• A frog lectures a group of other frogs while they watch some fighting bulls
    A frog lectures a group of other frogs while they watch some fighting bulls
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lecture censure severely or angrily "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car","The deputy ragged the Prime Minister","The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"
    • v lecture deliver a lecture or talk "She will talk at Rutgers next week","Did you ever lecture at Harvard?"
    • n lecture teaching by giving a discourse on some subject (typically to a class)
    • n lecture a lengthy rebuke "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline","the teacher gave him a talking to"
    • n lecture a speech that is open to the public "he attended a lecture on telecommunications"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Human babies are born 2 months prematurely for our size and lifespan, to accomodate for the fact that we have large brains during birth. (Got this off my lecture).
    • Lecture A discourse on any subject; especially, a formal or methodical discourse, intended for instruction; sometimes, a familiar discourse, in contrast with a sermon.
    • Lecture (Eng. Universities) A rehearsal of a lesson.
    • Lecture A reprimand or formal reproof from one having authority.
    • Lecture The act of reading; as, the lecture of Holy Scripture.
    • v. i Lecture To deliver a lecture or lectures.
    • Lecture To read or deliver a lecture to.
    • Lecture To reprove formally and with authority.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Johnson & Johnson created the Band-Aid in 1899 because Robert Wood Johnson attended a lecture concerning the prevention of infection in wounds during surgical operations. The company created the zinc oxide adhesive bandage for surgeons, and launched the consumer version, Band-Aids, in 1921.
    • n lecture The act of reading; reading.
    • n lecture A discourse, especially a written discourse, of suitable length for a single reading; a disquisition pronounced or read, or written as if to be read, before an audience; especially, a formal or methodical discourse intended for instruction: as, a lecture on morals; the Bampton lectures.
    • n lecture A religious discourse of an expository nature, usually based on an extended passage of Scripture; a discourse less methodical and more discursive than a sermon.
    • n lecture A reprimand, as from a superior; a formal reproof.
    • n lecture A professorial or tutorial disquisition.
    • n lecture A lectureship.
    • lecture To instruct by oral discourse.
    • lecture To speak to or address dogmatically or authoritatively; reprimand; reprove: as, to lecture one for his faults.
    • lecture To influence by means of a lecture or formal reprimand: as, he was lectured into doing his duty.
    • lecture To read or deliver a formal discourse; give instruction by oral discourse: as, to lecture on geometry or on chemistry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lecture lek′tūr a discourse on any subject, esp. a professional or tutorial discourse: an expository and discursive religious discourse, usually based on an extended passage of Scripture rather than a single text: an endowed lectureship, as the Bampton, Hulsean, &c.: a formal reproof
    • v.t Lecture to instruct by discourses: to instruct authoritatively: to reprove
    • v.i Lecture to give a lecture or lectures
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  • Rev. W. A. Spooner
    Rev. W. A. Spooner
    “Sir, you have tasted two whole worms; you have hissed all my mystery lectures and been caught fighting a liar in the quad; you will leave by the next town drain.”
  • Ben Elton
    Ben Elton
    “People who get through life dependent on other people's possessions are always the first to lecture you on how little possessions count.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Go into the street, and give one man a lecture on morality, and another a shilling, and see which will respect you most.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “He that knows himself, knows others; and he that is ignorant of himself, could not write a very profound lecture on other men's heads.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. lecture, LL. lectura, fr. L. legere, lectum, to read. See Legend


In literature:

Though only a traveling lecturer's advertisement, there are so many arguments and quotations that it is a little pamphlet.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)" by Augustus de Morgan
That must be a very dull thing for you, a lecture.
"An Anarchist Woman" by Hutchins Hapgood
It had a great deal to say, and for some minutes seemed likely to take the lecture altogether from the mouth of the lecturer.
"The Third Miss Symons" by Flora Macdonald Mayor
Lecturer on Modern History to the Cambridge University Local Lectures Syndicate.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
He took his master's degree at Basel, and then began to lecture on classical Latin and Greek.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
I'll bet every one of 'em has called you up to tell you to see me and give me a lecturing.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
He waited, without a word, until the group of delinquents, after listening to a scathing lecture, were dismissed to their seats.
"Sword and Pen" by John Algernon Owens
Often there are concerts and lectures.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
The Medical lectures, the only lectures given in the name of the College, were given in a building far removed from the College property.
"McGill and its Story, 1821-1921" by Cyrus Macmillan
These students go unattended to the lectures and to the library of the college.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various

