lair

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lair the habitation of wild animals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lair A burying place.
    • Lair A pasture; sometimes, food.
    • Lair A place in which to lie or rest; especially, the bed or couch of a wild beast.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lair A place in which to lie or rest; a bed; a couch: now used only of, or with figurative reference to, the den or resting-place of a wild beast.
    • n lair A litter, as of rabbits; a stock.
    • n lair An open pasture; a field.
    • n lair Aportion of a burying-ground affording space sufficient for one or more graves; a burial-plot.
    • n lair A Scotch form of lore.
    • n lair Clay; earth.
    • n lair Mire; a bog; a quagmire.
    • n lair Soil; land; ground: in this sense probably confused with lair, 3.
    • lair To sink when wading in snow, mud, or quagmire.
    • lair To put or have put in a lair or den.
    • lair To shelter; hold as in a lair.
    • lair To lie (on); rest inactively.
    • lair To enter a lair; lie down (in); lurk.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lair lār a lying-place, esp. the den or retreat of a wild beast:
    • v.i Lair lār (Scot.) to sink in mud
    • n Lair mire, a bog, a quagmire
    • n Lair lār (Scot.) the ground for one grave in a burying-place.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. leir, AS. leger,; akin to D. leger, G. lager, couch, lair, OHG. legar, Goth. ligrs, and to E. lie,. See Lie to be prostrate, and cf. Layer Leaguer
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. leger, a couch—licgan, to lie down; Dut. leger, Ger. lager.

Usage

In literature:

They died upon her lips when Hugon rose from a lair of reeds and called to her to stop.
"Audrey" by Mary Johnston
Quincy made bold to beard the Abolition lion in his lair, and twist his tail in an extremely lively manner.
"William Lloyd Garrison" by Archibald H. Grimke
Our author then says that the Greek sportsman 'surprised the beasts in their lairs' by night.
"Modern Mythology" by Andrew Lang
We will now proceed to track them to their lair.
"Christopher and Columbus" by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
He would beard Sultans in their lairs and Emperors in their dens.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
They will meet, but they will miss him, there will be wan vacant lair.
"Mr. Dooley Says" by Finley Dunne
This bit of the swale from the lower edge of the gravelly slope to the edge of the woods on the opposite slope was the lair of a dragon.
"Roof and Meadow" by Dallas Lore Sharp
Thou wilt find Fafnir's lair, and thence wilt take splendid riches, with gold wilt load Grani's back.
"The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson" by Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
What reason did he give, and what excuse did he make, for dragging you off to his lair?
"The Princess Passes" by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
Finally, we approached the sacred lair and fastness of the president, whose massive portrait I had already seen on several walls.
"Your United States" by Arnold Bennett
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In poetry:

It minded me o' auld days,
When I wandered barefit there,
Guddlin' troot in the burns,
Howkin' the tod frae his lair.
""On Leave"" by John Buchan
Night, hid in her black hair
From eyes she cannot dare,
Lies loud with fierce despair;
Then I sit silent where
She cries from her dark lair
Woe is me!
"Woe Is Me" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
An' aye by his lair sat the ghaist-like man,
He watchit his sleep a' nicht;
An' in mail rust-broun, wi' his visorne doun,
Rade at his knee i' the fecht.
"The Twa Gordons" by George MacDonald
No lion shall rouse him from his lair,
Nor wild beast raven in foaming rage;
But the redeemed of the earth shall there
Pursue their peaceful pilgrimage.
"Isaiah, Chapter XXXV" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
Forth sprang the fierce beasts from their lair,
Bright feathered songsters fill the air,
All nature stirred to centre rang
When the celestial song began.
"The Saxon Legend Of Language" by Mary Weston Fordham
Ah, poor Louise! The savage bear
Made ne'er that lovely grove his lair;
The wolves molest not paths so fair—
But better far had such been there
For poor Louise.
"The Lay of Poor Louise" by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

Patricia and Dr Robert Wasiczko of Troy, Rensselaer County, announce the engagement of their daughter, Dr Lauren Wasiczko, to Wayne Lair Jr, the son of Wayne and Deborah Lair of Johnstown.
North Korea confirms unicorn lair .
North Korea Says Its Archaeologists Discovered A 'Unicorn Lair '.
North Korea Claims to Have Discovered Unicorn Lair .
AHS set for trip to Leopards' lair .
Jaguar's Lair work debated in Sunset Beach.
SUNSET BEACH—Town Councilwoman Karen Joseph says progress is being made with work at the unfinished Jaguar's Lair development.
Laguna Beach home touted as 'supervillian lair ' by Forbes.
Gallery show at Lion's Lair .
The Lion's Lair of Berkeley Springs will present, "Pots and Petals," the first in a series of exhibits showcasing emerging and established artists.
A visit to Osama bin Laden's lair .
'Dragon's Lair ' comic app expands Don Bluth's '80s quest.
Girls tennis Athletes of the Week: McKinleigh Lair .
Go inside the NYC madam's Upper East Side love lair .
Zoo's new exhibit, "The Lair ," which debuted Thursday morning.
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In science:

Habart, E. 2001, Ph.D thesis, ”Couplage entre le gaz et les grains dans le milieu interstel laire”.
Density structure of the Horsehead nebula photo-dissociation region
Diaconis (1992), Trailing the Dovetail Shuffle to its Lair.
Random orderings of the integers and card shuffling
Diaconis, Trailing the dovetail shuffle to its lair, Ann.
Random walks on quasisymmetric functions
Laurent Coppey and Christian Lair, Leçons de théorie des esquisses, Université Paris VII, (1985).
Algebraic Definition of weak ($\infty$; n)-Categories
Diaconis, Trailing the dovetail shuffle to its lair, Ann.
Generalized Riffle Shuffles and Quasisymmetric Functions
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