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lee US English

Shelter from wind or weather given by a neighboring object, especially nearby land

Lee–Enfield US English

A bolt-action rifle of a type formerly used by the British army

Lee, Ann US English

(1736–84) US religious leader; born in England; known as Mother Ann. A Shaker leader, she founded the first Shaker colony in the US at Watervliet, New York, in 1776

Lee, Bruce US English

(1941–73), US actor; born Lee Yuen Kam. An expert in kung fu, he starred in a number of martial arts movies, such as Fists of Fury (1972) and Enter the Dragon (1973)

Lee, Christopher US English

(B.1922), English actor; full name Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee. His reputation is chiefly based on the horror films that he made for the British film company Hammer, which include Dracula (1958)

Lee, Francis Lightfoot US English

(1734–97) American statesman. He was a delegate to the Continental Congress 1775–79 and a signer of the Declaration of Independence in 1776

Lee, Gypsy Rose US English

(1914–70), US striptease artist; born Rose Louise Hovick. In the 1930s, she became famous on Broadway for her sophisticated striptease act. Her autobiography, Gypsy (1957), was made into a movie in 1962

Lee, Harper US English

(1926-), US novelist; full name Nelle Harper Lee. She won a Pulitzer Prize for her only novel, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), about the trial of a black man falsely charged with raping a white woman

Lee, Henry US English

(1756–1818) American soldier and politician; known as Light-Horse Harry; father of Robert E. Lee. A famed cavalry commander in the American Revolution, he became governor of Virginia 1792–95 and a member of the US House of Representatives 1799–1801

Lee, Laurie US English

(1914–97), English writer. He is best known for his autobiographical novels Cider With Rosie (1959) and As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969), evocative accounts of his childhood in rural Gloucestershire and his travelling experiences in pre-war Europe

Lee, Robert E. US English

(1807–70), Confederate general; full name Robert Edward Lee. He was the commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia for most of the Civil War. A noted tactician and strategist, his invasion of the North was repulsed at the Battle of Gettysburg (1863), and he surrendered in 1865

Lee, Spike US English

(1957-), US filmmaker; born Shelton Jackson Lee. His work is noted for its treatment of controversial social issues. Movies for which he was writer, director, producer, and actor include She’s Gotta Have It (1986), Do the Right Thing (1989), Mo' Better Blues (1990), Malcolm X (1992), Crooklyn (1994), and Summer of Sam (1998)

lee ho US English

A command or warning given by a helmsman to indicate the moment of going about

Fort Lee US English

A commercial and residential borough in northeastern New Jersey, across the Hudson River from New York City; population 36,275 (est. 2008)

lee helm US English

The tendency of a vessel to turn its bow to leeward

lee shore US English

A shore lying on the leeward side of a ship (and onto which a ship could be blown in foul weather)

lee wave US English

A standing atmospheric wave generated on the sheltered side of a mountain by an air current passing over or around it, and often made visible by the formation of clouds

Trevino, Lee US English

(1939-), US golfer; known as Supermex; full name Lee Buck Trevino. In 1971, he became the first man to win the Canadian, US, and British open championships in the same year. His other championship titles include the 1974 and 1984 PGA, the 1968 US Open, and the 1972 British Open

Iacocca, Lee US English

(1924-) US industrialist; full name Lido Anthony Iacocca. He was president of Ford Motor Company 1970–78 before leading the Chrysler Corporation 1978–92. He told his success story in Iacocca (1984)

De Forest, Lee US English

(1873–1961), US physicist and electrical engineer. He designed a triode valve that was crucial to the development of radio communication, television, and computers. De Forest successfully transmitted a live broadcast in 1910

Strasberg, Lee US English

(1901–82), US actor, director, and drama teacher, born in Austria; born Israel Strassberg. As artistic director of the Actors' Studio in New York City (1948–82), he was the leading figure in the development of method acting in the US

Lee's Summit US English

An industrial city in northwestern Missouri, southeast of Kansas City; population 84,208 (est. 2008)

Berners-Lee, Sir Tim US English

(B.1955), English computer engineer. He proposed the World Wide Web in 1989 and designed its first software

Lewis, Jerry Lee US English

(1935-), US rock-and-roll singer and pianist. In 1957, he had hits with “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire.” His career was interrupted when his marriage to his 14-year-old cousin caused a public outcry

Masters, Edgar Lee US English

(1869–1950), US writer. His verse is collected most notably in the Spoon River Anthology (1915). He also wrote biographies and novels

Oswald, Lee Harvey US English

(1939–63), US alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy. In November 1963, he was charged with the murder of the president. He denied the charge but was murdered by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby (1911–67) before he could be brought to trial

Chennault, Claire Lee US English

(1890–1958), US military pilot and officer. During World War II, he formed the “Flying Tigers,” a US volunteer group, to aid China

Whorf, Benjamin Lee US English

(1897–1941), US linguist and insurance worker, known for his contribution to the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis. A student of linguistics in his spare time, Whorf studied Hopi and other American Indian languages and attended Edward Sapir’s courses at Yale

