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l

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noun \ˈel\

Simple Definition of l

  • : the twelfth letter of the English alphabet

  • : the Roman numeral that means 50

Full Definition of l

plural l's or ls play \ˈelz\

  1. 1 a :  the 12th letter of the English alphabet b :  a graphic representation of this letter c :  a speech counterpart of orthographic l

  2. 2 :  fifty — see number table

  3. 3 :  a graphic device for reproducing the letter l

  4. 4 :  one designated l especially as the 12th in order or class

  5. 5 :  something shaped like the letter L; specifically :  2ell 1

  6. 6 :  2el

Examples of l

  1. a word that starts with an l

  2. a word that starts with l



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of l

before 12th century

Other Alphabet Terms


2

l

abbreviation

Definition of l

  1. 1 lady

  2. 2 lake

  3. 3 lambert

  4. 4 land

  5. 5 large

  6. 6 late

  7. 7 left

  8. 8 length

  9. 9 [Latin libra] pound

  10. 10 line

  11. 11 liquid

  12. 12 lira

  13. 13 liter

  14. 14 little

  15. 15 low



Examples of l

  1. The area of a rectangle is L x W.




L

abbreviation

Definition of L

  1. 1 Lagrangian

  2. 2 long

  3. 3 loss; losses




l-

prefix

Definition of l-

  1. 1 \ˌlē-(ˌ)vō, ˌel, ˈel\ :  levorotatory <l-tartaric acid>

  2. 2 \ˌel, ˈel\ :  having a similar configuration at a selected carbon atom to the configuration of levorotatory glyceraldehyde —usually printed as a small capital <l-fructose>



Origin of l-

International Scientific Vocabulary, from lev-


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