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laurence

[lawr-uh ns, lor-]
noun
  1. Physics. a shimmering effect seen over a hot surface, such as a pavement or roadway, on a clear and calm day, caused by the irregular refraction of light.Compare scintillation(def 4).
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Origin of laurence

First recorded in 1790–1800; of unexplained orig.

Laurence

[lawr-uh ns, lor-]
noun
  1. a male given name, form of Lawrence.
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  • He then rang the bell and told the boy to show in Mlle. Laurence Grard.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • De Chilly was then helping on a charming girl named Laurence Grard.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • There I found Laurence Grard, but she was fetched away the next moment.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Mr. Laurence could not deny the fact, and so he looked undecided, and was silent.

  • "Enough, Blanche," Mr. Laurence continued, in a softer voice.


British Dictionary definitions for laurence

Laurence

noun
  1. Margaret, full name Jean Margaret Laurence, 1926–87, Canadian novelist and short story writer; her novels include The Stone Angel (1964)
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Word Origin and History for laurence

Laurence

masc. proper name, from Old French Lorenz (French Laurent), from Latin Laurentius, literally "of Laurentum," a maritime town in Latium, literally "town of bay trees," from laurus (see laurel). The Italian form is Lorenzo. A popular given name in the Middle Ages, as a surname it is attested in England from mid-12c. Larkin is a pet-form. For some reason, the name since at least 18c. has been the personification of indolence (cf. also German der faule Lenz "Lazy Lawrence"). But in Scotland, the pet form Lowrie has been used for "a fox" (c.1500), also for "a crafty person" (1560s).

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