Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
The link of brotherhood, by which
One common Maker bound me to the kind.
And so by double links enchained themselves in lover's life.
3. Anything doubled and closed like a link; as, a link of horsehair.
4. (Kinematics) Any one of the several elementary pieces of a mechanism, as the fixed frame, or a rod, wheel, mass of confined liquid, etc., by which relative motion of other parts is produced and constrained.
5. (Mach.) Any intermediate rod or piece for transmitting force or motion, especially a short connecting rod with a bearing at each end; specifically (Steam Engine), the slotted bar, or connecting piece, to the opposite ends of which the eccentric rods are jointed, and by means of which the movement of the valve is varied, in a link motion.
6. (Surveying) The length of one joint of Gunter's chain, being the hundredth part of it, or 7.92 inches, the chain being 66 feet in length. Cf. Chain, n., 4.
7. (Chem.) A bond of affinity, or a unit of valence between atoms; -- applied to a unit of chemical force or attraction.
8. pl. Sausages; -- because linked together. [Colloq.]
<-- 9. pl. A golf course. -->
Link (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Linked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Linking.] To connect or unite with a link or as with a link; to join; to attach; to unite; to couple.
All the tribes and nations that composed it [the Roman Empire] were linked together, not only by the same laws and the same government, but by all the facilities of commodious intercourse, and of frequent communication.
Link, v. i. To be connected.
No one generation could link with the other.
Link"age (?), n.
1. The act of linking; the state of being linked; also, a system of links.
2. (Chem.) Manner of linking or of being linked; -- said of the union of atoms or radicals in the molecule.
3. (Geom.) A system of straight lines or bars, fastened together by joins, and having certain of their points fixed in a plane. It is used to describe straight lines and curves in the plane.
Link"boy` (?), Link"man (?), n. [See 1st Link.] A boy or man that carried a link or torch to light passengers.<-- sic -->
Link" mo"tion (?). (Steam Engine) A valve gear, consisting of two eccentrics with their rods, giving motion to a slide valve by an adjustable connecting bar, called the link, in such a way that the motion of the engine can be reversed, or the cut-off varied, at will; -- used very generally in locomotives and marine engines.
&hand; The illustration shows a link motion for a vertical engine, c representing the shaft carrying two eccentrics, a and b, for making the engine run forward and backward, respectively, their rods e and d being jointed to opposite ends of the slotted link f, in the opening of which is a pin g which is attached to the valve rod h. The valve will receive the motion of the forward eccentric when is in the position shown, and the motion of the backward eccentric when the link is shifted so far to the right as to bring e in line with h, or a compound motion derived from both eccentrics when the link is shifted to intermediate positions, the compound motion causing the valve to cut off the steam at a point determined by the position to which the link may have been shifted.
Link"work` (?), n.
1. A fabric consisting of links made of metal or other material fastened together; also, a chain.
And thou shalt make hooks of gold, and two chains of fine gold; linkwork and wreathed.
2. Mechanism in which links, or intermediate connecting pieces, are employed to transmit motion from one part to another.
Lin*næ"a bo`re*a"lis (?). [NL.Linnaeus Linnæan + L. borealis northern.] (Bot.) The twin flower which grows in cold northern climates.
Lin*næ"an, Lin*ne"an (?), a. Of or pertaining to Linnæus, the celebrated Swedish botanist.
Linnaean system (Bot.), the system in which the classes are founded mainly upon the stamens, and the orders upon the pistils; the artificial or sexual system.
Lin*næ"ite (?), n. [See Linnæan.] (Min.) A mineral of pale steel-gray color and metallic luster, occurring in isometric crystals, and also massive. It is a sulphide of cobalt containing some nickel or copper.
Linne (?), n. Flax. See Linen. [Obs.]
Lin"net (?), n. [F. linot, linotte, from L. linum flax; or perh. shortened from AS.līnetwige, fr. AS. līn flax; -- so called because it feeds on the seeds of flax and hemp. See Linen.] (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of fringilline birds of the genera Linota, Acanthis, and allied genera, esp. the common European species (L. cannabina), which, in full summer plumage, is chestnut brown above, with the breast more or less crimson. The feathers of its head are grayish brown, tipped with crimson. Called also gray linnet, red linnet, rose linnet, brown linnet, lintie, lintwhite, gorse thatcher, linnet finch, and greater redpoll. The American redpoll linnet (Acanthis linaria) often has the crown and throat rosy. See Redpoll, and Twite.
Green linnet (Zoöl.), the European green finch.
Li*no"le*ate (?), n. (Chem.) A salt of linoleic acid.
