noun, plural leaves [leevz] /livz/.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- leadwort family,
- leaf beetle,
- leaf blight,
- leaf blotch,
- leaf bud,
- leaf butterfly
Origin of leaf
Examples from the Web for leaf
A lot of us Republicans are having trouble getting the leaf blower started.
But consider: inhaling one leaf has had the largest deleterious impact on human health of any single product in human history.
The x-rays and medical information initially belonged to plastic surgeon Michael Gurdin, who began working with Leaf in 1975.Marilyn Monroe Plastic Surgery Records to be Auctioned Off; Cara Delevingne May Star in Amanda Knox Film|The Fashion Beast Team|October 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
So, for example, Nissan this year cut the sticker price of the Leaf to $28,000—a reduction of $6,400, or 18 percent.
My failure to see a microbe is a statement about the precision of my instrument, not about whether there is a microbe on the leaf.How Not to Cherry-Pick the Results of the Oregon Study (Ultrawonkish)|Megan McArdle|May 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
An axillary flower stands between the bract or leaf which subtends it and the axis or stem which bears this bract or leaf.The Elements of Botany|Asa Gray
The angry waters piled about them and tossed the boat about upon the wave crests like a leaf.The Wilderness Castaways|Dillon Wallace
Bring back some leaf mould from the woods, and mix the garden soil for the rockery.The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming.|Ellen Eddy Shaw
Carry home this fearsome green mummy on the leaf; put him in a cage made of wire screen, and watch him.Trees Every Child Should Know|Julia Ellen Rogers
I called, but there was not even the rustle of a leaf in answer.Schwartz: A History|David Christie Murray
noun plural leaves (liːvz)
Word Origin for leaf
Old English leaf "leaf of a plant; page of a book," from Proto-Germanic *laubaz (cf. Old Saxon lof, Old Norse lauf, Old Frisian laf, Dutch loof, Old High German loub, German Laub "foliage, leaves," Gothic lauf), perhaps from PIE *leup- "to peel off, break off" (cf. Lithuanian luobas, Old Church Slavonic lubu "bark, rind"). Extended 15c. to very thin sheets of metal (especially gold). Meaning "hinged flap on the side of a table" is from 1550s.
"to turn over (the pages of a book)," 1660s, from leaf (n.). The notion of a book page also is in the phrase to turn over a (new) leaf (1570s). Related: Leafed; leaved; leafing.
In addition to the idiom beginning with leaf
- leaf through
- quake in one's boots (like a leaf)
- take a leaf out of someone's book
- turn over a new leaf