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lee British & World English

The sheltered side of something; the side away from the wind

lee English Thesaurus

they sat in the lee of the wall

Lee–Enfield British & World English

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

lee side in lee British & World English

The sheltered side of something; the side away from the wind

Lee, Ann British & World 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 British & World English

(1941–73), American actor; born Lee Yuen Kam. An expert in kung fu, he starred in a number of martial arts films, such as Enter the Dragon (1973)

Lee, Christopher British & World 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 British & World 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 British & World English

(1914–70), American striptease artist; born Rose Louise Hovick. In the 1930s she became famous on Broadway for her sophisticated striptease act

Lee, Harper British & World English

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

Lee, Henry British & World 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 British & World 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. British & World English

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

Lee, Spike British & World English

(B.1957), American film director; born Shelton Jackson Lee. Lee’s declared intention is to express the richness of black American culture; films such as Do the Right Thing (1989) and Malcolm X (1992) sparked controversy with their treatment of racism

lee ho British & World English

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

Fort Lee British & World 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 British & World English

The tendency of a ship to turn its bow to the leeward side

lee shore British & World English

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

lee wave British & World English

A standing 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

Iacocca, Lee British & World 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)

Trevino, Lee British & World English

(B.1939), American golfer; known as Supermex; full name Lee Buck Trevino. In 1971 he became the first man to win all three Open championships (Canadian, US, and British) in the same year

De Forest, Lee British & World English

(1873–1961), American physicist and electrical engineer. He designed a triode valve that was crucial to the development of radio communication, television, and computers

Strasberg, Lee British & World English

(1901–82), American 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 British & World English

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

Hooker, John Lee British & World English

(1917–2001), American blues singer and guitarist. A major influence on British groups such as the Rolling Stones in the 1960s, he came to the attention of a new generation of fans in the 1980s

Lewis, Jerry Lee British & World English

(B.1935), American rock-and-roll singer and pianist. In 1957 he had hits with ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On‘ and ’Great Balls of Fire'. His career was interrupted when his marriage to his fourteen-year-old cousin caused a public outcry

Masters, Edgar Lee British & World 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 British & World English

(1939–63), American alleged assassin of John F. Kennedy. He denied the charge of assassinating the president, but was murdered before he could be brought to trial

Chennault, Claire Lee British & World English

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

Glashow, Sheldon Lee British & World English

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

Whorf, Benjamin Lee British & World English

(1897–1941), American 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

Berners-Lee, Sir Tim British & World English

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

gauge British & World English

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

Auchincloss, Louis Stanton British & World 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–Enfield rifle in Lee–Enfield British & World English

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

Andrew Lee in Auchincloss, Louis Stanton British & World 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

Manfred Lee in Queen, Ellery British & World English

American 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 British & World 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 British & World 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 British & World 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

the lee gage in gauge British & World English

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

Lee Yuen Kam in Lee, Bruce British & World English

(1941–73), American actor; born Lee Yuen Kam. An expert in kung fu, he starred in a number of martial arts films, such as Enter the Dragon (1973)

Shoemaker, Willie British & World 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)

Johnny Lee Bench in Bench, Johnny British & World 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)

Charlie Lee Byrd in Byrd, Charlie British & World 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

Robert Lee Frost in Frost, Robert British & World English

(1874–1963), American poet, noted for his ironic tone and simple language; full name Robert Lee Frost. Much of his poetry reflects his affinity with New England, including the collections North of Boston (1914) and New Hampshire (1923). He won the Pulitzer Prize on three occasions (1924; 1931; 1937)

Nelle Harper Lee in Lee, Harper British & World English

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

Robert Edward Lee in Lee, Robert E. British & World English

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


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