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li1

[lee]
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noun Music.
  1. the solmization syllable used for the semitone between the sixth and seventh degrees of a scale.
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Origin of li1

alteration of la1

li2

[lee]
noun, plural li.
  1. a Chinese unit of distance, equivalent to about one-third of a mile (0.5 km).
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Origin of li2

First recorded in 1580–90, li is from the Chinese word

li3

[lee]
noun
  1. (in Chinese ethical philosophy) the etiquette traditionally prescribed for individuals or groups of people in a given situation.
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Origin of li3

First recorded in 1910–15, li is from the Chinese word

Li

[lee]
noun
  1. a member of an aboriginal people of the island of Hainan in Southeastern China.
  2. the Kadai language of the Li.
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Examples from the Web for lis

Historical Examples

  • Then he went a few steps further to the house of the Lis; and there went in.

    The Chinese Fairy Book

    Various

  • E' lis—a district and a city in the northwestern part of the Peloponnesus.

  • "We're just looking on an' lis'ning," answered the boys meekly.

    Two Little Confederates

    Thomas Nelson Page

  • Arbiter (7:4) and lis (23:10) are not much more common in Ovid than in the other poets.

  • He'll make a fine man, a fine man if you don't spoil him, 'Lis'beth.


British Dictionary definitions for lis

li1

noun
  1. a Chinese unit of length, approximately equal to 590 yards
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Word Origin

from Chinese

li2

the internet domain name for
  1. Liechtenstein
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Li

the chemical symbol for
  1. lithium
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LI

abbreviation for
  1. Long Island
  2. Light Infantry
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lis in Medicine

Li

  1. The symbol for the elementlithium

Li

(lē)Choh Hao 1913-1987
  1. Chinese-born American chemist known for isolating and analyzing a number of hormones secreted by the pituitary gland.
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lis in Science

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