lack

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lack be without "This soup lacks salt","There is something missing in my jewelry box!"
    • n lack the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable "there is a serious lack of insight into the problem","water is the critical deficiency in desert regions","for want of a nail the shoe was lost"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lack of sleep can affect your immune system and reduce your ability to fight infections
    • Lack Blame; cause of blame; fault; crime; offense.
    • Lack Deficiency; want; need; destitution; failure; as, a lack of sufficient food. "She swooneth now and now for lakke of blood.""Let his lack of years be no impediment."
    • interj Lack Exclamation of regret or surprise.
    • Lack To be in want. "The young lions do lack , and suffer hunger."
    • Lack To be wanting; often, impersonally, with of, meaning, to be less than, short, not quite, etc. "What hour now?
      I think it lacks of twelve."
      "Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty."
    • Lack To be without or destitute of; to want; to need. "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God."
    • Lack To blame; to find fault with. "Love them and lakke them not."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Captain Cook lost 41 of his 98 crew to scurvy (a lack of vitamin C) on his first voyage to the South Pacific in 1768. By 1795 the importance of eating citrus was realized, and lemon juice was issued on all British Navy ships.
    • n lack Want or deficiency of something requisite or desirable; defect; failure; need.
    • n lack Want of presence; a state of being away; absence.
    • n lack A want; defect; a blemish; especially, a moral defect; a fault in character.
    • n lack A fault committed; an offense; a censurable act.
    • n lack Blame; reproach; rebuke; censure.
    • lack To be wanting or deficient; come short; fail.
    • lack To be absent or away; be missing.
    • lack To be in want; suffer need.
    • lack To be wanting to; fail.
    • lack To be in want of; stand in need of; want; be without; be destitute of; fail to have or to possess. The direct object in this construction was formerly the subject, what is now the subject (nominative) being originally in the dative.
    • lack To suffer the absence of; feel the deprivation of; miss.
    • lack To blame; reproach; speak in detraction of.
    • lack To beat. Also lacky.
    • lack Synonyms Lack, Need, Want. These words have come to overlap each other a good deal by figurative extension, and have considerable variety of peculiar idiomatic use. To lack is primarily and generally to be without, that which is lacked being generally some one thing, and a thing which is desirable, although generally not necessary or very important.
    • lack To pierce the hull of with shot.
    • lack See lac.
    • lack To lacquer; treat with lac.
    • lack Used in the exclamatory phrase Good lack. See good.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In space, astronauts are unable to cry, tears can't flow down, because of the lack of gravity.
    • v.t., v.i Lack lak to want: to be in want: to be destitute of: to miss
    • n Lack want: destitution
    • n Lack a want of brightness
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Quotations

  • N. H. Moos
    N. H. Moos
    “The only lack or limitation is in your own mind.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    Kin%20Hubbard
    “Lack of pep is often mistaken for patience.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George%20Bernard%20Shaw
    “Lack of money is the root of all evil.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “The lack of money is the root of all evils.”
  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “What our age lacks is not reflection, but passion.”
  • Raymond Holliwell
    Raymond Holliwell
    “Understanding reduces the greatest to simplicity, and lack of its causes the least to take on the magnitude.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lak,; cf. D. lak, slander, laken, to blame, OHG. lahan, AS. leán,

Usage

In literature:

I now saw to it that my poetising should not lack any of the dignity of outward circumstance.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
There was, however, a sad lack of trained officers to command the vessels of the infant navy.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Brazil is not lacking in intelligent men.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
She had scarcely slept, as he could see, for her face was still pale with worry, while her eyes showed her lack of rest.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
Lack of a Central Power.
"History of the United States, Volume 2 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
But bitterness ruled the midnight hour; unanimity still lacked thirty-nine votes.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Libraries are always complaining that they cannot buy many valuable books from lack of funds.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
Aye, heretofore he had only lacked a motive.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
After he had reached San Bernardino he happened to purchase a gun lacking a front sight.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
The world despises an insignificant person who lacks backbone and character.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
I lack no such babe's gear.
"The White Lady of Hazelwood" by Emily Sarah Holt
But Plato made good, in his own character, all that Socrates lacked.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
Instantly the Scotsman's lack of self-consciousness became apparent.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
If he lacked in intellect, in appearance he held averages good.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
The Romans thought it indecent to lack the foreskin, and the Jews endeavored to conceal this lack.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
The "Urgent" is long and narrow, and during our expedition she lacked the steadying influence of sufficient ballast.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Again, it is a common opinion that our condensed histories lack life and movement.
"Historical Essays" by James Ford Rhodes
Also when both parents lack stoutness (are slender), all children tend to lack it.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Things seemed flat, lacking full definition, lacking shadow.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
But Burgoyne had his manly parts, and though he lacked greatness, he commands at times our sympathy and our respect.
"The Siege of Boston" by Allen French
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In poetry:

