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lengthwise in the direction of the longer or longest side.
lenient not strict with rules; tolerant.
lens a piece of clear material such as glass that bends light rays passing through it. The surface of a lens is curved to bend light rays toward or away from a central point. [3 definitions]
Lent the forty weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Easter, observed by Christians as a time to fast, pray, and be sorry for having done wrong.
lent past tense and past participle of lend.
lentil a round, flat seed produced by the lentil plant. It is used as food. [2 definitions]
leopard a large mammal with short yellow or gray fur and black spots. Leopards with very dark fur are called black leopards or panthers. They live in southern Asia and Africa but are threatened or endangered in all their habitats. Leopards are carnivores and are closely related to lions, tigers, and other big cats that roar.
leotard a garment worn by dancers, gymnasts, and others. It is made of one piece and covers the body while it stretches to allow freedom of movement.
leprechaun an elf in Irish folklore who knows about secret treasure. He must tell the location of the treasure to whomever can catch him.
leprosy a disease of the skin and nerves caused by infection. People with leprosy have sores on their skin and lose feeling in their bodies. They sometimes lose fingers and toes.
Lesotho a country in southeastern Africa that is surrounded by the country of South Africa. The capital of Lesotho is Maseru.
-less a suffix that means "not having."
less comparative of little. [6 definitions]
lessen to become or make smaller in amount or size.
lesser a comparative of "little." [2 definitions]
lesson a period of instruction in a particular thing, or something that is intended to be learned or studied. [2 definitions]
-let a suffix that means "small."
let to allow; permit. [4 definitions]
let bygones be bygones to forgive and forget past fights.
let down to fail to satisfy; disappoint.
let go to stop holding; set free. [2 definitions]