leaf

leaf [lēf]
n.
pl. leaves [ME lefe < OE leaf, akin to Du loof, Ger laub < IE base * leubh-, to peel off, pull off > Lith lupù, to skin, pare off]
1. any of the flat, thin, expanded organs, usually green, growing laterally from the stem or twig of a plant: it usually consists of a broad blade, a petiole, or stalk, and stipules and is involved in the processes of photosynthesis and transpiration
2. in popular usage
3.
a) the blade of a leaf
b) a petal
4. leaves collectively [choice tobacco leaf]
5. a design resembling a leaf, used as an ornament in architecture
6. a sheet of paper, esp. as part of a book, with a page on each side
7.
a) a very thin sheet of metal; lamina
b) such sheets collectively [covered with gold leaf]
8.
a) a hinged section of a table top, forming an extension when raised into place
b) a board inserted into a table top to increase its surface
9. a flat, hinged or movable part of a folding door, shutter, etc.
10. one of a number of metal strips laid one upon another to make a leaf spring
vi.
1. to put forth or bear leaves: often with out
2. to turn the pages of a book, etc., esp. so as to glance quickly (through)
vt.
turn the pages of
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in leaf
having leaves grown; with foliage
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take a leaf from someone's book
to follow someone's example
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turn over a new leaf
to make a new start
leafless
adj.
leaflike
adj.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • Leaf — (l[=e]f), n.; pl. {Leaves} (l[=e]vz). [OE. leef, lef, leaf, AS. le[ a]f; akin to S. l[=o]f, OFries. laf, D. loof foliage, G. laub, OHG. loub leaf, foliage, Icel. lauf, Sw. l[ o]f, Dan. l[ o]v, Goth. laufs; cf. Lith. lapas. Cf. {Lodge}.] 1. (Bot.) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Leaf — Leaf, Leaf out Leaf out(l[=e]f), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Leafed} (l[=e]ft); p. pr. & vb. n. {Leafing}.] To shoot out leaves; to produce leaves; to leave; as, the trees leaf in May. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • leaf|y — «LEE fee», adjective, leaf|i|er, leaf|i|est. 1. having many leaves; covered with leaves, especially broad leaves: »the leafy woods. 2. resembling a leaf; …   Useful english dictionary

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