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[leer, lair]
  1. an oven used to anneal glass.
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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

Historical Examples

  • 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

  • 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

  • "The old Boche almost got me that time," said Lehr, lifting the oil cloth table cover to knock wood.

  • Except for Lehr's machine, we maintained our formation and came out flying in the same position.

British Dictionary definitions for lehr


  1. a long tunnel-shaped oven used for annealing glass
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Word Origin

from German: pattern, model
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