- protective shelter: The lee of the rock gave us some protection against the storm.
- the side or part that is sheltered or turned away from the wind: We erected our huts under the lee of the mountain.
- Chiefly Nautical. the quarter or region toward which the wind blows.
- pertaining to, situated in, or moving toward the lee.
- by the lee, Nautical. accidentally against what should be the lee side of a sail: Careless steering brought the wind by the lee.
- under the lee, Nautical. to leeward.
Origin of lee1
- Usually lees. the insoluble matter that settles from a liquid, especially from wine; sediment; dregs.
Origin of lee2
- Ann,1736–84, British mystic: founder of Shaker sect in U.S.
- Charles,1731–82, American Revolutionary general, born in England.
- Doris Em·rick [em-rik] /ˈɛm rɪk/, 1905–1986, U.S. painter.
- Fitz·hugh [fits-hyoo or, often, -yoo; fits-hyoo or, often, -yoo] /ˈfɪtsˌhyu or, often, -ˌyu; fɪtsˈhyu or, often, -ˈyu/, 1835–1905, U.S. general and statesman (grandson of Henry Lee; nephew of Robert E. Lee).
- Francis Light·foot [lahyt-foo t] /ˈlaɪtˌfʊt/, 1734–97, American Revolutionary statesman (brother of Richard H. Lee).
- Gypsy RoseRose Louise Hovick, 1914–70, U.S. entertainer.
- Harper,born 1926, U.S. novelist.
- HenryLight-Horse Harry, 1756–1818, American Revolutionary general (father of Robert E. Lee).
- Kuan Yew [kwahn yoo] /kwɑn yu/, 1923–2015, Singapore political leader: prime minister 1959–90.
- Man·fred Bennington [man-frid] /ˈmæn frɪd/, Ellery Queen, 1905–71, U.S. mystery writer, in collaboration with Frederic Dannay.
- Richard Henry,1732–94, American Revolutionary statesman (brother of Francis L. Lee).
- Robert E(dward),1807–70, U.S. soldier and educator: Confederate general in the American Civil War (son of Henry Lee).
- Sir Sidney,1859–1926, English biographer and critic.
- SpikeShelton Jackson Lee, born 1957, U.S. film director, screenwriter, and actor.
- Tsung-Dao [dzoo ng-dou] /ˈdzʊŋˈdaʊ/, born 1926, Chinese physicist in the U.S.: Nobel Prize 1957.
- a town in W Massachusetts: resort.
- a male or female given name.
Related Words for leesector, bottom, top, surface, hand, part, front, face, border, rear, view, verge, rim, aspect, flank, periphery, boundary, perimeter, division, direction
Examples from the Web for lee
Contemporary Examples of lee
Lee and Coogan did briefly meet with the pope, with pictures to prove it, but no one at the Vatican officially screened the film.Pope Francis Has the Pleasure of Meeting Angelina Jolie for a Few Seconds
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 8, 2015
What stuck in my mind were the two supporting actors, Gloria Grahame and Lee Marvin.
In my opinion Lee was one of the greatest actors of all time.
Little did I know that Lee had actually been born into a wealthy family.
Lee would stay up late, unable to sleep from the pains he had in his back.
Historical Examples of lee
But Lee was of opinion it would lead them too far from Gen. Greene.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
A part of the time, our lee lower yard-arms were nearly in the water.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Sing Lee had been a silent listener to this strange conversation.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Now the little shop had been far distanced by the competition of Sothern and Lee.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Lee, with his invincible legions, was still sweeping northward.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
- a sheltered part or side; the side away from the direction from which the wind is blowing
- by the lee nautical so that the wind is blowing on the wrong side of the sail
- under the lee nautical towards the lee
- (prenominal) nautical on, at, or towards the side or part away from the windon a lee shore Compare weather (def. 5)
Word Origin for lee
- a river in SW Republic of Ireland, flowing east into Cork Harbour. Length: about 80 km (50 miles)
- Ang (æŋ). born 1954, Taiwanese film director; his films include Sense and Sensibility (1995), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Brokeback Mountain (2005), and Life of Pi (2012)
- Bruce, original name Lee Yuen Kam . 1940–73, US film actor and kung fu expert who starred in such films as Enter the Dragon (1973)
- Gypsy Rose, original name Rose Louise Hovick . 1914–70, US striptease and burlesque artiste, who appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies (1936) and in films
- Laurie (ˈlɒrɪ). 1914–97, British poet and writer, best known for the autobiographical Cider with Rosie (1959)
- Richard Henry. 1732–94, American Revolutionary statesman, who moved the resolution in favour of American independence (1776)
- Robert E (dward). 1807–70, American general; commander-in-chief of the Confederate armies in the Civil War
- Spike, real name Shelton Jackson Lee. born 1957, US film director: his films include She's Gotta Have It (1985), Malcolm X (1992), and the documentary When the Leeves Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2008)
- T (sung) -D (ao) (tsuːŋ daʊ). born 1926, US physicist, born in China. With Yang he disproved the principle that that parity is always conserved and shared the Nobel prize for physics in 1957
Old English hleo "shelter, cover, defense, protection," from Proto-Germanic *khlewaz (cf. Old Norse hle, Danish læ, Old Saxon hleo, Dutch lij "lee, shelter"). No known cognates outside Germanic; original sense uncertain and might have been "warm" (cf. German lau "tepid," Old Norse hly "shelter, warmth"), which might link it to PIE *kele- (1) "warm." As an adjective, 1510s, from the noun.