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Definitions of leaf

  1. To shoot out leaves; to produce leaves; to leave; as, the trees leaf in May. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To shoot out or produce leaves:-pa.t. leafing; pa.p. leaded. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. look through a book or other written material; "He thumbed through the report"; "She leafed through the volume" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. produce leaves, of plants Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. turn over pages; "leaf through a book"; "leaf a manuscript" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. Something which is like a leaf in being wide and thin and having a flat surface, or in being attached to a larger body by one edge or end; as : (a) A part of a book or folded sheet containing two pages upon its opposite sides. (b) A side, division, or part, that slides or is hinged, as of window shutters, folding doors, etc. (c) The movable side of a table. (d) A very thin plate; as, gold leaf. (e) A portion of fat lying in a separate fold or layer. (f) One of the teeth of a pinion, especially when small. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a sheet of any written or printed material (especially in a manuscript or book) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. hinged or detachable flat section (as of a table or door) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. A colored, usually green, expansion growing from the side of a stem or rootstock, in which the sap for the use of the plant is elaborated under the influence of light; one of the parts of a plant which collectively constitute its foliage. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. A special organ of vegetation in the form of a lateral outgrowth from the stem, whether appearing as a part of the foliage, or as a cotyledon, a scale, a bract, a spine, or a tendril. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. One of the thin flat parts of a plant borne by the stem; a thinly beaten sheet; as, gold leaf used in gilding domes, etc.; something thin and flat, as a single sheet of a book with a page on each side, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. One of the thin, flat parts of plants: anything beaten thin like a leaf: two pages of a book: one side of a window-shutter, etc.:-pl. LEAVES, lēvz. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. One of the flat breathing-organs of plants; anything like a leaf, double page of a book, half of a double door. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. One of the breathing organs of a plant, growing from the stem, and commonly board, flat, thin, and green; also, something resembling this, as a fold of a book, a movable part of a table, or a valve of a door. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. An expanded outgrowth of a stem, usually green. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  17. The green deciduous expanded organ of a plant, in which the sap is elaborated by contact with the air and light; a part of a book containing two pages; the side of a window-shutter, folding-door, &c; a something resembling a leaf in thinness and extension; a very thin plate; the moveable side of a table. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for leaf

  1. " These are splendid trees, and every leaf on 'em is splendid, too, and the little spring I found is just about as fine a spring as the forest holds. – The Hunters of the Hills by Joseph Altsheler
  2. I don't think any leaf is as handsome as an oak- leaf and just look up there! – Gritli's Children by Johanna Spyri
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