Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Nautical The side away from the direction from which the wind blows.
  • n. An area sheltered from the wind: in the lee of the boulder.
  • n. Cover; shelter.
  • adj. Nautical Of or relating to the side sheltered from the wind: the lee gunwale.
  • adj. Located in or facing the path of an oncoming glacier. Used of a geologic formation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A protected cove or harbor, out of the wind.
  • n. The side of the ship away from the wind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the part or side opposite to that against which the wind blows; -- opposed to weather.
  • n. That which settles at the bottom, as of a cask of liquor (esp. wine); sediment; dregs; -- used now only in the plural.
  • n. A sheltered place; esp., a place protected from the wind by some object; the side sheltered from the wind; shelter; protection.
  • n. That part of the hemisphere, as one stands on shipboard, toward which the wind blows. See Lee, a.
  • intransitive v. To lie; to speak falsely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Shelter.
  • n. The quarter toward which the wind blows, as opposed to that from which it proceeds; also, the shelter afforded by an object interposed which keeps off the wind: almost exclusively a nautical term.
  • Nautical, of or pertaining to the part or side toward which the wind blows, or which is sheltered from the wind: opposed to weather: as, the lee side of a vessel.
  • Lonely.
  • n. An obsolete form of lea.
  • n. A dialectal (Scotch) form of lie.
  • n. An obsolete or dialectal form of lye.
  • n. The grosser part of any liquor which has settled on the bottom of a vessel; dregs; sediment: as, the lees of wine: usually in the plural, lees, which is sometimes treated as a singular.
  • n. In geology, the side of a ledge of rocks which is turned away from the approach of an eroding agent, such as a glacier. The other side is the stoss or shock side.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. United States striptease artist who became famous on Broadway in the 1930s (1914-1970)
  • n. United States actor who was an expert in kung fu and starred in martial arts films (1941-1973)
  • n. soldier of the American Revolution (1756-1818)
  • n. American general who led the Confederate Armies in the American Civil War (1807-1870)
  • adj. towards the side away from the wind
  • n. leader of the American Revolution who proposed the resolution calling for independence of the American Colonies (1732-1794)
  • n. United States physicist (born in China) who collaborated with Yang Chen Ning in disproving the principle of conservation of parity (born in 1926)
  • n. the side of something that is sheltered from the wind
  • n. United States filmmaker whose works explore the richness of black culture in America (born in 1957)

Etymologies

Middle English le, from Old English hlēo, shelter, protection.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Old English hlēo(w) ("shelter, protection"), from Proto-Germanic *hliwan (compare German Lee ("lee"), lau ("lukewarm"), Swedish , Danish læ, Dutch lij), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley- (compare Welsh clyd ("warm, cozy"), Latin calēre ("to warm up"), Lithuanian šiltas ("warm, pleasant"), Sanskrit शरद् (śarad, "autumn")). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Spike lee is a racist idiot who makes boring terrible movies with the exception of he got game. judd apatow should be upset that spike lees name was even mentioned in the same breath as his. spike lee is about as good of a director as micheal bay and he looks like a slightly less retarded version of beetlejuice on the howard stern show

    Quote: Don’t Put Spike Lee Next to Judd Apatow | /Film

  • Matt you know what everyone else has said it for me spike lee is an arrogant jerk and he has milked the race card so many times. spike lee if you are reading this, shut the hell up.

    Quote: Don’t Put Spike Lee Next to Judd Apatow | /Film

  • Labels: alvin lee, i'm going home, music desk, ten years after, woodstock

    Friday Music Desk: Ten Years After - I'm Going Home

  • Ai called Maus a chikkin shortlee befoar he asked fur teh danse.

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  • Actually you reversed the arguments, robert e lee is on your side of the argument.

    Think Progress » Rita Evacuation Exposes Class Divide

  • A more promising story to note is that of a corruption of the word lee: for those working in the country, a place for relieving oneself was always chosen out of the bite of the wind, that is, in the lee.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIX No 4

  • If necessary, they may be baled into the hallway and permitted to escape by way of the stairs, which we may term the lee scuppers.

    Whirligigs

  • I have often enough been close to wars and rumours of wars, but was never in a regular sea-fight; and though I have also witnessed a few shipwrecks and disasters, I never was myself in much danger of what might be honestly called a lee shore; neither is it my good fortune to be able to recount, from personal knowledge, any scenes of hardship or suffering from hunger, cold, or any other misery.

    The Lieutenant and Commander

  • The narrow shelf behind the seats has a neat sliding double cupholder and what yachties would call a lee-board - a little wall in front which stops loose items such as pens and calculators rolling off and getting lost behind the seats.

    Motoring

  • Er, lee, that is all we (and apparently the feminists) have ever asked for that it work both ways.

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