What does lake mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lakenoun

    a body of (usually fresh) water surrounded by land

  2. lakenoun

    a purplish red pigment prepared from lac or cochineal

  3. lakenoun

    any of numerous bright translucent organic pigments

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lakenoun

    Etymology: lac, French; lacus, Latin.

    He adds the running springs and standing lakes,
    And bounding banks for winding rivers makes. John Dryden, Ovid.


  1. Lake

    A lake is a naturally occurring, relatively large body of water localized in a basin surrounded by land, with much slower-moving flow than any inflow or outflow streams that serve to feed or drain the lake. Lakes lie completely on land and are separate from the ocean, although, but like the much larger oceans, they form part of the Earth's water cycle by serving as large standing water reservoirs. Most lakes are freshwater, but some are salt lakes with salinities even higher than that of seawater. Lakes are typically much larger and deeper than ponds, which also water-filled basins on land, although there are no official definitions or scientific criteria distinguishing the two. Most lakes are both fed and drained by creeks and rivers, but some lakes are endorheic without any outflowing drainage, while volcanic lakes are filled directly by precipitation runoffs and do not have any inflow streams. Lakes are also distinct from lagoons, which are shallow tidal pools dammed by sandbars at coastal regions. Natural lakes are generally found in mountainous areas (i.e. alpine lakes), dormant volcanic craters, rift zones and areas with ongoing glaciation. Other lakes are found in depressed landforms or along the courses of mature rivers, where a river channel has widened over a basin formed by eroded floodplains and wetlands. Some parts of the world have many lakes formed by the chaotic drainage patterns left over from the last ice age. All lakes are temporary over long periods of time, as they will slowly fill in with sediments or spill out of the basin containing them. Artificially controlled lakes are known as reservoirs, and are usually constructed for industrial or agricultural use, for hydroelectric power generation, for supplying domestic drinking water, for ecological or recreational purposes, or for other human activities.


  1. lake

    A lake is a large body of stagnant or slow-moving water, usually freshwater, enclosed by land. It is generally bigger and deeper than a pond, and often feeds into or is fed by rivers. Lakes are usually formed through geological activity such as tectonic movements, landslides, or glacial activity, and can support various plant and animal species. Some lakes may also be man-made, created for purposes like water supply or recreation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lakenoun

    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

  2. Lakenoun

    a kind of fine white linen, formerly in use

  3. Lakeverb

    to play; to sport

  4. Lakenoun

    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

  5. Etymology: [F. laque, fr. Per. See Lac.]


  1. Lake

    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

  1. Lake

    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).]

  2. Lake

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. lake

    A large inland expanse of water, with or without communication with the sea. A lake, strictly considered, has no visible affluent or effluent; but many of the loughs of Ireland, and lochs of Scotland, partake of the nature of havens or gulfs. Moreover, some lakes have affluents without outlets, and others have an outlet without any visible affluent; therein differing from lagoons and ponds. The water of lakes entirely encompassed by land is sometimes salt; that communicating with the sea by means of rivers is fresh.

Editors Contribution

  1. lake

    A body of water of a specific size and volume.

    The local lake brings so much joy to all the community every season.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LAKE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lake is ranked #1091 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Lake surname appeared 32,104 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 11 would have the surname Lake.

    81.4% or 26,142 total occurrences were White.
    11.8% or 3,804 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 825 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 671 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 379 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.8% or 283 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lake' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2578

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lake' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4662

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lake' in Nouns Frequency: #905

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lake in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lake in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of lake in a Sentence

  1. Jessica Christensen:

    I want people to realize there are polygamous groups all over the country… I want people to care and do something about it. I want people in Salt Lake to reach out to the families that they think are polygamous and do something, they are not just in Utah. There may be somebody in the group that doesn’t want to live that way.

  2. James Skibo:

    Finding an additional historically significant canoe in Lake Mendota is truly incredible and unlocks invaluable research and educational opportunities to explore the technological, cultural, and stylistic changes that occurred in dugout canoe design over 3,000 years.

  3. Chelsea Peters:

    Several years of below-normal snowpack across the Intermountain West mountains that supply the Colorado River Basin will continue to increase the water supply stress, which was already in jeopardy due to population increase, we recently saw this impact reservoir storage and lake levels in Lake Mead and Lake Powell. Within the last year, both Lake Powell and Lake Mead have observed their lowest reservoir storage levels in 30 years.

  4. Justin Wang:

    It is a very intense and thrilling experience to sample from the lake, i'm very lucky to be one of the handful of scientists in the world to have been able to visit this environment.

  5. Elisabeth Hildebrand:

    Today, Lake Turkana gets about 90 % of its water from the SW Ethiopian highlands via the Omo River, and the remaining 10 % from the western Kenyan highlands via the Turkwel and Kerio Rivers. During times past, rainfall in all these areas fluctuated, and Lake Turkana expanded and contracted as weather systems changed.

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