Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Lexicon: labor – ladder
labor (-s), n. [OFr labor; NW says L. < labo, to fail.] (webplay: childbirth, day, done, exactness, great, life, look, play, right, strive, sweet, wish, work).
- Calling; mission; endeavor; purpose.
- Work; travail; arduous effort; physical exertion; (see Exodus 20:9).
- Industry; diligent activity; [fig.] buzzing; flying; pollen-gathering.
- Sacrifice; exercise; discipline; restraint; rigor; ordeal; effort to control oneself.
- Task; chore; housekeeping.
labor (-ed, -eth, -ing), v. [Fr. labourer.] (webplay: act, come, hill, journey, lands, little, sea, six, strive, till).
Work; struggle; exert energy; put forth an effort; [fig.] accept death.
laborious, adj. [Fr. laborieux.] (webplay: day).
Busy; tireless; diligent; industrious; hard-working.
lace (-s), n. [OFr las, laz, net, noose, snare.]
Netting; gauze; needlework; intricate tissue; point-work fabric; delicate white material; fine threads woven together in a dainty pattern; decorative adornment of fibers in women's apparel, especially for a bride.
lacerating, verbal adj. [L. lacerāre.]
Cutting; tearing; mangling; [fig.] jangling; discordant; cacophonous; unpleasantly noisy.
lack, n. [ME lac, deficiency, fault, blame.] (webplay: God, little).
Absence; want; desire; being without.
lack (-ed), v. [see lack, n.] (webplay: ask, blame, little).
- Need; want; be without something.
- Phrase. “Lack of”: need; be without; be in need of.
laconic, adj. [Gk < L. Lacōnicus, of or pertaining to Laconia.]
Brief; concise; to the point; after the manner of the Spartans or Laconians; [fig.] severe; drastic; unsparing.
lad (-s), n. [ME ladde.] (webplay: boy).
Boy; youthful male.
ladder (-s, -'s), n. [OE hlædder.] (webplay: leader).
- Exit frame; means to get out.
- Access structure; tiers of ascent.
- Climbing aid; apparatus with rungs for stepping up and down.