Glashow, Sheldon Lee US English

(1932-), US theoretical physicist. He independently developed a unified theory to explain electromagnetic interactions and the weak nuclear force, and he extended the quark theory of Murray Gell-Mann. Nobel Prize for Physics (1979), shared with Abdus Salam and Steven Weinberg

the gage in gauge US English

The position of a sailing vessel to windward (weather gage) or leeward (lee gage) of another

lee side in lee US English

The sheltered side; the side away from the wind

Auchincloss, Louis Stanton US English

(1917–2010), US lawyer and author; early pseudonym Andrew Lee. His novels and short stories often depict life among the elite of New York City

lee gage in gauge US English

The position of a sailing vessel to windward (weather gage) or leeward (lee gage) of another

Andrew Lee in Auchincloss, Louis Stanton US English

(1917–2010), US lawyer and author; early pseudonym Andrew Lee. His novels and short stories often depict life among the elite of New York City

Hooker, Thomas US English

(Circa 1586–1647), American clergyman; born in England. A founding settler of Hartford, Connecticut, in 1636, he helped to write the Fundamental Orders (1639), which was Connecticut’s original constitution

Manfred Lee in Queen, Ellery US English

US writer of detective novels; pseudonym of Frederic Dannay (1905–82) and Manfred Lee (1905–71). The novels feature a detective also called Ellery Queen

Bench, Johnny US English

(1947-), US baseball player; full name Johnny Lee Bench. He was a catcher for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 until 1983. Baseball Hall of Fame (1989)

Byrd, Charlie US English

(1925–99), US guitarist; full name Charlie Lee Byrd. He was responsible for introducing and applying acoustic classical guitar techniques to jazz and popular music and for launching the samba and bossa nova movements of the 1960s in the US with his album Jazz Samba (1962) with Stan Getz

Kelly, Emmett US English

(1898–1979), US entertainer; full name Emmett Leo Kelly. He played Weary Willie, the mournful tramp clown, with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus from 1942 until 1957

Lee Yuen Kam in Lee, Bruce US English

(1941–73), US actor; born Lee Yuen Kam. An expert in kung fu, he starred in a number of martial arts movies, such as Fists of Fury (1972) and Enter the Dragon (1973)

Shoemaker, Willie US English

(1931–2003), US jockey; full name William Lee Shoemaker. He held the record in horse racing for all-time career wins (8,833) from 1970 until 1999. He won the Kentucky Derby four times (1955, 1959, 1965, 1986), the Belmont Stakes five times (1957, 1959, 1962, 1967, 1975), and the Preakness twice (1963, 1967)

Nelle Harper Lee in Lee, Harper US English

(1926-), US novelist; full name Nelle Harper Lee. She won a Pulitzer Prize for her only novel, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), about the trial of a black man falsely charged with raping a white woman

Robert Edward Lee in Lee, Robert E. US English

(1807–70), Confederate general; full name Robert Edward Lee. He was the commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia for most of the Civil War. A noted tactician and strategist, his invasion of the North was repulsed at the Battle of Gettysburg (1863), and he surrendered in 1865

Charlie Lee Byrd in Byrd, Charlie US English

(1925–99), US guitarist; full name Charlie Lee Byrd. He was responsible for introducing and applying acoustic classical guitar techniques to jazz and popular music and for launching the samba and bossa nova movements of the 1960s in the US with his album Jazz Samba (1962) with Stan Getz

Johnny Lee Bench in Bench, Johnny US English

(1947-), US baseball player; full name Johnny Lee Bench. He was a catcher for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 until 1983. Baseball Hall of Fame (1989)

Robert Lee Frost in Frost, Robert US English

(1874–1963), US poet, noted for his ironic tone and simple language; full name Robert Lee Frost. Much of his poetry reflects his ties to New England, including the collections North of Boston (1914) and New Hampshire (1923). He won Pulitzer Prizes in 1924, 1931, and 1937

Lee Buck Trevino in Trevino, Lee US English

(1939-), US golfer; known as Supermex; full name Lee Buck Trevino. In 1971, he became the first man to win the Canadian, US, and British open championships in the same year. His other championship titles include the 1974 and 1984 PGA, the 1968 US Open, and the 1972 British Open

Shelton Jackson Lee in Lee, Spike US English

(1957-), US filmmaker; born Shelton Jackson Lee. His work is noted for its treatment of controversial social issues. Movies for which he was writer, director, producer, and actor include She’s Gotta Have It (1986), Do the Right Thing (1989), Mo' Better Blues (1990), Malcolm X (1992), Crooklyn (1994), and Summer of Sam (1998)

Dustin Lee Hoffman in Hoffman, Dustin US English

(1937-), US actor; full name Dustin Lee Hoffman. A versatile method actor, he won Academy Awards for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), about a couple battling for child custody, and Rain Man (1989), in which he plays an autistic adult. Other notable movies: The Graduate (1967), Tootsie (1983), and Meet the Fockers (2004)


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