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[leer, lair] /lɪər, lɛər/
an oven used to anneal glass.
Also, leer.
Origin of lehr
First recorded in 1905-10, lehr is from the German word Lehr, Leer model Unabridged
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  • lehr has probably gone to see Skeel at the Hotel Astor,” he concluded.

    The Moonlit Way

    Robert W. Chambers
  • According to news reports from the front lehr had a period of intense activity up to July 15th, when he was reported missing.

    America's War for Humanity Thomas Herbert Russell
  • It does not take so long to anneal glass in a lehr as in a kiln, and therefore in many factories only lehrs are used.

    The Story of Glass Sara Ware Bassett
  • "The old Boche almost got me that time," said lehr, lifting the oil cloth table cover to knock wood.

  • Except for lehr's machine, we maintained our formation and came out flying in the same position.

British Dictionary definitions for lehr


a long tunnel-shaped oven used for annealing glass
Word Origin
from German: pattern, model
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