leash

Definitions

  • Dumas walks along the dockside with the vulture on a leash
    Dumas walks along the dockside with the vulture on a leash
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v leash fasten with a rope "rope the bag securely"
    • n leash a figurative restraint "asked for a collar on program trading in the stock market","kept a tight leash on his emotions","he's always gotten a long leash"
    • n leash restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal
    • n leash the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Alderson, West Virginia, it is illegal to walk a lion, tiger or leopard in the city limits, even it is on a leash.
    • Leash (Sporting) A brace and a half; a tierce; three; three creatures of any kind, especially greyhounds, foxes, bucks, and hares; hence, the number three in general. "I] kept my chamber a leash of days.""Then were I wealthier than a leash of kings."
    • Leash (Weaving) A string with a loop at the end for lifting warp threads, in a loom.
    • Leash A thong of leather, or a long cord, by which a person may hold or restrain an animal, such as a falconer holding his hawk, or a courser his dog. For dogs and cats, the leash is commonly attached to a collar around the neck of the animal. "Even like a fawning greyhound in the leash ."
    • v. t Leash To tie together, or hold, with a leash.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The last member of the famous Bonaparte family, Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte, died in 1945, of injuries sustained from tripping over his dog's leash.
    • n leash A band, lace, or thong; a snare.
    • n leash Especially— The line used to hold hounds or coursing-dogs until the time comes to set them on the game.
    • n leash A pack of hounds.
    • n leash A light line used to give the falcon a short flight without releasing her altogether. It is secured to the varvels on the bird's ankle.
    • n leash Among sportsmen, a brace and a half; three creatures of any kind, especially greyhounds, foxes, bucks, or hares; hence, three things in general.
    • n leash In weaving, one of the threads, cords, or wires extending between the parallel bars or shafts of the heddles and having a loop or eye in the middle for the reception of a warp-thread. See heddle.
    • leash To bind or secure by a leash.
    • n leash In physiology, an aggregation of similar cord-like structures, such as fibers, nerves, blood-vessels, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Leash lēsh a lash or line by which a hawk or hound is held: a brace and a half, three
    • v.t Leash to hold by a leash: to bind
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Quotations

  • Diane Ackerman
    Diane Ackerman
    “We live on the leash of our senses.”
  • Donald Blum
    Donald Blum
    “We are on the other end of our own leash”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lese, lees, leece, OF. lesse, F. laisse, LL. laxa, fr. L. laxus, loose. See Lax

Usage

In literature:

Twenty-three years ago one's sisters did not strain at the household leash, nor crave a career.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
Care, to the man, is a hound to be kept in leash and mastered.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
But our order is in peril; the enemy is abroad, with Envy, Hatred, and Malice barking on their leashes.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
One of them was a little in the rear of the other, and led four hardy hounds in a long leash.
"A Hungarian Nabob" by Maurus Jókai
The bulldog had ceased to strain at his leash.
"Afloat on the Flood" by Lawrence J. Leslie
The stout dame screamed, dropped the leash, and hit at the terrier with the handle of her parasol.
"The Independence of Claire" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Neb led Top in a leash, to prevent him from bounding forward.
"The Secret of the Island" by W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
Take the dogs in the leashes, and go away now.
"The Children of the New Forest" by Captain Marryat
Instincts and feelings are held in the leash of rational thought.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
Chimo was held in a leash by an Indian.
"Ungava" by R.M. Ballantyne
Keep the leash on his neck till you have given him his first feed; he'll follow you after that.
"The Hot Swamp" by R.M. Ballantyne
Up to this time he had held his age back in the leash of an iron will.
"The Genius" by Margaret Horton Potter
By her side were seven greyhounds, other seven she led by a leash.
"Stories from the Ballads" by Mary MacGregor
Surprise held the Tyro's tongue in leash for the moment.
"Little Miss Grouch" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
The Paymaster held his anger in leash.
"Gilian The Dreamer" by Neil Munro
I keep my ambition in leash, and still and on they must be snapping like curs at Argile.
"John Splendid" by Neil Munro
Leashes, of heddle, 219.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
He had broken his leash, and a more savage brute it would be difficult to imagine.
"Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies" by Alice B. Emerson
Spot, who had been fastened by his leash to the railings outside, greeted the girls with noisy enthusiasm.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
He grabbed the long leash from its wall hook beside the rear door and then he swung the door partway open.
"The Monster" by S. M. Tenneshaw
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In poetry:

A passion to be free
Has ever mastered me;
To none beneath the sun
Will I bow down,—not one
Shall leash my liberty.
"God's Vagabond" by Robert W Service
Glens and glades of lushest verdure
Toil her in their tawny mesh,
Wilder-woofed ways and alleys
Lock her struggling limbs in leash.
"Daphne" by George Meredith
"His arms shone full bright, in the beacon's red light;
His plume it was scarlet and blue;
On his shield was a hound, in a silver leash bound,
And his crest was a branch of the yew."—
"The Eve of St. John" by Sir Walter Scott
Then I saw who held them captive;
And I saw how they were bound
With a broad and quivering leash of light,
Held by the moon,
As, calm and unsmiling,
She walked the deep fields of the sky.
"High Tide" by Jean Starr Untermeyer
How gladly would I wander through some strange and savage land,
The lasso at my saddle-bow, the rifle in my hand,
A leash of gallant mastifs bounding by my side,
And, for a friend to love, the noble horse on which I ride!
"Adventure" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
The Pyramids abide; but through the shaft
That held the polar pivot, eye to eye,
Look now — blank nothingness! As though Change laughed
At man's presumption and his puny craft,
The star has slipped its leash and roams the sky.
"The Old Pole Star" by Edith Wharton

In news:

Dear Abby: Teen on short leash wants more freedom from parents.
Teen on short leash wants more freedom.
Teen on a short leash wants more freedom from parents.
Teen on short leash wants more freedom from parents.
Proper Leash Training Can Prevent Tragedy.
The dog tended to tug on his leash or jump away from his owner when something grabbed his attention.
Lynn Stickel, a volunteer with the Moore Humane Society, works with Marlow as officer Reco Washington holds his leash .
Riverside Park dog owners sued in 2003 over dog leash requirement.
Jeff Trotter's foster dog Veronica wraps her leash around his legs.
Jeff Trotter's foster dog Veronica wraps her leash around his legs at Paws in the Park at Stephens Lake Park on Saturday.
Walking a cat on a leash is no easy trick.
Owners will now be able to walk, run or play with their dogs while off- leash on the west-side of the park.
News Sports Bruins leash the Bulldogs in FWL play.
Following the rules keeps off- leash experience positive.
The Friends of the Doylestown Dog Park will celebrate the grand opening of the park with a leash -cutting and some remarks at 1 pm on Sept 22.
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In science:

The aerostat is attached to the FPA via a leash, isolating the FPA from balloon motions, and the position of the FPA is controlled by six computer-controlled winches.
The Large Adaptive Reflector concept
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