lambda

[lam-duh]

Origin of lambda

< Greek lá(m)bda < Semitic; see lamed
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Contemporary Examples of lambda

  • It was also smart politics, said another former leader of Lambda, Adam R. Sorkin, now an attorney in Chicago.

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    What Really Happened at Harvard

    Samuel P. Jacobs

    May 10, 2010

  • The first Lambda chapter was created at UCLA in 1981 and today there are at least 48 active chapters.

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    The New Animal Houses

    Dan Haley

    March 22, 2009

  • Kenny Luong died trying to start a Lambda Phi Epsilon chapter at California State Polytechnical University in Pomona, Calif.

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    The New Animal Houses

    Dan Haley

    March 22, 2009

  • When students want to start a new Lambda chapter, they learn the rules from a nearby campus.

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    The New Animal Houses

    Dan Haley

    March 22, 2009

  • Bryan, a Lambda from Rutgers University, said he believes he benefited from the pledge process.

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    The New Animal Houses

    Dan Haley

    March 22, 2009

Historical Examples of lambda

  • The second lambda is inserted in order to avoid the ill-omened sound of destruction.

  • Pions and muons, plus and minus; the lambda and the antilambda.

    A Feast of Demons

    William Morrison

  • Giving the lambda a fillip with my finger, I turned it upside down.

  • Another annular nebula is that situated to the south-west of Lambda Scorpii.

    Aether and Gravitation

    William George Hooper

  • They Lambda Chied us till they became sick of it, and all our attempts to get even proved failures.

    Frank Merriwell at Yale

    Burt L. Standish


British Dictionary definitions for lambda

lambda

noun
  1. the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet (Λ, λ), a consonant transliterated as l

Word Origin for lambda

C14: from Greek, from Semitic; related to lamed
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Word Origin and History for lambda
n.

Greek letter name, from a Semitic source akin to Hebrew lamedh.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

lambda in Medicine

lambda

[lămdə]
n.
  1. The 11th letter of the Greek alphabet.
  2. The craniometric point at the junction of the sagittal and lambdoid sutures.
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or characterizing a polypeptide chain that is one of two types of light chains present in immunoglobins.
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