left

Definitions

  • "His left hand gripped the collar of my jacket."
    "His left hand gripped the collar of my jacket."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj left not used up "leftover meatloaf","she had a little money left over so she went to a movie","some odd dollars left","saved the remaining sandwiches for supper","unexpended provisions"
    • adj left intended for the left hand "I rarely lose a left-hand glove"
    • adj left of or belonging to the political or intellectual left
    • adj left being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the west when facing north "my left hand","left center field","the left bank of a river is bank on your left side when you are facing downstream"
    • adv left toward or on the left; also used figuratively "he looked right and left","the political party has moved left"
    • n left a turn toward the side of the body that is on the north when the person is facing east "take a left at the corner"
    • n left the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's left "the batter flied out to left"
    • n left the hand that is on the left side of the body "jab with your left"
    • n left those who support varying degrees of social or political or economic change designed to promote the public welfare
    • n left location near or direction toward the left side; i.e. the side to the north when a person or object faces east "she stood on the left"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"He grasped my left wrist." "He grasped my left wrist."
A. Cross-Section Thru Back Left Leg and Adjoining Rails of Table. (Plan). B. Elevation, Showing Wide Shoulder on Tenon of Rail A. Cross-Section Thru Back Left Leg and Adjoining Rails of Table. (Plan). B. Elevation, Showing Wide Shoulder on...
Table Construction: Upper Drawer Rail of Table Dovetailed into Left Front Leg Table Construction: Upper Drawer Rail of Table Dovetailed into Left Front Leg
Doctors Left a Monkey Wrench in Him 025 Doctors Left a Monkey Wrench in Him 025
Showing portico on the left and rotunda on the right Showing portico on the left and rotunda on the right
THE GRIP WITH THE LEFT HAND THE GRIP WITH THE LEFT HAND
The elf-maiden is left behind with the young man The elf-maiden is left behind with the young man
I Would Give Him One on the Nose With My Left Hand 203 I Would Give Him One on the Nose With My Left Hand 203

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Your right lung takes in more air than your left one does
    • imp. & p. p Left lĕft of Leave.
    • Left Of or pertaining to that side of the body in man on which the muscular action of the limbs is usually weaker than on the other side; -- opposed to right, when used in reference to a part of the body; as, the left hand, or arm; the left ear. Also said of the corresponding side of the lower animals.
    • Left Situated so that the left side of the body is toward it; as, the left side of a deliberative meeting is that to the left of the presiding officer; the left wing of an army is that to the left of the center to one facing an enemy.
    • Left That part of surrounding space toward which the left side of one's body is turned; as, the house is on the left when you face North. "Put that rose a little more to the left ."
    • Left Those members of a legislative assembly (as in France) who are in the opposition; the advanced republicans and extreme radicals. They have their seats at the left-hand side of the presiding officer. See Center, and Right.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Energy is being wasted if a toaster is left plugged in after use
    • left Belonging to that side of the body of man and other animals which is directed toward the west when the face or front is turned to the north; sinistral: the opposite of right: as, the left hand, arm, leg, ear, or eye; the heart beats on the left side of the body.
    • left Being on the left-hand side; situated on the side toward which the left hand of a person is or is supposed to be turned. The left wing of an army is the part or division on the left side of the center when facing an enemy. The left bank of a river is that which is on the left hand of a person who is going in the direction of its current. The left side of a deliberative assembly is that on the left hand of the presiding officer. In heraldry, the left (or sinister) is the spectator's right.
    • n left The left-hand side; the side opposite to the right: as, turn to the left (hand); the left (wing) of an army; to wheel from right to left.
    • n left In the politics of continental Europe, that part of a legislative assembly which sits on the left of the president; specifically, the liberal or democratic party, as that party, according to custom, always sits on this side of the house.
    • n left A worthless creature.
    • n left In music and stage directions abbreviated L.
    • left Toward the left; sinistrad: as, they scattered right and left.
    • left Preterit and past participle of leave, leave.
    • left A preterit and past participle of leeve.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The right lung is slightly larger than the left
    • pa.p Left left (Spens.) lifted.
    • pa.t., pa.p Left left of leave
    • adj Left left being on the left side—also Left′-hand
    • n Left the side opposite to the right: the part of an assembly sitting on the president's left hand, generally the more liberal or democratic section
    • adv Left toward the left
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Quotations

  • Roger Moore
    Roger Moore
    “Left eyebrow raised, right eyebrow raised.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas%20Carlyle
    “Old age is not a matter for sorrow. It is matter for thanks if we have left our work done behind us.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “When death overtakes us; all that we have is left to others; all that we are we take with us.”
  • Terence
    Terence
    “Of my friends I am the only one left.”
  • George Barrington
    George Barrington
    “True patriots we; for be it understood we left our country for our country's good.”
  • Mignon McLaughlin
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    “For the happiest life, days should be rigorously planned, nights left open to chance.”

