lame

Definitions

  • Dogs barking at lame man
    Dogs barking at lame man
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj lame disabled in the feet or legs "a crippled soldier","a game leg"
    • adj lame pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness "a feeble excuse","a lame argument"
    • v lame deprive of the use of a limb, especially a leg "The accident has crippled her for life"
    • n lame a fabric interwoven with threads of metal "she wore a gold lame dress"
    • n lame someone who doesn't understand what is going on
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The lame boy turning the wheel The lame boy turning the wheel

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lame Hence, hobbling; limping; inefficient; imperfect; as, a lame answer. "A lame endeavor.""O, most lame and impotent conclusion!"
    • Lame Moving with pain or difficulty on account of injury, defect, or temporary obstruction of a function; as, a lame leg, arm, or muscle.
    • v. t Lame lām To make lame. "If you happen to let child fall and lame it."
    • Lame To some degree disabled by reason of the imperfect action of a limb; crippled; as, a lame man.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lame Crippled or disabled by injury to or defect of a limb or limbs; specifically, walking with difficulty; halting; limping: as, a lame man or horse.
    • lame Inefficient from injury or defect; unsound or impaired in strength; crippled: as, a lame leg or arm.
    • lame Figuratively, imperfect; lacking finish or completeness; defective in quality or quantity; halting; insufficient; hobbling: as, lame verse; lame rimes; a lame excuse.
    • lame To make lame; cripple or disable; render imperfect or unsound: as, to lame an antagonist; to lame an arm or a leg.
    • n lame Earthenware.
    • n lame A broken piece of earthenware; a potsherd.
    • lame Earthen: used of pottery: as, a lame pig (an earthen vessel).
    • n lame In armor, a plate of metal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Lame lām disabled in the limbs: hobbling: unsatisfactory: imperfect
    • v.t Lame to make lame: to cripple: to render imperfect
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Quotations

  • Latin Proverb
    Latin Proverb
    “He who walks with the lame learns how to limp.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Youth is full of sport, age's breath is short; youth is nimble, age is lame; Youth is hot and bold, age is weak and cold; Youth is wild, and age is tame.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The best pedigree in the world won't sell a lame race horse.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Don't halt before you are lame.”
  • Swedish Proverb
    Swedish Proverb
    “When a blind man carries a lame man both go forward.”
  • Albert Einstein
    Albert%20Einstein
    “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

Idioms

Lame duck - If something or someone is a lame duck, they are in trouble.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lame, AS. lama,; akin to D. lam, G. lahm, OHG., Dan., & Sw. lam, Icel. lami, Russ. lomate, to break, lomota, rheumatism

Usage

In literature:

We may have a visible sign of Spavin, swelling and hardness of the part, without lameness.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
She was not lame any longer; she had bright wings, and a pure white robe, and a golden harp.
"Little Ferns For Fanny's Little Friends" by Fanny Fern
If only his lameness would leave him!
"The Young Treasure Hunter" by Frank V. Webster
A further claim upon the Earl's forbearance was the personal defect of the poor surgeon, who was lame, and short in stature.
"Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745." by Mrs. Thomson
It was no light task, for the dog was lame, and the wind carried back our shouts into our very teeth.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
She will probably be lame for life.
"Tom and Some Other Girls" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
If I leave you in peace, you may be lame for life.
"More about Pixie" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
I forgot withal that I was lame.
"Vesty of the Basins" by Sarah P. McLean Greene
Velo was silent, and Zaidos returned to his cot, once more conscious of his fatigue and lameness.
"Shelled by an Unseen Foe" by James Fiske
He wasn't lame then, was he?
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
It was not the weight, it was the repulsion that lamed him.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
I am lame with galloping.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866" by Various
You will not be quite so lame as that: but I am afraid you must lose your foot.
"The Crofton Boys" by Harriet Martineau
Every instrument in the orchestra is required unless the music is to be lame and broken.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
You will not be quite so lame as that: but I am afraid you must lose your foot.
"The Crofton Boys" by Harriet Martineau
One very cold but calm and clear winter night, a lame man was seen to hurry along the Strand in the direction of Saint Paul's Cathedral.
"The Thorogood Family" by R.M. Ballantyne
For a few days the animal is lame, but as the suppuration disappears the lameness subsides.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
He is just as pretty as he can be, but he's lame.
"Heart of Gold" by Ruth Alberta Brown
Their muscles ached, and they were so lame that they could scarcely move.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
For rheumatism, sprains, lameness, etc.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
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In poetry:

