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  • leaf scald (plant disease)

    sugarcane: Diseases: Leaf scald is a vascular disease caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas albilineans, characterized by creamy or grayish streaking and later withering of the leaves. Eyespot, characterized by yellowish oval lesions on leaves and stems, is a disease caused by the fungus Helminthosporium sacchari. Epidemics of…

  • leaf scar (plant anatomy)

    leaf: …closes the wound, leaving the leaf scar, a prominent feature in many winter twigs and an aid in identification.

  • leaf shutter (photography)

    shutter: The leaf shutter, positioned between or just behind the lens components, consists of a number of overlapping metal blades opened and closed either by spring action or electronically. The focal-plane shutter, located directly in front of the image plane, consists of a pair of overlapping blinds…

  • leaf spring (mechanics)

    spring: The leaf spring is used mainly for vehicle suspension and in one form consists of a stack of slightly curved narrow plates of equal width and varying length clamped together, with the shorter plates in the centre to form a semielliptical shape. The ends of the…

  • Leaf Storm, The (work by García Márquez)

    Gabriel García Márquez: Works: …two novels, La hojarasca (1955; The Leaf Storm) and La mala hora (1962; In Evil Hour); a novella, El coronel no tiene quien le escriba (1961; No One Writes to the Colonel); and a few short stories. Then came One Hundred Years of Solitude, in which García Márquez tells the…

  • leaf trace (plant anatomy)

    angiosperm: Stems: …base of the leaf as leaf traces, connecting the vascular system of the stem with that of the leaf. The point at which the stem bundle diverges from the vascular cylinder toward the leaf is a leaf gap, called a lacuna. The number of lacunae varies among angiosperm groups and…

  • leaf-chinned bat (bat family)

    bat: Annotated classification: Family Mormoopidae (leaf-chinned bats) 10 small species in 2 genera of tropical Central and South America. Some walk. All lack nose leaf but have elaborate lip leaves. Tail and interfemoral membrane well developed. Colour ranges from brown through orange, red, and yellow. Feed on flying insects. Densely…

  • leaf-cutter ant (insect tribe)

    Leafcutter ant, (tribe Attini), any of 39 ant species abundant in the American tropics, easily recognized by their foraging columns composed of hundreds or thousands of ants carrying small pieces of leaves. These moving trails of cut foliage often stretch over 30 metres (100 feet) across the forest

  • leaf-cutter bee (insect)

    Leaf-cutter bee, (family Megachilidae), any of a group of bees (order Hymenoptera), particularly genus Megachile, that differ from most other bees in that they collect pollen on their abdomens rather than on their hind legs. The solitary female, after mating, makes a nest in soil, a hollow plant

  • leaf-cutting bee (insect)

    Leaf-cutter bee, (family Megachilidae), any of a group of bees (order Hymenoptera), particularly genus Megachile, that differ from most other bees in that they collect pollen on their abdomens rather than on their hind legs. The solitary female, after mating, makes a nest in soil, a hollow plant

  • leaf-footed bug (insect)

    Coreid bug, (family Coreidae), any of 2,000 widely distributed species of bugs (order Heteroptera), many of which are important plant pests. Coreid bugs are large, usually more than 10 mm (0.4 inch) in length. They occur in a wide range of environments and vary in size, shape, and colour. Their

  • leaf-nosed bat (mammal)

    Leaf-nosed bat, any of almost 250 species of New World and Old World bats belonging to the families Phyllostomidae and Hipposideridae that have a flat projection on the muzzle that often resembles a leaf. The purpose of the leaf structure is not known for certain, but it may aid in echolocation.

