- a body of fresh or salt water of considerable size, surrounded by land.
- any similar body or pool of other liquid, as oil.
- (go) jump in the lake, (used as an exclamation of dismissal or impatience.)
Origin of lake1
- any of various pigments prepared from animal, vegetable, or coal-tar coloring matters by chemical or other union with metallic compounds.
- a red pigment prepared from lac or cochineal by combination with a metallic compound.
Origin of lake2
- Simon,1866–1945, U.S. engineer and naval architect.
Examples from the Web for lake
The “waters of Lake Minnetonka” may have been purifying, but they were also freezing.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From the History of ‘Purple Rain’
January 1, 2015
I am reminded of the story of Senator Bernie Sanders (Independent, VT) walking along the shores of Lake Champlain.Santa Fails One More Time
P. J. O’Rourke
December 27, 2014
People are extremely anxious about the next generation,” Lake said, “and it unites America.How Will Cuba Play In Peoria?
December 21, 2014
Williams said he went to the lake to take a stroll “because of his heart.”Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault
December 21, 2014
This video remedies that injustice, showcasing an owl doing a butterfly stroke in Lake Michigan.Swimming Owls, Jane Krakowski’s Peter Pan Live! Audition, and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
December 7, 2014
Lake Torrens was reached, and then the difficulties of the expedition began.
Went over to the lake with all the horses, and brought the loads to the camp.
After following Lake Barlee for nine miles, it turned to the southward.
Sweet Prince, tell me again of thy palace by the Lake of Como.
The result was that many relics of the Lake Dwellers were found.The Non-Christian Cross
John Denham Parsons
- an expanse of water entirely surrounded by land and unconnected to the sea except by rivers or streamsRelated adjective: lacustrine
- anything resembling this
- a surplus of a liquid commoditya wine lake
- a bright pigment used in textile dyeing and printing inks, produced by the combination of an organic colouring matter with an inorganic compound, usually a metallic salt, oxide, or hydroxideSee also mordant
- a red dye obtained by combining a metallic compound with cochineal
Word Origin and History for lake
"body of water," early 12c., from Old French lack and directly from Latin lacus "pond, lake," also "basin, tank," related to lacuna "hole, pit," from PIE *laku- (cf. Greek lakkos "pit, tank, pond," Old Church Slavonic loky "pool, puddle, cistern," Old Irish loch "lake, pond"). The common notion is "basin." There was a Germanic form of the word, which yielded cognate Old Norse lögr "sea flood, water," Old English lacu "stream," lagu "sea flood, water," leccan "to moisten" (see leak). In Middle English, lake, as a descendant of the Old English word, also could mean "stream; river gully; ditch; marsh; grave; pit of hell," and this might have influenced the form of the borrowed word. The North American Great Lakes so called from 1660s.
"deep red coloring matter," 1610s, from French laque (see lac), from which it was obtained.
- A large inland body of standing fresh or salt water. Lakes generally form in depressions, such as those created by glacial or volcanic action; they may also form when a section of a river becomes dammed or when a channel is isolated by a change in a river's course.