In poetry:

You asked me once a little thing,—
A lecture or a song
To hear with you; and yet I thought
To find my whole life long
"Apple-Blossoms" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
In many a lecture, many a book,
You all have heard, you all have read,
That time is precious. Of its use
Much has been written, much been said.
"Time Spent In Dress" by Charles Lamb
Behold what crowding graves! what emblems round!
What living lectures breathe from every stone!
No airy boast of grandeur marks the ground;
These humble teachers talk of Death alone.
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves
Our college rhymes,—how light they seem,
Like little ghosts of love's young dream
That led our boyish hearts away
From lectures and from books, to stray
By flowery mead and flowing stream!
"A Rondeau of College Rhymes" by Henry Van Dyke
Fat F—, with his coat of blue,
Who speeches makes so hot in town,
In rhetoric, spells his lectures through,
And sounds the V for W,
The vay they speaks it at the U-
—niversity we've Got in town.
"Stinkomalee Triumphans" by Richard Harris Barham
Oh! noble-hearted Leopold, most beautiful to see,
Who was wont to fill your audience's hearts with glee,
With your charming songs, and lectures against strong drink:
Britain had nothing else to fear, as far as you could think
"The Death of Prince Leopold" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Exercise and lectures on diet and medicine are part of the experience on the Costa Fortuna .
The guru of "happy chic" opened up about early career flubs and designing for the Obamas at a lecture Tuesday night.
Every February, Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji invites a well-known quilter to give a lecture in Denver.
Catlin Gabel School is hosting Fred Beckey, a legend among Pacific Northwest mountaineers, for a lecture and photo presentation.
Shelly Kagan, a philosopher at Yale U who teaches a popular course on death, says he enjoys the e-mails he receives from around the world about his online lectures.
Enlarge Cory Olsen colsen@mlive.com Justice John Paul Stevens speaks during the Gerald R Ford Presidential Foundation 2011 William E Simon Lecture at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Thursday.
Historical lectures, art and food draw youth appreciation.
A new San Francisco-based lecture series, Design Assembly, kicked off Wednesday with a talk from one of the dons of contemporary furniture, Giulio Cappellini.
Visiting Golding Artists Isak Applin & Carl Baratta Lecture.
Borlaug has been a distinguised professor at the university since 1984 and continues to lecturer, as well as mentor Borlaug Fellows Program participants.
Author and illustrator James Gurney , best known for his "Dinotopia" book series, will give a free lecture at the SCAD Museum of Art on Sept 17.
Pediatricians do a lot of telephone business: diagnosing, prescribing, encouraging, and talking (lecturing?
Master Smith Bob Kramer Lectures.
Those infomercials were more like a series of lectures on the economy.
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich signing books after giving the Sterling M McMurrin Lecture.

In science:

Goodman, Nilpotent Lie groups: Structure and Applicationsto Analysis, Lecture Notes in Math., Vol. 562, Springer-Verlag, 1976. M.
Problems on the geometry of finitely generated solvable groups
Roller, eds., LMS Lecture Notes, vol. 182, Cambridge Univ.
Problems on the geometry of finitely generated solvable groups
Lepowsky, Rutgers lecture notes on vertex operator algebras, Spring, 1993.
Generalized vertex algebras generated by parafermion-like vertex operators
In this lecture we review recent lattice QCD studies of the statistical properties of the eigenvalues of the QCD Dirac operator.
Randomness on the Lattice
Kac, Vertex algebras for beginners, University lectures series, Vol 10, AMS.
Simple Conformal Algebras Generated by Jordan Algebras