Confusing Words Clarified: Group L; Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc. +
(lists of "L" sections that are organized into what for some people are confusing groups of words)
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Joshua worked in a hot third floor laboratory all summer; while the lavatory was on the second floor.
2. Not strict enough: Shanna's university has been lax about enforcing the rules in the dormitories about making so much noise after a specified time.
What this communty lacks are some guidelines about lax behavior after the curfew.
Later in the afternoon, Gerald had to decide between a ladder, which seemed like a good idea at the time, and a step stool; however, he decided that the latter was not high enough to get the job done.
The workers laid the train tracks in the mountains.2. Having made bets or gambled: At the racetrack, Ryan laid his wager on the red horse with the white blaze on its forehead.
3. To have placed a duty or burden on an individual: After the explosion, the blame was laid on the contractors for their poor installation.
4. Prepared or made ready: Dennis laid a fire in the fireplace to warm up the room.
5. To present information for review and judgment: Keith laid the facts before the judge during the trial.
The stevedores lade the heavy crates onto the ship. They laid them on the deck and then they laid bets among themselves to see if the crates would slide around.
If they fell off the ship, the responsibility for the mishap would be laid on management which had not laid secure plans for the voyage.
The books have lain on the table in the library for several days before they were put back on the shelves.2. Having been in a defenseless or weakened position: The flooding was caused because the town had lain in the path of the river.
The shipping lane was marked on the map.2. The narrow passage lined with hardwood typically used for bowling, a game involving the rolling of a ball towards objects with the purpose of knocking over as many as possible: Travis is anxious to bowl and therefore he will use the first lane that becomes available.
The popular walker's lane was near the river and it was lain open for flooding when the river overflowed the banks after a heavy rain.
That red hen is a good layer.2. A visible stratum or the overlapping of materials: At the point where the road was cut, Randy could see the layer of sandstone between the layers of soft clay.
The lair of the foxes was lined with several different materials; the last layer was soft and comfortable for the new fox cubs.
2. A favorite or vulnerable individual: Jack's aunt is a perfect lamb and she will do just about anything for him.
To celebrate the return of Trisha's nephew from his two week lam, or fast departure from home, her uncle decided to have a fete and to roast some lamb on the BBQ (BarBeQue).
When the Tibetan lama visited Argentina, he was surprised to see a llama carrying his luggage to the mountain retreat.
A lame wing kept the bird from flying.2. Weak and ineffectual; unsatisfactory: Dale made a lame attempt to apologize for his slanderous remarks.
Aurora had some lame excuses for not arriving on time.
Trina's elegant gown sewn with lamé was designed to minimize the fact that she was lame in one leg and had a slight limp.
2. The distance covered, as on a racecourse: Leonar ran three laps around the track before tripping and falling down just before the finish line.
3. To move food or liquid to the mouth using the tongue: The dog laps the water quickly because it is very thirsty.
2. To subside or to sink away gradually from a typical pattern of belief or behavior: Brittney was ill and slowly began to lapse into a coma.
At the international racing competition, the Lapps ran three consecutive laps when they only needed to run two laps; the runners later decided they had a slight lapse of memory about how many laps to run.
They were so tired that they sat on the benches with bottles of water on their laps and they joked that they hoped that they didn't have another relapse of memory or at least not until there was an elapse of several years.
The largest donor to the ballet company was well-known for her civic largess to many worthy causes.
The lust of the antagonist in the dime novel knew no bounds, frequently demonstrating a licentious disregard for morality and engaging in lascivious behavior.
2. Being at the end of something or at the final point: Despite Harry's best efforts, he was the last to finish the race.
The cobbler used a hand carved last to make shoes for the dancer which incorporated the latest technology for comfort and safety.
When the job was finished, he commented, "These shoes should last you for a long time."
Luis said he was using the word in its literal or actual sense.
The professor encouraged lateral thinking in the course on creative problem solving; however, there was one jokester who tried to be literal and changed his seat, moving to the side of the room.
During the construction project, the teams of workers divided the jobs; three workers nailed the lath to the studs in preparation for plastering and the other two workers used the lathe to make the new posts for the staircase.