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  1. a device for lifting a dressed stone, consisting of a number of pieces fitting together to fill a dovetailed recess cut into the stone.
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Origin of lewis

First recorded in 1730–40; perhaps after the surname of the inventor
Also called lewisson.


  1. CarlFrederick Carlton Lewis, born 1961, U.S. track and field athlete.
  2. C(ecil) Day,1904–72, British poet: poet laureate after 1968.
  3. C(live) S(ta·ples) [stey-puh lz] /ˈsteɪ pəlz/, Clive Hamilton, 1898–1963, English novelist and essayist.
  4. Edward,1918–2004, U.S. biologist: Nobel Prize 1995.
  5. Gilbert Newton,1875–1946, U.S. chemist.
  6. (Harry) Sinclair,1885–1951, U.S. novelist, playwright, and journalist: Nobel Prize 1930.
  7. Henry,1932–96, U.S. orchestral conductor.
  8. Isaac Newton,1858–1931, U.S. soldier and inventor.
  9. Jerry Lee,born 1935, U.S. country-and-western and rock-'n'-roll singer, musician, and composer.
  10. John (Aaron),1920–2001, U.S. jazz pianist, composer, and musical director.
  11. John L(lewellyn),1880–1969, U.S. labor leader.
  12. Matthew GregoryMonk Lewis, 1775–1809, English novelist, dramatist, and poet.
  13. Mer·i·weth·er [mer-i-weth-er] /ˈmɛr ɪˌwɛð ər/, 1774–1809, U.S. explorer: leader of the Lewis and Clark expedition 1804–06.
  14. (Percy) Wynd·ham [win-duh m] /ˈwɪn dəm/, 1884–1957, English novelist, essayist, and painter; born in the U.S.
  15. R(ichard) W(arrington) B(aldwin),1917–2002, U.S. biographer, literary critic, and scholar.
  16. a male given name.
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Historical Examples of lewis

  • "Crooked as a dog's hind legs," snarled Lewis, biting viciously at his cigar.


    W. A. Fraser

  • I caught him by the collar, too; and had to drag him in very much in the way I had done with Lewis.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • His wound had not yet healed, but he was less exhausted than Lewis.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Now for a minute the gruel was forgotten, and Mrs. Lewis looked at Kitty in amazement.

  • All that evening there seemed a spell upon the Lewis family.

British Dictionary definitions for lewis


lewisson (ˈluːɪsən)

  1. a lifting device for heavy stone or concrete blocks consisting of a number of curved pieces of metal or wedges fitting into a dovetailed recess cut into the block
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Word Origin for lewis

C18: perhaps from the name of the inventor


  1. the N part of the island of Lewis with Harris, in the Outer Hebrides. Pop: about 17 000 (2001). Area: 1634 sq km (631 sq miles)
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  1. Carl. full name Frederick Carleton Lewis . born 1961, US athlete; winner of the long jump, 100 metres, 200 metres, and 4 × 100 metres relay at the 1984 Olympic Games; winner of the 100 metres in the 1988 Olympic Games; winner of the long jump in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games
  2. See Day-Lewis
  3. C (live) S (taples). 1898–1963, English novelist, critic, and Christian apologist, noted for his critical work, Allegory of Love (1936), his theological study, The Screwtape Letters (1942), and for his children's books chronicling the land of Narnia
  4. Lennox. born 1965, Canadian and British boxer; won Olympic gold (1988) for Canada in the superheavyweight division; won various professional heavyweight titles between 1994 and 2004
  5. Matthew Gregory, known as Monk Lewis. 1775–1818, English novelist and dramatist, noted for his Gothic horror story The Monk (1796)
  6. Meriwether. 1774–1807, American explorer who, with William Clark, led an overland expedition from St Louis to the Pacific Ocean (1804–06)
  7. (John) Saunders (ˈsɔːndəz). 1893–1985, Welsh poet, dramatist, critic, and politician: founder (1926) and president (1926–39) of the Welsh Nationalist Party
  8. (Harry) Sinclair. 1885–1951, US novelist. He satirized the complacency and philistinism of American small-town life, esp in Main Street (1920) and Babbitt (1922): Nobel prize for literature 1930
  9. Wally. born 1959, Australian rugby league player; played 33 matches for Australia (1981–91), scoring 11 tries
  10. (Percy) Wyndham. 1884–1957, British painter, novelist, and critic, born in the US: a founder of vorticism. His writings include Time and Western Man (1927), The Apes of God (1930), and the trilogy The Human Age (1928–55)
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Word Origin and History for lewis


masc. proper name, Anglo-French form of French Louis (see Louis).

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