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left (root: leave)


Noun, Verb (usu participle), Adjective, Adverb


Noun left has 5 senses

Adjective left has 4 senses

Adverbial left has 1 sense


leftimp. & p. p. 
     of Leave.  [1913 Webster]
lefta. [OE. left, lift, luft; akin to Fries. leeft, OD. lucht, luft; cf. AS. left (equiv. to L. inanis), lyftādl palsy; or cf. AS. l weak.].
  •  Of or pertaining to that side of the body in man on which the muscular action of the limbs is usually weaker than on the other side; -- opposed to right, when used in reference to a part of the body; as, the left hand, or arm; the left ear. Also said of the corresponding side of the lower animals.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Situated so that the left side of the body is toward it; as, the left side of a deliberative meeting is that to the left of the presiding officer; the left wing of an army is that to the left of the center to one facing an enemy.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Left bank of a river, that which is on the left hand of a person whose face is turned downstream. -- Left bower. See under 2d Bower. -- Left center, the members whose sympathies are, in the main, with the members of the Left, but who do not favor extreme courses, and on occasions vote with the government. They sit between the Center and the extreme Left. -- Over the left shoulder, or Over the left, an old but still current colloquialism, or slang expression, used as an aside to indicate insincerity, negation, or disbelief; as, he said it, and it is true, -- over the left.
  •  That part of surrounding space toward which the left side of one's body is turned; as, the house is on the left when you face North.  [1913 Webster]
    "Put that rose a little more to the left."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Those members of a legislative assembly (as in France) who are in the opposition; the advanced republicans and extreme radicals. They have their seats at the left-hand side of the presiding officer. See Center, and Right.  [1913 Webster]


left, adj., adv., & n. (opp. RIGHT).
1 on or towards the side of the human body which corresponds to the position of west if one regards oneself as facing north.
2 on or towards the part of an object which is analogous to a person's left side or (with opposite sense) which is nearer to an observer's left hand.
3 (also Left) Polit. of the Left.
--adv. on or to the left side.
1 the left-hand part or region or direction.
2 Boxing a the left hand. b a blow with this.
3 a (often Left) Polit. a group or section favouring radical socialism (orig. the more radical section of a continental legislature, seated on the president's left); such radicals collectively. b the more advanced or innovative section of any group.
4 the side of a stage which is to the left of a person facing the audience.
5 (esp. in marching) the left foot.
6 the left wing of an army.

have two left feet be clumsy. left and right = right and left. left bank the bank of a river on the left facing downstream. left bower see BOWER(3). left field Baseball the part of the outfield to the left of the batter as he or she faces the pitcher. left hand
1 the hand of the left side.
2 (usu. prec. by at, on, to) the region or direction on the left side of a person.
left-hand adj.
1 on or towards the left side of a person or thing (left-hand drive).
2 done with the left hand (left-hand blow).
3 a (of rope) twisted counter-clockwise. b (of a screw) = LEFT-HANDED. left turn a turn that brings one's front to face as one's left side did before.
left wing
1 the radical or socialist section of a political party.
2 the left side of a football etc. team on the field.
3 the left side of an army. left-wing adj. socialist, radical. left-winger a person on the left wing. marry with the left hand marry morganatically (see LEFT-HANDED).
leftish adj.
left, past and past part. of LEAVE(1).



Gospel side, abandoned, aport, cantorial side, castaway, communistic, counterclockwise, departed, derelict, deserted, discarded, disused, forsaken, gone, gone away, gone off, jettisoned, larboard, left hand, left wing, left-hand, left-hand side, left-wing, left-winger, left-wingish, leftism, leftist, leftover, leftward, leftwardly, leftwards, levorotatory, liberal, liberalism, liberalist, marooned, near, near side, net, nigh, odd, on the left, outstanding, over, pink, port, port tack, portside, progressive, progressivism, progressivist, radical, red, remaining, remanent, sinister, sinistrad, sinistral, sinistrally, sinistrocerebral, sinistrocular, sinistrogyrate, sinistrorse, socialistic, spare, superfluous, surplus, surviving, to spare, to the left, unconsumed, unused, verso, welfare stater, wrong side




N remainder, residue, remains, remanent, remnant, rest, relic, leavings, heeltap, odds and ends, cheesepairings, candle ends, orts, residuum, dregs, refuse, stubble, result, educt, fag-end, ruins, wreck, skeleton, stump, alluvium, surplus, overplus, excess, balance, complement, superplus, surplusage, superfluity, survival, survivance, remaining, left, left behind left over, residual, residuary, over, odd, unconsumed, sedimentary, surviving, net, exceeding, over and above, outlying, outstanding, cast off, superfluous.


N relinquishment, abandonment, desertion, defection, secession, withdrawal, cave of Adullam, nolle prosequi, discontinuance, renunciation, abrogation, resignation, desuetude, cession, unpursued, relinquished, relinquishing, Int, avast!, aufgeschoben ist nicht aufgehoben, entbehre gern was du nicht hast, relinquishment, abandonment, renunciation, expropriation, dereliction, cession, surrender, dispensation, quitclaim deed, resignation, riddance, derelict, foundling, jetsam, waif, discards, culls, rejects, garbage, refuse, rubbish, relinquished, cast off, derelict, unowned, unappropriated, unculled, left, Int, away with!.


N sinistrality, left, left hand, a gauche, sinister, nearside, larboard, port, left-handed, sinister, sinistral, sinistrorsal, sinistrorse, sinistrous, laevo-, sinistrally, sinistrously.

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