Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Owndom; property.
  • n. A gate; a gap in a fence.
  • n. A limb; any member of the body.
  • n. A joint; a segment or symmetrical part or division.
  • n. A segment of an orange, or similar fruit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3d pers. sing. pres. of lie, to recline, for lieth.
  • n. A joint or limb; a division; a member; a part formed by growth, and articulated to, or symmetrical with, other parts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A limb; any member of the body; also, a joint; a segment or symmetrical part or division: as, sound in lith and limb; a lith of an orange.
  • n. Property.
  • A Middle English variant of light. Chaucer.
  • An obsolete variant of lieth, third person singular indicative present of lie.
  • An element in some compounds of Greek formation, meaning ‘stone,’ as in acrolith, monolith, etc. In many names of minerals it occurs in the form -lite (which see).
  • n. An abbreviation of Lithuanian;
  • n. of lithograph and lithography.

Etymologies

From Middle English lith, lyth ("owndom"), from Old Norse lýðr ("people, lede"), from Proto-Germanic *liudiz (“men, people”), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)lewedʰ- (“man, people”). Cognate with German Leute ("people"), Old English lēode ("people"). More at lede. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English *lith, from Old Norse hlið ("a gap, gate, space"), from Proto-Germanic *hliþan (“door, lid, eyelid”), from Proto-Indo-European *kel- (“to conceal, hide”). Cognate with Norwegian dialectal lid, led ("an opening in a fence"), Scots lith ("a gap in a fence, gate opening"), Old English hlid ("lid, covering, door, gate, opening"). More at lid. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English lith, lyth, from Old English liþ ("limb, member, joint, tip of finger, point"), from Proto-Germanic *liþuz (“limb”), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)lAi- (“to bend”). Cognate with Scots lith ("part of the body, joint"), West Frisian lid ("part of the body, member"), Dutch lid ("limb, member, section"), Middle High German lit ("limb, member"), Swedish led ("joint, link, channel"), Icelandic liður ("item"), Dutch gelid ("joint, rank, file"), German Glied ("limb, member, link"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And the lithprints [a photographic print developed in lith developer that was baptised by Anton a lithprint.

    Liliana Rodrigues: Behind the Lens of Dutch Photographer Anton Corbijn

  • Wikipedia has an interesting blurb about it: "Whilst he was in fact describing an actual geological feature - a laccolith which he saw as resembling a cactus 1 - he was also, tongue-in-cheek, commenting on what he saw as an absurd number of "-lith" words in the field of Geology."

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • Foundries have for the past four and a half cen­turies thrived through further advances, such as lith­o­g­ra­phy in the 19th century, the inven­tion of the type­writer and again adapted with the rising pop­u­lar­ity of the per­sonal com­puter in the 1980s.

    KLEPAS.ORG

  • The poor quality of the images (especially when compared to the much more refined images of well-known Great Leaders such as the monumental Xotz-lith of Xeon), might just indicate chance erosion.

    Conceptualizing Design

  • Blaste rays of lith same to sun shine reflecting to every starfield spaces, empire fleets were falling down.

    Heroes Man | SciFi, Fantasy & Horror Collectibles

  • Heart and courage is nothing to them, lith and limb everything: give them animal strength, what are they better than furious bulls; take that away, and your hero of chivalry lies grovelling like the brute when he is hamstrung.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • "No, it's Creep-lith, lizard king of welch-on-blithering, Prepare the spells!"

    HH Com 576

  • It would be invidious to single out any particular print, perhaps, but one print in BF11 has contrived, through a combination of filter, lith printing and grain, to emulate almost exactly the feeling and tone of an image reproduced in PY54, the latter exhibiting all the limitations of the printing process as it then existed.

    December 2004

  • So they encountered, and Sir Launcelot bare him down horse and man, so that his shoulder went out of lith.

    Le Morte d'Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory's book of King Arthur and of his noble knights of the Round table

  • All around him, the troops of his third wave were pawing at their helmets, tottering across the dusty lith in obvious agony, some of them falling to their knees.

    Moonwar

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