leer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v leer look suggestively or obliquely; look or gaze with a sly, immodest, or malign expression "The men leered at the young women on the beach"
    • n leer a suggestive or sneering look or grin
    • n leer a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Leer A distorted expression of the face, or an indirect glance of the eye, conveying a sinister or immodest suggestion. "With jealous leer malign
      Eyed them askance."
      "She gives the leer of invitation.""Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer ."
    • n Leer An oven in which glassware is annealed.
    • Leer Complexion; aspect; appearance. "A Rosalind of a better leer than you."
    • a Leer Empty; destitute; wanting "A leer stomach."
    • Leer The cheek.
    • v. t Leer To entice with a leer, or leers; as, to leer a man to ruin.
    • v. t Leer lēr To learn.
    • v. i Leer To look with a leer; to look askance with a suggestive expression, as of hatred, contempt, lust, etc.; to cast a sidelong lustful or malign look. "I will leer upon him as a' comes by.""The priest, above his book, Leering at his neighbor's wife."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n leer The cheek; more generally, the face.
    • n leer Complexion; hue; color.
    • n leer Flesh; skin.
    • n leer The flank or loin.
    • leer To look obliquely or askant; now, especially, to look obliquely with significance; cast a look expressive of some passion, as contempt, malignity, etc., especially a sly or amorous look.
    • leer To give an oblique glance or leer with.
    • leer To affect by leering, in a way specified.
    • n leer A significant side glance; a glance expressive of some passion, as malignity, amorousness, etc.; an arch or affected glance or cast of countenance.
    • leer Empty; unoccupied.
    • leer Hence Frivolous; trifling.
    • leer Left.
    • n leer A dialectal variant of lire.
    • n leer Tape, braid, binding, etc.
    • n leer In glass manufacturing, an annealing-furnace in which glassware is slowly cooled and annealed. It consists usually of a long chamber with a furnace at one end and having either a track of rails over which the glass is moved on cars through the furnace or a traveling apron for the same purpose.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Leer lēr a sly, sidelong look:
    • v.i Leer to look askance: to look archly or obliquely
    • n Leer lēr (Shak.) complexion, colour
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lere, cheek, face, look, AS. hleór, cheek, face; akin to OS. hlear, hlior, OD. lier, Icel. hlȳr,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hleór, face, cheek; Ice. hlýr.

Usage

In literature:

She was approached by the bridegroom, who with an air of leering gallantry offered her his assistance in alighting.
"Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine" by Lewis Spence
He leered at her as she approached him, and it occurred to her that he was not very steady on his legs.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Once again the incrusted paper leered at me in ail its horrible pink incrustiness.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, September 1st, 1920" by Various
Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, And without sneering teach the rest to sneer.
"Familiar Quotations" by Various
Had to hurry to funerals; eight; Martie and Annie Erasmus; "Leer ons alzoo onze dagen tellen" (So teach us to number our days).
"Woman's Endurance" by A.D.L.
One of Whitey's hands rested on the head of the dog, who leered at him lovingly.
"Injun and Whitey to the Rescue" by William S. Hart
Still, the giggle, the plastered oily hair and the venal leering eyes came back to me again and again in spite of myself.
"Oscar Wilde, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Frank Harris
That'll pay,' added he, with a knowing leer at the landlord of the Hen Angel, Newington Butts.
"Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour" by R. S. Surtees
Leer = flanken rigardi.
"English-Esperanto Dictionary" by John Charles O'Connor and Charles Frederic Hayes
He leered down at her with what was meant to be an ingratiating smile.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
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In poetry:

I was hard as granite, I
leered at the sun.
I trusted no man and
especially no
woman.
"Let It Enfold You" by Charles Bukowski
And then the sailor leered again
In such a frightful way,
And made so many faces
I was little loath to stay:
"A Ballad" by James Whitcomb Riley
Laechelnd greift er nach dem Glase;
Laechelnd macht ers auf der Base,
Auf der Pest, Gesundheit leer;
Laechelnd setzt ers wieder her.
"Der Tod" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Taking the mother's coin with a leer
Ogress remarked: 'Don't cry, my dear,
Motherly persons to me are known,
One is named Wood and another Stone.
"Mother Doorstep" by Victor James Daley
Lo! when I walk along the woodland way
Strange creatures leer at me with uncouth love,
And from the grass reach upward to my breast,
And to my mouth lean from the boughs above.
"Beauty Accurst" by Richard Le Gallienne
What's the leopard-dog-thing, constant at his side,
A leer and lie in every eye of its obsequious hide?
When will come an end to all the mock obeisance,
And the price appear that pays for the misfeasance?
"Before" by Robert Browning

In news:

2 With Lewis pounding the piano and leering, Great Ba.
I'll Miss 'Steven Tyler's Creepy Leer of the Night' on Jimmy Kimmel.
B'nai B'rith World Center Dismayed At Van Leer Institute For Cooperating With Upcoming Anti-Israel Conference.
The man would leer at her in the elevator just to make her squirm, she said.
When Shelly Leer approached me about her "rope walls," unique room dividers that have been featured on design blogs across the country, I figured she was one of those DIY-ers.
Memory of the Halls of Mirrors in Brussels (1920), a Dadaist painting of a leering officer and a prostitute, is suffused with Guerlain perfume and soundtracked to 1920s jazz.
A judge sentenced 53-year-old Susan Warren of Elyria (eh-LEER'-ee-uh) on Monday in Cleveland on her guilty plea to attempted burglary.
Mother & Daughter Coauthors: Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer Talk to PW.
For the mother-daughter author team of Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer, writing Between the Lines was enlightening for each in different ways.
Cable, 86, of Laurel View Village, formerly of Davidsville, Johnstown and Orlando, Fla. Robert Rishebarger, 92, of Ashburn, Va. And formerly of Colonial Beach, Va. "Sonny" Leer, 87, of Rockwood.
Presentations given by executives at Huhtamäki Van Leer, Graphic Packaging Corp.
In case its startling greeting didn't scare you, this pumpkin also projects a leering visage onto the wall behind it.
Nov 12, 2012 Steve Leer, Purdue University.
Nov 20, 2012 Steve Leer, Purdue University.
Don't discount leering stepfather .
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In science:

However, the mass loss rate, which is mainly determined by the proton flux, increases with increasing χ as a consequence of more energy being deposited to the subsonic portion for the proton gas (Leer & Holzer 1980).
Angular momentum transport and proton-alpha differential streaming in the solar wind
Other features implemented include Van Leer upwind scheme, artificial viscosity to handle shock, and, staggered cylindrical grids.
Disk-Planet Interaction Simulations: (I) Baroclinic Generation of Vortensity and Non-Axisymmetric Rossby-Wave-Instability
Cartoon illustration of how the gradient of a thermodynamical quantity Q is computed for the purpose of implementing the limiter introduced by van Leer (1979).
Hydrodynamic simulations with the Godunov SPH
In the upper part of Figure 1 we schematically show how quantities are evaluated in the Eulerian scheme, while the lower part shows our extension of the implementation of the van Leer (1979) limiter in the case of the unstructured grid, which is relevant for the GSPH.
Hydrodynamic simulations with the Godunov SPH
We will refer to this implementation as “second order reconstruction with v an Leer limiter ” (see van Leer 2006, for a detailed description) .
Hydrodynamic simulations with the Godunov SPH
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