  • leaf-nosed snake (reptile)

    Leaf-nosed snake, any of four species of small burrowing snakes of the family Colubridae that have the nose shield enlarged and flattened, with free edges. Several subspecies of each also exist. The two members of the genus Phyllorhynchus are found in creosote-bush deserts of the southwestern

  • leaf-rolling grasshopper (insect)

    Leaf-rolling grasshopper, any of a group of insects in the subfamily Gryllacridinae (order Orthoptera) that are wingless or nearly wingless, have long cerci and antennae, and appear somewhat humpbacked. The leaf-rolling grasshoppers are closely related to raspy crickets, which are also in subfamily

  • leaf-rolling weevil (insect)

    Leaf-rolling weevil, (family Attelabidae), any member of a subgroup of the weevil family, Curculionidae (insect order Coleoptera) whose females protect newly laid eggs by rolling them up inside a growing leaf. After hatching, the larvae eat the leaf from within. Adults are generally small (3–6 mm

  • leaf-skin theory (botany)

    Edith Rebecca Saunders: …to her development of the leaf-skin theory, according to which the base of each leaf on a stem extends down to form a mosaic covering, or skin, along the stem axis, as well as to her theory of carpel polymorphism, which attempted to explain the variations she observed in plant…

  • leafbird (bird)

    Leafbird, (genus Chloropsis), any of about 10 species of short-legged, grass-green birds (family Irenidae, order Passeriformes) from Southeast Asia and the Philippines. Some authorities place the leafbird in the bulbul family (Pycnonotidae). Leafbirds are about 17 to 20 cm (6.5 to 8 inches) long.

  • leafcutter ant (insect tribe)

    Leafcutter ant, (tribe Attini), any of 39 ant species abundant in the American tropics, easily recognized by their foraging columns composed of hundreds or thousands of ants carrying small pieces of leaves. These moving trails of cut foliage often stretch over 30 metres (100 feet) across the forest

  • leafcutter moth (insect)

    lepidopteran: Annotated classification: Family Incurvariidae (fairy, or leafcutter, moths) Approximately 100 species worldwide; many are small brilliantly coloured diurnal flower visitors; male antennae often several times as long as forewings; mutualistic relationships of the yucca moths (Prodoxinae) with their food plants are notable as an example of coevolution; family sometimes…

  • leafhopper (insect)

    Leafhopper, any of the small, slender, often beautifully coloured and marked sap-sucking insects of the large family Cicadellidae (Jassidae) of the order Homoptera. They are found on almost all types of plants; however, individual species are host-specific. Although a single leafhopper does no

  • leaflet (plant anatomy)

    angiosperm: Leaves: …two or more subunits called leaflets: in palmately compound leaves, the leaflets radiate from a single point at the distal end of the petiole; in pinnately compound leaves, a row of leaflets forms on either side of an extension of the petiole called the rachis. Some pinnately compound leaves branch…

  • leaflet (literature)

    Pamphlet, brief booklet; in the UNESCO definition, it is an unbound publication that is not a periodical and contains no fewer than 5 and no more than 48 pages, exclusive of any cover. After the invention of printing, short unbound or loosely bound booklets were called pamphlets. Since polemical

  • leafy cactus (plant)

    Pereskia: Leafy cactus (P. aculeata), also known as Barbados gooseberry, is cultivated extensively for hedges and for its orange edible fruit. Both P. bleo and P. grandifolia have been used in traditional medicine and show some anticancer potential, though additional studies are needed.

  • leafy liverwort (plant)

    Leafy liverwort, (order Jungermanniales), order of numerous species of liverworts (division Marchantiophyta), in which the plant body is prostrate and extends horizontally in leaflike form with an upper and lower surface. The greatest number and variety of leafy liverworts are found in tropical

  • leafy spurge (plant anatomy)

    spurge: …and eastern United States; the leafy spurge (E. escula), naturalized from Europe in the northern United States and adjacent Canada; spotted spurge (E. maculata); prostrate spurge and the related European petty spurge (E. peplus); and sun spurge (E. helioscopia).

