j. a. lewis

Lewis

[loo-is]
noun
1.
Carl (Frederick 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(taples) [stey-puhlz] , ("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 Gregory ("Monk Lewis") 1775–1809, English novelist, dramatist, and poet.
13.
Meriwether [mer-i-weth-er] , 1774–1809, U.S. explorer: leader of the Lewis and Clark expedition 1804–06.
14.
(Percy) Wyndham [win-duhm] , 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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lewis or lewisson (ˈluːɪs, ˈluːɪsən)
 
n
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
 
[C18: perhaps from the name of the inventor]
 
lewisson or lewisson
 
n
 
[C18: perhaps from the name of the inventor]

Lewis1 (ˈluːɪs)
 
n
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)

Lewis2 (ˈluːɪs)
 
n
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, British boxer; undisputed world heavyweight champion (2000--01)
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
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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Lewis
Anglo-Fr. form of Fr. Louis, from Frank. Hludwig "loud-battle," Latinized as Ludovicus (cf. Clovis, Ludwig).
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