• WordNet 3.6
    • n lesson a task assigned for individual study "he did the lesson for today"
    • n lesson a unit of instruction "he took driving lessons"
    • n lesson the significance of a story or event "the moral of the story is to love thy neighbor"
    • n lesson punishment intended as a warning to others "they decided to make an example of him"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The record for the world?s worst drivers is a toss-up between two candidates: First, a 75-year-old man who received 10 traffic tickets, drove on the wrong side of the road four times, committed four hit-and-run offenses, and caused six accidents, all within 20 minutes on October 15, 1966. Second, a 62-year-old woman who failed her driving test 40 times before passing it in August, 1970 (by that time, she had spent over $700 in lessons, and could no longer afford to buy a car)
    • Lesson (Mus) An exercise; a composition serving an educational purpose; a study.
    • Lesson A portion of Scripture read in divine service for instruction; as, here endeth the first lesson .
    • Lesson A severe lecture; reproof; rebuke; warning. "She would give her a lesson for walking so late."
    • Lesson Anything read or recited to a teacher by a pupil or learner; something, as a portion of a book, assigned to a pupil to be studied or learned at one time.
    • Lesson That which is learned or taught by an express effort; instruction derived from precept, experience, observation, or deduction; a precept; a doctrine; as, to take or give a lesson in drawing. "A smooth and pleasing lesson .""Emprinteth well this lesson in your mind."
    • v. t Lesson To teach; to instruct. "To rest the weary, and to soothe the sad,
      Doth lesson happier men, and shame at least the bad."
      "I . . . shall tutorize him some day."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: 40% of us have had music lessons.
    • n lesson A reading; a part of a book or writing read (originally aloud) at one time for information or instruction.
    • n lesson Specifically A portion of Scripture or other sacred writing appointed to be read during divine service. Lessons were used in the very early days of the Christian Church, being taken at first from the Old Testament, but to these were soon added selections from the New Testament, and later from the homilies of the fathers and from the Acts of Martyrs and Saints. In the Anglican Church the first lesson at morning or evening prayer is taken from the Old Testament (with inclusion of the books called the Apocrypha), and the second lesson from the New Testament. Those of the Roman Catholic Church include also lessons from the Acts of Martyrs and Saints, read on their memorial days. Also called lection.
    • n lesson Something to be learned at one time; a task assigned for study and recitation; a division of a text-book, or a particular portion of knowledge of any kind, constituting a single exercise for a pupil.
    • n lesson Instruction conveyed to a pupil at a set time: as, to give lessons in drawing or music.
    • n lesson Something learned, or that may be learned; a special piece of knowledge gained or imparted; an inculcation serving for guidance or for warning.
    • n lesson Severe admonition; reproof; rebuke.
    • lesson To give a lesson or lessons to; teach; instruct; prompt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lesson les′n a portion of Scripture appointed to be read in divine service: that which a pupil learns at a time: a precept or doctrine inculcated: instruction derived from experience: severe lecture
    • v.t Lesson to give a lesson to
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  • Anita Brookner
    “The lessons taught in great books are misleading. The commerce in life is rarely so simple and never so just.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Let the child's first lesson be obedience, and the second will be what thou wilt.”
  • Patrick Buchanan
    Patrick Buchanan
    “Defeat has its lessons as well as victory.”
  • Vernon S. Law
    Vernon S. Law
    “Experience is the worst teacher; it gives the test before presenting the lesson.”
  • Denis Waitley
    “There are no mistakes or failures, only lessons.”
  • Sir James M. Barrie
    “Life is a long lesson in humility.”


Abject lesson - (India) An abject lesson serves as a warning to others. (In some varieties of English 'object lesson' is used.)
Object lesson - An object lesson serves as a warning to others. (In some varieties of English 'abject lesson' is used.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lessoun, F. leçon, lesson, reading, fr. L. lectio, a reading, fr. legere, to read, collect. See Legend, and cf. Lection


In literature:

He had a lesson by himself.
"A Practical Enquiry into the Philosophy of Education" by James Gall
No true graduate of Tuskegee ever forgets the lessons learned there.
"Tuskegee & Its People: Their Ideals and Achievements" by Various
The master was a young curate who gave Mildred and Beth their lessons also, when school-hours were over.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
You will remember how he encouraged and developed your talent while we were at Deerhurst, arranging with Mr. Wilmot to give you lessons?
"Dorothy's Triumph" by Evelyn Raymond
Lessons of the manoeuvres.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
Then there was an equally hearty reading of the Lesson.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
The lesson would not thus have been so well taught to the world.
"Avatâras" by Annie Besant
You had better go to Miss Alice and get a new lesson, and tell her you are coming on finely.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
Further comment on this text will be left for the next epistle lesson, the two being closely connected.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Give him two lessons a day, and when you have given him four lessons, he will lie down by taking hold of one foot.
"A New Illustrated Edition of J. S. Rarey's Art of Taming Horses" by J. S. Rarey
Geraldine had to learn this lesson even on her wedding-day.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Would you like some lessons?
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
The carelessness with which its lessons are received.
"Modern Painters Volume I (of V)" by John Ruskin
For the time being the soul's evolution lies on the physical plane where certain lessons are to be learned.
"Elementary Theosophy" by L. W. Rogers
The great lesson which I draw from it is that evil must, therefore, be utterly unreal and non-existent.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
These are strange lessons for him upon his entrance into life.
"Émile" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
It was no use for a fellow to try to put through such a pile of back lessons.
"Happy Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
You know there will be your lessons to prepare to-night.
"A Country Gentleman and his Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
Still one can study wisdom as well as other lessons, and like most of them, it is a lifelong study.
"Helen Grant's Schooldays" by Amanda M. Douglas
She liked to look over her lessons and set her books in order.
"The Head Girl at the Gables" by Angela Brazil

