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

  • n. A dovetailed iron tenon made of several parts and designed to fit into a dovetail mortise in a large stone so that it can be lifted by a hoisting apparatus. Also called lewisson.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cramp iron inserted into a cavity in order to lift heavy stones; used as a symbol of strength in Freemasonry

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An iron dovetailed tenon, made in sections, which can be fitted into a dovetail mortise; -- used in hoisting large stones, etc.
  • n. A kind of shears used in cropping woolen cloth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A contrivance for securing a hold on a block of stone in order that it may be raised from its position by a derrick.
  • n. A kind of shears used in cropping woolen cloth.

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

  • n. United States athlete who won gold medals at the Olympics for his skill in sprinting and jumping (born in 1961)
  • n. United States rock star singer and pianist (born in 1935)
  • n. United States explorer and soldier who lead led an expedition from St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River (1774-1809)
  • n. English critic and novelist; author of theological works and of books for children (1898-1963)
  • n. United States novelist who satirized middle-class America in his novel Main Street (1885-1951)
  • n. United States labor leader who was president of the United Mine Workers of America from 1920 to 1960 and president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations from 1935 to 1940 (1880-1969)

Etymologies

Perhaps from the name Lewis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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