- the solmization syllable used for the semitone between the sixth and seventh degrees of a scale.
Origin of li1
alteration of la1
- a Chinese unit of distance, equivalent to about one-third of a mile (0.5 km).
Origin of li2
First recorded in 1580–90, li is from the Chinese word lǐ
- (in Chinese ethical philosophy) the etiquette traditionally prescribed for individuals or groups of people in a given situation.
Origin of li3
First recorded in 1910–15, li is from the Chinese word lǐ
- a member of an aboriginal people of the island of Hainan in Southeastern China.
- the Kadai language of the Li.
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Examples from the Web for lis
Then he went a few steps further to the house of the Lis; and there went in.The Chinese Fairy Book
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.
- a Chinese unit of length, approximately equal to 590 yards
- Long Island
- Light Infantry
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- The symbol for the elementlithium
Li(lē)Choh Hao 1913-1987
- Chinese-born American chemist known for isolating and analyzing a number of hormones secreted by the pituitary gland.
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- The symbol for lithium.
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