Webster 1913 Edition
luft; akin to Fries.
luft; cf. AS.
left(equiv. to L.
lyftādlpalsy; or cf. AS.
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. Also said of the corresponding side of the lower animals.
lefthand, or arm; the
Left bank of a river,
that which is on the left hand of a person whose face is turned downstream.–
See under 2d–
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.
leftwhen you face North
Put that rose a little more to the
Webster 1828 Edition
LEFT, pret. and pp. of leave.
1.Denoting the part opposed to the right of the body; as the left hand, arm or side. Hence, the noun being omitted, we say, on the left, that is, on the left side or wing, as of an army.
2.The left bank of a river, is that which is on the left hand of a person whose face is towards the mouth of the river.