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lee

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noun \ˈlē\

Simple Definition of lee

  • : the side of something that is sheltered from the wind

Full Definition of lee

  1. 1 :  protecting shelter

  2. 2 :  the side (as of a ship) or area that is sheltered from the wind

Examples of lee

  1. the lee of the ship



Origin of lee

Middle English, from Old English hlēo; perhaps akin to Old High German lāo lukewarm, Latin calēre to be warm


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Nautical Terms

Rhymes with lee

b, be, bee, c, cay, cee, Cree, d, dee, Dee, dree, e, fee, flea, flee, free, g, gee, ghee, glee, gree, he, key, Key, knee, lea, me, mi, p, pea, pee, plea, pree, quay, re, Rhee, scree, sea, see, she, si, ski, spree, sri, t, tea, tee, the, thee, three, ti, tree, twee, Twi, v, vee, we, wee, whee, ye, z, zee


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lee

adjective

Definition of lee

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or being the side sheltered from the wind — compare weather

  2. 2 :  facing in the direction of motion of an overriding glacier —used especially of a hillside



15th Century

First Known Use of lee

15th century

Other Nautical Terms


Lee

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biographical name \ˈlē\

Definition of Lee

  1. Ann 1736–1784 Am. (Eng.-born) Shaker




Lee

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Definition of Lee

  1. Charles 1731–1782 Am. (Eng.-born) gen.




Lee

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Definition of Lee

  1. David Morris 1931–     Am. physicist




Lee

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Definition of Lee

  1. Fitzhugh 1835–1905 nephew of R.E. Am. gen.




Lee

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Definition of Lee

  1. Francis Lightfoot 1734–1797 Am. statesman in Revolution




Lee

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  1. (Nelle) Harper 1926–     Am. nov.




Lee

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Definition of Lee

  1. Henry 1756–1818 Light-Horse Harry; father of R.E. Am. gen.




Lee

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Definition of Lee

  1. Myung-bak 1941–     pres. of South Korea (2008–13)




Lee

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Definition of Lee

  1. Richard Henry 1732–1794 bro. of F.L. Am. statesman in Revolution




Lee

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Definition of Lee

  1. Robert E(dward) 1807–1870 Am. Confed. gen.




Lee

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  1. Sir Sidney 1859–1926 Eng. editor & scholar




Lee

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Definition of Lee

  1. Yuan Tseh 1936–     Am. (Taiwanese-born) chem.




LEE Defined for Kids

1

lee

play
noun \ˈlē\

Definition of lee

  1. 1 :  a protecting shelter

  2. 2 :  the side (as of a ship) sheltered from the wind




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lee

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adjective

Definition of lee

  1. :  of or relating to the side sheltered from the wind





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