American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A removable or hinged cover for a hollow receptacle or box.
- n. An eyelid.
- n. Biology A flaplike covering, such as an operculum.
- n. A curb, restraint, or limit: approved a new lid on corporate spending.
- n. Informal An act of concealment; a cover: told us to keep a lid on the report until the campaign was over.
- n. Slang A hat.
- n. Slang An ounce of marijuana.
- v. To cover with or as if with a lid.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A movable cover which closes an aperture or shuts in a cavity, and usually forms an integral part of the structure to which it belongs by being either attached or closely fitted to it: as, the lid of a tea-kettle, stove, chest, or desk.
- n. In botany, the upper section of a pyxis, which separates by a transverse line; also, the hood of the leaf in the pitcher-plants; in mosses, the operculum.
- n. An eyelid.
- n. In coal-mining, a short piece of timber placed on top of a prop to help in supporting the roof.
- n. A coverlet. —
- n. One of the covers or boards of a book: as, everything between the lids of the Bible.
- To put a lid on (something); put a cover on; hide.
- n. The top or cover of a container.
- n. slang A cap or hat.
- n. slang One ounce of cannabis.
- n. surfing, slang A bodyboard or bodyboarder.
- n. slang A motorcyclist's crash helmet.
- n. slang In amateur radio, an incompetent operator.
- n. abbreviation Eyelid.
- v. To put a lid on something.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That which covers the opening of a vessel or box, etc.; a movable cover.
- n. The cover of the eye; an eyelid.
- n. The cover of the spore cases of mosses.
- n. A calyx which separates from the flower, and falls off in a single piece, as in the Australian
- n. The top of an ovary which opens transversely, as in the fruit of the purslane and the tree which yields Brazil nuts.
- n. headdress that protects the head from bad weather; has shaped crown and usually a brim
- n. either of two folds of skin that can be moved to cover or open the eye
- n. a movable top or cover (hinged or separate) for closing the opening at the top of a box, chest, jar, pan, etc.
- Old English hlid, from Proto-Germanic *hlidan (compare Dutch lid, German Lid ("eyelid"), Swedish lid ("gate")), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱlíto (“post, trimmed log”) (compare Old Norse hlíð ("slope"), Welsh clwyd ("gate, hurdle"), Latin clitellae ("pack saddle"), Lithuanian šlìtė ("ladder"), pã-šlitas ("curved"), Russian калитка (kalitka, "gate"), Ancient Greek ἄκλιτος (áklitos, "stable"), δικλίς (diklís, "double-posted (doors, gates)"), Yazghulami xad 'ladder', Sanskrit श्रित (śrita, "standing on, lying on, being on, fixed on, situated in"), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley- (“to lean”). More at lean. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English hlid; see klei- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Remove the lid from the pot and continue roasting the chicken another 15 minutes or so, until done.”
“Not only are we back in the frying pan with the heat turned up, but the lid is now being applied.”
“Pick up the lid and bring it very slowly to the container — the fruit flies seem to have good eye sight and/or are very sensitive to any movements around them — and when the lid is just about over the opening, bring it down quickly to seal the container.”
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“Inside my right eye, under the bottom lid, is some kind of a spot or something, a little white blemish against the bright pink flesh, which has been furiously scratching at my eyeball every time I blink.”
“The porch roof slices at a slight downward angle into a narrow, two-story, pea-green shoebox, which looks as if its solar-paneled lid is being lifted by an unseen hand.”
“There are repeated themes, even over just the last few years, in social services failings which indicate the lid is off.”
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