Yet not the wishèd death,
That hathe noe plainte nor lacke,
Which, making free the better parte,
Is onely nature's sacke.
"A Fancy" by Edward Dyer
Man never yet has loved a maid,
But they were sure to part, sir;
Nor never lacked a paltry spade
But that he drew a heart, sir!
"Long Meter" by Eugene Field
What we are seeking is a fare
One way, a chance to be secure:
The lack that keeps us what we are,
The penny that usurps the poor.
"The Reckoning" by Theodore Roethke
When one tool we can't work withall,
We boldly for another call.
For one a preference may lack
Although they both appear in black.
"The Jack Daw" by William Hutton
“My love lay bloody on the strand
Ere stars were waxen wan:
Naught lacketh graves the Northern land
If to-day it lack a lovelier man.
"Love's Reward" by William Morris
But let me ne'er thy Spirit lack,
That by his aid my pray'rs may come
Before him who can wisely make
Ev'n distance lead his people home.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

Lack of a Cohesive Voice Another major problem for physicians, as Ray sees it, is that they are not represented by a forceful organization.
The Rolling Stones' plans (or lack thereof) have been front and center lately, but while they've yet to do much of anything this year, that hasn't kept drummer Charlie Watts from keeping busy.
Affordable Housing or Lack Thereof.
Talk about immigration lacking in presidential campaign.
100-calorie snacks often lack nutritional value for dieters.
Terrell Owens cut by Allen Wranglers for 'lack of effort.
COLUMBIA — Isaac Wagner, a student employee who is responsible for taking care of the Mizzou Botanic Garden , said he and other workers have had to focus on the lack of moisture in the garden because of the drought.
It's tricky to cover home price trends in Savannah because of the lack of clear data.
On the sidewalk in Philadelphia, Nutter turned the discussion from education to Romney's qualifications, or lack thereof.
Can Lack of Sleep Cause Brain Damage .
While lacking in scenery, Yount is sending a message to the cyclists — look how easy it is to bike to the store.
Cites longtime lack of team chemistry.
From the conquest and subjugation of native peoples to Darth Vader and the Death Star, empires lack any redeeming characteristics.
While steamed foods can sometimes be lacking in the flavor department, the herbs and spices in this dish ensure there's plenty of zest.
Grizzlies' late-game failures compounded by lack of leadership.
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In science:

These authors note that this extended emission may originate from low-gain masers given the lack of OH (1720 MHz) absorption toward this source.
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
There are few measured redshifts between these ranges, due to the lack of prominent spectral features observable at optical wavelengths.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
For the coefficients of the even order polynomials, the number of equations is one less than the number of coefficients, whereas for the odd order ones we lack two equations.
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles
This is a similar limit to those from lack of persistent pulsations and from spectral modelling (Psaltis & Lamb 1998).
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
Recently, however, Ballesteros-Paredes, Hartmann, & V´azquez-Semadeni (1999), have proposed much shorter lifetimes of only 5– 7 Myr, based on the lack of post-T Tauri stars with ages in the 5–10 Myr range that are clearly associated with molecular clouds.
The Dynamical Interstellar Medium: Insights from Numerical Models
We have found this to be very important to achieve longterm stability, but at the moment we lack a theoretical understanding as to why this is so.
Simple excision of a black hole in 3+1 numerical relativity
For unimodular transitive nonamenable graphs, we show lack of percolation for the free random-cluster measure at the lower critical value on all nonamenable quasi-transitive unimodular graphs (Theorem 3.1), thereby extending a result of Benjamini, Lyons, Peres and Schramm [4, 5] that was for i.i.d. percolation.
Explicit isoperimetric constants and phase transitions in the random-cluster model
Writing fields in region 1 and 5 we use the lack of the incident waves.
Influence of guiding magnetic field on emission of stimulated photons in generators utilizing periodic slow-wave structures
It is result of transverse dynamics lack in the case of (5.9).
Influence of guiding magnetic field on emission of stimulated photons in generators utilizing periodic slow-wave structures
Discussion: A ma jor lack of this work is the absence of test questions. A candidate is (see [Sh 702, §2]).
Classification theory for theories with NIP - a modest beginning
It is remarkable in this respect that the north-west part of the first-light image lacks of point sources.
AGN in the XMM-Newton first-light image as probes for the interstellar medium in the LMC
Analysis of these six bursts using the waveform matching technique of Miller (1999) confirms the lack of a significant signal at 290 Hz (C.
Oscillations During Thermonuclear X-ray Bursts
The lack of any harmonic structure is also very important.
Oscillations During Thermonuclear X-ray Bursts
However, the lack of similar morphologies for the other very red ob jects suggest that this may not be the universal mechanism.
The Formation of Star Clusters
Again the exponential behavior is a sign of non-existence of any critical point, due to the lack of power-law divergence at any ∆c .
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
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