What does left mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. left(noun)

    location near or direction toward the left side; i.e. the side to the north when a person or object faces east

    "she stood on the left"

  2. left, left wing(noun)

    those who support varying degrees of social or political or economic change designed to promote the public welfare

  3. left, left hand(noun)

    the hand that is on the left side of the body

    "jab with your left"

  4. left field, leftfield, left(noun)

    the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's left

    "the batter flied out to left"

  5. left(adj)

    a turn toward the side of the body that is on the north when the person is facing east

    "take a left at the corner"

  6. left(adj)

    being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the west when facing north

    "my left hand"; "left center field"; "the left bank of a river is bank on your left side when you are facing downstream"

  7. leftover, left over(p), left(p), odd, remaining, unexpended(adj)

    not used up

    "leftover meatloaf"; "she had a little money left over so she went to a movie"; "some odd dollars left"; "saved the remaining sandwiches for supper"; "unexpended provisions"

  8. left(a), left-hand(a)(adj)

    intended for the left hand

    "I rarely lose a left-hand glove"

  9. left(adverb)

    of or belonging to the political or intellectual left

  10. left(adverb)

    toward or on the left; also used figuratively

    "he looked right and left"; "the political party has moved left"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Left

    of Leave

  2. Left

    of Leave

  3. Left(adj)

    of or pertaining to that side of the body in man on which the muscular action of the limbs is usually weaker than on the other side; -- opposed to right, when used in reference to a part of the body; as, the left hand, or arm; the left ear. Also said of the corresponding side of the lower animals

  4. Left(noun)

    that part of surrounding space toward which the left side of one's body is turned; as, the house is on the left when you face North

  5. Left(noun)

    those members of a legislative assembly (as in France) who are in the opposition; the advanced republicans and extreme radicals. They have their seats at the left-hand side of the presiding officer. See Center, and Right

  6. Origin: [OE. left, lift, luft; akin to Fries. leeft, OD. lucht, luft; cf. AS. left (equiv. to L. inanis), lyftdl palsy; or cf. AS. lf weak.]


  1. Left

    Left is the second and final album by the band Hope of the States, released on June 19, 2006. It was released on CD, DualDisc CD/DVD, and as a limited edition double 10" vinyl. The album was preceded by two singles, the limited edition "Blood Meridian EP" and "Sing It Out", which reached #39 in the singles charts. The album itself reached #50 on the UK album charts on its initial release. The album was described as slightly more accessible and guitar-oriented than were the tracks on Hope of the States's debut, The Lost Riots. There followed a further single, the title track Left, which charted at #63 in August 2006, shortly before the band announced their split.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Left

    left, pa.p. (Spens.) lifted.

  2. Left

    left, pa.t. and pa.p. of leave.—adj. Left′-off, laid aside.

  3. Left

    left, adj. being on the left side—also Left′-hand.—n. the side opposite to the right: the part of an assembly sitting on the president's left hand, generally the more liberal or democratic section.—adv. toward the left.—adj. Left′-hand′ed, having the left hand stronger and readier than the right: awkward: unlucky.—ns. Left′-hand′edness; Left′-hand′er, a blow with the left hand, a sudden and unexpected attack; Left′-hand′iness, awkwardness.—adv. Left′ward, towards the left: on the left side. [M. E. lift, left—A.S. left for lyft, weak; prob. allied to lop.]

Editors Contribution

  1. left

    When an animal, human or object is naturally facing forward it is located or situated to the direction east.

    When the GPS system said turn left, I knew intuitively it was to the direction east as my left hand is on the east side of my body.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'left' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #251

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'left' in Written Corpus Frequency: #341

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'left' in Nouns Frequency: #1258

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'left' in Adjectives Frequency: #130


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of left in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of left in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. James Hahn:

    I missed it right in regulation, so I played it straight, it was going to break left early, and it was left edge with about five feet left, five feet to go.

  2. Doug Kechijian:

    Stand with your right foot slightly in front of your left. That helps you shift your weight to your left leg and into your left hip, that will help to offset your right-side bias.

  3. J. F. Boyse:

    If, in instructing a child, you are vexed with it for want of adroitness, try, if you have never tried before, to write with your left hand, and then remember that a child is all left hand.

  4. Jim Lehrer:

    I now know how Abbot felt when Costello left, how Brinkley felt when Huntley left, how Sears felt when Roebuck left, and, of course, how Dan Rather felt when Connie left. (at Robert MacNeil's retirement dinner)

  5. Mitch McConnell:

    It's President Obama who says the far left’s arguments don't 'stand the test of fact and scrutiny,' it's President Obama who says the far left is just ‘making stuff up.’ And it’s President Obama who warns the far left about 'ignoring realities.'.

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