from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • abbreviation length
  • noun The 12th letter of the modern English alphabet.
  • noun Any of the speech sounds represented by the letter l.
  • noun The 12th in a series.
  • noun Something shaped like the letter L.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A part of a house or other structure projecting at a right angle from the main body, so as to form with it the figure of the letter L: as, the building has an L of 20 feet.
  • noun A rectangularly bent pipe-connection. Also ell in both senses.
  • noun An abbreviation of the Latin (New Latin) Baccalaureus Litterarum, Bachelor of Letters.
  • noun In musical notation, an abbreviation for left hand.
  • An abbreviation of Latin locus sigilli, ‘place of the seal’: usually inserted within brackets in copies of documents to indicate the position of the seal in the originals.
  • noun Used colloquially for el., an abbreviation of elevated, shortened from elevated railway.
  • noun An abbreviation of Literate in Arts.
  • An abbreviation of the Latin Legum Baccalaureus, Bachelor of Laws.
  • The twelfth letter and ninth consonant of the English alphabet.
  • A symbol
  • in chem., for lithium: also Li;
  • in Roman numerals, for 50, and with a line drawn above it (L) for 50,000.
  • An abbreviation.
  • [lowercase] in music, of la (in solmization);
  • of Laiin;
  • in stage-directions, of left;
  • [lowercase] of liber, a book, as a division of a literary work;
  • [lowercase or cap.] of libra, pound sterling, when written after the figures (when before the figures, it has the conventional form £): as, 100l. = £100;
  • [lowercase] in a ship's log-book, of lightning;
  • [lowercase] in references, of line: as, Milton, Lycidas, l. 72;
  • [lowercase] of logarithm;
  • [lowercase] in astronomy, of longitude (l denoting the heliocentric and λ the geocentric longitude);
  • [lowercase] of lege;
  • [cap. or lowercase] in anatomy, of lumbar: used in vertebral formulæ.
  • noun abbreviation
  • noun An abbreviation of letter of credit.
  • noun An abbreviation
  • noun in printing, of lower case (that is, small letters, as opposed to capitals);
  • noun of the Latin loco citato, in the place cited: used to avoid repetition of a citation or reference already given.
  • noun An abbreviation of Life Guards;
  • noun of Low German (often Low German).
  • noun An abbreviation of Light Infantry;
  • noun of Licentiate of Instruction;
  • noun of Long Island.
  • A symbol:
  • In chem., l- before certain compounds has reference to their levorotation, as distinguished from dextrorotation (d-) or inaction (i-).
  • In mineralogy, the final letter of the general symbol hkl, given to the face of a crystal in the system of Miller. See symbol, 7.
  • In electricity, the symbol for inductance (which see).
  • In physical, for length: used in formulæ.
  • An abbreviation
  • of Lady;
  • of Lake;
  • of lane;
  • of Latitude;
  • of law;


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