  • leafy thallus (biology)

    lichen: Foliose lichens are large and leafy, reaching diameters of several feet in some species, and are usually attached to the substrate by their large platelike thalli at the centre. In addition to their morphological forms, lichen thalli are also classified by the ratio of phycobiont…

  • league (measurement)

    League, any of several European units of measurement ranging from 2.4 to 4.6 statute miles (3.9 to 7.4 km). In English-speaking countries the land league is generally accepted as 3 statute miles (4.83 km), although varying lengths from 7,500 feet to 15,000 feet (2.29 to 4.57 km) were sometimes

  • League of Augsburg, War of the (European history)

    War of the Grand Alliance, (1689–97), the third major war of Louis XIV of France, in which his expansionist plans were blocked by an alliance led by England, the United Provinces of the Netherlands, and the Austrian Habsburgs. The deeper issue underlying the war was the balance of power between the

  • League of Communists (political party, Yugoslavia)

    fascism: Serbia: Slobodan Milo?evi?, leader of the Socialist Party of Serbia (Socijalisticka Partija Srbije; SPS), the campaigns in Croatia and Bosnia were undertaken in part to bolster Milo?evi?’s image as a staunch nationalist and to consolidate his power at the expense of Vojislav Seselj’s Serbian Radical Party (Srpska Radikalna Stranka; SRS), then…

  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The (comic book by Moore)

    America's Best Comics: …with the unlikely runaway hit The League of Extraordinary Gentleman (with artist Kevin O’Neill), in which a gamut of literary characters—from Dracula’s Mina Harker to the Invisible Man—inhabit an alternate Victorian age. The book sparked interest in the steampunk genre (a variation of cyberpunk that looked to the past instead…

  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The (film by Norrington [2003])

    Sean Connery: …(2003) of the comic-book series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, though he went on to perform various voice roles.

  • League of Gentlemen, The (film by Dearden [1960])

    The League of Gentlemen, British crime film, released in 1960, that defined the genre in its day, despite its grounding in humour. It was based on the novel of the same name by John Boland. Jack Hawkins played a disgruntled ex-army colonel who recruits a group of disheartened, money-hungry former

  • League of Nations Passport (travel document)

    Fridtjof Nansen: Statesman and humanitarian: …displaced persons known as the “Nansen passport.” In 1931 the Nansen International Office for Refugees was created in Geneva (after Nansen’s death); it cared mainly for anticommunist (“White”) Russians, for Armenians from Turkey, and, later, for Jews from Nazi Germany.

  • League of Their Own, A (film by Marshall [1992])

    Dorothy Kamenshek: …her teammates inspired the film A League of Their Own (1992).

  • League of Three Emperors (European history)

    Dreikaiserbund, an alliance in the latter part of the 19th century of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Russia, devised by German chancellor Otto von Bismarck. It aimed at neutralizing the rivalry between Germany’s two neighbours by an agreement over their respective spheres of influence in the Balkans

  • League, the (political party, Italy)

    Umberto Bossi: …was leader (1991–2012) of the Northern League (Lega Nord) party.

  • Leah (biblical figure)

    Leah, in the Old Testament (primarily in Genesis), first wife of Jacob (later Israel) and the traditional ancestor of five of the 12 tribes of Israel. Leah was the mother of six of Jacob’s sons: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun, and Judah; Judah was the ancestor of King David and, a

  • Leahi (cape, Hawaii, United States)

    Diamond Head, cape and celebrated landmark, Honolulu county, southeastern Oahu island, Hawaii, U.S. It lies at the southern edge of Waikiki. An extinct volcanic crater and tuff cone, Diamond Head was the site of a luakini heiau, an ancient ceremonial structure dedicated to the war god and used by

  • Leahi Point (peak, Hawaii, United States)

    Diamond Head: Leahi Point, located on the western slope, is its highest spot, rising to 760 feet (232 metres). A trail to the summit for military observation was constructed in 1910; it is now a popular tourist destination because of its panoramic views of Honolulu and the…

  • Leahy Mall (business complex, Omaha, Nebraska, United States)

    Omaha: The contemporary city: The Leahy Mall and the fountain were part of a massive modernization project of the downtown and the riverfront that began in the 1970s. Changes in the riverfront landscape since 2002 include the addition of the Qwest Center, a convention hall and arena; a river walk;…

  • Leahy, Francis William (American football coach)

    Frank Leahy, American college gridiron football coach whose teams at the University of Notre Dame won 87 games, lost 11, and tied 9. His career winning percentage of .864 (107–13–9) ranks second in the history of first-division college football to that of Knute Rockne, a predecessor at Notre Dame.

