leisure

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n leisure freedom to choose a pastime or enjoyable activity "he lacked the leisure for golf"
    • n leisure time available for ease and relaxation "his job left him little leisure"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Surveys indicate that the number one reason people play BINGO is for leisure
    • Leisure Freedom from occupation or business; vacant time; time free from employment. "The desire of leisure is much more natural than of business and care."
    • Leisure Time at one's command, free from engagement; convenient opportunity; hence, convenience; ease. "He sighed, and had no leisure more to say."
    • a Leisure Unemployed; as, leisure hours.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Food passes through the small intestine in just two hours, zipping along at 0.002 mph. Inside the large intestine, it takes about 14 hours, traveling at a more leisurely rate of 0.00007 mph
    • n leisure Opportunity for ease or relaxation; freedom from necessary occupation or business; spare time.
    • n leisure Convenient opportunity; available or commodious time; hence, convenience; ease.
    • leisure Free from business; idle; unoccupied: as, leisure moments.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Leisure lē′zhōōr or lezh′- time free from employment: freedom from occupation, convenient opportunity, ease
    • adj Leisure unoccupied
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Leisure for people of business, and business for people of leisure would cure many problems.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    Aldous%20Huxley
    “What with making their way and enjoying what they have won, heroes have no time to think. But the sons of heroes --ah, they have all the necessary leisure.”
  • Laurence J. Peter
    Laurence%20J.%20Peter
    “The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure.”
  • Scipio Africanus
    Scipio Africanus
    “I'm never less at leisure than when at leisure, or less alone than when alone.”
  • Aristotle
    Aristotle
    “The end of labor is to gain leisure.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. leisere, leiser, OF. leisir, F. loisir, orig., permission, fr. L. licere, to be permitted. See License

Usage

In literature:

The coral necklace lay on the edge of the table throughout most of our leisurely meal.
"African Camp Fires" by Stewart Edward White
He leisurely saw the thousand, and raised another five hundred.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
To-morrow, though, I'll ask, in Easter leisure, This and the other question, at your pleasure.
"Faust" by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
He had been trying to catch this glimpse for thirty years; he was a persistent man with plenty of leisure.
"The Younger Set" by Robert W. Chambers
Now, late in the day, the travel was most leisurely.
"The Silent Places" by Steward Edward White
They are busy, hard-working women, and the enforced leisure is very trying to them.
"A Woman's Part in a Revolution" by Natalie Harris Hammond
His father was a blacksmith by trade, and employed his leisure time in cultivating a small farm of which he was the owner.
"Great Fortunes, and How They Were Made" by James D. McCabe, Jr.
It was not ultra-fashionable, but it had wealth and leisure and some breeding.
"The Quest of the Silver Fleece" by W. E. B. Du Bois
But out here, where the ladies have so much less leisure, it is still less desirable.
"At Home And Abroad" by Margaret Fuller Ossoli
Colonial life, crowded as it was with hard and unremitting toil, left scant leisure for the cultivation of the arts and sciences.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
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In poetry:

"The rest of my speech" (he explained to his men)
"You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
"The rest of my speech" (he exclaimed to his men)
"You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
"Fit The Fourth - The Hunting" by Lewis Carroll
O Welcome simply soothing treasure!
In midst o' pain my lanely pleasure!
Tutor'd by thee, and whispering leisure,
I quit the thrang,
And, wrapt in bless'd retirement, measure
Thy varied sang!
"The Scottish Muse" by Hector MacNeill
Did that come back to you when you were dying?
I think it did: you had much leisure there,
And, with the things we knew, came quietly flying
Memories of things you had seen we knew not where.
"Elegy" by John Collings Squire
The motors flash by with their noise and their smell
Assailing your eyes and your nostrils as well,
So modern their haste is, no leisure have they
For old-fashioned things like a lift by the way.
"A Lift" by Cicely Fox Smith
In the eternal dome of azure
Did you not dream with longside pleasure
Of what you left? Did you not sigh
For dear Home's leisure?
Or cry when seeing in the sky
The clouds that northwardly did hie?
"Spring Harbingers" by George Cosbuc

In news:

For more information or to book, please visit QT Port Douglas, or call 61-7/4099-8900 and mention Travel + Leisure.
Culture & Leisure 5 31.
One of the best ways to do that is to enjoy a leisurely lunch at Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar.
The best way to see any city worth seeing is on foot and at leisure.
REH Leisure Series includes 15 shows.
Competition for the leisure dollar is at its highest level these days and this scenario does not look like it will ever go away.
In the form of lemon-lime soda -- to each glass as you serve it allows you to enjoy this pitcher cocktail at your leisure without worrying about the whole batch losing its fizz.
Rowley, the former head of the United States Secret Service who reorganized the agency after the assassination of President John F Kennedy, died Sunday at his home in Leisure World, Md.
ALL ARTICLES Arts & Leisure (April 10, 2005).
Culture & Leisure 5 16.
Rubinstein died July 24 at his home in Leisure Village after a battle with cancer, his family said.
TORONTO, Ontario — Leisure Design, supplier of outdoor woven furniture, announced the addition of Scott Reitz to its sales force.
The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department will conduct a senior adult trip along the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway on Thursday, Oct 11.
Time for the week's most leisurely cup of coffee.
Brad Leisure's SketchPad #167, April 2012 features the classic '32 Ford doing a double-take.
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In science:

The hypothesis that FCC046 is actively forming stars, albeit at a leisurely pace, is further corroborated by its blue colour and high near-infrared Paschen absorption index (Michielsen et al. 2003).
Evidence for a warm ISM in Fornax dEs - II. FCC032, FCC206 and FCCB729
The first half of this section is based on the (more leisurely) account contained in Jacka and Warren (1999) of what it might mean to shuffle an infinite set of cards.
Random orderings of the integers and card shuffling
There is little time for leisure, and waking hours are consumed by the requirements of work.
Astronomy in Antarctica
High speed means high read noise so high frame rate cameras will need higher gains than the more leisurely QUCAM2 (1.6s read-out time in EM mode).
On the use of electron-multiplying CCDs for astronomical spectroscopy
But since the observer at infinity has an arbitrary amount of energy at his disposal, it would seem that he can use an external device to pull the infalling system back to infinity, and then decode the state of the system at leisure.
Losing information outside the horizon
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