Dictionary: LUX'A-TING – LY'ING

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LUX'A-TING, ppr.

Removing or forcing out of its place, as a joint; dislocating.


  1. The act of moving or forcing a joint from its proper place or articulation; or the state of being thus put out of joint.
  2. A dislocation; that which is dislocated.

LUXE, n.

Luxury. [Not used.]

LUX-U'RI-ANCE, or LUX-U'RI-AN-CY, n. [L. luxurians, luxurio, to grow rank, or to wanton.]

  1. Rank growth; strong, vigorous growth; exuberance. Flowers grow up in the garden with the greatest luxuriancy and profusion. – Spectator.
  2. Excessive or superfluous growth. A fungus prevents healing only by its luxuriancy. – Wiseman.


  1. Exuberant in growth; abundant; as, a luxuriant growth of grass.
  2. Exuberant in plenty; superfluous in abundance. Prune the luxuriant, the uncouth retine. – Pope.
  3. A luxuriant flower multiplies the covers of the fructification so as to destroy the essential parts. – Martyn.


With exuberant growths.

LUX-U'RI-ATE, v.i.

To grow exuberantly, or to grow to superfluous abundance.


The process of growing exuberantly, or beyond the natural growth. – Lee.

LUX-U'RI-OUS, a. [Fr. luxurieux; L. luxuriosus, from luxo, to loosen; luxor, to riot.]

  1. Voluptuous; indulging freely or excessively in the pleasures of the table, the gratification of appetite, or in rich and expensive, dress and equipage; as, a luxurious life; luxurious cities.
  2. Administering to luxury; contributing to free or extravagant indulgence in diet, dress and equipage; as, luxurious wealth. – Milton.
  3. Furnished with luxuries; as, a luxurious table.
  4. Softening by pleasure, or free indulgence in luxury; as, luxurious ease.
  5. Lustful; libidinous; given to the gratification of lust; as, a luxurious bed. – Shak.
  6. Luxuriant; exuberant. The work under our labor grows / Luxurious by restraint. [Not used.] – Milton.


In abundance of rich diet, dress or equipage; deliciously; voluptuously. – Dryden.


State of abounding with luxuries, or of living in the enjoyment of rich abundance.


One given to luxury. – Temple.

LUX'U-RY, n. [L. luxuria, from luxo, to loosen.]

  1. A free or extravagant indulgence in the pleasures of the table, as in rich and expensive diet, or delicious food and liquors; voluptuousness in the gratification of appetite; or the free indulgence in costly dress and equipage. Riches expose a man to pride and luxury. – Spectator.
  2. That which gratifies a nice and fastidious appetite; a dainty; any delicious food or drink. The canvas-back duck is a luxury for an epicure.
  3. Any thing delightful to the senses. He cut the side of a rock for a garden, and by laying on it earth, furnished a kind of luxury for a hermit. – Addison.
  4. Lust; lewd desire. [Not now used.] – Shak.
  5. Luxuriance; exuberance of growth. [Not now used.] Bacon.

LY, a. [-ly.]

A termination of adjectives, is a contraction of Sax. lic, G. lich, D. lyk; Dan. lige, Sw. lik, Eng. like; as in lovely, manly, that is, love-like, man-like. As the termination of names, ly signifies field or plain, Sax. leag, Eng. lay, lea or ley, L. locus.

LY'AM, n.

A leash for holding a hound. – Dryden.

LY-CAN'THRO-PY, n. [Gr. λυκανθρωπια; λυκος, a wolf, and ανθρωπος, man.]

A kind of erratic melancholy. – Care.

LY-CE'UM, n. [Gr. λυκειον.]

  1. In Greece, a place near the river Illisus, where Aristotle taught philosophy.
  2. A house or apartment appropriated to instruction by lectures or disquisitions.
  3. An association of men for literary improvement.

LYC-O-PO-DI-A'CEAE, n. [plur.]

A family of moss-like plants, but which differ materially from the true mosses. They are sometimes termed Club-Mosses.


A fine yellow powder, the seed of the club moss. When thrown into a flame it burns with flash.


A Baltic fish resembling a herring.

LYD'I-AN, a. [from Lydia.]

Noting a kind of soft slow music anciently in vogue. – Milton. Lydian stone, flinty slate. – Ure.

LYE, n. [Sax. leah; G. lauge; D. loog; Arm. ligeou or lichou; Sp. lexia; Fr. lessive; L. lix, whence lixivium. It coincides with Sax. loge, water; Ant. L. lixa, whence Lugdunum, Leyden, Lyons, that is, Water-town.]

Water impregnated with alkaline salt imbibed from the ashes of wood.

LYE, n.

A falsehood. [See Lie.]

LY'ING, ppr.1 [of lie.]

Being prostrate. [See Lie.] Lying in, being in childbirth. #2. n. The act of bearing a child. Lying to, in navigation, the state of a ship when the sails are so disposed as to counteract each other.

LY'ING, ppr.2 [of lie.]

Telling falsehood.