from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The state of being lame; defect or unsoundness of a limb or limbs; especially, impairment of locomotive capacity by injury or deformity: as, lameness of the hand or foot; lameness caused by a broken or a deformed leg.
- noun Imperfection; want of finish or completeness; defect; insufficiency; weakness: as, the lameness of a verse or a rime; the lameness of an argument or an apology.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The condition or quality of being lame.
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- noun A
impedimentto walkingdue to the feet or legs.
- noun informal The quality of being lame, pathetic or uncool.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun an imperfection or defectiveness
- noun disability of walking due to crippling of the legs or feet
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_ -- Comprehensively and universally considered, then, the term lameness signifies any irregularity or derangement of the function of locomotion, irrespective of the cause which produced it or the degree of its manifestation.
'O yes she would! her lameness is no impediment; for she never thinks of it.
I think maybe the point of the lameness is to show that it just isn’t any fun or interesting unless House is actively involved.
Out of her own intelligence she had forged her chains; the lameness was a hobble merely in comparison.
It would be too unreasonable to expect any benefit so soon; besides, she was probably no better physically, that is, her lameness and dyspepsia were not touched as yet, if indeed they ever could be.
Therefore, any affection causing a sensation and sign of pain which is increased by the bearing of weight upon the affected member, or by the moving of such a distressed part, results in an irregularity in locomotion, which is known as lameness or claudication.
There is always swinging-leg-lameness, which is accentuated when the subject is urged to trot.
The foot is tender on percussion, and the gait suggestive of foot lameness, that is all.
As soon as the affected animal is permitted to stand long enough to "cool out" there is a return of the lameness, which is then marked.
Wyvis knew well enough that his lameness was the result of his father's brutal treatment of Mary Brand shortly before the birth of her second son.