Dictionary: LA-TRI'A – LAUGH

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LA-TRI'A, n. [L. from Gr. λατρεια.]

The highest kind of worship, or that paid to God; distinguished by the Catholics from dulia, or the inferior worship paid to saints. – Encyc.

LA-TRO'BITE, n. [from Latrobe.]

A newly described mineral of a pale pink red color, massive or crystalized, from an isle near the Labrador coast. – Phillips.

LAT'RO-CIN-Y, n. [L. latrocinium.]

Theft; larceny. [Not in use.]

LAT'TEN, n. [Fr. leton or laiton; D. latoen; Arm. laton.]

Iron plate covered with tin. – Encyc.


Plates of milled brass reduced to different thicknesses, according to the uses they are intended for. – Encyc.

LAT'TER, a. [an irregular comparative of late.]

  1. Coming or happening after something else; opposed to former; as the former and latter rain; former or latter harvest.
  2. Mentioned the last of two. The difference between reason and revelation … and in what sense the latter is superior. – Watts.
  3. Modern; lately done or past; as, in these latter ages.

LAT'TER-LY, adv.

Of late; in time not long past; lately. – Richardson.


The latter mowing; that which is mowed after a former mowing.


  1. Consisting of cross pieces; as, lattice work.
  2. Furnished with lattice work; as, a lattice window.

LAT'TICE, n. [Fr. lattis, a covering of laths, from latte, a lath; W. cledrwy, from cledyr, a board, shingle, or rail.]

Any work of wood or iron, made by crossing laths, rods or bars, and forming open squares like net-work; as, the lattice of a window. The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice. Judg. v.

LAT'TICE, v.t.

  1. To form with cross bars, and open work.
  2. To furnish with a lattice.


Furnished with a lattice.

LAUD, n. [L. laus, laudis; W. clod; Ir. cloth; allied to Gr. κλειω, κλεος. This is from the same root as Eng. loud, G. laut, and the primary sense is to strain, to utter sound, to cry out. See Loud.]

  1. Praise; commendation; an extolling in words; honorable mention. [Little used.] – Pope.
  2. That part of divine worship which consists in praise. – Bacon.
  3. Music or singing in honor of any one.

LAUD, v.t. [L. laudo.]

To praise in words alone, or with words and singing; to celebrate. – Bentley.

LAUD'A-BLE, a. [L. laudabilis.]

  1. Praiseworthy; commendable; as, laudable motives; laudable actions.
  2. Healthy; salubrious; as, laudable juices of the body. – Arbuthnot.
  3. Healthy; well digested; as, laudable pus.


The quality of deserving praise; praiseworthiness; as, the laudableness of designs, purposes, motives or actions. [Laudability, in a like sense, has been used, but rarely.]

LAUD'A-BLY, adv.

In a manner deserving praise.

LAUD'A-NUM, n. [a contraction of laudandum, from L. laudo, to praise.]

Opium prepared in spirit or wine; tincture of opium. – Coxe.


Praise; commendation.

LAUD'A-TIVE, n. [L. laudativus.]

A panegyric; an eulogy. [Little used.] Bacon.


Containing praise; tending to praise.


That which contains praise. – Milton.


One who praises.

LAUD'ING, ppr.

Praising; celebrating.

LAUGH, n. [l'aff.]

An expression of mirth peculiar to the human species. But feigns a laugh, to see me search around, / And by that laugh the willing fair is found. – Pope.