lawn

Definitions

  • King and Queen on the lawn
    King and Queen on the lawn
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lawn a field of cultivated and mowed grass
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A game of doubles in lawn tennis A game of doubles in lawn tennis

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Approximately 60% of the water used by households during the summer is used for watering flowers, and lawns
    • n Lawn A very fine linen (or sometimes cotton) fabric with a rather open texture. Lawn is used for the sleeves of a bishop's official dress in the English Church, and, figuratively, stands for the office itself. "A saint in crape is twice a saint in lawn ."
    • Lawn An open space between woods. "“Orchard lawns and bowery hollows.”"
    • Lawn Ground (generally in front of or around a house) covered with grass kept closely mown.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Holyoke, Massachusetts, makes it unlawful to water your lawn when it is raining.
    • n lawn An open space in a forest or between or among woods; a glade.
    • n lawn An open space of ground of some size, covered with grass, and kept smoothly mown, as near a dwelling or in a pleasure-ground.
    • lawn To make into lawn; lay down in grass as a lawn.
    • n lawn Fine linen cambric, used for various purposes: also applied in the trade to various sheer muslins. Lawn is notably used for the sleeves and other parts of the dress of bishops of the Anglican Church. The word is hence much used in allusion to bishops, like ermine in allusion to judges.
    • n lawn In ceramics, a fine sieve, generally of silk, through which slip for glazing is passed to bring it to uniform fineness and fluidity.
    • lawn Made or consisting of lawn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In West Virginia it is illegal to dig for ginseng on your neighbor's lawn without their permission.
    • n Lawn lawn a sort of fine linen or cambric
    • adj Lawn made of lawn
    • n Lawn lawn an open space between woods: a space of ground covered with grass, generally in front of or around a house or mansion
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Quotations

  • Charles M. Schulz
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    “Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. laund, launde, F. lande, heath, moor; of Celtic origin; cf. W. llan, an open, clear place, llawnt, a smooth rising hill, lawn, Armor. lann, or lan, territory, country, lann, a prickly plant, pl. lannou, heath, moor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A corr. of laund, lawnd.

Usage

In literature:

About ten minutes later Lodloe saw Lanigan Beam appear upon the lawn, walking rapidly.
"The Squirrel Inn" by Frank R. Stockton
I see a glimpse of green lawn and some poinsettias!
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
Just outside the windows stretched a little lawn, with a star-shaped flower-bed in the middle.
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
It is found in woods, and along the margin of woods, and sometimes on lawns.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Then a lawn with bright flower-borders opened up, and on the other side a house rose from a terrace.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
She walked off with him, when she got him, to the shrubbery at the far end of the lawn.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
He sat watching the lawn men at their work, wondering what he was to do with this barn of a place.
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
The Toronto Hospital is a fine building of many blocks set about green lawns, and with lawns and trees in the quadrangles.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
The dew was hanging thick and bright on the lawn when Mr. Rhodes and his daughter rode up to the Piney Cove mansion.
"A Noble Woman" by Ann S. Stephens
I discovered there was the nest of a little tit in a hole between two stones in the rock bank that bordered the lawn.
"The Passionate Friends" by Herbert George Wells
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In poetry:

A wan sky greener than the lawn,
A wan lawn paler than the sky.
She gave a flower into my hand,
And all the days of life went by.
"Vanity" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
``That I at eve, that I at dawn,
That I, when noons are warm and still,
Lying or lingering on the lawn,
May see your tower upon the hill.
"Outside The Village Church" by Alfred Austin
Now dance the lights on lawn and lea,
The flocks are whiter down the vale,
And milkier every milky sail,
On winding stream or distant sea;
"CXV: Spring" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
On hill and prairie, field and lawn,
Their dewy eyes upturning,
The flowers still watch from reddening dawn
Till western skies are burning.
"Album Verses" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
O darling Pathway! lead me bravely on
Adown your valley-way, and run before
Among the roses crowding up the lawn
And thronging at the door,--
"A Country Pathway" by James Whitcomb Riley
Ah! why does Mary sometimes sigh,
Surveying this magnific scene;
The seats of Grandeur tow'ring high,
With Rivers, Groves, and Lawns between?
"Love's Triumph" by Nathaniel Bloomfield

In news:

The stars of tennis started to face off for the annual All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London at the end of June.
The 134th annual White House Egg Roll attracted over 30,000 visitors to the White House South Lawn for a day of racing, reading and fun on Monday, April 9, 2012.
The White House will hold its Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn on April 9.
More than 35,000 lucky guests, chosen by lottery, will flood the South Lawn of the White House on the morning of Easter Monday, April 9, for the 134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll .
The First Lady had previously asked the boy band New Direction to perform at the annual event on the South Lawn, but they were tied up.
Is the South Lawn of the White House really the place for a music industry comeback.
The First Family hosted 30,000 people from all 50 states on the South Lawn of the White House for the 133rd White House Easter Egg Roll on April 25, 2011 in Washington DC.
Once held on Capitol Hill, the White House Easter Egg Roll drew 30,000 to the president's South Lawn on Monday morning.
Lawns as a cultural icon are a bad thing for the environment according to a leading entomologist .
) officially rolled out their climate bill on Wednesday, with a large rally on the Capitol lawn.
Monday's "lactivist" protest on the front lawn of the Columbia County Justice Center certainly stirred passions.
From extra-large toilet seats to extra-strong lawn chairs.
A West Lawn educator will soon lose his eyesight .
The Hyannis Port lawn where the political clan famously played football is off limits these days to relatives unless they pay rent, as a family feud over the Edward M Kennedy Institute simmers.
Now is the time to renovate fescue lawns.
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In science:

Lawn B. and Wilshaw R. Indentation fracture: principles and applications. J.
Finite element analysis of the indentation test on rocks with microstructure
We consider both lawn mowing (in which tour and scan points may leave P ) and milling (in which tour, scan points and visibility must stay within P ) variants for the MWPDV; even for simple special cases, these problems are NP-hard.
Minimum Covering with Travel Cost
Finally, we present a PTAS for MWPDV lawn mowing and a PTAS for MWPDV milling, both for the case of fixed ratio between scan cost and travel cost.
Minimum Covering with Travel Cost
In this “lawn mower” variant of the problem, the mower is not required to be fully inside P ; the mower may extend outside P and move through the exterior of P , e.g., in order to reach different connected components of P .
Minimum Covering with Travel Cost
There is a PTAS for MWPDV lawn mowing of a (not necessarily connected) set of pixels by a k × k square.
Minimum Covering with Travel Cost
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