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Lid definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

LID. n. [L. claudo, cludo; Gr.; Heb.]
A cover; that which shuts the opening of a vessel or box; as the lid of a chest or trunk; also, the cover of the eye, the membrane which is drawn over the eyeball of an animal at pleasure, and which is intended for its protection; the eyelid.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: either of two folds of skin that can be moved to cover or open the eye; "his lids would stay open no longer" [syn: eyelid, lid, palpebra]
2: a movable top or cover (hinged or separate) for closing the opening at the top of a box, chest, jar, pan, etc.; "he raised the piano lid"
3: headdress that protects the head from bad weather; has shaped crown and usually a brim [syn: hat, chapeau, lid]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hlid; akin to Old High German hlit cover, and probably to Old English hlinian to lean more at lean Date: before 12th century 1. a movable cover for the opening of a hollow container (as a vessel or box) 2. eyelid 3. the operculum in mosses 4. slang hat 5. something that confines, limits, or suppresses ; check, restraint 6. an ounce of marijuana II. transitive verb (lidded; lidding) Date: 13th century to cover or supply with a lid

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a hinged or removable cover, esp. for the top of a container. 2 = EYELID. 3 the operculum of a shell or a plant. 4 sl. a hat. Phrases and idioms: put the lid (or tin lid) on Brit. colloq. 1 be the culmination of. 2 put a stop to. take the lid off colloq. expose (a scandal etc.). Derivatives: lidded adj. (also in comb.). lidless adj. Etymology: OE hlid f. Gmc

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Lid Lid (l[i^]d), n. [AS. hlid, fr. hl[=i]dan (in comp.) to cover, shut; akin to OS. hl[=i]dan (in comp.), D. lid lid, OHG. hlit, G. augenlid eyelid, Icel. hli[eth] gate, gateway. [root]40.] 1. That which covers the opening of a vessel or box, etc.; a movable cover; as, the lid of a chest or trunk. 2. The cover of the eye; an eyelid. --Shak. Tears, big tears, gushed from the rough soldier's lid. --Byron. 3. (Bot.) (a) The cover of the spore cases of mosses. (b) A calyx which separates from the flower, and falls off in a single piece, as in the Australian Eucalypti. (c) The top of an ovary which opens transversely, as in the fruit of the purslane and the tree which yields Brazil nuts.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(lids) 1. A lid is the top of a box or other container which can be removed or raised when you want to open the container. = top N-COUNT 2. Your lids are the pieces of skin which cover your eyes when you close them. A dull pain began to throb behind his lids. = eyelid N-COUNT: usu pl 3. If you say that someone is keeping the lid on an activity or a piece of information, you mean that they are restricting the activity or are keeping the information secret. (INFORMAL) The soldiers' presence seemed to keep a lid on the violence... Their finance ministry is still trying to put a lid on the long-simmering securities scandal. N-SING

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Cover, covercle, top. 2. Eyelid.

Moby Thesaurus

baby blues, banjo eyes, bright eyes, bung, cap, chapeau, check valve, clear eyes, cock, cork, cornea, cover, coverchief, eye, eyeball, eyelid, faucet, goggle eyes, handkerchief, hat, headcloth, headdress, headgear, headpiece, headtire, headwear, iris, kerchief, lens, millinery, naked eye, nictitating membrane, oculus, operculum, optic, optic nerve, orb, organ of vision, peeper, peg, pin, plug, popeyes, pupil, retina, saucer eyes, sclera, sea cock, spigot, spike, spile, spill, starry orbs, stop, stopgap, stopper, stopple, tap, top, unaided eye, valve, visual organ


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