Idioms

Be out in left field - (USA) To be out in left field is not to know what's going on. Taken from baseball, when youngsters assign less capable players to the outfield where the ball is less likely to be hit by a young player. In business, one might say, 'Don't ask the new manager; he's out in left field and doesn't know any answers yet.'
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Left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing - If the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing, then communication within a company, organisation, group, etc, is so bad that people don't know what the others are doing.
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Left in the dark - If you are left in the dark about something, you aren't given the information that you should have.
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Left to your own devices - If someone is left to their own devices, they are not controlled and can do what they want.
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Left-handed compliment - A left-handed compliment is one that sounds like praise but has an insulting meaning. ('Backhanded compliment' is an alternative form.)
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Out of the left field - (USA) If something comes out of the left field, it is beside the point and has nothing to do with the matter being discussed.
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Two left feet - A person with two left feet can't dance.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. left, lift, luft,; akin to Fries. leeft, OD. lucht, luft,; cf. AS. left,equiv. to L. inanis,), lyftādl, palsy; or cf. AS. lēf, weak

Usage

In literature:

He seemed half asleep when I left.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
I left the battalion on getting my commission with respect for the officers in charge of the training.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
Like a rush of wind Philip came on, striking right and left, and was driven back by a left-hand body-blow.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
After a stay of nine weeks, the two ships, amply provisioned, left the port of Tinian.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
When your father died you were left penniless.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
We passed the King from left to right, and not as I expected from right to left.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
Similarly if the piece is canted to the left the sights are lowered to the left, and consequently the bullet will strike to the left and low.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
The Germans were defeated and left 40,000 dead on the battlefield.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
She left no word of farewell.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Right and left they wheeled, and right and left ranged themselves in two long lines under the galleries.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
He realized he was still holding the other scrap of pork in his left hand.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
When they left, an' when you left with 'em, me an' Mormon an' Sam, with Miss Molly, was all here.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Then, when he was twenty-three, his mother died, and he was left at home with Effie.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Knowing that he had not left his spirit helper behind when he left Saukenuk gave him new confidence.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The two horses left, belonging to Hardman and Purcell, neighed loudly at being left behind, and pulled on their halters.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
Warmed, clothed, and fed, there seemed nothing left for them.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Only Ruth had been left to her, and in the girl's happiness and success lay Mrs. Morton's whole life and being.
"The Film of Fear" by Arnold Fredericks
He would then strike right and left.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
It must get on, that it may have left Orsova before night.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
Hume had moved to the left of Orden, by change of orders, and Warner was on the left of the moving column.
"Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson And Twenty Great Battles" by John McElroy
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In poetry:

And, singing as when all was young,
They will recall
Those others, lived but left unsung -
The bent of all.
"Dedication--To My Wife" by William Ernest Henley
'And shall we part so soon?' he cried,
'Must we be torn away?
Shall I be left to mourn alone?
Will you no longer stay?
"Alexander And Zenobia" by Anne Bronte
"My father saw my constant pain
When thee I left behind,
Nor longer will his power restrain
The ties my soul would bind.
"An American Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
And now upon the brink of death,
With a mute sense of rest
I stand, and feel that when my breath
Has left, I will be blest.
"The Last Sweet Walk" by Alexander Anderson
XLVIII.
Fled past on right and left how fast
Each forest, grove, and bower!
On right and left fled past how fast
Each city, town, and tower!
"William and Helen" by Sir Walter Scott
And then - like a woman - she left him
The man who had staked his life
Left him - and went back to her husband
And him? - He went back to his wife!
"The Wedding That Never Was" by Billy Bennett

In news:

