1 [lee]
protective shelter: The lee of the rock gave us some protection against the storm.
the side or part that is sheltered or turned away from the wind: We erected our huts under the lee of the mountain.
Chiefly Nautical. the quarter or region toward which the wind blows.
pertaining to, situated in, or moving toward the lee.
by the lee, Nautical. accidentally against what should be the lee side of a sail: Careless steering brought the wind by the lee.
under the lee, Nautical. to leeward.

before 900; Middle English; Old English hlēo(w) shelter, cognate with Old Frisian hli, hly, Old Saxon hleo, Old Norse hlé

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lee (liː)
1.  a sheltered part or side; the side away from the direction from which the wind is blowing
2.  nautical by the lee so that the wind is blowing on the wrong side of the sail
3.  nautical under the lee towards the lee
4.  (prenominal) nautical Compare weather on, at, or towards the side or part away from the wind: on a lee shore
[Old English hlēow shelter; related to Old Norse hle]

Lee1 (liː)
a river in SW Republic of Ireland, flowing east into Cork Harbour. Length: about 80 km (50 miles)

Lee2 (liː)
1.  Ang (æŋ). born 1954, Taiwanese film director; his films include Sense and Sensibility (1995), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), and Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2.  Bruce, original name Lee Yuen Kam. 1940--73, US film actor and kung fu expert who starred in such films as Enter the Dragon (1973)
3.  Gypsy Rose, original name Rose Louise Hovick. 1914--70, US striptease and burlesque artiste, who appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies (1936) and in films
4.  Laurie (ˈlɒrɪ). 1914--97, British poet and writer, best known for the autobiographical Cider with Rosie (1959)
5.  Richard Henry. 1732--94, American Revolutionary statesman, who moved the resolution in favour of American independence (1776)
6.  Robert E(dward). 1807--70, American general; commander-in- chief of the Confederate armies in the Civil War
7.  Spike, real name Shelton Jackson Lee. born 1957, US film director: his films include She's Gotta Have It (1985), Malcolm X (1992), and 25th Hour (2002)
8.  T(sung)-D(ao) (tsuːŋ daʊ). born 1926, US physicist, born in China. With Yang he disproved the principle that that parity is always conserved and shared the Nobel prize for physics in 1957

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hleo "shelter," from P.Gmc. *khlewo- (cf. O.N. hle, Dan. læ, Du. lij "lee, shelter"); no known cognates outside Gmc.; original sense uncertain and may have been "warm" (cf. Ger. lau "tepid," O.N. hly "shelter, warmth").
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