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Meaning of L

Pronunciation:  el, el

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the 12th letter of the Roman alphabet
  2. [n]  a cgs unit of illumination equal to the brightness of a perfectly diffusing surface that emits or reflects one lumen per square centimeter
  3. [n]  a metric unit of capacity equal to the volume of 1 kilogram of pure water at 4 degrees centigrade and 760 mm of mercury (or approximately 1.76 pints)
  4. [n]  the cardinal number that is the product of ten and five
  5. [adj]  being ten more than forty

L is a 1 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: 50, 50, cardinal, cubic decimeter, cubic decimetre, fifty, fifty, lambert, liter, litre
 See Also: alphabetic character, dal, decaliter, decalitre, deciliter, decilitre, dekaliter, dekalitre, dkl, dl, illumination unit, large integer, letter, letter of the alphabet, metric capacity unit, Roman alphabet



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \L\ ([e^]l).
    1. L is the twelfth letter of the English alphabet, and a
       vocal consonant. It is usually called a semivowel or
       liquid. Its form and value are from the Greek, through the
       Latin, the form of the Greek letter being from the
       Ph[oe]nician, and the ultimate origin prob. Egyptian.
       Etymologically, it is most closely related to r and u; as
       in pilgrim, peregrine, couch (fr. collocare), aubura (fr.
       LL. alburnus).
    Note: At the end of monosyllables containing a single vowel,
          it is often doubled, as in fall, full, bell; but not
          after digraphs, as in foul, fool, prowl, growl, foal.
          In English words, the terminating syllable le is
          unaccented, the e is silent, and l is preceded by a
          voice glide, as in able, eagle, pronounced [=a]"b'l,
          ?"g'l. See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect] 241.
    2. As a numeral, L stands for fifty in the English, as in the
       Latin language.
             For 50 the Romans used the Chalcidian chi, ?, which
             assumed the less difficult lapidary type, ?, and was
             then easily assimilated to L.         --I. Taylor
  2. \L\ ([e^]l), n.
    1. An extension at right angles to the length of a main
       building, giving to the ground plan a form resembling the
       letter L; sometimes less properly applied to a narrower,
       or lower, extension in the direction of the length of the
       main building; a wing. [Written also {ell}.]
    2. (Mech.) A short right-angled pipe fitting, used in
       connecting two pipes at right angles. [Written also
  3. \L\, a.
    1. Having the general shape of the (capital) letter L; as, an
       L beam, or L-beam.
    2. Elevated; -- a symbol for {el.} as an abbreviation of
       elevated in elevated road or railroad. -- n. An elevated
       road; as, to ride on the L. [Colloq., U. S.]
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