  • Leahy, Frank (American football coach)

    Frank Leahy, American college gridiron football coach whose teams at the University of Notre Dame won 87 games, lost 11, and tied 9. His career winning percentage of .864 (107–13–9) ranks second in the history of first-division college football to that of Knute Rockne, a predecessor at Notre Dame.

  • Leahy, Patrick (United States senator)

    Patrick Leahy, American politician who was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 1974 and began representing Vermont the following year. Leahy, who was born blind in one eye, graduated from Saint Michael’s College in 1961. The following year he married Marcelle Pomerleau, and the couple later

  • Leahy, Patrick Joseph (United States senator)

    Patrick Leahy, American politician who was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 1974 and began representing Vermont the following year. Leahy, who was born blind in one eye, graduated from Saint Michael’s College in 1961. The following year he married Marcelle Pomerleau, and the couple later

  • Leahy, William Daniel (United States admiral and politician)

    William Daniel Leahy, American naval officer who served as personal chief of staff to President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II. Leahy graduated from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, in 1897 and was assigned as midshipman to the battleship Oregon. He was aboard that

  • Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (United States [2011])

    Patrick Leahy: Lamar Smith, he cowrote the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (2011), which was called the most significant reform of U.S. patent law in the modern era; it established priority for inventions by filing date rather than by first demonstration. In addition, Leahy propounded legislation that protected data and intellectual property. As…

  • leakage (vacuum technology)

    mass spectrometry: Leak detection: A widely used commercial device designed to locate leaks in vacuum systems consists of a small mass spectrometer with an electron-bombardment ion source that is connected to the troubled system. The mass spectrometer is set to detect helium, and the gas is played…

  • Leake, Bernard E. (British mineralogist)

    amphibole: General considerations: …according to the British mineralogist Bernard E. Leake. Because of the wide range of chemical substitutions permissible in the crystal structure, amphiboles can crystallize in igneous and metamorphic rocks with a wide range of bulk chemistries. Typically amphiboles form as long prismatic crystals, radiating sprays, and asbestiform (fibrous) aggregates; however,…

  • Leake, Treaty of (English history)

    Thomas, 2nd earl of Lancaster: …grouping that by the compromise Treaty of Leake (1318) effected a formal reconciliation between him and the king. The rise of Hugh Le Despenser the Elder and Hugh Le Despenser the Younger as royal favourites by 1318 renewed Lancaster’s quarrel with Edward, who, after their banishment in 1321, took up…

  • Leake, William Martin (British army officer, topographer, and antiquary)

    William Martin Leake, British army officer, topographer, and antiquary whose surveys of ancient Greek sites were valuable for their accurate observation and helped lay the foundation for subsequent, more detailed description and excavation. Sent to assist the Turks against possible French attack

  • Leakey, Louis (Kenyan archaeologist and anthropologist)

    Louis Leakey, Kenyan archaeologist and anthropologist whose fossil discoveries in East Africa proved that human beings were far older than had previously been believed and that human evolution was centred in Africa, rather than in Asia, as earlier discoveries had suggested. Leakey was also noted

  • Leakey, Louis S. B. (Kenyan archaeologist and anthropologist)

    Louis Leakey, Kenyan archaeologist and anthropologist whose fossil discoveries in East Africa proved that human beings were far older than had previously been believed and that human evolution was centred in Africa, rather than in Asia, as earlier discoveries had suggested. Leakey was also noted

  • Leakey, Louis Seymour Bazett (Kenyan archaeologist and anthropologist)

    Louis Leakey, Kenyan archaeologist and anthropologist whose fossil discoveries in East Africa proved that human beings were far older than had previously been believed and that human evolution was centred in Africa, rather than in Asia, as earlier discoveries had suggested. Leakey was also noted