In poetry:

Thus sang the sweet sequestered bird,
Soft as the passing wind,
And I recorded what I heard,
A lesson for mankind.
"The Doves" by William Cowper
And lo! from the bloom and greenness,
From the tender skies above,
And the face of his little daughter,
He read a lesson of love.
"The Minister’s Daughter" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Saying, "from these wandering minstrels
I have learned the art of song;
Let me now repay the lessons
They have taught so well and long."
"Walter Von Der Vogelweid" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
He is th' eternal mirror bright,
Where Angels view the FATHER'S light,
And yet in Him the simplest swain
May read his homely lesson plain.
"Tuesday In Whitsun-Week" by John Keble
"Watch we in calmness, as they rise,
The changes of that rapid dream,
And note its lessons, till our eyes
Shall open in the morning beam."
"A Dream" by William Cullen Bryant
Slow passed that vision from my view,
But not the lesson which it taught;
The soft, calm shadows which it threw
Still rested on my thought:
"Raphael" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Free salsa lesson by Paso Dance Studio at 10:15 pm.
Ray writes about the lesson and how it relates to today.
Civil Rights Leader Andrew Young Shares Life Lessons With New Generation.
The determination of cleanliness is backed up by lessons learned from failures, surface and analytical tests that may or may not include industry standards, and past performance by similar products.
Lee Clow #10 In his final minute Lee reveals the lesson h.
Looks like Vice President Joe Biden has been taking extracurricular Democratic jive-talking lessons.
Josh, 26, took his first flying lessons at Fairbanks International Airport with the late Tim Sander as his instructor and he made his first solo flight here nine years ago.
It includes lesson plans designed for use in classrooms from elementary school through high school, an online version of the Kentucky Coal Facts Book, a section portraying coal-mining history, and much more.
A coarse lesson on cheating.
Milky Way, Henry have health lessons for Plumas Lake school.
Students at Cobblestone Elementary School in Plumas Lake received a lesson Wednesday in nutrition and health from a 1,200 pound 6-year-old.
The lessons are taught by Paul Pacult, Doug Frost, Dr David Wondrich, Dale DeGroff, and Andy Seymour.
US banks ignore Europe's lesson on greed.
Lessons learned and future prospects.
Life Lessons' excels in concise , creative nonfiction.

In science:

The lesson appears to be that luminous young star clusters are found whenever there is vigorous star formation, whether it be in mergers or starburst galaxies.
The Formation of Star Clusters
Sensitivity is compared with that in previous experiments, and lessons are noted for future studies.
Extensive Air Shower Radio Detection: Recent Results and Outlook
The fact that extended ob jects can be constructed from the matrices describing pointlike D0-branes seems to be one of the fundamental lessons of matrix theory.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
We believe, nevertheless, that the experience gained and lessons learned through the study of N = 2 SQED should be an important stepping stone towards testing these conjectures.
Low-energy dynamics in N = 2 super QED: Two-loop approximation
Lessons in neural network training: Overfitting may be harder than expected.
On Interference of Signals and Generalization in Feedforward Neural Networks
The main lesson of this paper is that both N = 1 and N = 2 branes naturally described in terms of T M ⊕ T ∗M.
Geometry of D-branes for general N=(2,2) sigma models
Siegel, Superspace, or One Thousand and One Lessons in Supersymmetry, Front.
On the component structure of N = 1 supersymmetric nonlinear electrodynamics
Barrett, through the philosophy of working with handle decompositions instead of triangulations, a lesson, amongst many others, that I learnt from him whilst I was his PhD student.
Categorical Groups, Knots and Knotted Surfaces
The lesson of AdS/CFT correspondence is that any large-N gauge theory has a dual gravity/string theory13 .
Holography and Brane-bulk Energy Exchange
It is important to remember this lesson when examining the recent study of microlensing in QSO 2237+0305 by Lee et al. (2005).
Interpreting microlensing signal in QSO 2237+0305: Stars or planets?
The main lesson from this discussion is that solutions can fluctuate according to two hierarchical levels of statistics: the first level deals with fluctuations inside a single cluster, i.e. fluctuations on the floppy part, while the second level deals with the choice of the cluster.
Geometrical organization of solutions to random linear Boolean equations
The main lesson to be taken from this, admittedly speculative, treatment of the dynamics of the landscape is that there are concrete calculations that can be done and concrete predictions that can be made.
Cosmological Avatars of the Landscape II: CMB and LSS Signatures
Smailagic, A., Siewiorek, D., Anhalt, J., Gemperle, F., Salber, D. & Weber, S. (2001). Towards Context Aware Computing: Experiences and Lessons.
Ambient Multimodality: an Asset for Developing Universal Access to the Information Society
Nevertheless the main lesson is that in matrix space the weaker decay can still be used; and in x space the oscillations can never be completely killed by the vertices oscillations.
Why Renormalizable NonCommutative Quantum Field Theories?
From the comparison between the analytical and numerical outputs, we can learn an important lesson; the numerical implementation like Eq. (11) needs more and more caution as we approach the continuum limit in the transverse plane.
Randomness in infinitesimal extent in the McLerran-Venugopalan model