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L, l

[el] /ɛl/
noun, plural L's or Ls, l's or ls.
1.
the 12th letter of the English alphabet, a consonant.
2.
any spoken sound represented by the letter L or l, as in let, dull, cradle.
3.
something having the shape of an L .
4.
a written or printed representation of the letter L or l.
5.
a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter L or l.

L

[el] /ɛl/
noun, plural L's or Ls. Informal.
1.
an elevated railroad.

L

[el] /ɛl/
noun, plural L's or Ls.
1.
ell1 .

L1

1.
British. pound; pounds.
Origin
< Latin lībra

L2

1.
lambert; lamberts.
2.
3.
4.
5.
left.
6.
7.
long: denoting a size longer than regular, especially for suits and coats made for tall men:
40L.
8.
9.
Theater. stage left.

L

Symbol.
1.
the 12th in order or in a series, or, if I is omitted, the 11th.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) the Roman numeral for 50.
Compare Roman numerals.
3.
Electricity, inductance.
4.
Physics. kinetic potential.
5.
Biochemistry, leucine.
6.
Economics. a broad measure of total U.S. liquid assets, issued periodically by the Federal Reserve Board.
Compare M.

l

1.
2.
liter; liters.

l-

Symbol, Optics, Chemistry, Biochemistry
1.
levorotatory; levo- (distinguished from d-).
Compare l-.

l-

Symbol, Biochemistry
1.
(of a molecule) having a configuration resembling the levorotatory isomer of glyceraldehyde: printed as a small capital, roman character (distinguished from d-).
Compare l-.

L-

1.
Chemistry, levo-.
2.
U.S. Military. (in designations of light aircraft) liaison:
L-15.

L.1

1.
book.
Origin
< Latin liber

L.2

1.
Origin
< Latin locus

L.3

1.
Lady.
2.
Lake.
3.
4.
5.
6.
law.
7.
left.
8.
lempira; lempiras.
9.
leu; lei.
10.
lev; leva.
11.
12.
(in Italy) lira; lire.
13.
Lord.
14.
Low.
15.
16.
Theater. stage left.

l.

1.
2.
3.
law.
4.
leaf.
5.
6.
left.
7.
8.
plural ll. line.
9.
link.
10.
(in Italy) lira; lire.
11.
liter; liters.
12.
long.
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British Dictionary definitions for l

l

/ɛl/
noun (pl) l's, L's, Ls
1.
the 12th letter and ninth consonant of the modern English alphabet
2.
a speech sound represented by this letter, usually a lateral, as in label
3.
  1. something shaped like an L
  2. (in combination): an L-shaped room

l

symbol
1.
litre
2.
(physics) lepton number

L

symbol
1.
ell (unit)
2.
lambert(s)
3.
large
4.
Latin
5.
(on British motor vehicles) learner driver
6.
(physics) length
7.
live
8.
(currency)
  1. pound Usually written £
  2. lempira
  3. lek
  4. leu
  5. lire
9.
(aeronautics) lift
10.
(electronics) inductor (in circuit diagrams)
11.
(physics) latent heat
12.
(physics) self-inductance
13.
(chem) the Avogadro constant
14.
(Roman numeral) 50 See Roman numerals
abbreviation
15.
Luxembourg (international car registration)
Word Origin
(for sense 8a) Latin libra pound

L.

abbreviation
1.
lake
2.
left
3.
length
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Word Origin and History for l

L

Roman letter, from Greek lambda, from Semitic lamed. The shape of the Roman letter is an early one in Greek, adopted before it was superseded in Greek by the inverted form which became the Greek lambda.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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l in Medicine

L abbr.

  1. inductance

  2. left

  3. limes (used with a lower case letter or a plus sign, or used with a subscript letter or plus sign as a symbol for various doses of toxin)

  4. or l liter

L- pref.
Relating to the configuration of l-glyceraldehyde, a compound chosen as the basis for stereochemical nomenclature because it is the simplest carbohydrate that can form optical isomers: l-lactic acid.

l- pref. l-
To the left; levo: l-lactic acid.

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l in Science
l  
Abbreviation of length, liter
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Related Abbreviations for l

l

  1. length
  2. liter

L

  1. 50
  2. lambert
  3. [coarse/ suggestive] language (television rating)
  4. large
  5. Latino (as in personal ads)
  6. left
  7. lesbian (as in personal ads)
  8. Luxembourg (international vehicle ID)

l.

  1. lake
  2. land
  3. late
  4. line
  5. lira

L.

  1. Lake
  2. Latin
  3. Licentiate
  4. Linnaean
  5. Lodge
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Encyclopedia Article for l

liter

unit of volume in the metric system, equal to one cubic decimetre (0.001 cubic metre). From 1901 to 1964 the litre was defined as the volume of one kilogram of pure water at 4C (39.2F) and standard atmospheric pressure; in 1964 the original, present value was reinstated. One litre is equivalent to approximately 1.0567 U.S. quart.

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