Li*no"le*ic (?), a. Pertaining to, or derived from, linoleum, or linseed oil; specifically (Chem.), designating an organic acid, a thin yellow oil, found combined as a salt of glycerin in oils of linseed, poppy, hemp, and certain nuts.
Li*no"le*um (?), n. [L. linum flax + oleum oil.]
1. Linseed oil brought to various degrees of hardness by some oxidizing process, as by exposure to heated air, or by treatment with chloride of sulphur. In this condition it is used for many of the purposes to which India rubber has been applied.
2. A kind of floor cloth made by laying hardened linseed oil mixed with ground cork on a canvas backing.
Li*nox"in (?), n. [Linoleic + oxygen.] (Chem.) A resinous substance obtained as an oxidation product of linoleic acid. [Written also linoxyn.]
Lin*sang" (?), n. (Zoöl.) Any viverrine mammal of the genus Prionodon, inhabiting the East Indies and Southern Asia. The common East Indian linsang (P. gracilis) is white, crossed by broad, black bands. The Guinea linsang (Porana Richardsonii) is brown with black spots.
Lin"seed` (?), n. [OE. lin flax + seed. See Linen.] (Bot.) The seeds of flax, from which linseed oil is obtained. [Written also lintseed.]
Linseed cake, the solid mass or cake which remains when oil is expressed. -- Linseed meal, linseed cake reduced to powder. -- Linseed oil, oil obtained by pressure from flaxseed.
Lin"sey (?), n. [See Linen.] Linsey-woolsey.
Lin"sey-wool"sey (?), n.
1. Cloth made of linen and wool, mixed.
2. Jargon. [Obs.]
Lin"sey-wool"sey, a. Made of linen and wool; hence, of different and unsuitable parts; mean.
Lin"stock (?), n. [Corrupt. fr. luntstock, D. lonistok; lont lunt + stok stock, stick. See Link a torch, Lunt, and Stock.] A pointed forked staff, shod with iron at the foot, to hold a lighted match for firing cannon. [Written also lintstock.]
Lint (?), n. [AS. līnet flax, hemp, fr. līn flax; or, perh. borrowed fr. L. linteum a linen cloth, linen, from linteus linen, a., fr. lineum flax, lint. See Linen.]
2. Linen scraped or otherwise made into a soft, downy or fleecy substance for dressing wounds and sores; also, fine ravelings, down, fluff, or loose short fibers from yarn or fabrics.
Lint doctor (Calico-printing Mach.), a scraper to remove lint from a printing cylinder.
Lin"tel (?), n. [OE. lintel, F. linteau, LL. lintellus, for limitellus, a dim. fr. L. limes limit. See Limit.] (Arch.) A horizontal member spanning an opening, and carrying the superincumbent weight by means of its strength in resisting crosswise fracture.
Lin"tie (?), Lint"white` (?), n. [AS. līnetwige. See Linnet.] (Zoöl.) See Linnet.
Lint"seed` (?), n. See Linseed.
Li"num (?), n. [L., flax.] (Bot.) A genus of herbaceous plants including the flax (Linum usitatissimum).
Li"on (?), n. [F. lion, L. leo, -onis, akin to Gr. . Cf. Chameleon, Dandelion, Leopard.]
1. (Zoöl.) A large carnivorous feline mammal (Felis leo), found in Southern Asia and in most parts of Africa, distinct varieties occurring in the different countries. The adult male, in most varieties, has a thick mane of long shaggy hair that adds to his apparent size, which is less than that of the largest tigers. The length, however, is sometimes eleven feet to the base of the tail. The color is a tawny yellow or yellowish brown; the mane is darker, and the terminal tuft of the tail is black. In one variety, called the maneless lion, the male has only a slight mane.<-- now Panthera leo -->
2. (Astron.) A sign and a constellation; Leo.
3. An object of interest and curiosity, especially a person who is so regarded; as, he was quite a lion in London at that time.
Such society was far more enjoyable than that of Edinburgh, for here he was not a lion, but a man.
American lion (Zoöl.), the puma or cougar. -- Lion ant (Zoöl.), the ant-lion. -- Lion dog (Zoöl.), a fancy dog with a flowing mane, usually clipped to resemble a lion's mane. -- Lion lizard (Zoöl.), the basilisk. -- Lion's share, all, or nearly all; the best or largest part; -- from æsop's fable of the lion hunting in company with certain smaller beasts, and appropriating to himself all the prey.
Li"onced (?), a. (Her.) Adorned with lions heads; having arms terminating in lions' heads; -- said of a cross. [Written also leonced.]
Li"on*cel (?), n. [OE., F. lionceau, dim. of lion.] (Her.) A small lion, especially one of several borne in the same coat of arms.