They give their best—O tenfold shame
On us their fallen progeny,
Who sacrifice the blind and lame -
Who will not wake or fast with Thee!
"The Epiphany" by John Keble
We are the poor, the blind, the lame,
And help was far, and death was nigh;
But at the gospel-call we came,
And every want received supply.
"Hymn 12" by Isaac Watts
"He comes! He comes! And, sad one, who can say
What He may do for thee?
He makes the lame to walk! He heals the sick!
He makes the blind to see!"
"The Miracle" by Virna Sheard
Behold the blind their sight receive;
Behold the dead awake and live;
The dumb speak wonders, and the lame
Leap like the hart, and bless his name.
"Hymn 137" by Isaac Watts
"Ye ha' seen me heal the lame and blind,
And wake the dead," says he,
"Ye shall see one thing to master all:
'Tis how a brave man dies on the tree."
"Ballad Of The Goodly Fere" by Ezra Pound
"Thou, had'st thou not been sick and lame,
Would'st ne'er have learned this plot,
And had'st thou strength thou could'st not pass
The lines, and not be shot.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon

In news:

Your engagement photos are unoriginal and lame.
She was a girl who laughed easily at her uncle's lame jokes.
Rather than cashing in on the bleak atmosphere, the film merely uses its exotic location as window dressing on an otherwise lame story.
Funny bit this morning with the guys, Lauren & Derek on WZZM 13 covering the controversy surrounding the lame dude who wants to marry his sweetheart in a fort.
Here's a few tips on how you can tell you're at a lame New Year's Party.
ASA calls for quick passage of Russia PNTR in lame duck session.
The upcoming "lame duck" Congress could pose a major threat to the welfare of thousands of West Virginians, speakers at a state AFL -CIO news conference warned Thursday.
The upcoming "lame duck" Congress could pose a major threat to the welfare of thousands of West Virginians, speakers at a state AFL-CIO news conference warned Thursday.
During this lame duck session of Congress, our senators should co-sponsor that legislation.
Should Lame Duck Legislature Tackle Election Reform.
The lame-duck state Legislature rammed right-to-work legislation into Michigan law in just five - 1:12 am.
How lame are the opposition researchers for Mitt Romney's Republican rivals.
Although the legislative trends decided by next month's elections won't be known until the lame duck session of Congress and later, based on what we know now it may be a good time to consider selling a small business.
NBC & WBAL should be ashamed of lame tape delay Olympics coverage.
Add "lame duck" to what is increasingly becoming a lame.
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In science:

K is the period of the Lam´e potential, and where on the right-hand side we have expressed J in terms of the effective semiclassical expansion parameter 1/κ.
Perturbative--nonperturbative connection in quantum mechanics and field theory
For the Lam´e system (49) we can exploit the algebraic relation to the finite-dimensional spectral problem (50).
Perturbative--nonperturbative connection in quantum mechanics and field theory
Nevertheless, the high degree of symmetry in the Lam´e system means that the perturbative calculation can be done to arbitrarily high order .
Perturbative--nonperturbative connection in quantum mechanics and field theory
Ward, “The Nahm equations, finite-gap potentials and Lam´e functions”, J.
Perturbative--nonperturbative connection in quantum mechanics and field theory
Two interpretations have been proposed to account for this filamentary emission: either the magnetic field is large enough (≃ 100 µG) to induce strong radiative losses in the high energy electrons (Vink and Laming 2003), or the magnetic field is damped at the shock (Pohl, Yan & Lazarian 2005).
Supernova remnants, planetary nebulae and superbubbles: prospects for new XMM-Newton observations
Vink & Laming (2003) proposed that the emission at the interface was non-thermal bremsstrahlung due to particle acceleration at secondary shocks.
Non-thermal acceleration mechanisms in supernova remnant shells
The low density X-ray filaments and diffuse material are gradually heated and ionized as they penetrate the reverse shock, with a time history that depends on the shape of the ejecta density profile (Laming & Hwang 2003).
Spitzer Spectral Mapping of Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A
In this paper, we follow the line of Sun-Wang-Zhang [19, 20], write L , µ∆ + (λ + µ)∇div then, the Lam´e operator L is an elliptical operate.
A blow-up criterion for 3-D compressible visco-elasticity
For the oscillations (2.5) an exact equation for quantum fluctuations δφ can be reduced to the Lame equation.
The Origin of Matter in the Universe: Reheating after Inflation
Note that the rigorous equation Lame for the fluctuations in the λφ4 theory gives a twice smaller value of µk ≈ 0.036.
The Origin of Matter in the Universe: Reheating after Inflation
As for the regime φ ≫ m/√λ, the main statement of ref. is that the parametric resonance in this model is described by Lame equation rather than by Mathieu equation.
Comments on "Analytic and Numerical Study of Preheating Dynamics"
To study parametric resonance in this theory, one can approximate Lame equation by Mathieu equation.
Comments on "Analytic and Numerical Study of Preheating Dynamics"
Approximate treatment of Lame equations in terms of Mathieu equation was made in only as a first illustrative part of a complete investigation.
Comments on "Analytic and Numerical Study of Preheating Dynamics"
Direct investigation of the Lame equation reveal similar result but with µ ∼ 0.04, see the review by Kofman in .
Comments on "Analytic and Numerical Study of Preheating Dynamics"
In fact other aspects of the ADHMN construction can also be connected with more traditional integrable systems, such as Lam´e equations60,61 , and it would be worth while exploring these relationships further.
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