• WordNet 3.6
    • n lake a body of (usually fresh) water surrounded by land
    • n lake any of numerous bright translucent organic pigments
    • n lake a purplish red pigment prepared from lac or cochineal
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Additional illustrations & photos:

a Part of the Ancient Sacred Lake Of Osiris Near The Temple of Abydos a Part of the Ancient Sacred Lake Of Osiris Near The Temple of Abydos
Extensive landscaped gardens with a lake and statuary Extensive landscaped gardens with a lake and statuary
A stag gazes at his reflection in a lake while hunters approach A stag gazes at his reflection in a lake while hunters approach

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Canada has more inland waters and lakes than any other country in the world
    • n Lake A kind of fine white linen, formerly in use.
    • n Lake A large body of water contained in a depression of the earth's surface, and supplied from the drainage of a more or less extended area.☞ Lakes are for the most part of fresh water; the salt lakes, like the Great Salt Lake of Utah, have usually no outlet to the ocean.
    • n Lake lāk A pigment formed by combining some coloring matter, usually by precipitation, with a metallic oxide or earth, esp. with aluminium hydrate; as, madder lake; Florentine lake; yellow lake, etc.
    • v. i Lake lāk To play; to sport.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Finland is also known as "the land of of the thousand lakes," because of the over 188,000 lakes found in this country
    • n lake A body of water surrounded by land, or not forming part of the ocean and occupying a depression below the ordinary drainage-level of the region. Lakes are depressions or basins filled by streams flowing into them, the water thus introduced generally accumulating until it runs over at the lowest point of the edge of the depression, and then flowing to the sea. But in some cases a river may fill a number of such depressions in succession before reaching the sea, as is very notably the case with the chain of lakes and rivers beginning with Lake Superior and ending in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The larger depressions which when filled with water become lakes are ordinarily orographic in character—that is, they owe their origin to movements of the earth's crust, in the same manner as mountain-ranges. Many smaller lakes, however, especially the shallower ones, fill depressions which have originated from local or less general causes, as when produced by unequal decay or erosion of rocks, or by irregular distribution of surface detritus. The existence of a depression being given, the question whether it shall be entirely filled with water is one of climate. In regions of small rainfall and large evaporation, depressions occur which do not become filled with water, and consequently do not furnish any surplus which shall overflow and run to the sea. Such regions, having no drainage to the sea, are called closed basins, and there are very large areas of this character in Asia and North America, and smaller ones elsewhere. The water in the lakes occupying the lowest portion of such depressions is always more or less saline, because that which is brought in leaves as it evaporates a constantly accumulating store of the saline matters which it holds in solution. The Caspian Sea is properly a salt lake; and some lakes are excessively salt, as the Great Salt Lake in Utah and the Dead Sea (also properly a lake). There are lakes of considerable size, as several in Canada, which have no visible inlets, being fed entirely from subterranean sources.
    • n lake A relatively small pond partly or wholly artificial, as an ornament of a park or of public or private grounds.
    • n lake A stream; rivulet.
    • n lake A pit; den.
    • lake To play; sport; trifle; “lark.”
    • n lake Play; sport; game.
    • n lake A contest; a fight.
    • n lake A pigment formed by absorbing animal, vegetable, or coal-tar coloring matter from an aqueous solution by means of metallic bases. The general method of preparation is to add an alkali solution to an infusion of the substance affording the desired color, as madder, cochineal, logwood, or quercitron. To this is added a solution of common alum, producing a precipitate of alumina, which in settling carries with it the coloring matter, thus forming the lake. As paints, lakes lack body, and are mostly used in glazing over other colors. From cochineal is prepared carmine, the finest of the red lakes. Crimson lake is a cochineal lake containing more aluminous base than carmine. Carminated lake is the cheaper and weaker lake made from cochineal after the carmine has been extracted. Scarlet lake is prepared by mixing vermilion with crimson lake. Purple lake is a species of crimson lake with a purple hue. Madder lakes are produced by precipitating the coloring matter of the madder-root with an alumina base. They range in color from light pink through red to brown and purple. Indian lake is the same as lac-lake (which see, under lac). Yellow lake is made from quercitron-bark, sometimes from Persian or French Avignon berries. Green lake is compounded by adding Prussian blue to yellow lake. Citrine lake is an obsolete term for brown pink. Burnt lake is obtained by partially charring crimson lake. From logwood are obtained lakes of various shades of deep-brownish red, as rose lake, Florence lake, Florentine lake, etc. From certain of the coal-tar colors are obtained lakes almost identical in color with cochineal and madder and equal in permanency.
    • n lake A kind of fine white linen.
    • lake A dialectal form of leak.
    • n lake An obsolete or dialectal form of lack.
    • lake To become laky, or like a lake (pigment) in color. See laky.
    • lake To cause to resemble a lake (pigment) in color; specifically, discharge (the hemoglobin) rapidly from the erythrocytes into the blood-plasma.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lake Ontario was originally named Lake St. Louis
    • n Lake lāk a pigment or colour formed by precipitating animal or vegetable colouring matters from their solutions, chiefly with alumina or oxide of tin.
    • n Lake lāk a large body of water within land
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  • Sting
    “Many miles away there's a shadow on the door of a cottage on the Shore of a dark Scottish lake.”
  • Thomas Love Peacock
    Thomas Love Peacock
    “Marriage may often be a stormy lake, but celibacy is almost always a muddy horse pond.”
  • Gil Stern
    Gil Stern
    “Man is a complex being; he makes the deserts bloom and lakes die.”
  • Timothy Gallwey
    Timothy Gallwey
    “The greatest efforts in sports came when the mind is as still as a glass lake.”
  • Percy Ross
    Percy Ross
    “Many drops make a bucket, many buckets make a pond, many ponds make a lake, and many lakes make an ocean.”
  • Sir John Lubbock
    “Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. lācan, læcan, to spring, jump, lāc, play, sport, or fr. Icel. leika, to play, sport; both akin to Goth. laikan, to dance. √120. Cf. Knowledge
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lac—L. lacus.