Pete Alvarado, President of the Missouri City Police Officers' Association (left) is pictured with winners of the 1-Mile Kids Run (from left) Jose Reyna (Quail Valley Elementary School), 1st place.
The Category 2 storm was the biggest recorded Atlantic Hurricane that left many homes destroyed, buildings crushed, and left many displaced.
Co-owners Adriana Luque, second from left, and Stefano Barbagallo, third from left, and 24 other employees are out of work.
The Aggies are left having to search for a new basketball coach with only a few days left until National Signing Day on April 11.
Xiaotong Li, left, and Aaron Kirgesner, seniors at the University of Toledo, explain their 'Device to Assist Individuals in Dressing Themselves,' at left, to engineering professor Lesley Berhan.
Shown are members of the Web Design Team including (back row, from left to right) Eduardo Gallegos, Mike Rosas, Alejandro Ortega, Rene Diaz, (front row, from left to right) Braiden Moore and Amber Craig.
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There is about $2 million of a $4.9 million SAFER grant left that the city received in 2010, and the money left over at the end of this month expires.
Just wondering about all the left over road construction signs that are left on Shelby County 25.
Sylvia Hernandez, second from left, owner of A New Generation, with her daughter, Makenzie, left.
Marianne Peterson (left), mother of zoo Executive Director Tanya Peterson (second from left).
Jake Beck, second from left, receives the Firefighter of the Year award from Utah Valley Exchange Club President Scott Swain, as Lehi Fire Chief Dale Ekins, right, and Lehi Mayor Bert Wilson, left, look on.
Inside linebacker London Fletcher (sprained left ankle) and left tackle Trent Williams (bruised left thigh) practiced Friday for the first time this week.
Daniels left Saturday night's game with a left ankle injury that will sideline him for the rest of the season.
Frost 's tee shot ended up in the left bunker and he pulled his second shot left of the gallery.
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In science:

Recall that the values of the entries in positions p and q of ~x are multiplied (on the left) by mutually inverse elements of G when ~x is multiplied (on the left) by (~v ; τ ) ∈ C (~v ;τ ) with τ = (p q ).
Random walks on wreath products of groups
By a left H-module we mean a left H-module over the underlying algebra of H.
Equivariant Cyclic Cohomology of H-Algebras
Then the algebra of r × r matrices over A, Mr (A) = A ⊗Mr (k), is a left H-algebra where the left H-action is defined by h · (a ⊗m) = h · a ⊗ m.
Equivariant Cyclic Cohomology of H-Algebras
If the edge from u to v has a black square to its left, h(v) = h(u) + 1, and if it has a white square to its left, h(v) = h(u) − 1.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
That the map is invertible follows from the fact that the growth procedure can be reversed! We start at the bottom level, hn (x, t), but now right vertical sides move to the left and left vertical sides to the right.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
In the upper left 48 Mpc area, the left panel matches the right panel of Figure 9.
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
Figure 3: Predictions from the soft physics approach for the helicity correlation ALL (left) and for the transverse and longitudinal electroproduction cross sections of longitudinally polarised ρ0 mesons at s = 40 GeV2 and a cm. scattering angle of 90◦ (left).
Generalized parton distributions at large momentum transfer
The advantage of Coulomb gauge is that it gives a nice separation between left-moving quanta, right-moving quanta and gluons exchanged between left and right-movers.
A Simple Derivation of the JIMWLK Equation
Define a left action Φ : (Oη (n)× Oι (k))× Y → Y by left matrix multiplication on column vectors in Rn+k , and Φg (y) := Φ(g , y).
A Frame Bundle Generalization of Multisymplectic Momentum Mappings
The left representation Φ : G(k) × Y → Y defined by left matrix multiplication covers the trivial representation of G(k) on X = R, so that for all g ∈ G(k), Φg ∈ Aut(Y ).
A Frame Bundle Generalization of Multisymplectic Momentum Mappings
Figure 2: Q residual maps before (upper left panel) and after (lower left panel) destriping.
Some sources of systematic errors on CMB polarized measurements with bolometers
Definition. A left linear form consists of an associative ring R with unit, a left R-module M , and a homomorphism ∂ : M → R of left R-modules.
Linear extensions and nilpotence for Maltsev theories
For a left linear form ∂ : M → R, a ∂ -bimodule consists of an R-R-bimodule B , a left R-module K , and R-linear maps δ : K → B and · : B ⊗R M → K satisfying δ(b · m) = b∂m for any b ∈ B , m ∈ M .
Linear extensions and nilpotence for Maltsev theories
If elements of the Lie algebra g are thought of as the left-invariant vector fields on G, then elements of U (g) will be the left-invariant partial differential operators on G.
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
An algebra A is called a left H-comodule algebra if A is a left H-comodule via ρ : A −→ H ⊗ A and ρ is an algebra map.
Invariant Cyclic Homology
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