resembling, lard; of the character or consistency of lard.
large superl. Exceeding most other things of like kind in bulk, capacity, quantity, superficial dimensions, or number of constituent units; big; great; capacious; extensive; — opposed to small; as, a large horse; a large house or room; a large lake or pool; a large jug or spoon; a large vineyard; a large army; a large city., Abundant; ample; as, a large supply of provisions., Full in statement; diffuse; full; profuse., Having more than usual power or capacity; having broad sympathies and generous impulses; comprehensive; — said of the mind and heart., Free; unembarrassed., Unrestrained by decorum; — said of language., Prodigal in expending; lavish., Crossing the line of a ship’s course in a favorable direction; — said of the wind when it is abeam, or between the beam and the quarter., Freely; licentiously., A musical note, formerly in use, equal to two longs, four breves, or eight semibreves.
largo adjective & adverb Slow or slowly; — more so than adagio; next in slowness to grave, which is also weighty and solemn., A movement or piece in largo time.
larry noun Same as Lorry, or Lorrie.
larum noun See Alarum, and Alarm.
larva noun Any young insect from the time that it hatches from the egg until it becomes a pupa, or chrysalis. During this time it usually molts several times, and may change its form or color each time. The larvae of many insects are much like the adults in form and habits, but have no trace of wings, the rudimentary wings appearing only in the pupa stage. In other groups of insects the larvae are totally unlike the parents in structure and habits, and are called caterpillars, grubs, maggots, etc., The early, immature form of any animal when more or less of a metamorphosis takes place, before the assumption of the mature shape.
larve noun A larva.
lasse adjective & adverb Less.
lasso noun A rope or long thong of leather with, a running noose, used for catching horses, cattle, etc., To catch with a lasso.
laste obs. imp. of Last, to endure.
latch verb t. To smear; to anoint., That which fastens or holds; a lace; a snare., A movable piece which holds anything in place by entering a notch or cavity; specifically, the catch which holds a door or gate when closed, though it be not bolted., A latching., A crossbow., To catch so as to hold., To catch or fasten by means of a latch.
lated adjective Belated; too late.
later noun A brick or tile., Compar. of Late, a. & adv.
lates noun A genus of large percoid fishes, of which one species (Lates Niloticus) inhabits the Nile, and another (L. calcarifer) is found in the Ganges and other Indian rivers. They are valued as food fishes.
latex noun A milky or colored juice in certain plants in cavities (called latex cells or latex tubes). It contains the peculiar principles of the plants, whether aromatic, bitter, or acid, and in many instances yields caoutchouc upon coagulation.
laths plural of Lath
lathe noun Formerly, a part or division of a county among the Anglo-Saxons. At present it consists of four or five hundreds, and is confined to the county of Kent., A granary; a barn., A machine for turning, that is, for shaping articles of wood, metal, or other material, by causing them to revolve while acted upon by a cutting tool., The movable swing frame of a loom, carrying the reed for separating the warp threads and beating up the weft; — called also lay and batten.
lathy adjective Like a lath; long and slender.
latin adjective Of or pertaining to Latium, or to the Latins, a people of Latium; Roman; as, the Latin language., Of, pertaining to, or composed in, the language used by the Romans or Latins; as, a Latin grammar; a Latin composition or idiom., A native or inhabitant of Latium; a Roman., The language of the ancient Romans., An exercise in schools, consisting in turning English into Latin., A member of the Roman Catholic Church., To write or speak in Latin; to turn or render into Latin.
laton noun Alt. of Latoun
laugh verb i. To show mirth, satisfaction, or derision, by peculiar movement of the muscles of the face, particularly of the mouth, causing a lighting up of the face and eyes, and usually accompanied by the emission of explosive or chuckling sounds from the chest and throat; to indulge in laughter., Fig.: To be or appear gay, cheerful, pleasant, mirthful, lively, or brilliant; to sparkle; to sport., To affect or influence by means of laughter or ridicule., To express by, or utter with, laughter; — with out., An expression of mirth peculiar to the human species; the sound heard in laughing; laughter. See Laugh, v. i.
laund noun A plain sprinkled with trees or underbrush; a glade.
laura noun A number of hermitages or cells in the same neighborhood occupied by anchorites who were under the same superior.
laved imp. & past participle of Lave
laver noun A vessel for washing; a large basin., A large brazen vessel placed in the court of the Jewish tabernacle where the officiating priests washed their hands and feet., One of several vessels in Solomon’s Temple in which the offerings for burnt sacrifices were washed., That which washes or cleanses., One who laves; a washer., The fronds of certain marine algae used as food, and for making a sauce called laver sauce. Green laver is the Ulva latissima; purple laver, Porphyra laciniata and P. vulgaris. It is prepared by stewing, either alone or with other vegetables, and with various condiments; — called also sloke, or sloakan.
lavic adjective See Lavatic.
lawer noun A lawyer.
lawnd noun See Laund.
lawny adjective Having a lawn; characterized by a lawn or by lawns; like a lawn., Made of lawn or fine linen.
laxly adverb In a lax manner.
layer noun One who, or that which, lays., That which is laid; a stratum; a bed; one thickness, course, or fold laid over another; as, a layer of clay or of sand in the earth; a layer of bricks, or of plaster; the layers of an onion., A shoot or twig of a plant, not detached from the stock, laid under ground for growth or propagation., An artificial oyster bed.
lazar noun A person infected with a filthy or pestilential disease; a leper.
lazed imp. & past participle of Laze