1. A disadvantage or weak point that makes someone or something less effective.
2. An imposed restriction that cannot be exceeded or sidestepped.
3. A disadvantage or weakness in someone or something: "One of the limitations of the program is the amount of memory that it requires."
4. A particular period of time within which a legal action must start or a period of time, fixed by statute, during which a legal action can be brought, as for settling a claim.
5. A legal restriction on the powers that someone has.
Angulation of a tooth in its vertical axis toward the tongue.
1. The process by which unconsolidated sediments become sedimentary rock or are converted into coherent, solid rock.
Sediments typically are derived from preexisting rocks by weathering, transported and redeposited, and then buried and compacted by overlying sediments.
Cementation causes the sediments to harden, or lithify, into rock.
2. The physiochemical process that produces rock from sedimentary deposits.
3. A gradual process in which coal changes into bituminous shale or other rock.
litigation (s), litigations (pl)
1. The process of carrying on lawsuits or a specific lawsuit: "She is involved in litigation against the city."
2. The use of the legal system to settle a dispute or a disagreement: "Although the court proceedings took place last month, the case is still in litigation."
3. The act or process of bringing about or contesting a lawsuit or all lawsuits collectively: "The workers' complaints are still in litigation."
(LIT i gay" shuhn) (noun
A contested legal case before the courts: Alisa was an exceptional lawyer who specialized in litigation in trials.
(MITI gay" shuhn) (noun
The act of making something, usually a crime, less harsh or serious, or not as painful: During the conference, the two lawyers agreed to the mitigation of the sentence of the court.
The mitigation of the sentence by the judge, from life in prison to time served for the accused, brought an end to any further litigation.
The formation of lobes; the state of having lobes.
An effort to overcome in a contest; a struggle; or an endeavor.
lucubration (s) (noun)
, lucubrations (pl)
1. A written work resulting from prolonged study, often having a scholarly style.
2. Long hard study; especially, at night.
3. Etymology: from Latin lucubro, "to study by candle-light", from lucubrum, from lux, "light".
ludification (s) (noun)
, ludifications (pl)
A deception or mocking: The term ludification means the use of words or actions that are intended to evoke contemptuous snickering at or feelings toward a person or thing; that is, it is making fun of something or someone by ridiculing or making him or her appear to be silly.
lumbar palpation (s) (noun)
, lumbar palpations (pl)
The probing or physical manipulation of a ptotic or enlarged kidney with one hand while the other hand is placed under the lumbar region, the subject being examined in the dorsal decubitus or reclining position: Jack was feeling quite ill and when he was examined by his physician, a lumbar palpation was used to determine the condition of his internal organs and especially of the organ that cleans blood and removes the waste.
A condition in which the first segment of the sacrum is not fused with the second, so that there is one additional articulated vertebra and the sacrum consists of only four segments.
lumen depreciation (s) (noun)
, lumen depreciations (pl)
The gradual loss of efficacy of a lamp over time, typically caused by the loss of chemical additives in the lamp and wall darkening in the arc tube: Lumen depreciation
can be indicated by a curve depicting the pattern of decreasing lucid output.
The florescent illumination in Mildred's kitchen started to flicker, apparently because of the lumen depreciation in the tubes.
1. The time from one new moon to the next, constituting a lunar month (29.5 days).
2. The time of the full moon.