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Webster 1913 Edition


Leash

Leash

(lēsh)
,
Noun.
[OE.
lese
,
lees
,
leece
, OF.
lesse
, F.
laisse
, LL.
laxa
, fr. L.
laxus
loose. See
Lax
.]
1.
A thong of leather, or a long cord, by which a person may hold or restrain an animal, such as a falconer holding his hawk, or a courser his dog. For dogs and cats, the
leash
is commonly attached to a collar around the neck of the animal.
Even like a fawning greyhound in the
leash
.
Shakespeare
2.
(Sporting)
A brace and a half; a tierce; three; three creatures of any kind, especially greyhounds, foxes, bucks, and hares; hence, the number three in general.
[I] kept my chamber a
leash
of days.
B. Jonson.
Then were I wealthier than a
leash
of kings.
Tennyson.
3.
(Weaving)
A string with a loop at the end for lifting warp threads, in a loom.

Leash

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Leashed
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Leashing
.]
To tie together, or hold, with a leash.

Webster 1828 Edition


Leash

LEASH

,
Noun.
[L. laqueus.]
1.
A thong of leather, or long line by which a falconer holds his hawk, or a courser his dog.
2.
Among sportsmen, a brace and a half; tierce; three; three creatures of any kind, especially greyhounds, foxes, bucks and hares.
3.
A band wherewith to tie any thing.

LEASH

,
Verb.
T.
To bind; to hold by a string.

Definition 2023


leash

leash

English

Dog on a leash.
Surf leash.

Noun

leash (plural leashes)

  1. A strap, cord or rope with which to restrain an animal, often a dog.
    • Shakespeare
      like a fawning greyhound in the leash
  2. A brace and a half; a tierce.
  3. A set of three; three creatures of any kind, especially greyhounds, foxes, bucks, and hares; hence, the number three in general.
    • 1597, Henry IV part 1, by Shakespeare
      Sirrah, I am sworn brother to a leash of drawers; and can call them all by their Christian names, as, Tom, Dick, and Francis.
    • 1663, Hudibras, by Samuel Butler, part 1, canto 1
      It had an odd promiscuous tone, / As if h' had talk'd three parts in one; / Which made some think, when he did gabble, / Th' had heard three labourers of Babel; / Or Cerberus himself pronounce / A leash of languages at once.
    • Ben Jonson
      [I] kept my chamber a leash of days.
    • Tennyson
      Then were I wealthier than a leash of kings.
  4. A string with a loop at the end for lifting warp threads, in a loom.
  5. (surfing) A leg rope.
    1980: Probably the idea was around before that, but the first photo of the leash in action was published that year As Years Roll By (1970's Retrospective), Drew Kampion, Surfing magazine, February 1980, page 43. Quoted at surfresearch.com.au glossary.

Synonyms

  • (strap or cord used to restrain a dog): lead

Translations

Verb

leash (third-person singular simple present leashes, present participle leashing, simple past and past participle leashed)

  1. To fasten or secure with a leash.
  2. (figuratively) to curb, restrain

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