Dictionary: LIN'GUAL – LINT'EL

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LIN'GUAL, a. [L. lingua, the tongue.]

Pertaining to the tongue; as, the lingual nerves, the ninth pair, which go to the tongue; the lingual muscle, or muscle of the tongue.

LIN'GUI-FORM, a. [L. lingua and form.]

Having the form or shape of the tongue. – Martyn.

LIN'GUIST, n. [L. lingua, the tongue.]

A person skilled in languages; usually applied to a person well versed in the languages taught in colleges, Greek, Latin, and Hebrew. – Milton.


Relating to linguistics, or to the affinities of languages. – Gliddon.


The science of languages, or of the origin, signification, and application of words.

LIN'GU-LATE, a. [L. lingulatus, from lingua, tongue.]

Shaped like the tongue or a strap. [But ligulate is more generally used.] – Martyn.


An herb.

LIN'GY, a.

  1. Tall; limber; flexible.
  2. Active; strong; able to bear fatigue. – Brockett.

LIN'I-MENT, n. [Fr. from L. linimentum, from linio, lino, to anoint.]

A species of soft ointment; a composition of a consistence somewhat thinner than an unguent, but thicker than oil. – Encyc.


  1. The inner covering of any thing, as of a garment or a box. The pleura is called the lining of the thorax.
  2. That which is within. – Shak.

LIN'ING, ppr. [See Line.]

Covering on the inside, as a garment.

LINK, n.1 [G. gelenk, a joint, a ring, a swivel, a link, and as an adjective, flexible, limber, from lenken, to bend; Dan. lenke, a chain.]

  1. A single ring or division of a chain.
  2. Any thing doubled and closed like a link; as, a link of horse hair. – Mortimer.
  3. A chain; any thing connecting. And love, the common link, the new creation crowned. – Dryden.
  4. Any single, constituent part of a connected series. This argument is a link in the chain of reasoning.
  5. A series; a chain.

LINK, n.2 [Gr. λυχνος, L. lychnus, a lamp or candle, coinciding in elements with light.]

A torch made of tow or hards, &c., and pitch. – Shak. Dryden.

LINK, v.i.

To be connected. – Burke.

LINK, v.t.

  1. To complicate. – Johnson.
  2. To unite or connect by something intervening or in other manner. Link towns to towns by avenues of oak. – Pope. And creature, link'd to creature, man to man. – Pope.


A boy or man that carries a link or torch to light passengers. – More. Gray.

LINK'ED, pp.

United; connected.

LINK'ING, ppr.

Uniting; connecting.


Pertaining to Linnæus the botanist of Sweden.

LIN'NET, n. [Fr. linot; W. llinos, from llên, flax, and called also in W. adern y llin, flax-bird; Sax. linetwege. So in L. carduelis, from carduus, a thistle.]

A small singing bird of the genus Fringilla.



Made of linen and wool; hence, vile; mean; of different and unsuitable parts. – Johnson.

LIN'STOCK, n. [lint and stock.]

A pointed staff with a crotch or fork at one end, to hold a lighted match; used in firing cannon. It may be stuck in the ground or in the deck of a ship. – Encyc.

LINT, n. [Sax. linet, L. linteum, linteus, from linum, flax.]

Flax; but more generally, linen scraped into a soft substance, and used for dressing wounds and sores.

LINT'EL, n. [Fr. linteau; Sp. lintel or dintel.]

The head-piece of a door-frame or window-frame; the part of the frame that lies on the side-pieces. – Exod. xii.