- the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet (Λ, λ).
- the consonant sound represented by this letter.
Origin of lambda
< Greek lá(m)bda < Semitic; see lamed
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for lambda
It was also smart politics, said another former leader of Lambda, Adam R. Sorkin, now an attorney in Chicago.What Really Happened at Harvard
Samuel P. Jacobs
May 10, 2010
The first Lambda chapter was created at UCLA in 1981 and today there are at least 48 active chapters.
Kenny Luong died trying to start a Lambda Phi Epsilon chapter at California State Polytechnical University in Pomona, Calif.
When students want to start a new Lambda chapter, they learn the rules from a nearby campus.
Bryan, a Lambda from Rutgers University, said he believes he benefited from the pledge process.
The second lambda is inserted in order to avoid the ill-omened sound of destruction.Cratylus
Pions and muons, plus and minus; the lambda and the antilambda.A Feast of Demons
Giving the lambda a fillip with my finger, I turned it upside down.Devil Stories
Another annular nebula is that situated to the south-west of Lambda Scorpii.Aether and Gravitation
William George Hooper
They Lambda Chied us till they became sick of it, and all our attempts to get even proved failures.Frank Merriwell at Yale
Burt L. Standish
- the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet (Λ, λ), a consonant transliterated as l
C14: from Greek, from Semitic; related to lamed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for lambda
Greek letter name, from a Semitic source akin to Hebrew lamedh.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The 11th letter of the Greek alphabet.
- The craniometric point at the junction of the sagittal and lambdoid sutures.
- Of, relating to, or characterizing a polypeptide chain that is one of two types of light chains present in immunoglobins.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.