Definitions

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

  • A city of southwest Netherlands northeast of The Hague. Dating from Roman times, Leiden has had an important textile industry since the 16th century. Its university, founded in 1575, was a noted center for the study of theology, science, and medicine in the 17th and 18th centuries. Population: 117,000.

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  • proper n. A city in South Holland on the Old Rhine, seat of a famous Dutch university.

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  • n. a city in the western Netherlands; residence of the Pilgrim Fathers for 11 years before they sailed for America in 1620

Etymologies

From Latin Lugdunum Batavorum (although the modern site is that of Roman Matilo, confused with modern Katwijk) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Jon Leiden is spokesperson for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

    AIDS Fight Sees Decline In Global Support

  • Brandon sez, I'm currently studying in Leiden in the Netherlands and upon exploring just outside the south side of town, I discovered this handsome sculpture of an arcade machine carved out of a tree trunk.

    Boing Boing

  • The University Medical Center in Leiden say they will take no more bodies as they have nowhere to put them.

    Scientists: ‘Take Your Bodies Some Place Else’ | Impact Lab

  • Fifty dodo experts met in Leiden on Friday to share their still scarce information on the mysterious animal.

    Dodo has become an icon

  • A replica of a Dodo skeleton at the Naturalis Museum in Leiden, the Netherlands, Friday, Dec, 23, 2005.

    Dodo skeleton at the Naturalis Museum

  • We're kinda planning on going out in Leiden next weekend, with the attendant medical school and skewed male/female ratios therein (think technical courses i.e. the whole of darn Delft, but the opposite way around), so I may well have to see what I can do about my confidence before then.

    March 7th, 2005

  • Luckily I found a suitable laboratory in Leiden, headed by Dr. Peter Gaillard, a pioneer in the techniques of cell culturing.

    Martin Rodbell - Autobiography

  • My work in Leiden in 1947 and 1948 resulted in establishing the nuclear spin relaxation mechanism by conduction electrons in metals and by paramagnetic impurities in ionic crystals, the phenomenon of spin diffusion, and the large shifts induced by internal magnetic fields in paramagnetic crystals.

    Nicolaas Bloembergen - Autobiography

  • Wise teachers, including my University Professors in Leiden, H. Boschma and the late C.J. van der Klaauw, allowed me plenty of freedom to engage in my hobbies of camping, bird watching, skating and games, of which playing left-wing in grass hockey teams gave me free rein for my almost boundless youthful energies.

    Nikolaas Tinbergen - Autobiography

  • Biology as it was then taught in Leiden, I was at first disinclined to go to University.

    Nikolaas Tinbergen - Autobiography

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