from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, belonging to, located on, or being the side of the body to the north when the subject is facing east.
- adj. Of, relating to, directed toward, or located on the left side.
- adj. Located on the left side of a person facing downstream: the left bank of a river.
- adj. Of or belonging to the political or intellectual left.
- n. The direction or position on the left side.
- n. The left side.
- n. The left hand.
- n. A turn in the direction of the left hand or side.
- n. The people and groups who advocate liberal, often radical measures to effect change in the established order, especially in politics, usually to achieve the equality, freedom, and well-being of the common citizens of a state. Also called left wing.
- n. The opinion of those advocating such measures.
- n. Sports A blow delivered by a boxer's left hand.
- n. Baseball Left field.
- adv. Toward or on the left.
- v. Past tense and past participle of leave1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of leave.
- v. remaining
- v. permitted, allowed to proceed.
- adj. The opposite of right; toward the west when one is facing north.
- adj. pertaining to the political left; liberal
- adv. On the left side.
- adv. Towards the left side.
- n. The left side or direction.
- n. The ensemble of left-wing political parties. Those holding left-wing views as a group.
- n. A punch delivered with the left fist.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- of leave.
- adj. Of or pertaining to that side of the body in man on which the muscular action of the limbs is usually weaker than on the other side; -- opposed to
right, when used in reference to a part of the body. Also said of the corresponding side of the lower animals.
- adj. Situated so that the left side of the body is toward it.
- n. That part of surrounding space toward which the left side of one's body is turned.
- n. Those members of a legislative assembly (as in France) who are in the opposition; the advanced republicans and extreme radicals. They have their seats at the left-hand side of the presiding officer. See Center, and Right.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Belonging to that side of the body of man and other animals which is directed toward the west when the face or front is turned to the north; sinistral: the opposite of right: as, the left hand, arm, leg, ear, or eye; the heart beats on the left side of the body.
- Being on the left-hand side; situated on the side toward which the left hand of a person is or is supposed to be turned.
- n. The left-hand side; the side opposite to the right: as, turn to the left (hand); the left (wing) of an army; to wheel from right to left.
- n. In the politics of continental Europe, that part of a legislative assembly which sits on the left of the president; specifically, the liberal or democratic party, as that party, according to custom, always sits on this side of the house.
- n. A worthless creature.
- n. In music and stage directions abbreviated L.
- Toward the left; sinistrad: as, they scattered right and left.
- Preterit and past participle of leave, leave.
- A preterit and past participle of leeve.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. intended for the left hand
- n. the hand that is on the left side of the body
- n. the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's left
- n. those who support varying degrees of social or political or economic change designed to promote the public welfare
- adj. being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the west when facing north
- n. location near or direction toward the left side; i.e. the side to the north when a person or object faces east
- n. a turn toward the side of the body that is on the north when the person is facing east
- adv. toward or on the left; also used figuratively
- adj. of or belonging to the political or intellectual left
- adj. not used up
Middle English, from Old English lyft-, weak, useless (in lyftādl, paralysis).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English left, variant of laft ("remaining, left"), from Old English lǣfd, ġelǣfd, past participle of lǣfan ("to leave"). More at leave. (Wiktionary)
From a verbal use of leave ("permission"), perhaps connected to Middle English leven ("to give leave to, permit, concede"), from Old English līefan, lȳfan ("to allow"). More at leave. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English left, luft, leoft, lift, lyft, from Old English left, lyft ("weak, useless"), from Proto-Germanic *luft- (compare Scots left ("left"), North Frisian lefts, leeft, leefts ("left"), West Frisian lofts ("left"), Dutch dialect loof ("weak, worthless"), dialectal Low German lucht ("left"), from *lubjanan "to castrate, lop off" (compare dialectal English lib, West Frisian lobje, Dutch lubben), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)leup, *(s)lup "hanging limply". More at lob, lop. (Wiktionary)