9 letter word starting with li

Words Parts of Speech Meaning/Definition/Similar Words
liability noun The state of being liable; as, the liability of an insurer; liability to accidents; liability to the law., That which one is under obligation to pay, or for which one is liable., the sum of one’s pecuniary obligations; — opposed to assets.
libelling of Libel
liberally adverb In a liberal manner.
liberated imp. & past participle of Liberate
liberator noun One who, or that which, liberates; a deliverer.
libertine noun A manumitted slave; a freedman; also, the son of a freedman., One of a sect of Anabaptists, in the fifteenth and early part of the sixteenth century, who rejected many of the customs and decencies of life, and advocated a community of goods and of women., One free from restraint; one who acts according to his impulses and desires; now, specifically, one who gives rein to lust; a rake; a debauchee., A defamatory name for a freethinker., Free from restraint; uncontrolled., Dissolute; licentious; profligate; loose in morals; as, libertine principles or manners.
liberties plural of Liberty
librarian noun One who has the care or charge of a library., One who copies manuscript books.
libraries plural of Library
librating present participle & vb. noun of Librate
libration noun The act or state of librating., A real or apparent libratory motion, like that of a balance before coming to rest.
libratory adjective Balancing; moving like a balance, as it tends to an equipoise or level.
librettos plural of Libretto
libriform adjective Having the form of liber, or resembling liber.
licensing present participle & vb. noun of License
licensure noun A licensing.
lichenous adjective Of, pertaining to, or resembling, lichens; abounding in lichens; covered with lichens.
lickerish adjective Eager; craving; urged by desire; eager to taste or enjoy; greedy., Tempting the appetite; dainty., Lecherous; lustful.
lickerous adjective Lickerish; eager; lustful.
lickpenny noun A devourer or absorber of money.
liegiancy noun See Ligeance.
lienculus noun One of the small nodules sometimes found in the neighborhood of the spleen; an accessory or supplementary spleen.
lienteric adjective Of or pertaining to, or of the nature of, a lientery., A lientery.
lifeblood noun The blood necessary to life; vital blood., Fig.: That which gives strength and energy.
life-size adjective Of full size; of the natural size.
lightable adjective Such as can be lighted.
lightened imp. & past participle of Lighten
lightless adjective Destitute of light; dark.
lightness noun The state, condition, or quality, of being light or not heavy; buoyancy; levity; fickleness; nimbleness; delicacy; grace., Illumination, or degree of illumination; as, the lightness of a room., Absence of depth or of duskiness in color; as, the lightness of a tint; lightness of complexion.
lightning noun A discharge of atmospheric electricity, accompanied by a vivid flash of light, commonly from one cloud to another, sometimes from a cloud to the earth. The sound produced by the electricity in passing rapidly through the atmosphere constitutes thunder., The act of making bright, or the state of being made bright; enlightenment; brightening, as of the mental powers., Lightening.
lightroom noun A small room from which the magazine of a naval vessel is lighted, being separated from the magazine by heavy glass windows.
lightsome adjective Having light; lighted; not dark or gloomy; bright., Gay; airy; cheering; exhilarating.
lightwood noun Pine wood abounding in pitch, used for torches in the Southern United States; pine knots, dry sticks, and the like, for kindling a fire quickly or making a blaze.
ligniform adjective Like wood.
lignified imp. & past participle of Lignify
ligulated adjective Like a bandage, or strap; strap-shaped., Composed of ligules.
ligustrin noun A bitter principle found in the bark of the privet (Ligustrum vulgare), and extracted as a white crystalline substance with a warm, bitter taste; — called also ligustron.
limaceous adjective Pertaining to, or like, Limax, or the slugs.
limbering present participle & vb. noun of Limber
limehound noun A dog used in hunting the wild boar; a leamer.
limestone noun A rock consisting chiefly of calcium carbonate or carbonate of lime. It sometimes contains also magnesium carbonate, and is then called magnesian or dolomitic limestone. Crystalline limestone is called marble.
lime twig See under 4th Lime.
limewater noun Water impregnated with lime; esp., an artificial solution of lime for medicinal purposes.
limicolae noun pl. A group of shore birds, embracing the plovers, sandpipers, snipe, curlew, etc. ; the Grallae.
limitable adjective Capable of being limited.
limitedly adverb With limitation.
limitless adjective Having no limits; unbounded; boundless.
limpidity noun The quality or state of being limpid.
limpingly adverb In a limping manner.
limpitude noun Limpidity.
lindiform adjective Resembling the genus Lindia; — said of certain apodous insect larvae.
lineality noun The quality of being lineal.
lineament noun One of the outlines, exterior features, or distinctive marks, of a body or figure, particularly of the face; feature; form; mark; — usually in the plural.
lineation noun Delineation; a line or lines.
lineature noun Anything having outline.
lineolate adjective Marked with little lines., Marked longitudinally with fine lines.
ling-bird noun The European meadow pipit; — called also titling.
lingering present participle & vb. noun of Linger, Delaying., Drawn out in time; remaining long; protracted; as, a lingering disease.
lingulate adjective Shaped like the tongue or a strap; ligulate.
linnaeite noun A mineral of pale steel-gray color and metallic luster, occurring in isometric crystals, and also massive. It is a sulphide of cobalt containing some nickel or copper.
linoleate noun A salt of linoleic acid.
lintwhite noun See Linnet.
lionizing present participle & vb. noun of Lionize
lipochrin noun A yellow coloring matter, soluble in ether, contained in the small round fat drops in the retinal epithelium cells. It is best obtained from the eyes of frogs.
