Definitions for Left
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Left.
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"
left, left wingnoun
those who support varying degrees of social or political or economic change designed to promote the public welfare
left, left handnoun
the hand that is on the left side of the body
"jab with your left"
left field, leftfield, leftnoun
the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's left
"the batter flied out to left"
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"
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"
leftover, left over(p), left(p), odd, remaining, unexpendedadjective
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"
intended for the left hand
"I rarely lose a left-hand glove"
of or belonging to the political or intellectual left
toward or on the left; also used figuratively
"he looked right and left"; "the political party has moved left"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Sinistrous; not right.
Etymology: lufte, Dutch; lævus, Latin.
That there is also in men a natural prepotency in the right, we cannot with constancy affirm, if we make observation in children, who permitted the freedom of both hands, do oft times confine it unto the left, and are not without great difficulty restrained from it. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. iv.
The right to Pluto’s golden palace guides,
The left to that unhappy region tends,
Which to the depth of Tartarus descends. John Dryden, Æn.
The gods of greater nations dwell around,
And, on the right and left, the palace bound;
The commons where they can. Dryden.
A raven from a wither’d oak,
Left of their lodging was oblig’d to croak:
That omen lik’d him not. Dryden.
The left foot naked when they march to fight,
But in a bull’s raw hide they sheathe the right. Dryden.
The man who struggles in the fight,
Fatigues left arm as well as right. Matthew Prior.
Leftparticiple preter. of leave.
Alas, poor lady! desolate and left;
I weep myself to think upon thy words. William Shakespeare.
Had such a river as this been left to itself, to have found its way out from among the Alps, whatever windings it had made, it must have formed several little seas. Addison.
Were I left to myself, I would rather aim at instructing than diverting; but if we will be useful to the world, we must take it as we find it. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 179.
Left typically refers to the direction opposite to that of right when facing forward. It is commonly used to indicate the side or position that is to the west when facing north. Left can also be used to describe something that is situated on or directed towards the side of the body that is to the west when facing forward. In political contexts, "left" can refer to a spectrum of ideologies that advocate for social equality, progressive policies, and government intervention.
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
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
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
Etymology: [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.]
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
left, pa.p. (Spens.) lifted.
left, pa.t. and pa.p. of leave.—adj. Left′-off, laid aside.
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.]
When an animal, human or thing is naturally facing north, it is located to the direction west.
When the GPS system said turn left, I knew intuitively it was to the direction west as my left hand is on the west side of my body.
Submitted by MaryC on December 4, 2015
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Left is ranked #136449 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Left surname appeared 123 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Left.
74.8% or 92 total occurrences were White.
16.2% or 20 total occurrences were Black.
4% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.
4% or 5 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Left' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #251
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Left' in Written Corpus Frequency: #341
Rank popularity for the word 'Left' in Nouns Frequency: #1258
Rank popularity for the word 'Left' in Adjectives Frequency: #130
The numerical value of Left in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of Left in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
This is the criminal left that belongs not in a dormitory, but in a penitentiary. The criminal left is not a problem to be solved by the Department of Philosophy or the Department of Englishit is a problem for the Department of Justice. Black or white, the criminal left is interested in power. It is not interested in promoting the renewal and reforms that make democracy work; it is interested in promoting those collisions and conflict that tear democracy apart.
I was hit in the left arm, in the left side of my chest, and twice on my left thigh, i fell to the ground. I must have been lying there for an hour before the army soldiers came in and moved me to the hospital. I tried to turn on my right side to prevent bleeding from my arm, but I couldn't move.
What credentials does he bring to that ? I mean, look, think of all the really solid people that were left -- that were -- started off in that administration. They've all left. They've all left. All the talent is gone. They've left. ... Or, like, great -- great Americans like Rudy Giuliani is still engaged, i mean -- I mean, what - - what's going on ? People see this. They're thugs. You know, Rudy Giuliani and the two guys who were helping Rudy Giuliani, they get arrested at the airport, trying to leave the count -- I mean, what -- what -- where has that happened in any other president's watch ?
Andrew Left motivation is the same as one who runs into a crowded theater and falsely yells fire. Andrew Left wanted people to run, andrew Left intentionally designed the report to frighten our shareholders to drive down the price of our stock so Andrew Left could make money for Andrew Left short-selling.
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)
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Translations for Left
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- شمال, إلى الشمال, یسار, إلى اليسار, على اليسار, يسار, على الشمال, اليسارArabic
- һул, һулдағы, һул яҡ, һулғаBashkir
- злева, налева, ле́выBelarusian
- отляво, левица, ляв, останал, налявоBulgarian
- esquerra, esquerreCatalan, Valencian
- zbývající, na levé, vlevo, levice, levýCzech
- лѣвъOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- übrig, Linke, nach links, link, linksGerman
- αριστερά, αριστερόςGreek
- liva, maldekstra, restaĵoEsperanto
- izquierda, liberal, sobras, izquierdo, a la izquierda, de izquierda, sobradoSpanish
- vasak, pahemEstonian
- چپگرا, چپ, در سمت چپ, اشکلكPersian
- jäljelle, [[vasen]] [[puoli]], vasen, vasemmistolainen, vasemmalla, jäljellä, vasemmalle, vasemmistoFinnish
- i mawī, mawiFijian
- gauche, à gaucheFrench
- ceàrr, clìScottish Gaelic
- שְׂמֹאל, שמאלהHebrew
- बायें, बाक़ी, बायांHindi
- bal, hátralévő, balraHungarian
- մնացած, ձախ, ձախxArmenian
- sinistra, sinistro, a sinistra, rimastoItalian
- 残る, 左, 左翼Japanese
- kering, kiwaJavanese
- 왼쪽, 왼Korean
- چهپ, ماوهKurdish
- lénksLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- kreisi, pa kreisi, kreisā, kreissLatvian
- останат, налево, лев, на левата, левичарски, левица, лево, одлево, преостанатMacedonian
- xellug, fdalMaltese
- ဝဲ, ဘယ်Burmese
- linkerkant, linker-, links, overDutch
- til overs, igjen, venstresiden, venstreNorwegian
- nishtłʼajígoNavajo, Navaho
- namanjinik, namanjinikanOjibwe, Ojibwa
- pozostały, lewa, na lewo, lewy, w lewo, lewica, lewicowyPolish
- restar, deixado, [[à]] [[esquerda]], esquerdo, esquerda, de esquerda, liberal, esquerdista, sobrar, sestroPortuguese
- stâng, la stânga, stângă, rămasRomanian
- левый, налево, оставшийся, влево, ле́вый, остальной, слева, либера́льныйRussian
- levi, lijevi, ljevica, леви, preostali, на̏ле̄во, nȁlēvo, лијевиSerbo-Croatian
- na ľavé, ľаvý, vľavoSlovak
- levo, na levi, levi, levicaSlovene
- vänster, kvar, vänsternSwedish
- మిగిలిన, ఎడమTelugu
- hemaTonga (Tonga Islands)
- злі́ва, ліво́руч, лі́вий, налі́воUkrainian
- trái, ở bên tráiVietnamese
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