Dictionary: LOB – LOCH'AGE

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LOB, n. [W. llob, allied to lubber, looby, club, &c. Qu. G. laff.]

  1. A dull, heavy, sluggish person.
  2. Something thick and heavy; as, in lob-worm. – Walton.

LOB, v.t.

To let fall heavily or laxily. And their poor jades / Lob down their heads. – Shak.

LO'BATE, or LOB'ED, a. [from lobe.]

Consisting of lobes. In botany, divided to the middle into parts distant from each other, with convex margins. – Martyn.

LOB'BY, n. [Qu. G. laube, an arbor or bower.]

  1. An opening before a room, or an entrance into a principal apartment, where there is a considerable space between that and the portico or vestibule. – Brier.
  2. A small hall or waiting room. – Encyc.
  3. A small apartment taken from a hall or entry.
  4. In a ship, an apartment close before the captain's cabin. – Cyc.
  5. In agriculture, a confined place for cattle, formed by hedges, trees or other fencing, near the farm-yard. – Cyc.


A person who frequents the lobby of a house of legislation.

LOBE, n. [Fr. lobe; Sp. and Port. lobo; L. lobus; Gr. λοβος.]

  1. A part or division of the lungs, liver, &c.
  2. The lower soft part of the ear.
  3. A division of a simple leaf.
  4. The cotyledon or placenta of a seed.

LOB'ED, a.

Lobate, which see.


A dish for sea-faring men. – Chambers.


The popular name of Gordonia Lasyanthus, an elegant ornamental evergreen tree of the maritime parts of the southern United States. It grows to the height of 50 or 60 feet. Its bark is useful for tanning, but its wood is of little value.


The Varronia alba, a West Indian tree, about 30 feet in height, whose fruit is sometimes eaten.


A prison. – Hudibras.

LOB'STER, n. [Sax. loppestre or lopystre. The first syllable coincides with Sax. lobbe, a spider, and with loppe, a flea; probably all named from their shapes or legs. The last syllable coincides with ster, in spinster, minister.]

Astacus Gammarus, a crustaceous articulated animal, with an elongated somewhat cylindrical body and ten extremities. The six anterior extremities are furnished with a finger and a thumb which have teeth. When one of these extremities is broken off, it will be reproduced in a few weeks; But the new one is never quite as large as the old one. They change their crust annually. They inhabit the clearest water, at the foot of rocks that impend over the sea.

LOB'ULE, n. [Sp. lobulo.]

A small lobe.

LO'CAL, a. [Fr. and Sp. local; It. locale; L. localis; from locus, place, Sans. log; from the root of lay; L. loco. See Lay.]

  1. Pertaining to a place, or to a fixed or limited portion of space. We say, the local situation of the house is pleasant. We are often influenced in our opinions by local circumstances.
  2. Limited or confined to a spot, place, or definite district; as, a local custom. The yellow fever is local in its origin, and often continues for a time, to be a local disease.
  3. In law, local actions are such as must be brought in a particular county, where the muse arises; distinguished from transitory actions. – Blackstone.


The state of being local; affection for a place.


  1. Existence in a place, or in a certain portion of space. It is thought that the soul and angels are devoid of quantity and dimension, and that they have nothing to do with grosser locality. – Glanville.
  2. Limitation to a county, district or place; as, locality of trial. – Blackstone.
  3. Position; situation; place; particularly, geographical place or situation, as of a mineral or plant.

LO'CAL-IZE, v.t.

To make local.

LO'CAL-LY, adv.

With respect to place; in place; as, to be locally separated or distant.

LO'CATE, v.t. [L. loco, locatus; It. locare.]

  1. To place; to set in a particular spot or position.
  2. To select, survey and settle the bounds of a particular tract of land; or to designate a portion of land by limits; as, to locale a tract of a hundred acres in a particular township. – United States.
  3. To designate and determine the place of; as, a committee was appointed to locate a church or a court house. – New England.

LO'CA-TED, pp.

Placed; situated; fixed in place.

LO'CA-TING, ppr.

Placing; designating the place of.


  1. The act of placing, or of designating the place of.
  2. Situation with respect to place. The location of the city on a large river is favorable for commerce.
  3. That which is located; a tract of land designated in place. – United States.
  4. In the civil law, a leasing on rent.

LOCH, n.1 [Gaelic.]

A lake; a bay or arm of the sea; used in Scotland.

LOCH, n.2

Loch or lohock, is an Arabian name for the forms, of medicine called eclegmas, lambatives, linctures, and the like. – Quincy.

LOCH'AGE, n. [Gr. λοχαγος, λοχος, a body of soldiers, and αγω, to lead.]

In Greece, an officer who commanded a lochus or cohort, the number of men in which is not certainly known. – Mitford.