lipothymy noun A fainting; a swoon.
lippitude noun Soreness of eyes; the state of being blear-eyed; blearedness.
liquation noun The act or operation of making or becoming liquid; also, the capacity of becoming liquid., The process of separating, by heat, an easily fusible metal from one less fusible; eliquation.
liquefier noun That which liquefies.
liquefied imp. & past participle of Liquefy
liquidate verb t. To determine by agreement or by litigation the precise amount of (indebtedness); or, where there is an indebtedness to more than one person, to determine the precise amount of (each indebtedness); to make the amount of (an indebtedness) clear and certain., In an extended sense: To ascertain the amount, or the several amounts, of , and apply assets toward the discharge of (an indebtedness)., To discharge; to pay off, as an indebtedness., To make clear and intelligible., To make liquid.
liquidity noun The state or quality of being liquid.
liquidize verb t. To render liquid.
liquoring present participle & vb. noun of Liquor
liquorice noun See Licorice.
liquorish adjective See Lickerish.
liquorous adjective Eagerly desirous. See Lickerish.
lispingly adverb With a lisp; in a lisping manner.
listening present participle & vb. noun of Listen
listerian adjective Of or pertaining to listerism.
listerism noun The systematic use of antiseptics in the performance of operations and the treatment of wounds; — so called from Joseph Lister, an English surgeon.
literalty noun The state or quality of being literal.
literally adverb According to the primary and natural import of words; not figuratively; as, a man and his wife can not be literally one flesh., With close adherence to words; word by word.
literatim adverb Letter for letter.
literator noun One who teaches the letters or elements of knowledge; a petty schoolmaster., A person devoted to the study of literary trifles, esp. trifles belonging to the literature of a former age., A learned person; a literatus.
literatus noun A learned man; a man acquainted with literature; — chiefly used in the plural.
lithaemia noun A condition in which uric (lithic) acid is present in the blood.
litheness noun The quality or state of being lithe; flexibility; limberness.
lithesome adjective Pliant; limber; flexible; supple; nimble; lissom.
lithiasis noun The formation of stony concretions or calculi in any part of the body, especially in the bladder and urinary passages.
lithocarp noun Fossil fruit; a fruit petrified; a carpolite.
lithocyst noun A sac containing small, calcareous concretions (otoliths). They are found in many Medusae, and other invertebrates, and are supposed to be auditory organs.
lithodome noun Any one of several species of bivalves, which form holes in limestone, in which they live; esp., any species of the genus Lithodomus.
lithoidal adjective Like a stone; having a stony structure.
lithology noun The science which treats of rocks, as regards their mineral constitution and classification, and their mode of occurrence in nature., A treatise on stones found in the body.
lithosian noun Any one of various species of moths belonging to the family Lithosidae. Many of them are beautifully colored.
lithotint noun A kind of lithography by which the effect of a tinted drawing is produced, as if made with India ink., A picture produced by this process.
lithotome noun A stone so formed by nature as to appear as if cut by art., An instrument used for cutting the bladder in operations for the stone.
lithotomy noun The operation, art, or practice of cutting for stone in the bladder.
lithotype noun A kind of stereotype plate made by lithotypy; also, that which in printed from it. See Lithotypy., To prepare for printing with plates made by the process of lithotypy. See Lithotypy.
lithotypy noun The art or process of making a kind of hard, stereotypeplate, by pressing into a mold, taken from a page of type or other matter, a composition of gum shell-lac and sand of a fine quality, together with a little tar and linseed oil, all in a heated state.
litigable adjective Such as can be litigated.
litigated imp. & past participle of Litigate
litigator noun One who litigates.
litigious adjective Inclined to judicial contest; given to the practice of contending in law; guarrelsome; contentious; fond of litigation., Subject to contention; disputable; controvertible; debatable; doubtful; precarious., Of or pertaining to legal disputes.
littering present participle & vb. noun of Litter
littorina noun A genus of small pectinibranch mollusks, having thick spiral shells, abundant between tides on nearly all rocky seacoasts. They feed on seaweeds. The common periwinkle is a well-known example. See Periwinkle.
lituiform adjective Having the form of a lituus; like a lituite.
liturgics noun The science of worship; history, doctrine, and interpretation of liturgies.
liturgist noun One who favors or adheres strictly to a liturgy.
liturgies plural of Liturgy
livelihed noun See Livelihood.
liverleaf noun Same as Liverwort.
liverwort noun A ranunculaceous plant (Anemone Hepatica) with pretty white or bluish flowers and a three-lobed leaf; — called also squirrel cups., A flowerless plant (Marchantia polymorpha), having an irregularly lobed, spreading, and forking frond.
liverymen plural of Liveryman
liveryman noun One who wears a livery, as a servant., A freeman of the city, in London, who, having paid certain fees, is entitled to wear the distinguishing dress or livery of the company to which he belongs, and also to enjoy certain other privileges, as the right of voting in an election for the lord mayor, sheriffs, chamberlain, etc., One who keeps a livery stable.
lividness noun Lividity.
livraison noun A part of a book or literary composition printed and delivered by itself; a number; a part.
lixiviate adjective Alt. of Lixivited, To subject to a washing process for the purpose of separating soluble material from that which is insoluble; to leach, as ashes, for the purpose of extracting the alkaline substances.
lixivited adjective Of or pertaining to lye or lixivium; of the quality of alkaline salts., Impregnated with salts from wood ashes.
lixivious adjective See Lixivial.