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LE British & World English

Language engineering

-le1 British & World English

Forming names of appliances or instruments

-le2 British & World English

Forming nouns having or originally having a diminutive sense

-le3 British & World English

(Forming adjectives from an original verb) apt to; liable to

-le4 British & World English

Forming verbs, chiefly those expressing repeated action or movement (as in babble, dazzle), or having diminutive sense (as in nestle)

Le Mans British & World English

An industrial city in NW France; population 148,169 (2006). It is the site of a motor-racing circuit, on which a 24-hour endurance race (established in 1923) is held each summer

Le Fanu New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

, Joseph Sheridan (1814–73), Irish novelist

Le Havre British & World English

A port in northern France, on the English Channel at the mouth of the Seine; population 185,311 (2006)

Le Carré New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

, John (b.1931), English novelist; pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell

Le Nôtre New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

, André (1613–1700), French landscape gardener

Le Corbusier British & World English

(1887–1965), French architect and town planner, born in Switzerland; born Charles Édouard Jeanneret. A pioneer of the International Style, he developed theories on functionalism, the use of new materials and industrial techniques, and the Modulor, a modular system of standard-sized units

Le Corbusier New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(1887–1965), French architect; born Charles Édouard Jeanneret

Le Carré, John British & World English

(B.1931), English novelist; pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell. He is known for his thoughtful spy novels, which often feature the British agent George Smiley and include The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963) and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974)

Morgan le Fay British & World English

(In Arthurian legend) an enchantress, sister of King Arthur

Le Guin, Ursula British & World English

(1929-), US writer; full name Ursula Kroeber Le Guin. Her science fiction includes five Earthsea novels for children (1968–2001) and the Hainish Cycle novels, which include Rocannon’s World (1966) and The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)

Le Nôtre, André British & World English

(1613–1700), French landscape gardener. He designed many formal gardens, including the parks of Vaux-le-Vicomte and Versailles. These incorporated his ideas on geometric formality and equilibrium

Le Verrier, Urbain British & World English

(1811–77), French mathematician. His analysis of the motions of the planets suggested that an unknown body was disrupting the orbit of Uranus. Le Verrier prompted the German astronomer Johann Galle (1812–1910) to investigate, and the planet Neptune was discovered in 1846

Le Chatelier's principle British & World English

A principle stating that if a constraint (such as a change in pressure, temperature, or concentration of a reactant) is applied to a system in equilibrium, the equilibrium will shift so as to tend to counteract the effect of the constraint

d'Alembert, Jean le Rond British & World English

(1717–83), French mathematician, physicist, and philosopher. His most famous work was the Traité de dynamique (1743), in which he developed his own laws of motion. From 1746 to 1758 he was Diderot’s chief collaborator on the Encyclopédie

Le Fanu, Joseph Sheridan British & World English

(1814–73), Irish novelist. He is best known for his stories of mystery, suspense, and the supernatural, such as The House by the Churchyard (1861) and Uncle Silas (1864)

metro New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

underground railway system; Le Métro Paris underground

réveillon British & World English

(In France and French-speaking countries) a night-time celebration, especially a feast traditionally held after midnight on Christmas morning

Le Réveillon in réveillon British & World English

(In France and French-speaking countries) a night-time celebration, especially a feast traditionally held after midnight on Christmas morning

Tartuffe New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

religious hypocrite; Le Tartuffe play by Molière (1669)

Le Marche in Marche British & World English

A region of east central Italy, between the Apennines and the Adriatic Sea; capital, Ancona. Italian name Le Marcheˈmarke

le Chatelier in Le Chatelier's principle British & World English

A principle stating that if a constraint (such as a change in pressure, temperature, or concentration of a reactant) is applied to a system in equilibrium, the equilibrium will shift so as to tend to counteract the effect of the constraint

le Douanier in Rousseau, Henri British & World English

(1844–1910), French painter; known as le Douanier (‘customs officer’); full name Henri Julien Rousseau. After retiring as a customs official in 1893, he created bold and colourful paintings of fantastic dreams and exotic jungle landscapes, such as Sleeping Gypsy (1897) and Tropical Storm with Tiger (1891)

le Douanier in Rousseau New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

Henri (Julien) (1844–1910), French painter; known as le Douanier (‘customs officer’)

LeMay, Curtis Emerson British & World English

(1906–90), US air force officer; full name Curtis Emerson LeMay; known as Old Iron Pants. During World War II, he conducting a massive bombing campaign against Japan. After directing the Berlin Airlift in 1948, he was the commanding general of the US Strategic Air Command 1948–57 and Air Force chief of staff 1961–65

Lucille le Sueur in Crawford, Joan British & World English

(Circa 1904–77), American actress; born Lucille le Sueur. Her film career lasted for over forty years, during which she played the female lead in films such as Mildred Pierce (1945) and in later years mature roles such as that in the horror film Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)


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