lake

noun (1), often attributive
\ ˈlāk How to pronounce lake (audio) \

Definition of lake

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a considerable inland body of standing water also : a pool of other liquid (such as lava, oil, or pitch)

lake

noun (2)

Definition of lake (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a purplish red pigment prepared from lac or cochineal
b : any of numerous usually bright translucent organic pigments composed essentially of a soluble dye absorbed on or combined with an inorganic carrier

lake

verb
laked; laking

Definition of lake (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to cause (blood) to undergo a physiological change in which the hemoglobin becomes dissolved in the plasma

intransitive verb

of blood : to undergo the process by which hemoglobin becomes dissolved in the plasma

Other Words from lake

Noun (1)

lakelike \ ˈlāk-​ˌlīk How to pronounce lake (audio) \ adjective

Noun (2)

laky \ ˈlā-​kē How to pronounce lake (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of lake

Noun (1)

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1903, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for lake

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English, Anglo-French, & Latin; Old English lacu stream, pool, from Latin lacus lake, pool, pit & Anglo-French lac pit, from Latin lacus; akin to Old English lagu sea, Greek lakkos pond

Noun (2)

French laque lac, from Old Occitan laca, from Arabic lakk — more at lacquer

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“Lake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lake. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for lake

lake

noun
\ ˈlāk How to pronounce lake (audio) \

Kids Definition of lake

: a large inland body of standing water

lake

verb
\ ˈlāk How to pronounce lake (audio) \
laked; laking

Medical Definition of lake

transitive verb

: to cause (blood) to undergo a physiological change in which the hemoglobin becomes dissolved in the plasma

intransitive verb

of blood : to undergo the process by which hemoglobin becomes dissolved in the plasma

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