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A liquid consonant, which preserves always the same sound in English. In the Saxon it was aspirated; as, hlap, loaf; hlærdig, lady.
At the end of a monosyllable it is always doubled; as, shall, stilk, ful; except after a diphthong; as, fail, feel, seal, cool. In a word of more syllables it is written single; as, channel, canal, tendril. It is sometimes put before e, and sounded feebly after it; as, bible, title.
LA, interject. [corrupted by an effeminate pronunciation from lo; unless it be the French la.] See; look; behold.
La you! if you speak ill of the devil, How he takes it at heart. Shak. Twelfth Night. LABDANUM. Z.. A resin, of a strong not unpleasant smell, and an aromatick, but not agreeable taste. This juice exudates from a low spreading shrub in Crete. Hill.
TO LA BEFY. v. a. [labefacio, Lat.] To weaken; to impair.
LABEL. n. s. [labellum, Latin.]
3. A small slip or scrip of writing. When wak'd, I found
This label on my bosom; whose containing Is so from sense in hardness, that I can Make no collection of it. Shaksp. Cymbeline. 2. Any thing appendant to a larger writing.
On the label of lead, the heads of St. Peter and St. Paul are impressed from the papal seal. Ayliffe's Parergon.
3. [In law.] A narrow slip of paper or parchment affixed to a deed or writing, in order to hold the appending seal. VOL. III.
And ere this hand, by thee to Romeo seal'd,
Or my true heart with treacherous revolt
LA BENT. adj. [labens, Lat.] Sliding; gliding; slipping.
LA BIAL. adj. [labialis, Lat.] Uttered by the lips.
The Hebrews have assigned which letters are labial, which dental, and which guttural. Bacon.
Some particular affection of sound in its passage to the lips, will seem to make some composition in any vowel which is labial. Holder. LA BIATED. adj. [labium, Lat.] Formed with lips.
LA BIODENTAL. adj. [labium and dentalis.] Formed or pronounced by the co-operation of the lips and teeth.
The dental consonants are very easy; and first the labiodentals, ƒ, v, also the linguadentals, tb, db. Holder. LABORANT. n. s. [laborans, Lat.] A chymist. Not in use.
I can shew you a sort of fixt sulphur, made by an industrious laborant. Boyle. LABORATORY. n. s. laboratoire, Fr.] A chymist's workroom.
It would contribute to the history of colours, if chemists would in their laboratory take a heedful notice, and give us a faithful account, of the colours observed in the steam of bodies, either sublimed or distilled.
The Bames of love will perform those miracies they of the furnace boast of, would they employ theinselves in this laboratory. Decay of Piety.