What does lake mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lake(noun)

    a body of (usually fresh) water surrounded by land

  2. lake(noun)

    a purplish red pigment prepared from lac or cochineal

  3. lake(noun)

    any of numerous bright translucent organic pigments

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lake(noun)

    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

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

  2. Lake(noun)

    a kind of fine white linen, formerly in use

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

  3. Lake(verb)

    to play; to sport

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

  4. Lake(noun)

    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

    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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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. Bill Morgan:

    It definitely seems like more( traffic) than last year, it seems like everyone is having the same idea, to come to the lake to enjoy summer, because you can social distance at the same time.

  2. Ronald Kinnunen:

    Nobody's getting their fishing boats out, i'm looking at the satellite images and Lake Superior's half covered in ice.

  3. Vasily Ryabinin:

    It was such an obvious, childish lie, I couldn't wrap my head around it, obviously I thought we must at least investigate the lake but my [ agency ] had a different view, which corresponded with the one of the [ Nornickel ] plant — that the spill did not spread further that the river.

  4. Charles Cuvelier:

    They expect to complete clean-up efforts at Death Valley and at Crater Lake national parks as weather permits. the resolution of this case sends a message to those who would consider such inappropriate behavior going forward.

  5. Lori Lightfoot:

    They need to stop beautifying Lake Shore Drive and do something for these people. Lake Shore Drive is beautiful enough. [W]hat we need is for the union to come back to the table to bargain in good faith, spend the time actually getting a deal done, face to face with us, and not off to the side in a caucus.

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