[ leer, lair ]
/ lɪər, lɛər /


an oven used to anneal glass.
Also leer.

Origin of lehr

First recorded in 1905–10, lehr is from the German word Lehr, Leer model
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Examples from the Web for lehr

  • It does not take so long to anneal glass in a lehr as in a kiln, and therefore in many factories only lehrs are used.

    The Story of Glass|Sara Ware Bassett
  • Except for Lehr's machine, we maintained our formation and came out flying in the same position.

  • Lehr has probably gone to see Skeel at the Hotel Astor,” he concluded.

    The Moonlit Way|Robert W. Chambers
  • According to news reports from the front Lehr had a period of intense activity up to July 15th, when he was reported missing.

    America's War for Humanity|Thomas Herbert Russell

British Dictionary definitions for lehr


/ (lɪə) /


a long tunnel-shaped oven used for annealing glass

Word Origin for lehr

from German: pattern, model
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