  • Leakey, Mary Douglas (Kenyan archaeologist)

    Mary Douglas Leakey, English-born archaeologist and paleoanthropologist who made several fossil finds of great importance in the understanding of human evolution. Her early finds were interpreted and publicized by her husband, the noted anthropologist Louis S.B. Leakey. As a girl, Mary exhibited a

  • Leakey, Meave G. (British paleoanthropologist)

    Meave G. Leakey, British paleoanthropologist who was part of a family that gained renown for decades of pioneering hominin research in eastern Africa. As a college student, Epps planned to be a marine zoologist, and she earned a B.S. in zoology and marine zoology from the University of North Wales,

  • Leakey, Richard (Kenyan anthropologist, government official, and paleontologist)

    Richard Leakey, Kenyan anthropologist, conservationist, and political figure who was responsible for extensive fossil finds related to human evolution and who campaigned publicly for responsible management of the environment in East Africa. The son of noted anthropologists Louis S.B. Leakey and

  • Leakey, Richard Erskine Frere (Kenyan anthropologist, government official, and paleontologist)

    Richard Leakey, Kenyan anthropologist, conservationist, and political figure who was responsible for extensive fossil finds related to human evolution and who campaigned publicly for responsible management of the environment in East Africa. The son of noted anthropologists Louis S.B. Leakey and

  • leaky mutation (genetics)

    heredity: Mechanisms of mutation: Less-severe mutations are called “leaky” mutations because some normal function still “leaks through” into the phenotype.

  • leaky transform fault

    transform fault: …fracture zone is labeled a leaky transform fault. South of New Zealand, between it and the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge, a component of shortening is occurring across a transform called the Macquarie Ridge. There subduction may be taking place at a slow rate.

  • Leal, António Duarte Gomes (Portuguese author)

    Portuguese literature: Poetry: Akin to him was António Duarte Gomes Leal, author of Claridades do sul (1875; “Clarities of the South”) and O Anti-Cristo (1884; “The Anti-Christ”), who could likewise achieve quiet sincerity when dealing with humble themes.

  • Leal, Juan de Nisa Valdés (Spanish artist)

    Juan de Nisa Valdés Leal, painter, president of the Sevilla (Seville) Academy, and the major figure in Sevillian painting for many years, known for his dramatic, inventive, and often violent paintings. His father was Portuguese, and Valdés Leal was educated in Córdoba under the guidance of Antonio

  • Leamas, Alec (fictional character)

    John le Carré: …Cold (1963), which centred on Alec Leamas, an aging British intelligence agent ordered to discredit an East German official. Unlike the usual glamorous spies of fiction, Leamas is a lonely and alienated man, without a respectable career or a place in society. Immensely popular, the book was adapted into a…

  • Leamington Spa (England, United Kingdom)

    Royal Leamington Spa, town and urban area (from 2011 built-up area), Warwick district, administrative and historic county of Warwickshire, central England. It lies along the River Leam, which is a tributary of the River Avon (Upper Avon). Historically, an ancient tree—the Midland Oak, 2 miles (3

  • Lean Aerospace Initiative (American consortium)

    aerospace industry: Lean manufacturing: …that effort was established the Lean Aerospace Initiative, a consortium of 20 companies and several government agencies. With federal funding, the participating firms undertook pilot programs, some of which led to the incorporation of commercial lean manufacturing practices in the manufacture of defense products. Although these changes have produced major…

  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (work by Sandberg)

    Sheryl Sandberg: Sandberg articulated her philosophy in Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (2013); the book was published in concert with the launch of Lean In, an education and community-building organization for women in business. Though Sandberg’s advocacy was generally well received, some critics noted that her experience and…

  • Lean Lands, The (work by Yá?ez)

    Agustín Yá?ez: Las tierras flacas (1962; The Lean Lands) shows the effect of industrialization on a peasant society. Tres cuentos (1964; “Three Stories”) and Los sentidos al aire (1964; “The Ways the Wind Blows”), short-story collections, deal with man’s attempt to come to grips with time and space. His Obras escogidas…