In literature:

She had been built expressly for the shallow waters of the lower lakes.
"Watch and Wait" by Oliver Optic
All the beauty of the lake had faded into mist.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith
It was situated on Stony Creek, which came from Tatchick Lake and emptied into Tchincut Lake.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
This lake drains into that little lake.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
Went round the head of the lake, and onwards close to the lake-side.
"Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland A.D. 1803" by Dorothy Wordsworth
We shall sail around the east end of the lake and along the south shore.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
The palace had disappeared, and he stood beside a clear lake in a deep forest.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
The rider was Myron Stocking from over in the Crooked Lake country, as Jeffrey had supposed.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
By this time, he was well into the Beaver Lake district.
"The Wilderness Trail" by Frank Williams
Bolderwood and his young comrade passed Old Ti and, continuing up the lake, paddled by Crown Point and reached the mouth of the Otter.
"With Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga" by W. Bert Foster

In poetry:

Yon vale among the mountains,
So sheltered from the sea,
That lake which lies so lonely,
Shall tell their tale to thee.
"Loch Uisk, Isle Of Mull" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Below me roar the rocking pines,
Before me spreads the lake
Whose long and solemn-sounding waves
Against the sunset break.
"On Receiving An Eagle's Quill From Lake Superior" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Her sunsets on Kenoza fall,
Her autumn leaves by Saltonstall;
No lavished gold can richer make
Her opulence of hill and lake.
"Haverhill" by John Greenleaf Whittier
As yonder Lake, in Evening's red,
Lies smiling with the smile of Rest;
One Heaven glowing overhead;
One mirrored in its breast.
"The Two Heavens" by Gerald Massey
I would sit on lake Itaska's shore
Where the Mississippi rises;
And Minnehaha's laughing roar
Would fill me with glad surprises.
"The Trip I Would Like to Take" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Yes. The Castle's new possessor
Soon shall follow thronging guests:
As the Lake reflects the turrets
Men shall second his behests.
"Colhorn" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell

In news:

Youth from the Raquette Lake Girls Camp line up to get tickets to watch a movie at the Palace Theater in Lake Placid.
FIFE LAKE — A man found dead in Fife Lake this summer drowned, an official said today.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif — The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's Executive Director Joanne Marchetta will host a fireside chat at Lake Tahoe Community College on Wednesday, according to a statement from the agency.
Square Lake was once the metro area's cleanest, clearest lakes.
Square Lake is now on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's list of lakes in decline.
During redistricting, computer software drew a line across Lake Calhoun creating a precinct entirely in the lake.
The Pyramid Lake Pauite Tribe would like to invite all fisherman to come out and experience Pyramid Lake during the opening of fishing season on Monday October 1st.
CHICAGO — The US Environmental Protection Agency announced a $100,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to Hope College in Holland, Mich. For a project to reduce releases of flame retardants in the Great Lakes basin.
Big Bear Lake, CA, July 15, 2010, 6:26pm – Although we have a short growing season in Big Bear, especially this year, annually the Woman's Club of Big Bear Lake presents spectacular results.
The Lake Placid village Board of Trustees has amended local law to create a four-way stop at the intersection of Mirror Lake Drive and Parkside Drive.
Carroll Gipson , 87, passed away Saturday, Oct 23, 2010, at the Lakeside Nursing CenterHe was born Sept 10, 1923, at Lake City to the late Oscar and Vennie Gipson and had lived his lifetime in Lake City.
This is a 50 acre spring fed private share holder lake near Lake Cherokee in east Texas.
Burial will be at a later date in the Storm Lake Cemetery, in Storm Lake.
Six children, Wayne (Diane)of Ossineke, Daryl (Barb) of Hubbard Lake, Paul (Roxanne) Golder of Hubbard Lake, Cris of South Carolina.
Scott Sommerdorf The Salt Lake Tribune Chuck Wagner, left, of Salt Lake City, stands back as the two-point buck he shot Saturday hangs from a tree at his campground near Kamas.

In science:

Musgrave P and Lake K 1996 Junctions and thin shells in general relativity using computer algebra: I.
Ellipsoidal shapes in general relativity: general definitions and an application
It is possible to derive the equation for the corresponding potential and demonstrate that at least two analytical solutions exist, corresponding to the flattened Plummer model studied by Lynden-Bell (1962) and a particular case among the prolate galaxy models of Lake (1981).
Simple Models for the Distribution of Dark Matter
The lake experiments use a lake as a source and typically find a value of GN that agrees with lab values to about 10−3 .
New Regions for a Chameleon to Hide
Now consider the result of placing various regularity conditions on the geometry of the perfect fluid sphere. (See particularly the discussion by Delgaty and Lake regarding the importance of regularity conditions .) At a minimum we want the spacetime geometry to be well-defined and smooth everywhere.
Buchdahl-like transformations for perfect fluid spheres
Lake, “Physical acceptability of isolated, static, spherically symmetric, perfect fluid solutions of Einstein’s equations”, Comput.
Buchdahl-like transformations for perfect fluid spheres