- the 12th letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.
- any spoken sound represented by the letter L or l, as in let, dull, cradle.
- something having the shape of an L.
- a written or printed representation of the letter L or l.
- a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter L or l.
- liter; liters.
- an elevated railroad.
- the 12th in order or in a series, or, if I is omitted, the 11th.
- (sometimes lowercase) the Roman numeral for 50.Compare Roman numerals.
- Electricity. inductance.
- Physics. kinetic potential.
- Biochemistry. leucine.
- Economics. a broad measure of total U.S. liquid assets, issued periodically by the Federal Reserve Board.Compare M
- British. pound; pounds.
Origin of L1
- levorotatory; levo- (distinguished from d-).
- Chemistry. levo-.
- U.S. Military. (in designations of light aircraft) liaison: L-15.
- (of a molecule) having a configuration resembling the levorotatory isomer of glyceraldehyde: printed as a small capital, roman character (distinguished from d-).
Origin of L.1
Origin of L.2
Related Words for lgallant, gritty, bold, fearless, audacious, adventurous, courageous, heroic, daring, large, gross, fat, l, chivalrous, confident, dashing, dauntless, defiant, doughty, firm
Examples from the Web for l
Contemporary Examples of l
Only the L, K, and A of the old sign remain stuck to the side of the office.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
I try to call him to say l agree it's better to stay in Los Angeles after all.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
I read that they were investigating the L train for bedbugs the other day.Chloe Sevigny on ‘The Cosmopolitans,’ New York’s Frat Boy Takeover, and ‘Asshole’ Michael Alig
August 24, 2014
L Word Mississippi is an effective, painful reminder of this.Mississippi Is Hell for These Lesbians
August 8, 2014
Yet today l consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.The Stacks: The Day Lou Gehrig Delivered Baseball’s Gettysburg Address
July 4, 2014
Historical Examples of l
She continues through the alphabet to L, when the table responds.Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
The character of L—— is quite different from what I had imagined it to be.
L—— understands the business better than I thought he could.
My attachment to L——, as you say, is involuntary, and my love as pure as it is fervent.
Therefore, my dear L——, save yourself the trouble of challenging me.
- the 12th letter and ninth consonant of the modern English alphabet
- a speech sound represented by this letter, usually a lateral, as in label
- something shaped like an L
- (in combination)an L-shaped room
- physics lepton number
- ell (unit)
- (on British motor vehicles) learner driver
- physics length
- poundUsually written: £
- aeronautics lift
- electronics inductor (in circuit diagrams)
- physics latent heat
- physics self-inductance
- chem the Avogadro constant
- (Roman numeral) 50See Roman numerals
- Luxembourg (international car registration)
Word Origin for L
Word Origin and History for l
Roman letter, from Greek lambda, from Semitic lamed. The shape of the Roman letter is an early one in Greek, adopted before it was superseded in Greek by the inverted form which became the Greek lambda.
- limes (used with a lower case letter or a plus sign, or used with a subscript letter or plus sign as a symbol for various doses of toxin)
- or l liter
- Relating to the configuration of l-glyceraldehyde, a compound chosen as the basis for stereochemical nomenclature because it is the simplest carbohydrate that can form optical isomers:l-lactic acid.
- To the left; levo:l-lactic acid.
- Abbreviation of length, liter