• WordNet 3.6
    • n lid headdress that protects the head from bad weather; has shaped crown and usually a brim
    • n lid a movable top or cover (hinged or separate) for closing the opening at the top of a box, chest, jar, pan, etc. "he raised the piano lid"
    • n lid either of two folds of skin that can be moved to cover or open the eye "his lids would stay open no longer"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The lids we wear-- The lids we wear--
Ruckers virginal: 5. View of soundboard and lid Ruckers virginal: 5. View of soundboard and lid
Albert sitting on the basket lid Albert sitting on the basket lid

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lillian Moller Gilbreth (1878-1972), the mother of 12 children, had good reason to improve the efficiency and convenience of household items. A pioneer in ergonomics, Gilbreth patented many devices, including an electric food mixer, and the trash can with step-on lid-opener that can be found in most households today.
    • Lid (Bot) A calyx which separates from the flower, and falls off in a single piece, as in the Australian Eucalypti.
    • Lid That which covers the opening of a vessel or box, etc.; a movable cover; as, the lid of a chest or trunk.
    • Lid The cover of the eye; an eyelid. "Tears, big tears, gushed from the rough soldier's lid ."
    • Lid (Bot) The cover of the spore cases of mosses.
    • Lid (Bot) The top of an ovary which opens transversely, as in the fruit of the purslane and the tree which yields Brazil nuts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lid A movable cover which closes an aperture or shuts in a cavity, and usually forms an integral part of the structure to which it belongs by being either attached or closely fitted to it: as, the lid of a tea-kettle, stove, chest, or desk.
    • n lid In botany, the upper section of a pyxis, which separates by a transverse line; also, the hood of the leaf in the pitcher-plants; in mosses, the operculum.
    • n lid An eyelid.
    • n lid In coal-mining, a short piece of timber placed on top of a prop to help in supporting the roof.
    • n lid A coverlet. —
    • n lid One of the covers or boards of a book: as, everything between the lids of the Bible.
    • lid To put a lid on (something); put a cover on; hide.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lid lid a cover: that which shuts a vessel: the cover of the eye
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  • Mark Twain
    “The cat, having sat upon a hot stove lid, will not sit upon a hot stove lid again. But he won't sit upon a cold stove lid, either.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “O sleep, O gentle sleep, nature's soft nurse, how have I frightened thee, that thou no more wilt weigh my eye-lids down and steep my senses in forgetfulness?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. hlid, fr. hlīdan,in comp.) to cover, shut; akin to OS. hlīdan,in comp.), D. lid, lid, OHG. hlit, G. augenlid, eyelid, Icel. hlið, gate, gateway. √40
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hlid (Dut. lid)—hlídan, to cover.


In literature:

With the lid locked down, it might act as a buoy, and serve for a life-preserver.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
She put the box on the ground beside her, with the lid off, and began to dig.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
Well, be careful on no account to lift the lid.
"The Lilac Fairy Book" by Andrew Lang
By mistake, he once picked up a hot stove-lid, and then he swore in earnest.
"Anderson Crow, Detective" by George Barr McCutcheon
He picked the nearest one, slid into it feet first, and pulled the lid closed.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
At the top she opened reluctant lids.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
She next opened a small box of dark, polished wood, its lid inlaid with bits of mother-of-pearl forming a bird with swirling wings.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
He was a slender, middle-aged man with a prominent arch to his nose and heavy-lidded eyes.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Plimsoll's dark eyes were boring through the dealer's lowered lids.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
When the lid first comes down, it makes so loud a noise as to terrify the poor captive very much.
"Stuyvesant" by Jacob Abbott

In poetry:

He watched her eyes in the heaving sun:
'Then what has kept, O reticent one,
Those lids unlatched —
Anything promised I've not yet done?'
"A Conversation At Dawn" by Thomas Hardy
"They ca' 't a sleep, but it's better bliss,
For ye wauken up no more;
They ca' 't a mansion—and sae it is,
And the coffin-lid's the door!
"The Deil's Forhooit His Ain" by George MacDonald
Yet I, whose lids from infant slumber
Were earlier raised, remain to hear
A timid voice, that asks in whispers,
"Who next will drop and disappear?"
"Extempore Effusion upon the Death of James Hogg" by William Wordsworth
Yes ! he had seen the eyes of bliss
Close their seducing lids for ever ;
Fled, fled was beauty's nectar'd kiss,
Would it return ? Ah ! never, never.
"The Exile" by Laura Sophia Temple
The roses upon her cheek still blooming,
And the red still on her lips,
While the lids of her eyes, like night-shut lilies,
Were closed in white eclipse.
"The Sleeping Princess" by Clara Doty Bates
The sea was as smooth as a baby's top lip
Not even a policeman in sight
And the little sardines had got into their tins
And pulled down the lids for the night.
"The Sailor's Farewell To His Horse." by Billy Bennett

In news:

25-foot handrail stolen from Park on the Lid Mercer Island Police Blotter.
A 25-foot length of aluminum handrail, similar to what is shown in this photo of a stairway on the northern edge of the Park on the Lid , was reported stolen on Nov 6.
Part 2' closes lid on 'Twilight' series.
Israel, Palestinians put lid on Gaza, for now.
LONDON Uncertainty over whether Washington will agree a spending and taxation deal that is crucial to keeping the US economic recovery on track kept a lid on global market gains on Monday.
Published Monday, Nov 12, 2012, at 7:04 a.m. LONDON (AP) – Uncertainty over whether Washington will agree a spending and taxation deal that is crucial to keeping the US economic recovery on track kept a lid on global market gains on Monday.
US fiscal uncertainty keeps lid on markets.
Uncertainty over whether Washington will agree a spending and taxation deal that is crucial to keeping the US economic recovery on track kept a lid on global market gains on Monday.
Keeping a lid on college costs: Dalton State grads among those with lowest student debt.
China Poised for Rebound as Luggage Maker Puts Lid on 2012.
Hollywood aims to keep a tight lid on vid resale.
How to Keep the Lid on Spending When Remodeling Your Kitchen.
South Whidbey Fire/EMS pushes for lid lift.
South Whidbey Fire/EMS has a 15-cent levy lid lift on the November General Election ballot to support its volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician program.
Measure E will take the lid off gambling in San Jose.

In science:

In this work we review simple improvements which can reduce undesired effects induced by the lids and provide therefore the possibility to distinguish more clearly between stable and unstable states of MRI.
Reduction of boundary effects in spiral MRI experiment PROMISE
Consequently two Ekman vortices, new currents and magnetic fields are generated (we assume the lids to be insulating unless explicitly stated otherwise).
Reduction of boundary effects in spiral MRI experiment PROMISE
Secondly, it is convenient to divide the lids into two rings which can be attached to the cylinders so that no separate driving is needed.
Reduction of boundary effects in spiral MRI experiment PROMISE
Koetter, and M. Effros, “On coding for reliable communication over packet networks”, Technical Report #2741, MIT LIDS, Jan. 2007 Y.
Near Optimal Broadcast with Network Coding in Large Sensor Networks
The model used in our tests is the primitive equation ocean general circulation model OPA (Madec et al. 1999), in its z -coordinate rigid-lid version.
A reduced-order strategy for 4D-Var data assimilation