a body of fresh or salt water of considerable size, surrounded by land.
any similar body or pool of other liquid, as oil.
Idioms about lake
(go) jump in the lake, (used as an exclamation of dismissal or impatience.)
Other definitions for lake (2 of 3)
any of various pigments prepared from animal, vegetable, or coal-tar coloring matters by chemical or other union with metallic compounds.
a red pigment prepared from lac or cochineal by combination with a metallic compound.
Other definitions for Lake (3 of 3)
Simon, 1866–1945, U.S. engineer and naval architect.
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How to use lake in a sentence
It’s the only moon in the solar system with a dense nitrogen-rich atmosphere like Earth’s, and the only place besides Earth where there’s been clear evidence of lakes on the surface.The 5 best places to explore in the solar system—besides Mars | Neel Patel | August 17, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
The Erta Ale stands out as one of the world’s most active volcanoes and one of the only eight and possibly the longest-existing lava lakes in the world.Scientists say a new ocean will form in Africa as the continent continues to split into two | Uwagbale Edward-Ekpu | August 13, 2020 | Quartz
Some climate models have come to the same conclusion, he says, counter to the prevailing image of ancient Mars as a planet covered in oceans and lakes.Mars may not have been the warm, wet planet we thought it was | Neel Patel | August 7, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
The lake’s water has been receding for thousands of years, so there are spots near the ancient shoreline where the present-day lake is invisible.To rehearse Perseverance’s mission, scientists pretended to be a Mars rover | Lisa Grossman | July 29, 2020 | Science News
The landing site in Jezero crater, just north of the Martian equator, contains an ancient river delta that looks like it once carried water and silt into a long-lived lake.NASA’s Perseverance rover will seek signs of past life on Mars | Lisa Grossman | July 28, 2020 | Science News
The “waters of lake Minnetonka” may have been purifying, but they were also freezing.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From the History of ‘Purple Rain’ | Jennie Yabroff | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
I am reminded of the story of Senator Bernie Sanders (Independent, VT) walking along the shores of lake Champlain.
People are extremely anxious about the next generation,” lake said, “and it unites America.
Williams said he went to the lake to take a stroll “because of his heart.”Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault | M.L. Nestel | December 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This video remedies that injustice, showcasing an owl doing a butterfly stroke in lake Michigan.Swimming Owls, Jane Krakowski’s Peter Pan Live! Audition, and More Viral Videos | The Daily Beast Video | December 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ages back—let musty geologists tell us how long ago—'twas a lake, larger than the lake of Geneva.
They also seized the lake gunboats, took an entire Spanish garrison prisoner, and captured a large quantity of stores.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
A small but beautiful river debouches from the lake at its west end, and the town is grouped around this outlet.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
They gardened, they drove out, they rowed and sailed upon the lake, but they declined all acquaintances.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
A similar circumstance has occurred on the seashore at Hoy lake, Cheshire, where several "fairy pipes" have been found.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
British Dictionary definitions for lake (1 of 2)
an expanse of water entirely surrounded by land and unconnected to the sea except by rivers or streams: Related adjective: lacustrine
anything resembling this
a surplus of a liquid commodity: a wine lake
British Dictionary definitions for lake (2 of 2)
a bright pigment used in textile dyeing and printing inks, produced by the combination of an organic colouring matter with an inorganic compound, usually a metallic salt, oxide, or hydroxide: See also mordant
a red dye obtained by combining a metallic compound with cochineal
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Scientific definitions for lake
A large inland body of standing fresh or salt water. Lakes generally form in depressions, such as those created by glacial or volcanic action; they may also form when a section of a river becomes dammed or when a channel is isolated by a change in a river's course.
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