Li"on*el (?), n. [OF., dim. of lion.] (Zoöl.) The whelp of a lioness; a young lion.
Li"on*ess, n. [OF. lionesse.] (Zoöl.) A female lion.
Li"on*et (?), n. [OF., dim. of lion.] (Zoöl.) A young or small lion.
Li"on-heart` (?), n. A very brave person.
Li"on-heart`ed (?), a. Very brave; brave and magnanimous.
Sir W. Scott.
Li"on*hood (?), n. State of being a lion.
Li"on*ism (?), n. An attracting of attention, as a lion; also, the treating or regarding as a lion.
Li"on*ize (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lionized (?), p. pr. & vb. n. Lionizing ().]
1. To treat or regard as a lion or object of great interest.
J. D. Forbes.
2. To show the lions or objects of interest to; to conduct about among objects of interest.
Li"on*like` (?), a. Like a lion; brave as a lion.
Li"on*ly, a. Like a lion; fierce. [Obs.]
Li"on's ear` (?). (Bot.) A name given in Western South America to certain plants with shaggy tomentose leaves, as species of Culcitium, and Espeletia.
Li"on's foot` (?). (Bot.) (a) A composite plant of the genus Prenanthes, of which several species are found in the United States. (b) The edelweiss.
Li"on*ship (?), n. The state of being a lion.
Li"on's leaf` (?). (Bot.) A South European plant of the genus Leontice (L. leontopetalum), the tuberous roots of which contain so much alkali that they are sometimes used as a substitute for soap.
Li"on's tail` (?). (Bot.) A genus of labiate plants (Leonurus); -- so called from a fancied resemblance of its flower spikes to the tuft of a lion's tail. L. Cardiaca is the common motherwort.
Li"on's tooth` (?); pl. Lions' teeth (). (Bot.) See Leontodon.
Lip (?), n. [OE. lippe, AS. lippa; akin to D. lip, G. lippe, lefze, OHG. lefs, Dan. læbe, Sw. läpp, L. labium, labrum. Cf. Labial.]
1. One of the two fleshy folds which surround the orifice of the mouth in man and many other animals. In man the lips are organs of speech essential to certain articulations. Hence, by a figure they denote the mouth, or all the organs of speech, and sometimes speech itself.
Thine own lips testify against thee.
Jeb xv. 6.
2. An edge of an opening; a thin projecting part of anything; a kind of short open spout; as, the lip of a vessel.
3. The sharp cutting edge on the end of an auger.
4. (Bot.) (a) One of the two opposite divisions of a labiate corolla. (b) The odd and peculiar petal in the Orchis family. See Orchidaceous.
5. (Zoöl.) One of the edges of the aperture of a univalve shell.
Lip bit, a pod auger. See Auger. -- Lip comfort, comfort that is given with words only. -- Lip comforter, one who comforts with words only. -- Lip labor, unfelt or insincere speech; hypocrisy. Bale. -- Lip reading, the catching of the words or meaning of one speaking by watching the motion of his lips without hearing his voice. Carpenter. -- Lip salve, a salve for sore lips. -- Lip service, expression by the lips of obedience and devotion without the performance of acts suitable to such sentiments. -- Lip wisdom, wise talk without practice, or unsupported by experience. -- Lip work. (a) Talk. (b) Kissing. [Humorous] B. Jonson. -- Lip make a lip, to drop the under lip in sullenness or contempt. Shak. -- To shoot out the lip (Script.), to show contempt by protruding the lip.
Lip, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lipped (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Lipping (?).]
1. To touch with the lips; to put the lips to; hence, to kiss.
The bubble on the wine which breaks
Before you lip the glass.
A hand that kings
Have lipped and trembled kissing.
2. To utter; to speak. [R.]
Lip, v. t. To clip; to trim. [Obs.]
Li*pæ"mi*a (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. fat + blood.] (Med.) A condition in which fat occurs in the blood.
Li*pans" (?), n. pl.; sing. Lipan (). (Ethnol.) A tribe of North American Inedians, inhabiting the northern part of Mexico. They belong to the Tinneh stock, and are closely related to the Apaches.
Li*pa"ri*an (?), n. (Zoöl.) Any species of a family (Liparidæ) of destructive bombycid moths, as the tussock moths.
Lip"a*rite (?), n. [So called from Lipari, the island.] (Min.) A quartzose trachyte; rhyolite.
Lip"ic (?), a. [Gr. fat.] (Chem.) Pertaining to, or derived from, fat. The word was formerly used specifically to designate a supposed acid obtained by the oxidation of oleic acid, tallow, wax, etc.