lake

1 of 3

noun (1)

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

lake

2 of 3

noun (2)

1
a
: 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
2
laky adjective

lake

3 of 3

verb

laked; laking

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

Examples of lake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
An additional 2 to 6 inches of snow is expected around the lake, and an 6 to 10 inches are expected in areas above 6,500 feet. Angela Rodriguez, Sacramento Bee, 20 Feb. 2024 The graffiti was discovered Sunday painted on columns at the Lake Merritt Pergola on El Embarcadero which runs between Grand Avenue and Lakeshore Avenue north of the lake. Harry Harris, The Mercury News, 19 Feb. 2024 Water levels had fallen significantly, and the temperature in the lake had reached 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Bryan Pietsch, Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2024 Dive into the lake from the pier found at the Tahoe State Recreation Area, a popular spot for camping. Megan Wood, Travel + Leisure, 17 Feb. 2024 An Arizona high school student and his father are being praised for their quick thinking after the teen jumped into a pond to help rescue a person from a car that had plunged into a frigid lake. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 The deceitful novel in question is not just a narrative prop but a stone thrown into a lake; its consequences ripple through the lives of those around the author at the story’s center. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 13 Feb. 2024 However, dumping all the data into a data lake and trying to make sense of it later does not work either. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Concerns around trees and traffic Payne also worries about the environmental effects, such as potential runoff flowing into the lake and acres of trees being knocked down. Sarah Ritter, Kansas City Star, 12 Feb. 2024
Verb
So, businesses intent on deploying a successful AI strategy must make the quality and scope of their data lake the highest priority. Ingram Micro, USA TODAY, 1 Feb. 2024 That’s simply how things spread these days—leaping from one social media network to the next like some kind of aquatic disease jumping from lake to lake on the backs of an invasive species. Matt Novak, Forbes, 16 July 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of lake was in the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lake. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

lake

noun
ˈlāk
: a large inland body of standing water
also : a pool of liquid (as oil or pitch)

Medical Definition

lake

verb
laked; laking

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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