  • lean manufacturing (manufacturing method)

    aerospace industry: Lean manufacturing: Consistent with improving the economics of aerospace vehicles is the transition to a new paradigm for the entire industry, from concept development to operations. This approach involves all processes pertaining to the acquisition, design, development, and manufacturing of a product or system and…

  • lean oil

    natural gas: Recovery of hydrocarbon liquids: …with a liquid hydrocarbon, called lean oil, in an absorber column, where heavier components in the gas are absorbed in the lean oil. The bulk of the gas is discharged from the top of the absorber as residue gas (usually containing 95 percent methane) for subsequent treatment to remove sulfur…

  • Lean on Me (film by Avildsen [1989])

    John G. Avildsen: …disappeared without a trace, but Lean on Me (1989), an inspirational biopic based on the exploits of New Jersey school principal Joe Clark (Morgan Freeman), was a hit. The Karate Kid, Part III (1989), Rocky V (1990), and The Power of One (1992) were all sports-themed, as was the little-seen…

  • Lean, David (British director and cinematographer)

    David Lean, British film director whose literate epic productions featured spectacular cinematography and stunning locales. Lean was the son of strict Quaker parents and did not see his first film until age 17. He began his film career in 1928 as a teaboy for Gaumont-British studios, where he soon

  • Lean, Sir David (British director and cinematographer)

    David Lean, British film director whose literate epic productions featured spectacular cinematography and stunning locales. Lean was the son of strict Quaker parents and did not see his first film until age 17. He began his film career in 1928 as a teaboy for Gaumont-British studios, where he soon

  • lean-to greenhouse (construction)

    greenhouse: …or A-shaped, roof, and the lean-to greenhouse, which has only one roof slope and leans against the side of a building. Two or more span-type greenhouses are sometimes joined side by side so that they have fewer external walls, and heating costs are consequently less. A greenhouse has a large…

  • lean-to roof (construction)

    saltbox: …of the hall into a lean-to constructed at the back of the house. The pitched roof was then extended downward over the new kitchen, creating the characteristic long-in-back silhouette that gave the house its name. Late in the 17th century the lean-to was often included as part of the original…

  • Leanc?, Iurie (prime minister of Moldova)

    Moldova: Independent Moldova: …April 2013 by political ally Iurie Leanc?, and Leanc? continued the country’s pivot toward the West. Russia responded by closing its borders to Moldovan wine exports and threatening to disrupt the flow of Russian natural gas. When Russia forcibly annexed the Ukrainian autonomous republic of Crimea in March 2014, tensions…

  • Leander (Greek mythology)

    Hero and Leander: …seen at a festival by Leander of Abydos; they fell in love, and he swam the Hellespont at night to visit her, guided by a light from her tower. One stormy night the light was extinguished, and Leander was drowned; Hero, seeing his body, drowned herself likewise.

  • Leander, Saint (archbishop of Sevilla)

    St. Isidore of Sevilla: Leander as archbishop of Sevilla (Seville) about 600, during a time when the Spanish church witnessed numerous councils, one of the greatest being the fourth Council of Toledo (633). Isidore headed this council, which, among other politico-religious matters, decreed union between church and state, toleration…

  • Leandro (Brazilian singer)

    Leandro (José Luiz Costa), Brazilian singer who, as half of the brother team Leandro and Leonardo, helped popularize sertanejo (country music) in Brazil and inspired the use of cowboys as an advertising image; his adoration was such that his death was publicly mourned throughout the country (b.

