a body of (usually fresh) water surrounded by land
a purplish red pigment prepared from lac or cochineal
any of numerous bright translucent organic pigments
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
a kind of fine white linen, formerly in use
to play; to sport
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
Origin: [F. laque, fr. Per. See Lac.]
A lake is a body of relatively still water of considerable size, localized in a basin, that is surrounded by land apart from a river, stream, or other form of moving water that serves to feed or drain the lake. Lakes are inland and not part of the ocean and therefore are distinct from lagoons, and are larger and deeper than ponds. Lakes can be contrasted with rivers or streams, which are usually flowing. However most lakes are fed and drained by rivers and streams. Natural lakes are generally found in mountainous areas, rift zones, and areas with ongoing glaciation. Other lakes are found in endorheic basins or along the courses of mature rivers. In some parts of the world there are many lakes because of chaotic drainage patterns left over from the last Ice Age. All lakes are temporary over geologic time scales, as they will slowly fill in with sediments or spill out of the basin containing them. Many lakes are artificial and are constructed for industrial or agricultural use, for hydro-electric power generation or domestic water supply, or for aesthetic or recreational purposes.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
lāk, n. a pigment or colour formed by precipitating animal or vegetable colouring matters from their solutions, chiefly with alumina or oxide of tin. [Fr. laque. See Lac (2).]
lāk, n. a large body of water within land.—ns. Lake′-bā′sin, the whole area drained by a lake; Lake′-law′yer (U.S.), the bowfin: burbot; Lake′let, a little lake; Lā′ker, Lā′kist, one of the Lake school of poetry.—adj. Lā′ky, pertaining to a lake or lakes.—Lake District, the name applied to the picturesque and mountainous region within the counties of Cumberland, Westmorland, and a small portion of Lancashire, containing as many as sixteen lakes or meres; Lake dwellings, settlements in prehistoric times, built on piles driven into a lake; Lake school of poetry, a name applied to the group of illustrious poets who made the Lake District—Wordsworthshire—their home about the beginning of the 19th century. [A.S. lac—L. lacus.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'lake' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2578
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'lake' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4662
Rank popularity for the word 'lake' in Nouns Frequency: #905
The numerical value of lake in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of lake in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Lake is jealous of mountain; mountain is jealous of lake!
Wise man is a lake full with fishes; clever man is a fisherman who often visits this lake!
When we went to take stock of the state of the lake, what we noticed was shocking - a glacial lake on the verge of outburst.
Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau's Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau, every minute of his life is dedicated to his profession.
In the mountain, stillness surges up to explore its own height In the lake, movement stands still to contemplate its own depth.
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