  • Leane (lake, Killarney, Ireland)

    Killarney: …lakes are Lough Leane (Lower Lake), Muckross (Middle) Lake, and Upper Lake. Lower Lake is the northernmost and, covering about 5,000 acres (2,023 hectares), is the largest of the Killarney lakes. Lower Lake’s 30 islands include Innisfallen, with a 9th-century abbey. Lower Lake is separated from Muckross Lake by…

  • leaning note (music)

    Appoggiatura, (from Italian appoggiare, “to lean”), in music, an ornamental note of long or short duration that temporarily displaces, and subsequently resolves into, a main note, usually by stepwise motion. During the Renaissance and early Baroque, the appoggiatura was of moderate length,

  • Leaning Tower of Pisa (tower, Pisa, Italy)

    Leaning Tower of Pisa, medieval structure in Pisa, Italy, that is famous for the settling of its foundations, which caused it to lean 5.5 degrees (about 15 feet [4.5 metres]) from the perpendicular in the late 20th century. Extensive work was subsequently done to straighten the tower, and its lean

  • Leap into the Void (work by Klein)

    Yves Klein: For Leap into the Void (1960) he staged a photograph showing the artist leaping, arms spread, from a building. Capturing the artist suspended in space, the photograph appears to show him levitating by his own spiritual power. Klein died at age 34, but the variety of…

  • Leap of Faith (film by Pearce [1992])

    Steve Martin: Story (1991), and Leap of Faith (1992), and he maintained his popular appeal in such films as Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Roxanne (1987), Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), Parenthood (1989), Father of the Bride

  • leap of faith (religion)

    Christianity: Faith and reason: …in his idea of the leap of faith. He believed that without risk there is no faith, and that the greater the risk the greater the faith. Faith is thus a passionate commitment, not based upon reason but inwardly necessitated, to that which can be grasped in no other way.

  • Leap Year (film by Rowe [2010])

    Amy Adams: …appeared in the romantic comedy Leap Year (2010) and in The Fighter (2010), a drama in which she played against type as the street-smart girlfriend of an up-and-coming boxer. For the latter role, she received her third Academy Award nomination. In 2011 Adams acted alongside Kermit the Frog and Miss…

  • leap year (calendar)

    Leap year, year containing some intercalary period, especially a Gregorian year having a 29th day of February instead of the standard 28 days. The astronomical year, the time taken for the Earth to complete its orbit around the Sun, is about 365.242 days, or, to a first approximation, 365.25 days.

  • leaping (form of locomotion)

    locomotion: Saltation: The locomotor pattern of saltation (hopping) is confined mainly to kangaroos, anurans (tailless amphibians), rabbits, and some groups of rodents in the vertebrates and to a number of insect families in the arthropods. All saltatory animals have hind legs that are approximately twice as…

  • leaping bonito (fish)

    bonito: The leaping bonito (Cybiosarda elegans) is a related Indo-Pacific food and sport fish. The oceanic bonito is the skipjack tuna (see tuna).

  • leaping ill (animal disease)

    Louping ill, viral disease mainly of sheep, causing inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. It is transmitted by bites of the castor-bean tick, species Ixodes ricinus. The disease is most common in northern England and Scotland and is called louping (or leaping) ill because infected sheep leap a

  • Leaping Lad, The (work by Chaplin)

    Sid Chaplin: The Leaping Lad (1946; rev. ed., 1970), a collection of short stories about the Durham mining community, established Chaplin as a talented regional writer. His next novel, The Thin Seam (1950), was another acutely observed portrait of coal-mining life, and The Day of the Sardine…

  • leaping lemur (primate family)

    Indridae, family of arboreal Madagascan primates. See avahi; indri;

  • Leapor, Mary (British poet)

    English literature: Poets and poetry after Pope: …later in the century include Mary Leapor, a Northhamptonshire kitchen servant who was also a witty verse satirist, celebrated by contemporaries only after her early death. Much admired in their own lifetimes were Anna Seward and Hannah More, both of whom wrote much miscellaneous prose as well as poetry, and…

  • leapsa (game)

    Tag, children’s game in which, in its simplest form, the player who is “it” chases the other players, trying to touch one of them, thereby making that person “it.” The game is known by many names, such as leapsa in Romania and kynigito in parts of modern Greece. In some variants the children

  • Lear (legendary English king)

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